Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

Pan-Fried Lemon Potatoes

To me, crispy potatoes and lemon are a perfect match! Crispy and golden brown on the outside, super creamy on the inside, and a tangy lemon zest seasoning makes this an excellent side dish for fish or chicken.


Pan-Fried Lemon Potatoes



Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 1 1/2 pounds small Yukon gold potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic (smashed and peeled)
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary plus 1/2 teaspoon chopped (for the seasoning salt)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1/2 lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. This recipe originally appeared on Giada Entertains: Jade and Giada Day.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large sauce pan and cover with cold water. Add the garlic, rosemary sprigs and lemon half to the water and season well with salt. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. Drain well and immediately cut the potatoes into halves. Place on a plate to allow the steam to escape. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the seasoning salt, mix together the lemon zest, chopped rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Set aside
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and heat until it shimmers when it swirls in the skillet. Add the potatoes cut-side down to the skillet. Do not overcrowd the skillet. This may be done in 2 batches. Cook until the bottom of the potatoes are a deep golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a metal spatula, flip the potatoes and cook on the second side for an additional 3 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and drain well. Sprinkle with the seasoning salt and serve warm.
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