Easy Skillet Fried Potatoes

Easy Skillet Fried Potatoes

 The Spruce

  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 Portions (4-6 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
161 Calories
7g Fat
22g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4-6 Portions (4-6 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 161
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 399mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 3g
Calcium 58mg 4%
*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.)

Onions, bell peppers, and some (optional) garlic flavor these skillet fried potatoes. These home fries are the perfect side dish to serve with a hearty breakfast or brunch. They're an excellent dinner side as well.

The best potatoes to use for home fries are waxy or medium starch, like red bliss or round white. New potatoes have fabulous flavor when fried, and a good choice if the season is right. You can also make this dish with leftover potatoes. See the tips and variations below the recipe.


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  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (such as canola or grapeseed)
  • 1 large onion (quartered, thinly sliced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 medium clove garlic (finely minced, optional)
  • 6 medium red-skinned potatoes (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients

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  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy, nonstick skillet or electric skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and sauté until the onion is tender and translucent. Add the red bell pepper and garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.

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  3. Add the diced potatoes, paprika, about 1/2 teaspoon salt, along with the freshly ground black pepper. Cover the pan and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until potatoes are just tender. Uncover and increase the heat to medium-high. Continue cooking for about 8 to 10 minutes, occasionally turning, until the potatoes are golden brown.

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  4. Taste and adjust the seasonings, adding more salt, if needed.

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  5. Enjoy!


    • Partially cook the potatoes to give them a head start and shorten the total cooking time. One good way to cook them is with the microwave oven. Arrange the diced potatoes in a microwave-safe dish, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on 100% power for about 5 minutes. 

    Recipe Variations

    • Add some bacon drippings or diced cooked bacon during the last 3 to 4 minutes of cooking time.
    • Instead of dicing the potatoes, slice them thinly.
    • Herb Home Fries: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of fresh herbs. Parsley, chives, and fresh thyme are good choices.
    • Home Fries With Leftover Potatoes: Slice or dice the potatoes and add to the pan with the paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, until browned on the bottom. Add 1 more tablespoon of oil (or butter or bacon drippings) to the pan, flip the potatoes over, and cook for about 5 minutes longer, or until the bottom is browned.
    • Crispy Oven-Fried Potatoes
    • Crispy Diced Potatoes: made in a skillet.