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Whole30 Potatoes – Skillet Fried Potatoes {Whole30, Gluten-Free, Vegan}

One of the best side dishes ever, Whole30 Potatoes are sure to be a family favorite. Great for breakfast or as a side for meals, these Whole30 skillet potatoes are vegan and gluten-free.
skillet fried potatoes in a cast iron skillet with rosemary and ketchup

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One of the best side dishes ever, Whole30 Potatoes are sure to be a family favorite. Great for breakfast or as a side for meals, these Whole30 skillet potatoes are vegan and gluten-free.

skillet fried potatoes in a cast iron skillet with rosemary and ketchup

So, I love these Whole30 home fries for multiple reasons. But the top reason? You cook them in a cast iron skillet which means you don’t have to wash an extra dish. I would live my life in cast iron to cut down on dishes.

Cast iron pants? Cast iron shoes? Yes, please. Cast iron underwear? I’m tempted…

If you’re new to cast iron, check out this post on How to Season, Use, and Love Cast Iron. This side dish is stupidly easy and comes together wickedly fast. And you don’t actually have to wash the dish. Did I mention that already?

And if you have two cast iron skillets, make yourself a Whole30 + Paleo Frittata to go with these skillet potatoes.

What is the best potato for frying?

The good ol’ Russet potato makes wonderful skillet fried potatoes (and is what I used here). Baby red potatoes are also pretty amazing for frying. Honestly, I’ve never had a bad fried potato, so use what you have on hand.

Depending on your preferences, you can peel or leave the skin on. If you do eat the skin and your budget allows for it, try to use organic potatoes. Potatoes are on the Dirty Dozen list of the 12 foods where the most pesticides are used.

Are Potatoes Whole30 Compliant?

Yes! Here’s what the Whole30 people have to say about spuds: “White potatoes are a whole, real, nutrient-dense food! It doesn’t make logical sense to leave them out while other carb-dense foods like taro, yuca, or sweet potato are allowed”. (source)

How Do You Make Whole30 Potatoes?

The secret for these skillet fried potatoes is using a well-season cast iron skillet. It gives you an amazing sear on the spuds and lets you use less oil than a traditional pan fry method.

Have you ever seen a rusty or nasty looking cast iron skillet at a thrift store or garage sale? Most of them have a dead spider chilling in there. Don’t pass by that skillet; buy it and restore it using the directions in this post!

How Can I Prep Whole30 Potatoes for a faster meal?

Home fries are a fabulous and speedy weeknight side dish. I have been known to peel and chop the potatoes up to two days ahead. As long as you keep the potatoes submerged in cold water in the fridge, they won’t oxidize (brown).

When you’re ready to use them, simply drain and pat dry before mixing with the oil and spices.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • You really need to preheat the cast iron skillet before adding the potatoes. Simply place the skillet in the oven while it comes to temp to guarantee a hot pan. Putting potatoes in a cool pan will result in stuck on food.
  • This recipe calls for one teaspoon of truffle oil. This is optional, but highly, highly recommended. The flavor it adds to potatoes is pretty insane and amazing. But If you don’t want to use the truffle oil, go ahead and replace it with an additional teaspoon of avocado oil.


  • You can use the Whole30 potatoes as the base of a breakfast skillet. Top the potatoes with other veggies, some spinach, chopped bacon or ham, or make ahead scrambled eggs.
  • If you want to add some peppers (gross, don’t do that) or sliced onions in with the potatoes while cooking, go for it!
  • And do yourself a favor and put a dollop of guacamole, salsa, and hot sauce on the very top. Leaving it off would be like making cupcakes and forgoing the frosting. In other words, it would be a scandalous disaster.

three photos showing how to make cast iron skillet fried potatoes


It is so nice to make Whole30 potatoes in the oven when the weather turns cold and your house and kitchen could use the extra heat. But during the summer when the boob sweat flows freely, you may still find yourself hankering for some skillet spuds.

Last year I discovered that my favorite cast iron skillet can fit in our beloved countertop convection oven. I get the same crispy results without heating up my whole kitchen. It’s a win-win.

Almost like cast iron pants.

a dish of skillet fried potatoes

Whole30 Potatoes – Skillet Fried Potatoes WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of Whole30 Potatoes – Skillet Fried Potatoes has 1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

skillet fried potatoes in a cast iron skillet with rosemary and ketchup
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Whole30 Potatoes - Skillet Fried Potatoes {Whole30, GF, Veg}

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
One of the best side dishes ever, Whole30 Potatoes are sure to be a family favorite. Great for breakfast or as a side for meals, these Whole30 skillet potatoes are vegan and gluten-free.



  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Place a rack on the second highest setting. Put your cast iron skillet in the oven while it preheats.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the spices, oils, potatoes, and garlic. Stir to combine.
  • When the oven is hot, carefully remove the skillet and drizzle a little avocado oil on the pan. Swirl to coat the bottom. Add the spuds, give them a stir, and then put them in the oven for 11 minutes.
  • After 11 minutes, give them a stir and put them back in for another 15-30 depending on how crispy you prefer them.  You can also blast them with a broiler for the last minute or two to get them really crispy!


Cut the potatoes and cover with water in the fridge up to two days before making these home fries. Simply drain the water and add the remaining ingredients.
You can use olive oil in place of the avocado oil, but it technically isn't meant to be used at high heat.
Nutrition Facts
Whole30 Potatoes - Skillet Fried Potatoes {Whole30, GF, Veg}
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 87 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 457mg13%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 320IU6%
Vitamin C 15.8mg19%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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34 comments on “Whole30 Potatoes – Skillet Fried Potatoes {Whole30, Gluten-Free, Vegan}”

  1. Anyone tried this recipe with sweet potatoes?  

  2. Tasty potatoes! Thank you for the recipe.

  3. I think you must be reading my mind. I was just thinking my cast iron skillets could use some TLC and that I should pull up your post about it. Now I don’t have to search for it!
    So… could I freeze the diced potatoes and somehow still make this?

  4. I’m getting very curious…. why smoked paprika instead of regular? My taste buds must be dead because I don’t notice that much of a difference between them.

  5. We made these agin this weekend!! So good!!!5 stars

  6. I served these alongside a ham and broccoli quiche. So easy and delicious. They would be even easier if I had chopped the potatoes ahead of time.5 stars

  7. Pinned these to Pinterest forever ago, but never got around to trying them. I’ve been in a cooking rut (pregnancy hormones making food a little less than appetizing) so I was looking through my boards and these potatoes jumped out at me. Made them last night for me and the Hubbs, amazing! Such a hit with both of us. I did add a cut up purple onion and instead of individual seasonings, I just dumped a bunch of McCormicks Steak seasoning, spicy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  8. This post is awesome. I am feeling the ketchup pain. I have a four year old charming son who insists on ketchup ing every thing on the table.