These Skillet Fried Potatoes are the perfect easy side dish for holidays or even alongside dinner! Crispy on the outside, but tender on the inside, these tasty potatoes will become a go to recipe! You will love this fried potatoes recipe anytime you have are in the mood for potatoes!

Easy Skillet Fried Potatoes

Fried Potatoes Recipe

These Skillet Fried Potatoes are so versatile. You can use this recipe for hash browns for breakfast, Mother’s Day or Easter Brunch, or even to round out a meat and potatoes dinner.

There’s really no other way to say it, but I love potatoes. I could, and sometimes do, make a meal of potatoes. I have been known to heat up a bowl of these skillet potatoes for lunch with some melted cheese on top. A well-balanced lunch it is not, but definitely delicious! Besides pasta, potatoes are definitely my favorite food and I love incorporating them into my meals.

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For as much as I love potatoes, we are definitely not a meat and potatoes family. My family is Lebanese and we grew up eating tons of rice, pasta, and meals with lots of veggies. Meat wasn’t usually the focus of the meal and my Mom didn’t often pull large roasts out of the oven for dinner. Chicken and rice  was much more common than a roast and potatoes. We had meat much more often in the summers from the grill with baked potatoes and veggies done on the grill too.

What type of pan is best to fry potatoes?

You want to you a heavy bottomed skillet to fry potatoes in. I love enamel cast iron skillets and this lodge one from Amazon is my favorite!

Skillet Fried Potatoes

My daughter has not inherited my love for potatoes. She could eat a pound of rice or pasta by herself, but potatoes are hit or miss with her. And while she will eat french fries, she eats a few and is over it. I never force her to eat anything that isn’t good for her, so I am certainly not going to force feed her mashed potatoes.

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Skillet Potatoes Recipe

Needless to say, we have rice and pasta as a side dish for the majority of our meals, too. I swear, that girl can smell rice cooking from a mile away. One of these days I will have to share how to make Syrian rice…you will never be able to eat that terribly bland boiled rice ever again!

Skillet Fried Potatoes

So back to these skillet potatoes. There are two secret ingredients. Paprika and chicken broth. The paprika gives a subtle smoked flavor and beautiful color and the chicken broth gives them a great texture and flavor. I love making these for an easy side dish at any time of the day!

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How to make skillet fried potatoes

Skillet Fried Potatoes

These delicious skillet fried potatoes are great served during breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Amanda @ Old House to New Home


  • 6 medium sized potatoes sliced in half lengthwise and then sliced in 1/8 inch slices
  • 5 Tbsp . butter divided
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp . paprika
  • 1 tsp . garlic powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Melt 3 tbsp. butter in a heavy bottomed skillet with a lid. Once melted, add the sliced potatoes to the pan. Do not stir!
  2. Let cook, undisturbed, for 10 minutes. Stir potatoes and then add onion, salt, pepper, and paprika. Cover pan and let cook for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender. Add the chicken broth, stir, and then recover. Add the remaining butter in small cubes on top of the potatoes and let melt.
  3. Cook until chicken broth is absorbed and potatoes are very tender about 10-15 more minutes.
  4. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve immediately.

The Best Skillet Fried Potatoes with Two Secret Ingredients that make these perfect!

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7 thoughts on “Skillet Fried Potatoes

    1. water is fine, you just won’t have as much flavor! You could also sub vegetable broth

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