Home Fries Made With Red Potatoes

Potatoes o'brien in skillet
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
208 Calories
6g Fat
35g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 208
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 5g
Calcium 91mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for home fries features chunks of diced, uncooked red potatoes, yellow onions, and red and green bell peppers.

A more basic version of home fries simply would be diced potatoes cooked in hot fat until tender and seasoned with salt and pepper, but the addition of vegetables (O'Brien style) ups the ante on these delicious potatoes.

To make things easier and to provide a little bit of extra color and texture, leave the skins on the potatoes. Red potatoes have a very thin, tender skin, so it is easy to digest and adds extra flavor.


  • 4 large red potatoes (washed, unpeeled, and cut into 1/2-inch dice)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled and crushed)
  • 1 ​large red bell pepper (washed and cut into 1/2-inch dice)
  • 1 ​large green bell pepper (washed and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Kosher salt (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat a cast-iron skillet or another heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.

  3. Melt the butter, then add the onion and garlic and sauté until slightly translucent, about 2 minutes.

  4. Add the diced red and green peppers and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon.

  5. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring frequently, for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and lightly browned.

  6. Season to taste with paprika and ​kosher salt.

  7. Serve hot as a side dish to accompany breakfast or any meal.

  8. Enjoy!

Home Fries vs. Hash Browns

Typically, home fries are made with raw cubed potatoes that are cooked gently in hot fat until golden brown, while hash browns are boiled until al dente, shredded, and cooked in hot fat over high heat until crispy.

In addition to the preparation differences, their appearance varies as well. The cubes of potatoes in home fries retain their shape, but hash browns become a crispy, flat pancake (but, by no means, are they potato pancakes).