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Pan-fried potatoes

Pan-fried potatoes

What could be simpler than fried potatoes? No need of a recipe for that! Quite right, but it's also very easy to end up making fried mash instead. Here are the main pitfalls to avoid.


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Last modified on: February 3rd 2011

For 4 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
42 min.55 min.1 hour 37 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
20 min.
Pan-fried potatoes : Photo of step #1 Peel and wash 1 kg potatoes.

Cut into medium sized pieces if you have big potatoes, the ideal size is about that of your thumb.

If you cut potatoes, wash again. This is very important because cutting potatoes releases starch, and that starch will make them stick when cooking.
Stage 2
2 min.
Pan-fried potatoes : Photo of step #2 Pour 3 tablespoons oil into a non-stick pan on medium heat, and add potatoes. Stir well to coat each potato with oil.
Stage 3
40 min.
Pan-fried potatoes : Photo of step #3 Turn down heat, cover, do not salt and do not touch for at least 40 minutes.
Stage 4
5 min.
Pan-fried potatoes : Photo of step #4 After this time, uncover, salt, and...
Stage 5
15 min.
Pan-fried potatoes : Photo of step #5 ... stir gently so that fried sides of potatoes are on top.
Stage 6
15 min.
Pan-fried potatoes : Photo of step #6 Repeat this until potatoes are fried as you like them.
Stage 7
Pan-fried potatoes : Photo of step #7 Be careful because once fried, potatoes can't be kept waiting, covered or not they will go soft.

You should serve them without delay.


Brief summary of the method: wash and dry potatoes, coat with a little oil, cook slowly without salt and without stirring for 40 minutes, only then should you salt and stir to cook on all sides.
My uncle Pierre, a great chef, when he was chef of his own restaurant, used this dish to test new young cooks.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
125520 gr190 gr46 gr
63 %8 %18 %7 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1202 gr18 gr4 gr
6 %1 %2 %1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
3135 gr47 gr11 gr
16 %2 %4 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 people : 1.09 €
Per person : 0.27 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: My uncle Pierre Barbary, the best self-taught chef I have ever known!
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