Skillet Red Potatoes

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


2 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
When I'm in a hurry to prepare potatoes, I resort to this recipe for skillet potatoes that I created myself. The mix of seasonings is just right and makes a delicious, attractive side dish. It's been a family favorite for a long time and fits with most any meal. —Lois Collier, Vineland, New Jersey
Skillet Red Potatoes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium red potatoes, cooked and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon paprika


  1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add potatoes; cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining ingredients; cook and stir until potatoes are browned and tender, about 5 minutes longer.

Skillet Potato Tips

Should you boil potatoes before frying them?

Yes, you should boil these potatoes before frying them. You can boil the cut potatoes or microwave whole potatoes just until they are slightly tender. They’ll then finish cooking in the skillet.

How do you keep fried potatoes crispy?

To get fried potatoes crispy, make sure you’re adding them to a hot skillet with hot oil. That way, they immediately start browning and aren’t soaking up the oil and getting mushy. Also, don’t cover the potatoes while cooking. That will cause steam to build in the skillet, and the potatoes will become soggy.

What type of potato is best for a frying pan?

The most common potatoes for frying in a pan are russets, red potatoes or Yukon Gold. Learn more about the different kinds of potatoes and what recipes they are best for.

Should you salt potatoes before frying?

You should salt potatoes once they are in the skillet and cooking. If you are boiling your potatoes before frying, add salt to the water so the potatoes absorb flavor. Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 205 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.