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Fried Potatoes And Onions


Fried potatoes and onions is a classic recipe with the most delicious crispy, golden-brown potatoes, and caramelized onions. Once you make this dish, it will definitely become a family favorite!

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white serving bowl filled with fried browned potatoes and fried onions

Recipe Features

  • These fried potatoes are a one-pan dish that is easy to make with only a few ingredients.
  • Even though the ingredients are simple, these pan fried potatoes are full of flavor with aromatic onions and plenty of seasoning.
  • This recipe is very versatile and can be eaten as a side dish with many different meals.

Key Ingredients

tabletop with ingredients: potatoes, onions and plate with spices

Ingredient Notes

Ghee – I prefer to use ghee since it has a high smoke point. It makes the fried potatoes super crispy with a golden brown outer layer. The ghee gives the potatoes a distinct taste. But, you can also use a neutral oil instead.
Russet potatoes – I love to use russet potatoes for this recipe since they are the best for frying.
Onion.
Salt.
Seasoning

How to Make Fried Potatoes and Onions

Step 1. Wash and scrub potatoes, remove imperfections—slice potatoes into matchstick shape, slice onions. 

cutting board with sliced potatoes and onions

Step 2. Heat a well-seasoned skillet over medium-high heat, add ghee to coat the bottom of the skillet with fat. Fry onions first till slightly brown. 

skillet with diced red onion

Step 3. Add sliced potatoes, let them brown before flipping and turning them over. 

skillet with sliced uncooked potatoes

Step 4. Keep turning potatoes over giving them chance to cook through and brown on all sides. Once cooked and soft inside, add salt and spices, stir before serving. Garnish with fresh herbs. 

skillet with sliced cooked potatoes garnished with green herbs

Tips For Success

  • Using a large skillet will help to flip potatoes easily and have all potatoes cooked through.
  • Use a well-seasoned pan to ensure nothing gets stuck to the bottom.
  • Make sure the oil is hot before adding in the potatoes so that the potatoes do not get soggy.
  • For crispy potato texture, don’t cover while cooking.
  • Use a flat metal spatula when turning potatoes over.
  • Do not over-stir the potatoes so that they have time to fry in the oil and brown on each side.
  • Taste before serving, adjust salt if needed.
  • Sprinkle with fresh herbs when serving: chives, green onions, dill
  • Optional spices to add: smoked paprika, onion powder, black pepper, minced garlic, green onions.
  • Serve this recipe at breakfast or as a side dish. If you want to make this a complete meal, add some bacon or prosciutto when frying potatoes. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What Is Fried Potatoes and Onions?

Fried potatoes and onions is a delicious side dish that is eaten for breakfast with pancakes, eggs and bacon, waffles or any other breakfast dish. You can also eat them for dinner as a side dish to roasted chicken, steak, or pork chops.

What Is the Best Pan To Use?

The best pan to use for frying potatoes and onions would be a cast iron pan. Cast iron pans retain heat well and are very durable, making them great for frying.

Do you have to boil potatoes before frying them?

No! Many breakfast potato recipes say you should boil the potatoes beforehand. But, the truth is, it is an entirely unnecessary step. As long as you follow the recipe above, your potatoes will be crispy and delicious.

How to make fried potatoes crispy?

To make the crispiest fried potatoes, make sure the oil in the pan is hot enough before adding the potatoes in. You should also let the potatoes fry for a few minutes on each side before flipping them over or stirring them. That way, they can get crispy and turn a beautiful golden brown color on each side.

skillet with cooked potatoes sliced into matchstick shape seasoned with green dry herbs

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Fried Potatoes and Onions

Natalia-Flavorful Home
Fried potatoes and onions is a classic recipe with the most delicious crispy, golden-brown potatoes, and caramelized onions. Once you make this dish, it will definitely become a family favorite!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American, Russian

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 3 Russet potato large
  • 1 onion medium
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp chili
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Wash and scrub potatoes, remove imperfections—slice potatoes into matchstick shape, slice onions. 
  • Heat a well-seasoned skillet over medium-high heat, add ghee to coat the bottom of the skillet with fat. Fry onions first till slightly brown. 
  • Add sliced potatoes, let them brown before flipping and turning them over. 
  • Keep turning potatoes over giving them chance to cook through and brown on all sides. Once cooked and soft inside, add salt and spices, stir before serving. Garnish with fresh herbs. 

Notes

Using a large skillet will help to flip potatoes easily and have all potatoes cooked through.
Use a well-seasoned pan to ensure nothing gets stuck to the bottom.
Make sure the oil is hot before adding in the potatoes so that the potatoes do not get soggy.
For crispy potato texture, don’t cover while cooking.
Use a flat metal spatula when turning potatoes over.
Do not over-stir the potatoes so that they have time to fry in the oil and brown on each side.
Taste before serving, adjust salt if needed.
Sprinkle with fresh herbs when serving: chives, green onions, dill
Optional spices to add: smoked paprika, onion powder, black pepper, minced garlic, green onions.
Serve this recipe at breakfast or as a side dish. If you want to make this a complete meal, add some bacon or prosciutto when frying potatoes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 591mgPotassium: 720mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 18IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
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Natalia is a recipe developer, food photographer, and home cook. She started Flavorful Home to document her recipes and share home cooking tips. She loves creating flavorful and nutritious meals while keeping the cooking process simple and joyful!

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