Skillet potatoes are a versatile and delicious dish that can enhance any meal. Whether you're looking for a hearty breakfast, a satisfying brunch, or the perfect side for dinner, skillet potatoes fit the bill. Their crispy exterior and tender interior make them a crowd favorite.

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To make the perfect skillet potatoes, you'll need:

  • Potatoes (Yukon Gold or russet potatoes are great choices)
  • Oil or Butter (Olive oil, vegetable oil, or unsalted butter work well)
  • Seasonings (Salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder are essential)
  • Optional Add-ins (Onions, garlic, fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme)


  1. Wash and Dry: Rinse your potatoes under cold water to remove any dirt. Pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel.
  2. Cutting: Dice the potatoes into evenly-sized cubes or slices. Uniformity ensures even cooking.
  3. Seasoning: In a large bowl, toss the potato pieces with oil or melted butter and your chosen seasonings. Ensure every piece is well-coated.

Cooking Process

  1. Choose Your Skillet: A cast-iron skillet is ideal for achieving that perfect crispy texture, but any heavy-bottomed skillet will do.
  2. Heat Level: Preheat your skillet over medium-high heat. Add a bit more oil or butter to the pan.
  3. Cooking Time: Add the seasoned potatoes to the skillet in a single layer. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are golden and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Optional Add-ins

Customize your skillet potatoes with these tasty add-ins:

  • Onions: Add sliced onions to the skillet for a sweet and savory flavor.
  • Garlic: Minced garlic can be added in the last few minutes of cooking.
  • Bacon: Fry some bacon in the skillet before adding the potatoes for a smoky, savory addition.
  • Cheese: Sprinkle shredded cheese over the potatoes in the final minutes of cooking and cover the skillet to melt.
  • Bell Peppers: Add diced bell peppers for a pop of color and sweetness.

Serving Suggestions

Skillet potatoes can be enjoyed in various ways:

  • Standalone Dish: Serve them as they are for a simple, satisfying dish.
  • Side Dish: Pair them with eggs and bacon for breakfast or with grilled meats for dinner.
  • Brunch Spread: Include them in a larger brunch spread with pancakes, fruit, and mimosas.

Tips and Tricks

  • Crispy Texture: To achieve the crispiest potatoes, make sure they are dry before cooking and avoid overcrowding the skillet.
  • Prevent Sticking: Use enough oil or butter and ensure your skillet is hot before adding the potatoes.
  • Uniform Pieces: Cutting the potatoes into uniform pieces ensures even cooking and prevents some pieces from being over or undercooked.


We hope this guide encourages you to try making your own skillet potatoes at home. Experiment with different add-ins and seasonings to make them your own. We'd love to hear about your results or any unique modifications you made. Happy cooking!

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