Cast Iron Skillet Potatoes

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    These easy cast iron skillet potatoes are crispy and golden on the outside, tender on the inside, and the perfect 20 minute, one-pan side dish with loads of buttery herbed flavor in every bite!

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    This skillet fried potatoes recipe is one I turn to often because knowing how to cook potatoes in a skillet has become essential! Whether I’m adding them to steak bites when steak and potatoes are on the menu or I plan on making skillet breakfast potatoes in the morning, this low fuss dish comes together so easily, I can have them ready in no time.

    They’re crispy and golden brown on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside creating the perfect balance between taste and texture. With just a bit of butter and oil, these bite-sized beauties have the ability to crisp up so nicely, without any deep-frying. My kids go wild for these, even just as a substitute for french fries and a dollop of ketchup for dipping!

    A simple seasoning of salt and pepper is always a staple, but taking them up a notch with some garlic herb butter and a sprinkling of Italian seasoning is everything! Part of what is so great about these is that you can really season them however you’d like.

    Best potatoes to use for skillet frying

    Not all potatoes are created equal. Some are meant for baking, some are meant for boiling and some are a jack of all trades. Potatoes you are looking for are meant to make deliciously crispy fried potatoes in a cast-iron skillet, which means they should have a higher starch content. I use Yukon gold, as I find they give ultimate flavor and texture, but you could also try red potatoes, fingerling, russets, or Idaho potatoes.

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    Tips for easy skillet potatoes

    • Butter and oil: Don’t skimp on using both. The butter not only adds incredible flavor, but helps to avoid burning that can happen when just using oil alone. Using butter alone can also end up burning your potatoes, so using a combination of both is needed here.
    • Low and slow: Potatoes that have been previously boiled can stand a higher heat for a short period. To get a good sear, previously boiled potatoes, especially with no skin, need quick high heat. This recipe requires no par-boiling or boiling ahead of time, which means it’ll take a longer time for them to cook. For this reason, we want to keep the temperature relatively low, as to not burn them.
    • Keep it moving: Stir those potatoes continuously! Toss them around making sure all sides are cooked evenly and nothing is burning.
    • Potato skin: Keeping the skin on helps keep them nice and crispy and adds a ton of flavor.
    • Even size: Making sure to cut them in uniform size will help with even cooking. There’s nothing worse than biting into an undercooked potato!

    Variations

    • Fresh herbs: Adding fresh thyme, parsley, or rosemary really takes these up a notch!
    • Grated cheddar: A bit of grated cheddar gives these potatoes an added element. Once the cheese is melted from the residual heat of the potatoes, it’s magic!
    • Parmesan: A sprinkling of grated parmesan pairs so well with the Italian seasoning as well as the idea of fresh herbs. The choice is yours!
    • Bacon: A bit of crumbled bacon on top is always a good idea.
    • Minced garlic & diced onion: If you’re not up for making garlic herb butter this time around (although, at some point, you must!), adding a dash of minced garlic and diced onions to the pan once your butter has melted is an easy way to add that extra bit of flavor.
    • Cayenne: Like a little heat? A pinch of cayenne will do the trick.

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    Ways to serve them

    Storing, freezing, & reheating

    • To store: Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
    • To freeze: Allow them to cool completely before transferring them to an airtight container or freezer-friendly bag. Keep frozen for up to 3 months.
    • To reheat: Over time, whether in the fridge or freezer, they will get soggy. If you’re looking to get them a bit crispier, using the skillet on the stovetop is ideal. Otherwise, you could pop them in the microwave for quick heat.

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    Cast Iron Skillet Potatoes

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cast iron skillet potatoes
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 170
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    These easy cast iron skillet potatoes are crispy and golden on the outside, tender on the inside, and the perfect 20 minute, one-pan side dish with loads of buttery herbed flavor in every bite!

    Ingredients

    • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
    • 2-3 Tablespoons butter
    • 1 pound yukon gold potatoes , quartered, about 3.5 cups
    • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning , more to taste
    • salt and pepper , to taste

    Optional: fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme

      Instructions

      • Heat cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and 1-2 Tablespoons butter. Once butter has melted add the potatoes into the skillet.
        cast iron skillet and potatoes
      • Cook for a minute and then sprinkle Italian seasoning, salt and pepper over top. Cook for 10-12 more minutes (or until fork tender), stirring frequently to prevent burning. Set aside on a plate once cooked.
        cast iron skillet potatoes in pan close up
      • Top with fresh herbs if desired. Serve while hot.
        cast iron skillet potatoes in white bowl

      Notes

      Fresh herbs: The herbs really take these potatoes up a notch. I love adding freshly chopped rosemary, thyme or parsley.
      Variations: I prefer baby gold potatoes, but red will work great too. If you want to elevate these potatoes even more, add freshly grated cheddar or parmesan cheese over top. You could even add crumbled bacon. Yum!
      Freezer instructions: Allow to cool and then place into a zip top bag or freezer container. Freeze up to 3 months. When ready to use allow to thaw and then reheat in a skillet. We love chopping them smaller and adding to an omelette.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 477mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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