Learn how to make the best ever Southern smothered potatoes. Soft, flavorful and sooo easy! It makes a wonderful side to accompany any meal and can be ready in just 20 minutes.
I love potatoes, and I could literally eat them every single day. These smothered potatoes are a family favorite, and I have learned this recipe from my mother. It makes a great side dish that goes so well with things like steak, sausage, chicken, etc. However, in our family, we usually make this on days when we’re having a vegetarian dinner.
This dish is so quick and easy, and you will love the flavor and the texture of the potatoes!
What kind of potatoes to use
The best potatoes to use for smothered potatoes are white, red, russets or Yukon gold.
Smothered potatoes ingredients
You will need very simple ingredients to make this humble potato side.
- Potatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- You can also add dried or fresh herbs if you like, but that’s optional.
What seasonings to use
Feel free to use any seasonings that you like. Sometimes I omit the fresh garlic, and add garlic powder and onion powder to the potatoes. If you like spicy potatoes, then adding cajun seasoning is a great option. You could also add dried herbs such as dried rosemary and dried basil.
How to make smothered potatoes
Smothered potatoes are potatoes cooked under a lid. I like to make mine in a cast-iron casserole dish, but any non-stick pan or pot works.
Start by preparing the ingredients so that you have everything ready to start cooking. Heat the olive oil in your pot/pan on medium heat, then add the potatoes along with the onions. Cover with the lid and let them cook for a few minutes.
You need to keep checking and flipping the potatoes so that they don’t get burnt.
Add water or stock to the pan, and cover with the lid. Cook for a few minutes.
When the potatoes are almost done, add the garlic, salt,
Smothered potatoes and sausage
Now you probably have heard of smothered potatoes with sausage. If you decide to add sausage, make sure that you fry the sliced sausage first and then add the potatoes and onion. The sausage will brown and infuse the oil which gives your dish more flavor.
Weight Watchers Points
There are 3 SmartPoints per portion on the WW freestyle plan.
Need more potato recipes?
- Cheesy scalloped potatoes
- Instant Pot buttered potatoes
- Smashed potatoes
- Cheesy mashed potato cakes
- Potato cakes with carrot and rice
- Instant Pot potato soup
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Smothered Potatoes Recipe
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 medium potatoes peeled and sliced into even round disks
- 1 onion chopped into half moons
- ¼ cup water or stock
- 2 cloves garlic minced or crushed
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Heat olive oil in your pot/pan on medium heat, then add the potatoes along with the onions. Cover with the lid and let them cook for a few minutes. You need to keep checking and flipping the potatoes so that they don't get burnt.
- Add the water or stock, cover with the lid and cook for a few minutes.
- When the potatoes are almost done, add the garlic, salt, and pepper and cook without a lid until you the potatoes are cooked through and the thinnest slices are a bit mushy. Remove from heat and serve with fresh herbs, sour cream, pesto, or anything that you like.
- As you flip the potatoes, do it very gently with a heat resistant silicone or wooden spatula not to break the potatoes.
- Check if you need to add more liquid to the potatoes in case all of the liquids are evaporated and the potatoes are still not cooked through.