Side Dishes, Southern

Southern Skillet Potatoes and Onions

Today, we’re diving into a beloved Southern classic – Skillet Potatoes and Onions. This dish is a staple in many Southern households and for good reason. It’s simple, flavorful, and brings a touch of comfort to any meal. Whether you’re serving it up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, these potatoes are sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

Southern Skillet Potatoes and Onions are more than just a side dish; they’re a tradition. This recipe is packed with savory flavors and satisfying textures, thanks to the caramelized onions, crispy potatoes, and a touch of seasoning. Adding a red bell pepper and bacon sea salt takes this classic to a new level, offering a burst of color and an extra layer of flavor that’s hard to resist. Perfect for any occasion, this dish pairs wonderfully with a variety of main courses and is sure to become a favorite in your kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds potatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon bacon sea salt

Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Southern Skillet Potatoes and Onions

Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients

Start by washing and slicing your potatoes thinly. Do the same with your yellow onion and red bell pepper. Thin slices will ensure everything cooks evenly and quickly.

Step 2: Heat the Skillet

In a large heavy-bottomed skillet, like a cast iron skillet, add 1 tablespoon of avocado oil and heat over medium heat.

Step 3: Caramelize the Onions and Bell Pepper

Add the sliced onion and red bell pepper to the skillet. Sauté them until they are caramelized, which should take about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning and ensure even cooking.

Step 4: Cook the Potatoes

Add another tablespoon of avocado oil to the skillet. Then, add the sliced potatoes. Let them sit on the bottom of the skillet for about 5 minutes without stirring. This helps them get a nice, crispy texture.

Step 5: Stir and Cook Evenly

Using a spatula, flip the potatoes often to help them brown evenly. Continue doing this until the potatoes are fully cooked, about 20 minutes in total. If needed, add the remaining tablespoon of oil to prevent sticking and ensure a good crisp.

Step 6: Season to Perfection

When the potatoes are almost done, season with garlic powder (if using), salt, pepper, and bacon sea salt. Stir well to distribute the seasonings evenly.

Step 7: Serve Immediately

Once everything is cooked and seasoned, serve the Southern Skillet Potatoes and Onions immediately while they’re hot and crispy.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Use a cast iron skillet: This ensures even heating and helps achieve that perfect crispy texture.
  • Slice evenly: Ensure your potatoes, onions, and bell peppers are sliced thin and uniformly for even cooking.
  • Don’t overcrowd the skillet: If necessary, cook in batches to avoid steaming the potatoes, which can make them soggy.
  • Control the heat: If your skillet gets too hot, the potatoes might burn before they’re fully cooked. Adjust the heat as needed.
  • Pre-soak the potatoes: Soaking sliced potatoes in water for about 30 minutes and then drying them thoroughly before cooking can help remove excess starch and make them crispier.

Variations to Try

  1. Cheesy Potatoes: Add shredded cheddar cheese during the last few minutes of cooking and let it melt.
  2. Spicy Kick: Sprinkle some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for a spicy version.
  3. Herb-Infused: Add fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or parsley for added flavor.
  4. Smoky Flavor: Use smoked paprika instead of regular paprika.
  5. Garlic Lovers: Add minced garlic along with the onions and bell pepper.
  6. Veggie Mix: Add other vegetables like mushrooms, zucchini, or tomatoes.
  7. Protein Boost: Include cooked bacon bits or sausage slices for a heartier dish.
  8. Sweet and Savory: Mix in sweet potatoes or butternut squash for a sweet contrast.
  9. Lemon Zest: Add a bit of lemon zest at the end for a fresh, tangy twist.
  10. Vegan Version: Skip the bacon sea salt and use a pinch of smoked salt instead.

What to Serve With Southern Skillet Potatoes and Onions

  1. Grilled Chicken: The savory potatoes complement the smoky flavor of grilled chicken perfectly.
  2. Fried Fish: A classic Southern pairing that never fails.
  3. Steak: Whether it’s a ribeye or sirloin, these potatoes make an excellent side.
  4. Barbecue Ribs: The sweet and tangy flavors of barbecue ribs pair wonderfully with the crispy, seasoned potatoes.
  5. Eggs: Serve them alongside scrambled, fried, or poached eggs for a hearty breakfast.
  6. Pork Chops: Juicy pork chops and crispy potatoes are a match made in heaven.
  7. Hamburgers: Elevate your burger night by adding these potatoes as a side.
  8. Roast Beef: The rich flavors of roast beef pair well with the seasoned potatoes.
  9. Pulled Pork: The tangy, sweet pulled pork is perfectly complemented by these savory potatoes.
  10. Vegetarian Entrée: Serve with a hearty vegetable stew or a salad for a complete meal.

Storage Tips

  • Refrigerate: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat: Reheat in a skillet over medium heat to retain the crispy texture or use a microwave for convenience.
  • Freeze: While potatoes can change texture when frozen, you can freeze them for up to a month if needed. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Additional Tips for a Perfect Southern Skillet Potatoes and Onions

  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh potatoes, onions, and bell peppers will provide the best flavor and texture.
  • Season at the End: Adding salt too early can draw out moisture and make the potatoes less crispy. Season towards the end for the best results.
  • Keep it Crisp: Avoid covering the skillet during cooking, as this can create steam and soften the potatoes.
  • Customize to Taste: Don’t be afraid to adjust the seasonings according to your preference. More garlic, less pepper, or extra bacon sea salt – make it your own!

Southern Skillet Potatoes and Onions

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: 40 minutesTotal time: minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:300 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Start by washing and slicing your potatoes thinly. Do the same with your yellow onion and red bell pepper. Thin slices will ensure everything cooks evenly and quickly.
  2. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet, like a cast iron skillet, add 1 tablespoon of avocado oil and heat over medium heat.
  3. Add the sliced onion and red bell pepper to the skillet. Sauté them until they are caramelized, which should take about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning and ensure even cooking.
  4. Add another tablespoon of avocado oil to the skillet. Then, add the sliced potatoes. Let them sit on the bottom of the skillet for about 5 minutes without stirring. This helps them get a nice, crispy texture.
  5. Using a spatula, flip the potatoes often to help them brown evenly. Continue doing this until the potatoes are fully cooked, about 20 minutes in total. If needed, add the remaining tablespoon of oil to prevent sticking and ensure a good crisp.
  6. When the potatoes are almost done, season with garlic powder (if using), salt, pepper, and bacon sea salt. Stir well to distribute the seasonings evenly.
  7. Once everything is cooked and seasoned, serve the Southern Skillet Potatoes and Onions immediately while they’re hot and crispy.

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