crispy garlic basil potato bites

Crispy Garlic Basil Potato Bites

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I loooove starch: pasta, rice, potatoes, you name it. Especially the noodles and the potatoes.  The trouble with the potatoes though, is that baking them takes a while. Yes, I know you can microwave them, but the texture isn’t right.  Or, you can fry them. That’s faster. On the other hand, cutting up and frying French fries still takes a while, uses lots of oil, and it’s messy.  However, there is a solution! The answer is these crispy garlic basil potato bites.  They’re bite size pieces of crispy, fragrant, fluffy potato heaven.

You cook them in a skillet, with just a couple of teaspoons or so of oil, and a bit of butter. Unlike a baked potato, they’re ready in under 25 minutes!  And the only thing you really need to chop is the potato. Yay!

The potatoes end up crispy and brown on the outside, and creamy on the inside. Almost like French fries (but much easier) and with an extra flavor boost from the garlic and the basil.

I adapted this from a recipe that called for making the dish with sage leaves.  I had none, so I used basil leaves instead. It would also be good with rosemary (preferably fresh). The garlic clove is left whole, so it adds lots of flavor without being overpowering.  Also, the recipe said to peel the potatoes, but I’m lazy, so I didn’t bother.  Besides, more vitamins that way!

Not to mention, it’s an easy side dish that doesn’t require a lot of fussing.  And, it goes well with crispy lemon chicken, a lamb chop, or meatloaf.  You can pop the chicken in the oven and then start the potatoes about half way through. Or, start a lamb chop about halfway through cooking the potatoes.  Great with a hamburger too (you may have spotted them in the background of last week’s newsletter).

Crispy Garlic Basil Potato Bites

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Category: side dish

Cuisine: American

one serving

crispy garlic basil potato bites

Crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy inside, with a burst of flavor from mellow garlic and summery basil.


  • 1 medium to large potato (I used Yukon Gold), scrubbed, and cut into small wedges, about an inch or so
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 tsp canola or neutral oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch ground black  pepper
  • 1 1/4 tsp fresh basil leaves


  1. Rinse the potatoes in cool water, and drain them. Use a paper towel to pat them dry.
  2. Heat a small skillet on medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the butter and the oil.
  3. Pour the potato pieces into the pan and cover it.  Turn the heat down to medium and cook the potatoes for 10 minutes.
  4. Rotate them every once in a while, so they brown evenly.
  5. Turn the heat to low, add the garlic, replace the cover, and cook another 10 minutes.
  6. Add the salt, pepper, and whatever herbs you are using and toss it all together.
  7. Transfer to a plate and serve.

Crispy Garlic Basil Potato Bites Substitutions and Variations

  • Use different fresh herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, or sage
  • Add more garlic
  • Try some hot pepper flakes
  • Or, add some crispy bacon
  • Try the potatoes with lemon, garlic, and sage

More Potato Side Dish Recipes

Oven Roasted Greek Potatoes

Skin On Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Paprika Potatoes

French Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette Potato Salad

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