Pan Fried Potatoes with Meat

This Pan Fried Potatoes with Meat recipe is a simple pan of potatoes, meat and vegetables will get you wanting to make this all the time!

pan fried potatoes

I am officially going to share with you one of my biggest weaknesses (don’t judge too harshly). I think most of us that grew up in a Slavic (Russian/Ukrainian) home will agree, pan fried potatoes were pretty regular. When we first got married, I will be honest, I was a pretty lousy cook, like for reals (face blushing). Probably one of the first meals I “mastered” as a new cook was making pan fried potatoes. They may or may not have been a regular (yes, the Mr. ate more than fried potatoes, I promise, sorta, wink, wink,). So, I HATE milk, don’t know why and don’t ask. Seriously, it just makes me want to throw up (surprised I’m not lactose intolerant). Here is the kicker, the only time I will enjoy a cold glass of milk is with fried potatoes and a pickle or fresh cucumber. Isn’t that the weirdest combination? I probably should not have shared this, just reading it back makes me sounds like a weirdo, let me rephrase that, unique, haha. Soo.. About 2 1/2 years into our marriage, my in-laws came to live with us for 6 months (hubby is from Uzbekistan and his parents lived there at the moment). Once they settled in, wow was my mama-in-law a FANTASTIC cook. When she lived with us, she took on the cook roll and made dinner, a lot. This is where I first tried this dish I am sharing with you today. I sat down for dinner and my beloved pan fried potatoes had meat in them and vegetables and looked so appetizing. I devoured my portion (with my cup of cold milk, of course) and ever since, this has been probably my biggest weakness. It’s definitely not the “healthiest” weakness to have but boy does it taste oh so fantastic.

If any of you are seeing this kind of combination and are feeling like you have been missing out on something rather huge, I feel for ya. Wait until you try this!!! You have your meat, potatoes and vegetables all in one pan and it’s so good you wish it wasn’t fried so you could enjoy it on a weekly basis. Those of you that will now be eating pan fried potatoes with a pickle/cucumber and a tall glass of cold milk, high five to you, sending hugs and welcoming you to the unique club.. (Kissing face emoji inserted here..)

This is great to prepare in a good Sauté Pan with tall sides like this one I’m using, or a Kazan, or good quality Dutch. Really anything with a thick bottom will work.

You can use any meat you like. I make it with beef, pork or chicken. Sometimes I even use a few different types of event at once, whatever I have on hand. If you will be using beef or pork be sure to cook it longer once all the ingredients are in the skillet then I have indicated for the chicken. The meat is SOOO tender and delicious. Oh yumm. P.S. if you like meat and potatoes have you tried the Potato Chicken Casserole or the Potato and Meat Casserole.

This has been my longest introduction speech before a recipe. Let get to this!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Oh, one more. Promise last one. In case you need an encouraging song to listen to while you are drooling over this recipe. Here are my few favorites lately that have been on replay. We serve such an awesome God.

In Ukrainian: So beautiful (Click here)

In Russian: Love it, cry every time I listen (Click here)

Few in English: This kid has talent (Click here), Shoulders (Click here), Overwhelmed (Click here)

Serves: 4 – 6
Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs meat (*see note above)

1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 3/4 tsp Vegeta (Lawry’s Seasoning, Mrs. Dash or ur fav)

2 1/2 – 3 lbs potatoes (6-8 potatoes)

1 tsp salt, ½ tsp Vegeta (or fav seasoning, ¼ tsp pepper

1 large carrot

1/2 pepper

1 garlic clove

1/2 cup oil

1 small onion

Handful cilantro (or parsley)

Directions:

Cut the meat into about 1 to 1 1/2″ pieces. Season with the 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 3/4 tsp favorite seasoning. Mix and set aside.

Peel the potatoes and cut each potato into 4 – 5 Jo Jo like slices. If a potato is large, to get 5 pieces, instead of cutting the potato down the middle first, cut it to one side. The smaller half, cut into two and the large half cut into three, genius eyyy? Repeat with all potatoes. Rinse under cold water and pat dry (right before adding to the skillet).

Heat oil in skillet over high heat. Once oil is hot add half of the potatoes and fry on high heat until they are golden and have a crunchy outside, mix as necessary so all sides are cooked (about 8 minutes, they will not be fully cooked). Transfer to heat resistant bowl and cover. Repeat with the remaining potatoes. Transfer the potatoes into the bowl and season with 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp favorite seasoning, ¼ tsp pepper. Mix well. Cover.

Add the meat to the skillet and cook 8-10 minutes, until meat has a crispy, golden outside.

saute meat and fry potatoes

Meanwhile, clean carrot and pepper and cut into strands. Peel onion, slice in half.

Once meat is cooked, add garlic, onion, carrot, pepper and potatoes. Turn heat down to low/medium, close lid and cook another 25-35 minutes. Gently mix during the cooking, not too often. [Cooking time may vary depending on the skillet you use and stove top. As noted above if using pork and especially beef, cook about 45 min – 1 hr so the meat is really tender.]

cutting vegetables and putting it all together

Right before serving, add a handful of herbs to the skillet and close lid again. Enjoy immediately. 🙂 Do share your creations with me on Facebook or Instagram #valentinascorner. 🙂

pan fried potatos

Pan Fried Potatoes with Meat

Simple pan fried potatoes, meat and vegetables 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pan Fried Potatoes with Meat
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 308kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs meat * see note above
  • 1 tsp salt, Lawry's Seasoning, Mrs. Dash or ur fav, 1/4 tsp pepper, 3/4 tsp Vegeta
  • 2 1/2 - 3 lbs potatoes, 6-8 potatoes
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/2 pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 small onion
  • Handful cilantro or parsley

Instructions

  • Cut the meat into about 1 to 1 1/2" pieces. Season with the 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 3/4 tsp favorite seasoning. Mix and set aside.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut each potato into 4 - 5 Jo Jo like slices. If a potato is large, to get 5 pieces, instead of cutting the potato down the middle first, cut it to one side. The smaller half, cut into two and the large half cut into three, genius eyyy? Repeat with all potatoes. Rinse under cold water and pat dry (right before adding to the skillet).
  • Heat oil in skillet on high heat.
  • Once oil is hot add half of the potatoes and fry on high heat until they are golden and have a crunchy outside, mix as necessary so all sides are cooked (about 8 minutes, they will not be fully cooked). Transfer to heat resistant bowl and cover. Repeat with the remaining potatoes. Transfer the potatoes into the bowl and season with 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp favorite seasoning, ¼ tsp pepper. Mix well. Cover.
  • Add the meat to the skillet and cook 8-10 minutes, until meat has a crispy, golden outside.
  • Meanwhile, clean carrot and pepper and cut into strands. Peel onion, slice in half.
  • Once meat is cooked, add the vegetable and potatoes. Turn heat down to low/medium, close lid and cook another 25-35 minutes. Gently mix during the cooking, not too often. [Cooking time may vary depending on the skillet you use and stove top. As noted above if using pork and especially beef, cook about 45 min to 1 hr so the meat is really tender.]
  • Right before serving, add a handful of herbs to the skillet and close lid again. Enjoy immediately.
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Show 15 Comments
  • Mary 09/28/2015, 7:53 pm Link Reply

    This turned out really delicious! My husband loved the potatoes! 🙂 Thank you!

    • admin 09/28/2015, 10:27 pm Link Reply

      Mary, Yayyy. So so happy to hear the Mr. approved:-)…

  • sveta 09/15/2015, 3:47 pm Link Reply

    It is encouraging to know that a food blogger was once an inexperienced cook =). I am at that stage right now. I think as long as I have my bloggers, I will be fine.

    • admin 09/16/2015, 2:21 pm Link Reply

      Sveta, I’m not sure I still know what I’m doing sometime, haha:-). You will be just fine, just takes some practice:)..

  • Vadim K 09/13/2015, 12:30 am Link Reply

    This recipe has my name written all over it. I also got carried away listening “Rooftops” song (one of my favorite songs), I like the idea of links to worship songs :).

    • admin 09/14/2015, 11:01 pm Link Reply

      Vadim, thank you:). It’s a phenomenal song and this young boys version gives me goosebumps every time.. So beautiful..

  • Mary 08/26/2015, 12:04 am Link Reply

    Hi Valentina! As a newlywed I think Ill be referring to your website quite often (like you mentioned in your comment I am not the greatest cook and NEED recipes to make anything). Everything you post looks delicious! This recipe looks like something my husband would really like. I probably have cooked with steak one time and unfortunately its my husbands favorite. If I added beef, is there a cut from the beef that would work really well? (Im not sure if it makes a difference, again a little bit inexperienced) Thank you!

    • admin 08/26/2015, 5:50 pm Link Reply

      Mary,
      First, welcome to our Family’s Blog!. We are so glad you have found us.
      Second, would like to congratulate you on your marriage. What a wonderful time in your life. I would like to take the time to bless you and your hubby with health, respect, love, understanding, kiddos, employment and loads of happiness. I pray you will be a Godly, submissive attentive wife and may your hubby cherish you, respect and shower you with unconditional love all the days of your lives:). :). May your love for each other grow more and more every year. I just love that you are already pleasing him and making the beef cause that is what he likes, what an awesome wifey you are.
      Lastly, yes it does matter which meat you use, I typically buy beef sirloin, beef chuck or a good quality beef stew. Once you and the veggies and potatoes to the skillet, just let it cook until meat is really tender (low/med heat) 45min to 1 hr. Meat is so soft and just melts in your mouth and every bite is savored. {P.S. and as he is enjoying this wonderful meal, this is where you bring up the purchasing of those shoes you want. What, wait, what did I just say. I was teasing, of course, sorta, kinda not.. Hehe}

      • Mary 08/30/2015, 3:47 pm Link

        Thank you so much! That is so so sweet of you, I really appreciate your blessing and word of advise!! I too pray I will be that Godly and wise wife 🙂 Thank you for the recipe and tip for the right beef. I will try to make this sometime soon! Hehe that is not a bad idea, I guess they do say a way to the man’s heart is through his stomach 😉 Thank you! God bless! 🙂

  • Olga 08/25/2015, 7:37 pm Link Reply

    Yummmm!!! My husband’s favorite dish is zharenaya kartoshechka! He he! no matter what i cook he always requests it at least once a week! But we are from Belarus, so we grew up on potatoes! Lol your dish looks delicious, I’m going to try it one of this days! Thank you for posting it! And yes, plz tell us how do you find time to do all this with 5 children!

    • admin 08/26/2015, 9:29 am Link Reply

      Your hubs has good taste in food, hehe:). He is in for a treat, seriously.
      You’re funny. I think you will be surprised how simple my life:).. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Karina S. 08/24/2015, 12:32 pm Link Reply

    Valentina, I posted in another post but for some reason it wasn’t published. Would you please think about doing a post on how you schedule your day. I have young children and most day find myself running around doing something all day and there is nothin done. I am so exhausted at the end of the day and just not sure what I am doing wrong. And I feel terrible because I am so tired and have no energy left for my husband and not even talking about Bible reading. It would be such a blessing to hear your day structure. Thank already. Blessings 🙂
    P.S. Milk story, so cute.

    • admin 08/25/2015, 2:52 pm Link Reply

      Karinochka,
      I am so sorry, it was not on purpose and not sure how I could of missed it. Do forgive me.. :/ I know exactly what u mean though. I have had few requests for a post like this. I will put it on my to do list:)..

  • Oliyana 08/24/2015, 11:26 am Link Reply

    Oh I just love this introduction, your hilarious. Im not sure which I am in more awe of, that you survived for a half a year with your mother in law, the fact that you weren’t a pro at cooking when you got married or the beautiful Christian songs you share. Goodness, all so touching. God bless you sister in Christ. Preach it!!.. 🙂

    • admin 08/25/2015, 11:43 am Link Reply

      Oliyana. Ha. Thanks, you made me smile:). Can I in awe u more, they would come every year for 6 years straight and stay six months;).. Twas ummmm really ummmm eventful, haha..
      Thanks for commenting, that’s what makes me want to continue blogging:).. Powerful songs ey? Too good not to share!! Blessings..

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