How to fry fresh potatoes? 

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How to fry fresh potatoes?” methods to fry potatoes and tips to keep in mind while frying.

How to fry fresh potatoes?

In order to fry fresh potatoes, fry the potatoes in vegetable oil after peeling, washing, drying, and cutting them into small slices. You can fry the potatoes in a skillet and top them with parsley and cheddar cheese.

How to fry potatoes?

You can either fry the whole potatoes or cut the potatoes in the form of sticks and then fry them. There are two methods to fry potatoes which are given below.

Frying whole potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound baby potatoes
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Ground pepper to taste

Method

  • Slice potatoes in the shape of a coin. It should be about ¼ inch thick.
  • The potatoes should be seasoned with pepper, rosemary, or salt. Cook the potatoes till it becomes crispy and golden in color.
  • Cook the potatoes for 4-5 minutes. After the potatoes turn crispy, turn them over and let the other side cook for 4-5 minutes too.
  • Sprinkle the potatoes with chili powder and garlic powder. Cook the potatoes for a few more minutes till it turns softer. Serve them with chopped parsley sprinkled on top.

Frying potatoes in form of sticks (French fries)

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Russet’s potatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • Canola oil for frying

Method

  • Rinse the potatoes properly in running water and start peeling them. Wash the peeled potatoes with water. Dry the potatoes before peeling them. 

If you do not wish to fry the peeled potatoes immediately, place them in a bowl of cold water to reduce browning.

  • Pour the oil into the pan and add pieces of potato to the pan to ensure the oil has heated up quickly.
  • Dry the potato strips using a dry towel because if the wet potato strips come in contact with oil, the oil would splatter.
  • Fry the potatoes in batches. If you add too many potatoes to the pan, the potatoes would not cook evenly.
  • Fry the potatoes till it turns golden or crispy. Using a slotted spoon, remove the potatoes from the oil and place them in a dry towel.
  • Season the potatoes with salt and serve.

Can you fry mashed potatoes?

Yes, you can fry mashed potatoes. The steps to prepare a mashed potato dish are provided below.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Russet potatoes
  • Salt to taste 
  • Oil for frying
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp any shredded vegetable

Method

  • Rinse the potatoes thoroughly and dry the potatoes using a dry towel.
  • In a scalloped style, cut the potatoes around ⅓ inch thick.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and fry them for 7-8 minutes in medium heat. Avoid overheating the potatoes as the potatoes could get burnt.
  • When the potatoes become gold, remove them out of the pan and place them on dry paper.
  • Using a masher, mash the potatoes. Add milk, salt, shredded vegetables, butter, and garlic.
  • Using a spoon, mix the entire mixture. Serve. 

Is it necessary to boil potatoes before frying them?

It is not necessary to boil the potatoes before frying them. If you wish to reduce the cooking time of potatoes, you can boil them. You can boil the potatoes in warm water on the stove. After boiling them, dry the potatoes well before frying them.

How to avoid potatoes from becoming mushy?

To avoid potatoes from becoming mushy, you would have to avoid overcrowding the skillet and fry the potatoes in batches. 

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What can be kept in mind while frying?

  • Use appropriate oil for frying. Virgin Olive oil or unrefined oils often have low smoke points and should not be used for frying. You can use vegetable oils for frying.
  • Healthy vegetable oils should be used for cooking. Oils having monounsaturated fats can help in lowering LDL levels of cholesterol. You can use canola oil for deep frying as it has a high smoke point and good amounts of monounsaturated fat.
  • Measure the amount of oil you add to the fryer before cooking and after cooking. After cooking, allow the oil to cool down and then measure the amount of oil. This would give you the amount of oil originally used and absorbed by the food during frying.
  • Dry the potatoes well before frying.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we have answered the question, “How to fry fresh potatoes?” methods to fry potatoes and tips to keep in mind while frying.

References

https://www.delish.com/cooking/a23463225/pan-fried-potatoes/
https://www.all-about-potatoes.com/how-to-cook-fried-potatoes.html
https://www.all-about-potatoes.com/fried-mashed-potatoes.html