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pan-roasted potatoes in a skillet

Pan-Roasted Potatoes

Classic and comforting, these pan-roasted potatoes are bursting with flavor. Soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, and a perfect side dish for a plethora of recipes, there’s little effort needed to whip this easy recipe up. Naturally gluten-free, vegan, and all-around a great choice.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2


  • Cast iron pan


  • 4 medium (500 g) potatoes sliced (*see notes)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Minced fresh rosemary leaves (optional)


  • Slice potatoes (you can peel them or leave the peel on) and dice the onion. Add the potato slices to a bowl with cold water and leave them there for about 10 minutes, then drain.
  • Heat oil over medium heat. Place the potato slices in the pan. Fry at medium heat (without stirring!) for about 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of the slices.
  • After 8-10 minutes, gently flip the potato slices. As soon as the potatoes are nicely browned, turn the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Steam the potatoes for about 15-18 minutes covered. Remove the lid and add the diced onion, salt, black pepper to taste, and rosemary (if using). Fry for a further few minutes, stirring occasionally or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs and enjoy! Serve with my Easy Lentil Stew!


  • You can use an iron cast pan or a non-stick frying pan.
  • I recommend waxy potatoes or all-purpose potatoes for this recipe. Do not use starchy potatoes, as they might fall apart in the pan.
  • You can easily make these pan-fried potatoes in an air fryer! Simply add potato slices to a bowl and toss with oil, sprinkle with salt, and pepper. Add to air fryer and cook for 20-25 minutes or until nicely browned at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (ca. 204 °C)! Shake basket halfway through.
  • Read my blog post for more helpful information!
  • Recipe serves 2. Nutrition facts are for one serving.
Nutrition Facts
Pan-Roasted Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.