Pan Fried Potatoes and Green Beans

Fried Potatoes

5 from 6 reviews

An easy traditional side that is loved by all and goes with everything from grilled chicken to fried fish.


  • 1 lb. green beans trimmed
  • 2 medium sized gold potatoes cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Bring large pot of water to boil and add beans. Cook until bright green in color and tender crisp; approximately 2-3 minutes. Plunge cooked beans into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. When completely cool drain beans in colander.
  2. Place cubed potatoes, olive oil, basil, oregano and garlic powder in a large Ziploc bag. Shake to coat. Heat skillet over medium high heat and add potatoes. Cook until starting to brown; stirring occasionally. Lower heat to medium low so as not to overbrown the potatoes before they are tender. Stir occasionally. Cook until golden brown and tender. Add well drained green beans, butter and salt & pepper to taste. Cook for additional 3-5 minutes.


  • If you like your beans more tender than add them to the skillet with the potatoes earlier in the cooking process.
  • For best results trim the ends off the green beans
  • Chop your potatoes into small cubes as this helps cook them all the way through by the time they are golden brown.
  • Always plunge your green beans into ice cold water after the boiling as this stops the cooking process.
  • After the potatoes have browned you can speed up the tenderizing of the potatoes by covering the skillet with a loose piece of aluminum foil.
  • You can use fresh minced garlic but do not add it to the skillet until the last 30-60 seconds of cooking because if cooked too long it burns and tastes bitter.
  • If you like a little more flavor for your potatoes and green simply add a couple pinches of Cajun seasoning. I find Cajun seasoning to be full of flavor and not too hot if used in moderation.

Keywords: pan fried potatoes, fried potatoes, pan fried green beans, green beans, vegetable side, side dish

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