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A large skillet of Smothered potatoes with a large spoon ready to serve
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Southern Smothered Potatoes

Made with sweet-starchy Yukon gold potatoes, creamy butter and smoky, aromatic spices, Smothered Potatoes make for the most incredibly flavorful side dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: soul food, Southern
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 194kcal


  • 5 medium Yukon gold potatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper cored, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place the potatoes in a bowl of cool water to keep them from browning.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and bell pepper and cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon to a plate.
  • Add the oil to the skillet, add the potatoes and cook until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes, then turn them over and cook until browned on the other side.
  • Return the onions to the pan and spread them on top of the potatoes. Season well with salt, pepper, garlic and paprika and add ¼ cup water. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Serve.


You can use other potatoes if Yukon gold aren't available.  White, Red, Russet and Yukon Gold are all great options. 
If you want to vary flavor, add in cayenne for heat, chili powder for smokiness or even mustard seed for an exciting kick!


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 658mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg