Dad, Mom, Vegetables

Pan Fried Potatoes

3 large potatoes (Yukon Gold or Russet), peeled and sliced about 1/4-inch thick
1/2 small onion, sliced thin
1/2 clove garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons peanut oil (or other light vegetable oil)
2 tablespoons butter

Total prep & cooking time is about 40 minutes.

  1. Peel and slice (or cube) potatoes.
  2. Let soak for 5-10 minutes in ice water. (This removes the extra starch that would prevent them from getting crispy.)
  3. Drain well and pat dry – make sure they are VERY dry!
  4. Heat the peanut oil in a large skillet (an iron skillet would be best) on high heat until it’s shimmering and almost smoking.
  5. Add potatoes and let fry for about 2 minutes or until they start to get golden on the bottom.
  6. Cover the pan and reduce heat to medium. Allow to steam for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Remove cover and turn the heat back up to medium high. Flip the potatoes. Fry for a minute or two, or until the bottom layer begins to get golden.
  8. Dump the pan of potatoes into a colander over the sink to remove excess oil and moisture. Blot with a paper towel and return them to the pan on medium heat.
  9. Add the butter, garlic and onion plus any seasonings you’d like on your potatoes.
  10. Fry, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and done. Do not cover at this stage of frying because they will get soggy!

Serves two. If making for more people, double the recipe and fry in two skillets. (If there are too many potatoes in one skillet, some won’t get crisp.)

Notes:
If your pan fries are soggy rather than crispy, you are probably doing (or not doing) one of the following:

  • You’re using very starchy potatoes and not soaking to remove some of the starch.
  • You’re putting them in the pan wet.
  • You’re leaving the cover on the pan too long.

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