Frying Potatoes

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March 21, 2019

plate of Southwest Fried PotatoesI love potatoes! So adding just about anything to them can really make a difference from the plain fried potatoes. These spicy fried potatoes go great with scrambled eggs, or they're just a nice meal all by themselves. You can add more or less of everything too.


Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 30 min max

Yield: 1-2


  • 1-3 partly cooked potatoes
  • 1/4-1/2 onion
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 1 small handful cilantro
  • 1-3 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp butter or oil
  • 1/8-1/2 tsp powdered garlic or 1-2 cloves sliced


  1. Chunky cut your semi-cooked potatoes. Chop up the cilantro. Quarter cut the tomato(s). Thick slice the onions.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, heat up your oil or butter and add your chunked potato pieces and onion slices.
  3. onions & potatoes in skillet
  4. Now add your red pepper flakes, salt and garlic. Fresh garlic slices are the best, (I was out) so I used garlic powder which is okay too.
  5. seasoned Fried Potatoes & onions

  6. When your potatoes and onions are cooked, put in your tomato quarters and cook those. Add the cilantro last and flip that around for a minute. It's done.
  7. Fried Potatoes, onions tomatoes & cilantro
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October 18, 2004

Let raw potatoes stand in cold water for at least a half-hour before frying in order to improve the crispness of French-fried potatoes. Dry potatoes thoroughly before adding to oil. By Peggy

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January 11, 2009

Lightly sprinkle with sugar when frying fresh peeled potatoes to get a nice crust on them.

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January 1, 2005

Wash the potatoes before you peel, removing any scarred or spoiled spots, eyes, sprouts, & the like. Then peel the potatoes and save the skins for frying.


Frying them in a little oil for about a minute will give you the same munchy tidbits that bars & restaurants charge high prices for.

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May 24, 2004

I have been trying to make good fried potatoes for a while now with little success. Does anyone have a good recipe? What I am trying to make is the skillet type that are often served with a lot of breakfast dishes at restaurants.

Not hashbrowns but cubed fried, crispy potatoes. - ST in UT


By Linda (Guest Post)
May 24, 20040 found this helpful

Start with cooked, cold potatoes. It's easiest to bake a bunch the night before along with dinner. (Doesn't waste extra energy). Add some oil to a pan, saute some onions and then to the hot oil and onions, add cubed potatoes.


You can add peppers, too. Fresh rosemary from your herb garden is good. Saute, turning only as needed with a spatula. Turning too often creates mush.

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By Alex777 (Guest Post)
May 24, 20040 found this helpful

Fry cubed potatoes in olive oil until half done, add diced leek, salt, pepper, and for more spice, blackened seasoning. Cover and cook until done, turning from time to time.

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By vlfivecoat (Guest Post)
May 24, 20040 found this helpful

You might try sprinkling some flour on the potatoes before you cook them. This makes them more crunchy.

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By Joe (Guest Post)
May 24, 20040 found this helpful

Never thought of putting flour on them. That is a good idea. One thing I do is a sprinkle a little paprika on them for color. That seems to help crispify. And I usually bake or boil the potatoes first.


Then chill them. Then cube them. I like to chop up some garlic and saute that with some onions before I add the potatoes.

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By (Guest Post)
May 26, 20040 found this helpful

when you cube your pot. put them into a ziplock bag and pour some oil into the bag......coat well, and spray your skillet with cooking spray........get the grease hot before adding pot. once you put them in, keep them moving until they are cooked enough on each side to prevent sticking to the skillet.......move not stir as this squashes the pot.....hope this helps......

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By Misty (Guest Post)
May 26, 20040 found this helpful

I have always use raw potatos, cook them in a little oil and cover them while they are cooking. Use a med-high heat and turn frequetly. Learned this from a resturant cook.

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By Joanne (Guest Post)
May 26, 20040 found this helpful

The secret to those potatoes your talking about (like the skillet potatoes at Denny's) is the spices: Lawry's Seasonal Salt, garlic powder and pepper.


Don't peel the potatoes—just wash, cube, season (with spices mentioned above) and fry.

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By Kami (Guest Post)
September 14, 20040 found this helpful

I have to second the baking of the potatoes ahead of time. If we have baked potatoes, I always make extra for fried potatoes. They are much better and don't stick nearly as much. In fact, if I make a roast with potatoes, I cube up the extra potatoes and roast and fry it all together for a dinner of hash. My family wants me to make a roast just for the crispy hash the next day.

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October 24, 20040 found this helpful

We usually cube the potatoes and add water enough to cover them for about 10 minutes in order to cook them in the pan. Then we add butter, salt, pepper, and either garlic or Emeril's steak seasoning and fry until crispy and brown. Either option is fantastic and neither has been left on the plate. Good luck, take care of you and those you love.

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By katykatzz (Guest Post)
November 3, 20040 found this helpful

I like to make fried potatoes cubed. First cube leave skins on or peel your choice. Wash if you leave them on. Cube in about bite size pieces. Then use a little oil not much just maybe the spay kind with you favorite flavor, season salt, onions, or onion salt, garlic choped. I think you get the idea.Try different spices until you find what your family likes the best.
You can bake in the oven wrapped in tin foil or on the BBQ. I happen to think the BBQ ones are the best. I also like to bake for quite a while as we like them to be crunchie.
Good luck and enjoy.

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By Pamela (Guest Post)
December 15, 20070 found this helpful

Heat a couple spoons of butter and oil in a fry pan, add onions, etc.. if desired. Cube raw potatos, with or without skins, place in a bowl, add salt, pepper, seasoning powder, garlic.. whatever you like (seasoning makes the dish), pour the oil/butter over potatos and toss. Return potatos to the pan, cover, heat on med high turning occasionally until they begin to cook on the outside. Turn down the heat, continue to cook covered until done to your liking.

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By Michelle (Guest Post)
September 15, 20080 found this helpful

I boil the cut potatoes first. Take a teflon skillet and coat with oil, using a paper towel, instead of just dumping it in. Add a few pats of butter to the pan with sliced onions. Fry them for a few, then Add strained potatoes, add a few more pats of butter over them and salt N pepper to taste. Cover. Leave them for about five minutes on medium heat, then turn over. Fry the other side for five minutes, and repeat. Do this until you reach your desired color and crispiness. Color meaning how "browned" do you want them :)

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November 10, 20080 found this helpful

No matter if I use raw or cooked, teflon or iron fry pan, low or high heat... my potatoes always stick to the pan. That is, the browned part sticks to the pan. When I flip them the browned part sticks to the pan and the potatoe is back to the white color. Whats the deal

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By (Guest Post)
January 22, 20090 found this helpful

Peel potatoes. Cut into squares big enough that when you do fry them they wont shrenk up too small feel bottom of frying pan with oil let heat till hot than sprinkle potatoes with (seasoning salt pepper & salt ) which ever you like than sprinkle some flour on them throw them in the pan until they get to the tenderness that you like.

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November 6, 20090 found this helpful

ST in UT, I live in the poconos of PA. I don't know if this will help you in anyway but I do know that if you have bacon drippings that makes an awesome base to fry potatoes in..whether for breakfast or dinner.

If I don't have bacon drippings I use olive oils (different flavors). margarine.. sometimes crisco. I will put everything together sometimes and make fried potatoes.. with bacon and eggs all together! put it in oven for bout 20 mins and serve with toast,orange juice ect. I'll even melt cheese on it. That casserole comes in handy especially on Christmas morning when you have he lil ones wanting to rip things apart lol Hope it may help you out a lil. I kinda got carried away with the rest lol. missy from pa

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October 21, 20130 found this helpful

Don't over complicate. Have just under a quarter inch of oil in your pan and the oil is HOT. Waiting 5 minutes between flipping. Add salt after its done. Anything else can be added during cooking.

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June 22, 20180 found this helpful

Try some lard, salt and pepper hot iron skillet with a lid for early cooking remove lid to brown

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