Make these perfect skillet potatoes with the right amount of flavor, and crispy texture! This versatile side dish makes a fantastic compliment to many main course dishes or as a breakfast treat.
These potatoes have been an absolute staple in my kitchen this entire month! In fact, straight out of the husband’s mouth the other day, “if I can eat these potatoes everyday, I’m good for an entire year of Whole30.” That’s right folks. He doesn’t mind the bitter coffee, zero sugar, and no baguette because he’s all about the potatoes. This is the same person who refused to eat eggs without a piece of toast just last month, but has since decided that potatoes make an even better option than toast! So you can imagine, I’ve been making a lot of potatoes the past few weeks. These work perfectly well with a Taco Tuesday meal, with my Chicken Tikka Masala or Thai Coconut Curry Meatballs. Or how about with some eggs for a weekend treat?
Potatoes make a great replacement for typical starches such as rice, pasta, bread, etc. And when cooked just right, oh my goodness they are delicious! After living in Germany for several years, we grew to love the German Potatoes that were served with many common meals. I couldn’t quite figure out how how they got that crispy flavored texture, and were perfectly chewy. So I’ve been experimenting and came up with the perfect combo of roasting in the skillet and then transferring to the oven. With just a few simple ingredients, this recipe is easy to make and one that everyone will enjoy.
I also wanted to share with you today another little secret that I’ve been keeping, and here it is: I don’t use Olive Oil for any of my cooking. It feels so great to get that off my chest, because you’ll often find that olive oil is listed as an ingredient in my recipes. The truth is, I use only avocado oil. And here is why: avocado oil has a much more mild taste (I find the taste of most olive oils to be bitter and not tasty), but most importantly: avocado oil has the highest smoke point of any cooking oil. So what exactly does that mean? It means that when cooking at high temperatures, you need a quality oil that won’t break down and create compounds that are harmful to your body. This is the case with many oils to include olive oil. Avocado oil has a smoke point up to 500 degrees! Making this the best and most versatile oil for cooking, but also for salad dressings and dips. Avocado oil is also rich in monounsaturated fat, Vitamin E and Oleic acid which make it a great cholesterol (LDL) lowering food, but it also works to lower blood pressure. The bottom line is, if you can, I would suggest this one little healthy swap for your diet. Now that avocado oil is so readily available at most grocery stores, I feel that it’s time to start letting everyone know they should be using it! Both Costco and Walmart sell Chosen Foods Avocado Oil for less than $10 per bottle. We use a ton in my house, and that bottle will last me all month.
So phew, I feel much better. Now on with the recipe, I hope you enjoy!!
- 5 medium or 4 large russet potatoes, peeled
- 4 tbsp refined avocado oil, divided
- ¾ cup white onion, diced
- 1 tsp salt + more to taste
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp pepper or lemon pepper
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Heat up a large cast iron skillet to medium high heat. If you don't have a cast iron skillet, a regular skillet can also work but you will need to transfer to a baking sheet at some point.
- Chop your potatoes into small pieces, from about ½ inch to 1 inch in diameter. Place inside a large ziplock bag or container with a lid. Drizzle 2 tbsp avocado oil, 1 tsp salt, garlic powder, and half tsp pepper. Give the container or bag a good shake to coat the potatoes.
- Once skillet is heated, add in 2 tbsp avocado oil to coat the pan. Toss in onion and potatoes that are coated with oil and spices.
- Let the potatoes cook for about 10 minutes. You will need to continually stir to be sure the potatoes are evenly cooked and the onion doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. You may need to adjust the heat down to medium a few minutes in to the process.
- Transfer the skillet to the oven in the cast iron skillet (transfer to a baking sheet if using a regular pan).
- Roast for 15 minutes. check the potatoes and 15 minutes to ensure they are slightly crispy and golden. They may need an extra 2-3 minutes.
- Serve hot.