20-Minute Sausage and Potatoes Skillet

20-Minute Sausage and Potatoes Skillet

Super quick and flavorful sausage and potatoes skillet in less than 20 minutes! One skillet and only 5 ingredients to get the dinner on the table. Sausage is the main flavor source, so make sure to buy the good stuff! And don’t forget to heat the skillet well before adding oil and then potatoes to get that beautiful golden crust on potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb baby potatoes, washed and scrubbed (Note 1)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1lb (4links) sausage of your choice (Note 2)
  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

Directions:

  1. Quarter the potatoes.
  2. Heat a large skillet (I used 12-inch skillet) over medium high heat. Then add oil and heat the oil well. (NOTE:add the oil after the skillet is well heated. That way potatoes won’t stick to the pan.)
  3. Once the oil shimmering, add potatoes and spread into one layer to brown them nicely. Cook, undisturbed, for about 2 minutes or until nice and golden. Using a spatula or kitchen tongs, flip the potatoes to brown on other side.
  4. Add cauliflower florets as soon as you flip the potatoes. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, slice the sausages into small pieces.
  6. Add sausages and water. Cover and cook until potatoes are cooked though, 8-10 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and fresh herbs, if using, and serve!

Recipe Notes:

Note 1: I highly recommend using baby potatoes, as they are small and cook real fast.

Note 2: Any kind of sausage will work, chicken, turkey, smoked sausages, etc. I used mozzarella and roasted garlic chicken sausage. It’s important to use the sausage that you love, because the entire dish is flavored with them.

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A large serving bowl of sausage and potatoes skillet, a small bowl of green salad and stack of dinner plates.

Putting dinner on the table should be quick and simple without compromising the flavor, right? This delicious weeknight dinner recipe delivers just that! A super fast, flavorful dish that comes together in one pan using only 5 ingredients. Best of all? It’s ready in just 20 minutes! 

One pan meals, like this sausage and potatoes skillet, are perfect for those days when dinner needs to be quick, tasty and filling. Plus, minimal clean-up!!! A total winner in my book.

The smokey, rich flavors of the sausage infuse every part of this dish and make this meal hearty and filling. 

What kind of sausage to use for this dish?

Any type of sausage you like can be used for this dish: chicken, turkey, smoked Italian sausage and the list goes on! One thing to note about the recipe is that the spices, herbs and seasonings have been kept to a minimum. The reason being that all the rich flavor comes from the sausages. They infuse the entire dish while cooking and give it a powerful flavor.

I used mozzarella and roasted garlic sausages in this recipe as they give this skillet recipe a rich, satisfying taste. It’s important to use your favorite sausages as they are the main source of flavor! 

A flavorful skillet sausage and potatoes in a large black serving bowl.

What type of potato is best for this skillet dish?

You could really use any potato that you have on hand. But I find that baby potatoes work really well in this dish and they always come out perfectly tender. 

Baby potatoes work best as they are small and cook really fast. This makes this skillet meal even quicker than if you used larger potatoes.

Also, larger potatoes have to be pre-boiled before adding them to the skillet as they can be too large to soften up. There’s no need to cut large, chunky potatoes into manageable pieces when these baby potatoes work so well. 

Quarter baby potatoes ready to be tossed in hot skillet with shimmering oil for a quick weeknight meal.

How to make skillet sausage and potatoes?

Making this recipe couldn’t be easier. Start by heating the skillet first, and then add oil into the hot skillet and wait until it’s shimmering. If you add oil to a cold skillet and heat everything at the same time, your oil may get burnt.

Then add the potatoes to the hot oil. It’s crucial to heat the oil as it prevents the potatoes from sticking to the skillet while they fry.

Frying the potatoes in the skillet first gives them a gorgeous brown crust. Cauliflower is then added to soften along with the potatoes.

A large skillet with seared baby potatoes with golden crispy crust. The beginning of delicious one-pan weeknight dinner.

Now it’s time to add the flavor. Cut your sausages into smaller, manageable pieces that have larger surface area to spread that amazing flavor. Add the sausage pieces to the skillet with a little bit of water.

And cook everything, covered, for 8 – 10 minutes. The flavors of the sausage will infuse with the potatoes and cauliflower to give this dish its complex, rich taste.

And dinner is ready! Serve immediately with fresh cilantro or parsley, if desired.  

Sliced sausage tossed into a skillet with baby potatoes and cauliflower to make a 20-minute sausage and potatoes skillet.

What to serve it with your chicken sausage and potatoes skillet?

The heavy flavors of the potato and sausage skillet will work best served with fresh simple side dishes. Think salad or some easy grilled vegetables. 

Sausage and potatoes skillet ready to be serve. A family favorite for a busy weeknight.

What type of skillet is best? Should I use a non-stick vs cast iron skillet?

Simply put, you can use either. The dish will still taste the same and be cooked in almost the same amount of time. But a big difference between the non-stick skillet and cast iron skillet comes out in the texture of end result. 

A non-stick skillet will work fine and the dish will still taste amazing but the potatoes might need to be cooked for longer on their own for that amazing crispy crust. 

A well-seasoned cast iron skillet is ideal for this recipe as it helps to create that beautiful crust on potatoes, which means more flavor! However, I used my trusted Anolon non-stick saute pan, which looks and feels like a well seasoned cast iron skillet. And it does brown the potatoes beautifully!

Top down shot of a large skillet full of sausage and potatoes.

Super quick and flavorful sausage and potatoes skillet in less than 20 minutes! One skillet and only 5 ingredients to get the dinner on the table.

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