Potato Skillet Recipe

Background and History

The potato skillet is a versatile and hearty dish that has roots in many culinary traditions worldwide. Known for its simplicity and comfort, this dish combines potatoes with a variety of ingredients, often including vegetables, cheese, and meats. It’s a popular choice for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. The skillet method of cooking allows for the ingredients to meld together, creating a flavorful and satisfying meal. Historically, skillet dishes have been a staple in rural kitchens, where hearty meals were necessary to fuel long days of work. Today, the potato skillet remains a favorite for its ease of preparation and adaptability.

Ingredients and Useful Facts


  • 4 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 green onions, sliced (for garnish)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Useful Facts

  • Potato Varieties: Yukon Gold or red potatoes are great choices for skillet dishes as they hold their shape well during cooking.
  • Cheese Options: Feel free to substitute cheddar with other types of cheese such as Monterey Jack or Swiss for a different flavor profile.
  • Vegetarian Version: Omit the bacon and add more vegetables like mushrooms or zucchini for a vegetarian option.



  • 4 servings


  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Cooking Time

  • Approximately 25 minutes


  • 4 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 green onions, sliced (for garnish)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


Prepare Ingredients

Dice the potatoes, chop the onion and bell pepper, and mince the garlic.

Cook the Bacon

In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove from the skillet, crumble, and set aside. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the skillet.

Sauté Vegetables

Add the olive oil to the skillet with the bacon grease. Sauté the onion and bell pepper until they are softened, about 5 minutes.

Add Potatoes

Add the diced potatoes to the skillet, stirring to combine with the vegetables. Season with paprika, salt, and black pepper.

Cook Potatoes

Cover the skillet and cook the potatoes for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are tender and golden brown.

Add Garlic and Bacon

Stir in the minced garlic and cooked bacon, cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Add Cheese

Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the top of the potato mixture. Cover the skillet again and cook until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.

Garnish and Serve

Garnish with sliced green onions and chopped parsley before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 350
  • Protein: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fat: 22g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 35mg
  • Sodium: 580mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 3g


  • Crispier Potatoes: For extra crispy potatoes, spread them out in a single layer in the skillet and avoid overcrowding.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the amount of paprika or add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a spicier version.
  • Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the skillet or microwave before serving.

Allergy Warning

  • Dairy: This recipe contains dairy products (cheddar cheese).
  • Gluten: Ensure that any bacon or additional ingredients are gluten-free if you have a gluten intolerance.
  • Alliums: This recipe contains garlic and onions.

Should you boil potatoes before frying?

Boiling potatoes before frying is not necessary but can help ensure they cook evenly and achieve a crispy exterior. Parboiling for a few minutes can speed up the frying process.

Are skillet fried potatoes healthy?

Skillet fried potatoes can be part of a healthy diet when prepared with moderate amounts of healthy oils and balanced with other nutritious ingredients. They can be high in calories and fat, so enjoy them in moderation.

How do you fry potatoes in a skillet without sticking them?

To fry potatoes without sticking, use a well-seasoned cast iron skillet or a non-stick pan, preheat the oil, and avoid overcrowding the pan. Let the potatoes cook undisturbed for a few minutes before turning them.

Should potatoes be soaked before pan frying?

Soaking potatoes before pan frying helps remove excess starch, which can prevent sticking and improve crispiness. Soak for at least 30 minutes, then dry thoroughly before frying.

What happens if you don’t soak potatoes before frying?

If you don’t soak potatoes before frying, they may stick to the pan and cook unevenly. They can also become less crispy due to the excess starch.

Should I salt my potatoes before frying?

It’s best to salt your potatoes after frying. Salting before can draw out moisture, making them less crispy. Season them right after they come out of the skillet.

Why do restaurants soak potatoes before frying?

Restaurants soak potatoes before frying to remove excess starch, which helps achieve a crispy texture and prevents them from sticking together.

Why soak potatoes in salt water?

Soaking potatoes in salt water helps remove excess starch and season them slightly, enhancing their flavor and improving their texture during frying.

How do you soften potatoes before pan frying?

To soften potatoes before pan frying, you can parboil them for a few minutes until they are slightly tender but not fully cooked. This ensures they cook through evenly when fried.

What is the best oil for frying potatoes?

The best oil for frying potatoes is one with a high smoke point, such as canola oil, vegetable oil, or peanut oil. These oils can handle the high heat required for frying without burning.

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