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These Easy Skillet Potatoes are a simple and delicious side dish – they’re perfectly crispy on the outside and tender and fluffy on the inside.

Try some other easy potato recipes like Scalloped PotatoesBreakfast Potatoes, and Perfect Baked Potatoes.

Cast iron skillet with diced crispy potatoes and a wooden spoon.
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Why This Skillet Potatoes Recipe Works

  • Perfectly Seasoned – I used my All Purpose Seasoning for these potatoes and they are so delicious.
  • Moderate Heat – Crispy cast iron potatoes are pan fried over a moderate heat so they get crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, without burning.
  • Easy to Make – The skillet potatoes recipe you’ll find below is simple and easy. All you need are potatoes, oil, butter, and my favorite seasonings.
  • Oil and Butter – I used a combination of butter and oil to cook the potatoes in. The butter adds a nice flavor and the oil helps them get nice and crispy.
  • Versatile – Frying potatoes is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Serve them in the morning with some Baked Egg Muffins or wrapped in a breakfast burrito, or alongside some Baked Chicken Breasts or some BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

Key Ingredients

  • Canola Oil and Butter – Using both helps to get the crispy exterior, without the butter burning.
  • Potatoes – I use white potatoes, but really, any type of starchy potato (russet, Yukon gold, red potatoes) could be used.
  • Seasonings – Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Paprika, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper.

How To Make Skillet Potatoes

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

Peel potatoes and cut into evenly sized pieces.

Melting butter in a cast iron skillet.

Melt butter and olive oil over medium heat.

Raw, diced potatoes with seasonings in a cast iron skillet.

Add potatoes and season with onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.

Cook for 20 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning. If the pan is getting too hot, turn the heat down a bit.

Cast iron skillet with cooked diced potatoes.

Season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes. The fried potatoes should be golden and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Garnish with fresh chopped parsley before serving.

Wooden spoon with a serving of skillet potatoes over a cast iron skillet.


What kind of potatoes are best?

I used white potatoes for this, but you can really use whatever potatoes you prefer. You want a potato that’s going to hold their shape, so russets, red potatoes, or Yukons also work well.

Can you make these potatoes ahead of time?

While they’re best served right away, you can make these ahead and reheat them. It’s best to reheat them in a skillet on the stove to help retain some of the crispy texture.

Pro Tips

  • Cutting the potatoes the same size helps them to cook evenly. Try to get them as close in size as possible.
  • Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your liking, or play around with other seasonings. Cajun spices would add a nice punch of flavor!
  • If you’d like to use fresh garlic or herbs, add them at the very end and just cook for a minute; otherwise, they will burn.
  • To store leftovers, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Freezing this recipe is not recommended.
  • You can use any pan for this recipe, but you’ll get the best results from a cast iron skillet.
Crispy diced potatoes, bacon and scrambled eggs on a white plate with a fork.

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Easy Skillet Potatoes

5 from 4 votes
Crispy Skillet Potatoes are a simple and delicious side dish – they’re perfectly crispy on the outside and tender and fluffy on the inside.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 cups potatoes, peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional garnish)
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  • Melt oil and butter together in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add potatoes to the skillet and spread them into a single layer.
  • Season with onion powder, garlic powder and paprika.
  • Cook for 20 minutes, stirring and turning often.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook another 10 minutes, stirring and turning often or until golden brown.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with fresh chopped parsley (optional). Serve immediately.


Cut the potatoes as evenly as possible for even cooking.
Any type of skillet can be used, but for the crispiest potatoes, use a cast iron skillet.
Keyword easy skillet potatoes


Calories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 6gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 362mgPotassium: 867mgFiber: 5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 236IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 7mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.


Jessy is a busy mom and wife. She blogs over at The Life Jolie, a place to talk about all things delicious, family-related and pretty.

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