Simple Smothered Potatoes


These simple smothered potatoes soak up the flavors of onion, broth and thyme as they cook in a cast-iron skillet. Be sure your cast-iron pan is well seasoned to prevent the potatoes from sticking to the pan once the liquid is absorbed.

Simple Smothered Potatoes
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup halved and sliced onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, grated

  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

  • ¾ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 ½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and sliced

  • Snipped chives for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth, thyme, salt and pepper; bring to a simmer. Add potatoes in an even layer and return to a simmer; cover and cook, stirring every 5 minutes and reducing heat to maintain a gentle simmer, until the potatoes are tender and the liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Garnish with chives, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

108 Calories
2g Fat
21g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 108
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Vitamin A 6IU 0%
Vitamin C 25mg 28%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 4mcg 1%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 298mg 13%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 3mg 1%
Potassium 34mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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