Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal

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The easiest 20-minute sausage and potatoes skillet meal! This simple dinner can all be made in one skillet and is loaded with flavor!

Pair this dinner with a simple side salad such as this cucumber salad, strawberry salad, or an easy appetizer such as bruschetta.

Overhead photo of Sausage and Potatoes Skillet meal Potatoes and sausage in 20 minutes? Say it’s not so. But no gimmicks here. You really can have this delicious, easy, and healthy-ish dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less!

The kind of wizardry that gets potatoes on your table that fast? A little microwave “hack” 🙂 

Today our one skillet dish starts with microwaving baby gold potatoes until tender. They’ll later get crisped up and delicious in the skillet with herbs, olive oil, and a little bit of butter.

We’re also using smoked sausage, so all it really needs is to be warmed through in the skillet. And meanwhile, it’s being infused with plenty of flavor thanks to the spices. I like using turkey sausage because it keeps this dish on the healthier side, but any smoked sausage and you’ll be in business for a 20-minute meal time. Image of the Yukon gold mini potatoes that go in this sausage peppers onions and potatoes skillet

How to make this sausage and potatoes skillet meal

  • Microwave baby potatoes: the smaller your baby yukon golds are, the quicker this will go. Typically 5-7 minutes and your potatoes will be ready!
  • Prep ingredients: while the potatoes are microwaving, chop the shallot and red pepper. And no judgement for jarred garlic here, because, well, 20 minutes is priority right now.
  • Cook: in goes shallot and garlic first. Next is red pepper. And while the red pepper is cooking, you can chop up the tender potatoes to get crispy in the skillet. Potatoes are in now and finally, sausage.
  • Sauce: while everything is finishing cooking, you can whip up a creamy dijon sauce if you’re someone that needs a creamy element. The sauce is only 3 ingredients so it goes quick. It’s also totally optional; my family loves this meal with and without the sauce.

Image of the red peppers being sautéed for this smoked sausage and potatoes skillet

Sausage and potatoes skillet variation ideas

  • I mentioned the dijon sauce which goes well with the sausage and potatoes, but another great topping: parmesan cheese. Freshly grated with a microplane is the best!
  • While we love and I highly recommend the baby gold potatoes, baby reds will work here as well.
  • The shallot delivers a bit more of a sweet and mild flavor, but a yellow onion will also work in its place.
  • Any sweet bell pepper or even a green bell pepper will work well in this dish.
  • Add 1 cup frozen corn right at the end when adding in the sausage
  • Try an herb-y sauce in place of the dijon sauce topping this sausage and potatoes skillet. The sauce on this chimichurri chicken would be delicious!
  • Different sausage: we love using turkey sausage (to keep this on the healthier side), but use whatever sausage you like best. If it’s not smoked, you’ll want to cook it first and then set it aside on a separate plate while preparing the rest of the dish. (This obviously will increase prep time a bit.)
  • Don’t want to use the microwave? You can parboil your potatoes instead; it will just increase prep time!

Image of the potatoes being added to the sautéed peppers to all cook together for this potato and sausage skillet recipe Spices note

  • The intensity and quality of spices varies from brand to brand. I recommend good quality spices for this sausage and potatoes skillet meal. Depending on the spices you have, you may need to increase the amount.
  • I love, love roasted california garlic powder it adds so much to this meal. This is a private selection brand from Kroger stores (not sponsored, just a fan!) Or course any garlic powder works, but make sure to give this dish a taste and increase if needed.
  • With so few spices and ingredients, the ingredients you use matter. 

Image of the sausage being added into the peppers and potatoes for this sausage potatoes and onions skilletNow you’re all set to make this Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal! And that will probably go quicker than reading this post did 🙂

Enjoy!Close up detail shot of Sausage and Potatoes Skillet

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20-Minute Sausage & Potatoes

5 from 4 votes
The easiest 20-minute sausage and potatoes skillet meal! This simple dinner can all be made in one skillet and is loaded with flavor!
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20-Minute Sausage & Potatoes

5 from 4 votes
The easiest 20-minute sausage and potatoes skillet meal! This simple dinner can all be made in one skillet and is loaded with flavor!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Sausage and Potatoes Skillet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 -4 servings
Calories 258kcal
Author Chelsea


  • 1 pound baby yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, separated
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (or 2 cloves)
  • 1 package (13 ounces) hardwood smoked sausage (we use turkey sausage to keep this on the healthier side!) sliced into coins
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • Optional: fresh chopped parsley
  • Serve with: freshly grated Parmesan cheese OR dipping sauce (Note 1)


  • Place potatoes in a single layer on a large microwave safe plate. Microwave on high power for 2 minutes. Flip potatoes over and continue to microwave for about 2-3 minutes longer (if the potatoes aren't really small they'll take a couple minutes longer; pierce each potato once with a fork if needed). The potatoes should be tender. Let cool slightly then cut in half then half again to get quarters.
  • While potatoes are cooling, finely chop the shallot and chop the red pepper.
  • Add 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter to a large heavy bottomed pot (12 inches or larger). Heat to medium heat. As soon as the butter is nearly melted, add in the shallot. Stir for 1 minute and add in the garlic and stir for about 20-30 seconds. Lower heat if either are cooking too quickly. Add in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and chopped red pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon for 3-4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, slice the sausage into coins on the diagonal and slice the now slightly cooled potatoes in quarters. Push the red pepper to the side and add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and the potatoes. Cook for 2-3 minutes to crisp up the potato and get flavor on it. 
  • Push everything to the side and add in the coined sausage. Cook for another 2-4 minutes. Then combine everything and cook until all the oil/butter is fully absorbed, veggies are crisp tender, and sausage is heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. I add about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Increase any spices here as desired; spices can greatly vary based on brand so you might want more 🙂 
  • Serve with freshly chopped parsley and sauce (Note 1) if desired.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: to make the creamy dijon sauce whisk the following together in a small bowl: 1/3 cup whole grain (or stone ground) mustard, 3 tablespoons mayo, and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice. (This sauce is likely more than you'll need for this dish unless you like a lot of sauce so feel free to halve it!)

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 258kcal


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  1. This sounds yummy! How would you prepare the potatoes if you didn’t want to soften in the microwave first?

    Also, if you wanted to add corn as well when would you do that?

  2. 5 stars
    Made this using turkey sausage and turned out great. Made creamy sauce too and it added so many layers of flavor. Really loved it. Had just enough left overs to add cheese and eggs for omelet next day.

  3. I see so many of these recipes that direct to soften potatoes in a microwave for a few minutes. I must live in a time dilation loop because softening potatoes in my microwave takes anywhere between 15-25 minutes. That creamy dijon sauce, I really did not care for. I prefer just using a nice dijon mustard on it’s own with some parmesan cheese grated on top. But other than that, good recipe. I’ve done variations of this in the past using Kielbasa.

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for a really incredible recipe! Simple but packed with flavours. This dish is out of this world with the recommended Chimichurri sauce. It ads a beautiful brightness to the warmth and earthiness of the sausage and potato.

  5. This was a hit! I used a whole bag of Melissa’s baby yellow potatoes, so I had to cook the potatoes separately cuz my pan wasn’t big enough. I just cooked the sausage, peppers & onions with the spices, then put them in a bowl, cooked the potatoes & combined them at the end. It worked out great. I made the Dijon sauce and added it to the pan right before I served it and it really added nice flavor. The only thing I might do next time is spice it up a little. Hot sauce maybe? Or cayenne pepper. But it was delicious, made a ton and hubby and teenager ate 2 helpings!

    1. So happy this was a hit 🙂 Yes I think cayenne pepper would be a great addition to add some spice for next time 🙂

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