Country Fried Potatoes

Country Fried Potatoes in a cast iron skillet

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
177 Calories
12g Fat
16g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 177
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 2g
Calcium 11mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Country-fried potatoes are a classic breakfast and brunch side dish, but they also taste great served at dinner, too. Cooked, diced potatoes are pan-fried until nice and crispy. It's an ideal way to use up leftover potatoes from the night before. The next time you're making boiled or steamed potatoes for dinner, cook extra to enjoy the next morning.

This is a basic recipe, but there are plenty of additions you can make to give them more color and flavor. Onions, mushrooms, green or red bell pepper, and herbs are just a few ideas. Bacon, sausage, or ham would make them a hearty side dish, or top with gravy or cheese.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium potatoes (red or white; cooked and chilled)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil (or shortening)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Country Fried Potatoes ingredients

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  2. Slice or dice the cooked, cooled potatoes into bite-size pieces; set aside.

    sliced potatoes on a cutting board

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  3. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil or shortening to the hot skillet.

    cast iron skillet with oil

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  4. When the oil is hot, add the potatoes, spreading into a single layer. Cook without stirring or turning until the potatoes are golden brown on one side.

    potatoes in a cast iron skillet

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  5. Turn them over and brown on the other side.

    potatoes cooking in a cast iron skillet

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  6. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve hot.

    Country Fried Potatoes in a cast iron skillet

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Tips

  • If you're cooking potatoes specifically to use in this recipe, boil or steam them the night before for the best results.
  • To cook the potatoes in the microwave: arrange them in a microwave-safe dish, cover it with plastic wrap, and microwave on 100 percent power for about 5-7 minutes. 
  • Or boil the cut potatoes in water on the stovetop until tender but not falling apart.
  • Let the potatoes dry well and chill in the fridge before frying to prevent them from sticking in the pan.

Recipe Variations

There are plenty of ways to customize country-fried potatoes:

  • Sauté about 1/4 cup of chopped onion in the skillet until translucent. Add the potatoes to the onions and continue cooking following the instructions above.
  • To make potatoes O'Brien, dice the cooked potatoes and add them to the skillet with about 3/4 cup of finely chopped onion and green and red bell pepper. Cook, while stirring and turning, until the potatoes are browned.
  • Add fresh chopped chives and parsley to the potatoes just before they are finished cooking.
  • Toss in some diced ham or bacon just before the potatoes are done.
  • Top the fried, hot potatoes with shredded cheddar cheese or cheese sauce.
  • Top the finished potatoes with gravy (such as a sausage gravy).
  • Just before serving time, sprinkle the potatoes with a little sweet paprika or a low sodium Cajun seasoning blend.