Potatoes are terrible at picking up liquid seasonings. That’s why things like home fries are usually just seasoning with powdered salt and spices. The problem is that the potato skins block liquid seasonings from entering into the potato. Even if you cut them into cubes, the waxy flesh of the potato tends to ward off any liquids until they get crisp. That’s why I like to boil and smash my potatoes before pan-frying them.