Country Fried Potatoes

Fried Potatoes
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  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
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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. And bacon, sausage, or ham would make them a hearty side dish. See some of the suggestions below the recipe.

Related Recipe: Skillet Home Fries

What You'll Need

  • 6 medium potatoes, cooked, cold
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil or shortening
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

How to Make It

  1. Slice or dice the potatoes into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  2. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the oil or shortening to the hot skillet.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the potatoes. Cook without stirring or turning until the potatoes are golden brown on one side; turn them over and brown the other side.
  4. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.


  • With Onions - Saute 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.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 177
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 9 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 83 mg
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 2 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)