Tasty Fried Potatoes Easy Recipe
A lot of fried potatoes take way longer than they should. You’re first asked to boil the potatoes then chop and fry them. We can hardly think of anything more annoying.
Especially if you’re feeling lazy, hungover, or rushed-or all of the above. The truth is, you don’t need to pre-cook the potatoes at all. You just need to slice ’em thin and choose the best oils plural! Below are our top tips for pan-fried potato perfection.
Why you’ll love this recipe
Quick and easy! Fried potatoes taste just like home – for most of us, this is basic comfort food. This recipe works every time because of one easy extra step:
If you’re using russet potatoes then start by soaking the raw potatoes in ice water to remove the starch makes them extra crispy and delicious.
If you’re using the thin-skinned potatoes feel free to skip!
Use any skillet: non-stick or cast iron
You can use any type of skillet to make these fried potatoes! It’s easier to use a non-stick skillet, though of course a cast-iron skillet feels more sturdy and rustic. If you’re using cast iron, make sure that potatoes are fully browned before you flip them. When they brown, they release better from the pan.
Ways to serve fried potatoes
These fried potatoes are so versatile, and work just as well with breakfast and brunch as they do dinner! Here are some of our favorite ways to serve them up:
- With scrambled eggs. Try our Fluffy Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese.
- With a tofu scramble. For a vegan breakfast idea, try it with our Easy Tofu Scramble.
- With a frittata. Try Pecan & Veggie Mini Frittatas or Asparagus Frittata with Feta.
- With fish. A dd these potatoes as an accessory to Easy Oven Baked Salmon, Broiled Shrimp, or Perfect Grilled Shrimp.
Do you have to boil potatoes before frying them?
You‘re first asked to boil the potatoes then chop and fry them. We can hardly think of anything more annoying.
Especially if you‘re feeling lazy, hungover, or rushed-or all of the above. The truth is, you don’t need to pre-cook the potatoes at all.
Are fried potatoes bad for you?
People who eat fried potatoes two or more times a week double their risk of an early death compared to those who avoid them, a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found.
Eating potatoes that have not been fried was not linked to a similar early mortality risk, the researchers noted.
How do you fry potatoes without getting soggy?
Choose high-starch potatoes for frying
Low-starch potatoes, on the other hand, have less starch and more moisture. They’re great for boiling, but they make limp, soggy fries. High-starch Russet Burbanks are especially good for frying.
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1 lb. baby potatoes, scrubbed clean
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. freshly chopped rosemary
1 tsp. garlic powder (optional)
1/2 tsp. chili powder (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper
- Slice potatoes into coins about ¼” thick. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oils. Add potatoes and season with rosemary, salt, and pepper. Cook, undisturbed, until potatoes are golden and crusty underneath, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip potatoes and cook until golden on other sides, 4 to 5 minutes more.
- Sprinkle with garlic powder and chili powder, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 2 minutes more. Serve warm.
How long do you pan fry them?
Cook without moving them around until they begin to brown around the edges. That will take about 10 minutes. Then maybe 5 more minutes on the other side.
What’s the best cooking oil for fried potatoes?
You need a cooking oil with a high smoking point – I prefer peanut oil but if you have allergy concerns any light vegetable oil is fine. Adding in a little bacon grease will add a ton of flavor!
Can you use butter instead of oil?
You can but you won’t be able to use high heat. If you’re set on using butter I’d recommend using cold, boiled potatoes that have been patted dry. Slice them and cook in butter until golden brown.
Why do you soak the potatoes before frying?
Soaking in cold water helps to remove excess starch. This allows them to fry up crispier, without burning or sticking.
Actually, if you use a low starch variety like Yukon Gold you don’t have to soak them.
Why aren’t my fried potatoes crispy?
If your pan-fries are soggy rather than crispy, or raw rather than tender, or even burnt rather than golden brown you are probably doing (or not doing) one of the following:
- You’re using the wrong oil
- You’re using very starchy potatoes and not soaking to remove some of the starch
- You’re putting them in the pan wet
- You are overcrowding the pan and they are steaming
- You are leaving to cover on the pan too long
- When all else fails check your skillet. A cast-iron skillet is definitely
What happens when you soak potatoes in salt water?
Once cut transfer the potatoes to a bowl of cold salted water to soak. *Soaking in the cold water helps remove extra starch and soften the potatoes giving them a better texture and making them easier to cook.
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