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How to Cook Thinly Sliced Potatoes in a Frying Pan

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author image Daria Kelly Uhlig
Daria Kelly Uhlig began writing professionally for websites in 2008. She is a licensed real-estate agent who specializes in resort real estate rentals in Ocean City, Md. Her real estate, business and finance articles have appeared on a number of sites, including Motley Fool, The Nest and more. Uhlig holds an associate degree in communications from Centenary College.
How to Cook Thinly Sliced Potatoes in a Frying Pan
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Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. Properly cooked in a pan, they're crisp and golden on the outside and creamy-smooth on the inside. Although pan-fying is a natural choice for thin-sliced breakfast home fries, savory seasonings make these potatoes a perfect dinner side dish as well. Cook them in a well-seasoned, cast-iron skillet, if possible. The iron conducts heat efficiently, and cast iron's heft keeps the potatoes from scorching.

Step 1

How to Cook Thinly Sliced Potatoes in a Frying Pan
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Wash the potatoes by scrubbing them well under hot running water.

Step 2

How to Cook Thinly Sliced Potatoes in a Frying Pan
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Peel the potatoes, if you wish. Slice them evenly, in whatever thickness you prefer.

Step 3

How to Cook Thinly Sliced Potatoes in a Frying Pan
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Boil enough salted water to cover the sliced potatoes. Add the potatoes to the boiling water and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until they're barely cooked through.

Step 4

How to Cook Thinly Sliced Potatoes in a Frying Pan
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Drain the potatoes into a colander. Move them gently, using a "spider" tool or slotted spoon, to avoid breaking the slices.

Step 5

How to Cook Thinly Sliced Potatoes in a Frying Pan
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Heat about 1/4 cup of vegetable or canola oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat.

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Step 6

How to Cook Thinly Sliced Potatoes in a Frying Pan
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Add the potato slices to the hot pan. Spread them out so as much of the slices' surface as possible touches the bottom of the pan. Season the potatoes to taste.

Step 7

How to Cook Thinly Sliced Potatoes in a Frying Pan
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Cooked the potatoes until the bottom layer begins to brown. Then, toss the slices gently with a spatula. Continue to turn them periodically, so that each slices browns.

Step 8

How to Cook Thinly Sliced Potatoes in a Frying Pan
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Remove the browned potatoes from the pan and drain on paper towels to blot up excess oil.

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