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Southern Fried Potatoes

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What I love about southern fried potatoes

Southern fried potatoes make the most versatile side dish ever. These potatoes are fried to a buttery, golden perfection in about 10 minutes so they are easy to thrown together. Honestly, these are a perfect side for any meal. They work great for breakfast potatoes, served with air fryer bbq chicken, and would even be great in a potato salad!

Fried potatoes in a large skillet with a spoon with a plate of potatoes next to it.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them

Close up of potatoes in a large skillet with a spoon.

How to make southern fried potatoes

Prep the potatoes by washing them and cutting them into halves. If you have the time I highly suggest soaking them in a bowl of water for about 30 minutes. This helps break down some of the starches, allowing them to crisp and brown more easily. Then drain and dry the potatoes before tossing them with oil, salt, pepper and paprika.

Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat and toss in the minced garlic. Let that simmer for about 30 seconds, then add the potatoes. It will take about 10 minutes total for the potatoes to cook. Make sure not to crowd the pan, working in batches if needed. Stir to flip the potatoes about halfway through the cooking time.

Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, salt and pepper to taste.

Southern fried potatoes on a plate garnished with fresh parsley.

FAQs and tips on making fried potatoes

Why won’t my fried potatoes get crispy?

If you are having trouble getting your potatoes to crisp up, it is likely because the starch content is high. Soaking them in water prior to cooking usually helps with this. Different potatoes have different starch levels so check which kind of potatoes you have and adjust accordingly.

Should I boil potatoes before frying them?

You do not have to boil potatoes before frying them. Make sure to fry potatoes at a medium temperature though, any higher and you will have a raw center or a burnt outside.

How long do you soak potatoes in water before frying?

I find that it really only takes about 30 minutes of soaking to do the job. Make sure to drain and pat dry.

Fried potatoes in a large skillet with a spoon.

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Southern Fried Potatoes

Southern fried potatoes make the most versatile side dish ever. These potatoes are fried to buttery, golden perfection in about 10 minutes so they are easy to thrown together.

  • Author: Theresa
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 ½ lbs baby potatoes, halved
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 34 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chop potatoes in half.
  2. Immerse in water for 30 minutes (optional, but makes potatoes extra crispy).
  3. Rinse potatoes and pat dry. Toss with oil, salt, pepper and paprika.
  4. In a large skillet, melt butter medium heat.
  5. Add garlic, sauté until fragrant.
  6. Add potatoes, continue to cook for 10 minutes, flip potatoes halfway. Cook until crispy golden and tender when pierced with a fork.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 226
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 183.8 mg
  • Fat: 12.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.4 g
  • Fiber: 4.2 g
  • Protein: 3.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 22.9 mg

Keywords: southern fried potatoes, butter fried potatoes, fried potatoes, fried baby potatoes

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