Home Fries are a go-to side dish for breakfast or even for dinner served with our favorite Meatloaf Recipe! Nothing says comfort food like the savory home-cooked goodness of fried potatoes. 

We love serving home fries with a Denver Egg Casserole, but they’re also perfect alongside dinner recipes like salisbury steak or Swiss Steak!

Crispy Home Fries with parsley

Home Fried Potatoes are a simple breakfast staple, tender yet starchy potatoes cooked in butter until crisp on the outside.

How to Make Home Fries

No need to peel your potatoes for this home fries recipe! Keep it rustic and just cut Russet potatoes into rough cubes before boiling in water. Russets are the best choice for home fries because they are firmer and reheat better than standard white or red potatoes.

Boiling the potatoes for a few minutes before frying (while the onion is cooking) makes the potatoes perfect every time! You don’t want to fully boil them, just soften a little. Be sure to cut them small, about 1/2″ to 3/4″ cubes.

I keep them simple with onions and potatoes but you can add peppers, fried mushrooms or even toss in leftover veggies!

Uncooked potatoes in a pan with seasonings

To Cook Home Fries

  1. Boil the potatoes a few minutes until they are tender enough to poke with a fork.
  2. Heat some butter (or better yet, bacon grease!) and cook the onions until tender.
  3. Season the potatoes with seasoned salt and pepper and add to the pan.
  4. Cook until crispy and golden brown.

Serve warm with some ketchup or tabasco or even melted cheese! For a different twist, why not try cooking up a batch of sweet potato home fries? The same recipe applies to sweet potatoes, too! Home fried potatoes can also be the perfect starter to a breakfast hash!

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Home Fries in a pan with parsley and onions

How to Reheat Home Fries

IF there’s any leftovers, right? Reheating in the microwave is a cinch, but it can cause the texture of the potatoes to change.

Baked home fries in the oven will restore their crispy crunch. Just spread out on a sheet pan or in a casserole dish, sprinkle on a little extra salt and pepper and reheat at 350°F for about 15 minutes. Voila!

Crispy Home Fries with parsley
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Easy Home Fries

These easy home fries are the ultimate comforting side dish. We love making them for an easy breakfast!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4 servings
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  • 3 medium russet potatoes about 1 ¾ pounds
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • pepper to taste
  • parsley for garnish


  • Scrub potatoes (peel if desired) and cut into ¾" cubes.
  • Place potatoes in a pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, let cook about 4-6 minutes or until slightly tender when poked with a fork. Drain potatoes well.
  • Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter and onion in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook onion until tender. Remove onion from pan and set aside.
  • Add 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil to the pan. Add potatoes, seasoned salt and pepper. Cook until golden stirring occasionally, about 15-20 minutes adding more butter if needed.
  • Add onions back to the pan and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Serve warm.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 243 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 374mg | Potassium: 706mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Hi Holly,

    I would love to make these for Easter brunch but would like to make the night before, would you recommend this? Also, after boiled I’d like to put in a cast iron fry pan and put in oven…what do you think?

    1. They should be just fine to make in advance. To reheat the next morning, just spread out on a sheet pan or in a casserole dish (or your cast iron pan if they fit!), sprinkle on a little extra salt and pepper and reheat at 350°F for about 15 minutes. Voila!

  2. This recipe was so easy and the result was the best tasting homefries I think I’ve ever had.
    My husband of 30 yrs has been harping on me to make home fries but I wasn’t sure how so I shyed away from them, until I found this simple recipe and I and my husband thank you so much
    Cindy4 stars

  3. These are great. Only change for us was no onion and added about a cup and a half of diced yams for color and taste. I use your homemade seasoned salt, it’s tasty.5 stars

  4. I’ve made these for many, many years. In the beginning, I DID boil first, but eventually learned that is definitely not a necessary step. Had these just this morning with our breakfast. Just dice, and fry. One less dirty pan, too. :D

  5. I know this is a year after it was posted but I’ve never made home fries before but it’s my favorite breakfast. Due to quarantine I’ve been forced to cook for myself and this was the easiest to follow for a beginner. And was amazingly delicious. This recipe really stepped up my breakfast game.5 stars