Country Fried Potatoes

Cyd Converse

Country fried potatoes make a great basis for a tasty breakfast or brunch. Here's how to prepare them.

Country fried potatoes are ridiculously easy to make and are the perfect accompaniment for breakfast or brunch. They are also a great way to use up leftover cooked potatoes and work with any potato variety, including white skin, red, or even sweet potatoes!
Easy Potato Breakfast Skillet Photo
This is a very basic recipe which you can jazz up in all sorts of ways! We like to add some healthy veggies to the mix - mushrooms, sweet peppers, and onions all work well - and the addition of meats like cooked sausage or bacon turn the dish into a complete and satisfying meal. 
If you want to add vegetables to your country-fried potatoes, the best option is to saute them in the pan ahead of adding the potatoes. You don't need to brown them - just cook them until softened and they can brown along with the potatoes once you've added them.
Cooked meats won't need to be added until just before the end of the cooking time, to give just enough time to warm them through.
Kielbasa Breakfast Skillet Picture
You can also add fresh herbs of your choice. Chives work well, or you can add something like oregano to give a more Mediterranean flavor.
The guidelines for this recipe suggest chilling the cooked potatoes before using them. That's because they are far less likely to stick to the pan as you cook them if they are properly chilled. 
Make sure the pan you use is large enough to keep the potatoes in a single layer. If they are piled up in the pan, they won't cook evenly and will even start to steam in places. This will turn them mushy and you won't achieve that lovely crisp texture you are hoping for.
Easy Potato Breakfast Skillet Image
If you want a more complete potato brunch recipe, this Kielbasa Breakfast Skillet is a good one to try. Other yummy recipes to include on your breakfast or brunch menu are this Sausage Strata, or this unique Sweet Potato Benedict. For something sweet, be sure to try this Chai Tea French Toast recipe too! 

Country Fried Potatoes

    4 Servings


  • 6 medium Potatoes, red or white, cooked and chilled
  • 4 tablespoons Vegetable Oil, or shortening
  • 1 pinch of Salt, to taste
  • 1 pinch of Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Dice the cooked potatoes and set them aside.
  2. Heat a heavy skillet over a medium heat and pour in the oil or shortening.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add the diced potatoes, ensuring they are in a single layer.
  4. Do not stir or turn them and cook until golden brown on one side.
  5. Turn them and brown them on the other side.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then serve whilst hot.
Source: The Spruce Eats
The Spruce Eats
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Author: Cyd Converse
Source: The Spruce Eats
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 104
Calories 344

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 20mg
Total Carbohydrate 50g
  Dietary Fiber 8g
  Sugars 3g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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