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Fried Potatoes and Onions Recipe

This fried potatoes and onions recipe – also known as home fried potatoes – is quick and easy with a couple of tricks. Crispy golden outsides, creamy insides and a mild onion flavor.

They’re hard to beat as an easy comfort food for breakfast or dinner. Fuss-free and delicious. 

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I actually hate frying so I keep the oil and frying to a minimum. In fact, the recipe uses no more oil than you would for roasting potatoes. 

You might be thinking that anything fried is a no-go. But pan frying is very different from deep frying. And check out the nutrition values – not too shabby 🙂 Good fiber, vitamin C and potassium. And low in calories and saturated fat.

So what can you serve these home fried potatoes with? Almost anything including breakfast. I love them with marinated pork chops, apricot chicken recipe, sous vide burgers and a nice steak, to name a few.

Why this pan fried potatoes and onions recipe is a winner

  • Best of all, this tasty side dish is simple to make: Microwave then cube the potatoes. Fry and season them, adding the chopped green onions in the last minute. Serve. That’s it.
  • Pre-cooking the potatoes in the microwave not only makes the pan fry part much quicker, it also dries them out for crispier potatoes.
  • Most recipes for pan fried potatoes and onions take 30-40 minutes. This one takes about 20 minutes. 
  • By using green onions, you still get the onion flavor without the need for extra frying time.

Good to Know – FAQ

What are the best potatoes to use for frying?

Yukon gold (great all purpose potatoes), red skinned potatoes, new potatoes, white. Waxy potatoes hold their shape best. Russets can also be used, but may fall apart more and they are not as creamy.

What is the difference between pan fried potatoes, home fried potatoes and hash browns?

There is no difference between home fried potatoes and pan fried potatoes. They are both fried in a shallow pan. Hash browns, on the other hand, are deep fried shredded potatoes. 

How do you make fried potatoes that aren’t mushy? 

Two tips: make sure your potatoes are dry (so they don’t steam in the pan) and don’t crowd the pan. If you need to make a larger quantity either make two batches or use two skillets.

How many potatoes do I need per serving?

Figure a medium potato per person. About 6 ounces/173g. Just over 1 pound (450G) will serve about 3 people.

Tailor To Your Taste

Here are a few variations and substitutes you can try. 

Seasoning

In additional to salt and pepper, try garlic powder, chili powder or smoked paprika. Or amp up the flavor with fresh herbs before serving such as chives, parsley, coriander, thyme, rosemary or basil.

The butter factor

Use half butter and half oil for extra flavor and great browning. Butter burns quickly so don’t raise the heat too high. 

Add-ins

Turn the pan fried potatoes and onions into a hash by adding bacon and peppers. Cook the bacon and/or peppers first, scoop them onto a plate, then pan fry the potatoes.  Combine everything at the end. 

Make Ahead

  • Pre-cook the potatoes in the microwave and cube them several hours or even a day ahead (store them in the fridge)
  • Or, make the full recipe (without onions). Turn off the heat and let the potatoes sit on the stove until you need them. Just before serving, rewarm the potatoes in the skillet and add green onions in the last minute. 

Unique potato recipes

Potatoes are a favorite side dish for most of us. Change it up with one of these slightly off-the-beaten-path potato recipes. Grilled, stove top, oven, boiled – take your pick.

How to make this fried potatoes and onions recipe

4 potatoes, oil, chopped green onions, salt, pepper
Ingredients: potatoes, oil, chopped green onions, salt, pepper
microwaved cooked potatoes diced on cutting board
Pierce potatoes with a knife. Microwave them for 6-8 minutes until tender. Cut into 1 inch (2.5cm) pieces.
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Heat oil in skillet. Add potatoes. Pan fry on first side about 4 minutes.
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Flip potatoes and pan fry on second side another 4-5 minutes until browned, sprinkling with salt and pepper. 
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Add chopped green onions and fry for 1 more minute. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. 
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Fried Potatoes and Onion Recipe

This fried potatoes and onions recipe – also known as home fries – is quick and easy with a couple of tricks. Crispy golden outsides, creamy insides and a mild onion flavor. Hard to beat as an easy comfort food for breakfast or dinner. Fuss-free and delicious. 
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time12 mins
microwave6 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 3
Author: Cheryl, Two Kooks In The Kitchen

Equipment

  • cast iron skillet (or large non stick skillet); microwave

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (450g) potatoes, Note 1 3-4 potatoes
  • 3 tbsp oil, Note 2 neutral olive oil or vegetable oil (you can also use half butter, half oil)
  • 1/2 cup (52g) chopped green onions 4-5 green onions
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (or more to taste)

Instructions

  • PREPARE AND PRE-COOK POTATOES: Pierce each potato once or twice with a sharp knife. Cook in microwave on High for 6-8 minutes until tender and a knife can easily slide into potato. If potatoes are large, this might take an extra few minutes. Transfer to cutting board and cut potatoes into 1 inch (2/5cm) cubes.
  • PAN FRY POTATOES: Heat oil in large skillet to medium high heat. Add diced potatoes and fry undisturbed for 4 minutes. Sprinkle with half of salt and pepper. Flip potatoes and fry on second side for another 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until golden brown and crispy. Season with remaining salt and pepper. Timing is approximate and will depend on how well your pan conducts heat and how brown you like your potatoes.
  • ADD ONIONS TO FINISH: Add chopped green onions. Stir for 1 minute. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. Which potatoes to use: Yukon gold, white, red potatoes, new potatoes. Russets are also ok, but may fall apart more. If using new potatoes, place in microwave safe dish to microwave them for about 4 minutes.
  2. Cooking oils – here’s an article on cooking oils that explains which oils are best to use for which purposes. 
  3. Make Ahead:
    • Pre-cook the potatoes in the microwave and cube them several hours or even a day ahead (store them in the fridge)
    • Or, make the full recipe (without onions). Turn off the heat and let the potatoes sit on the stove until you need them. Just before serving, rewarm the potatoes in the skillet and add green onions in the last minute. 
    • The dish can also be rewarmed in a 400F/204C oven. 
 
Nutrition values are estimates. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Fried Potatoes and Onion Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Sodium 399mg17%
Potassium 685mg20%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Vitamin C 33mg40%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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