Country Fried Potatoes

Fried potatoes

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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 25 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.)

Serve these flavorful old-fashioned country fries with a hearty weekend breakfast or as a side dish with dinner.

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.


  • 6 medium potatoes, 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.

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

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

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

  5. Turn them over and brown on the other side. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Recipe Variations

  • With Onions: 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.
  • O'Brien Potatoes: 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.
  • With Herbs: Add fresh chopped chives and parsley to the potatoes just before they are finished cooking.
  • Just before serving time, sprinkle the potatoes with a little sweet paprika or a low sodium Cajun seasoning blend.