Perfect Home Fries

Perfect Home Fries

The Spruce / Christine Ma

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
281 Calories
12g Fat
40g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 281
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 153mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 25mg 124%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 1042mg 22%
*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.)

These delicious home fries are the perfect side dish for a special breakfast or brunch. They are browned to perfection with onions and butter, a simple yet amazing combination.

Start with waxy potatoes, such as red or round white. If the season is right, small new potatoes would make incredible home fries. If you aren't a fan of onions, you can leave them out. Or add some red and green bell pepper for color and extra flavor. 

Serve the potatoes with eggs and bacon, ham, or sausage, along with toast or English muffins. A side dish of baked beans is delicious with a big breakfast.

See the tips and variations for some flavor and add-in ideas, including bacon or garlic home fries and more.


  • 4 medium red potatoes

  • 1 cup chopped onions

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1 dash paprika, or to taste

  • 1 dash salt, or to taste

  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Perfect Home Fries ingredients

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  2. Leave the potatoes unpeeled or peel them, depending on the condition of the skins and your preference. Cut in small dice. You should have about 4 cups of diced potatoes.

    chopped potatoes on a cutting board

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  3. Put the diced potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and lower the heat to medium-low. Cover and continue boiling for about 4 minutes, or until just barely tender. Drain well. Add the chopped onions to the hot drained potatoes and toss gently. 

    diced potatoes and onions in a bowl

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  4. Heat the butter over medium heat in a large, heavy skillet; add the diced potatoes and chopped onions.

    potato, onion mixture in a skillet

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  5. Cook, bringing potatoes up from the bottom of the skillet with a spatula occasionally for even cooking and browning. Cook until the potatoes and onions are tender and golden brown.

    potatoes cooking in a skillet

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  6. Taste and season with paprika, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

    Perfect Home Fries in a skillet

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Tips and Variations

Recipe Variations

  • Before cooking the potatoes, fry about 6 strips of bacon in the skillet until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Leave about 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings in the skillet. Reduce the amount of butter to 3 tablespoons. Place the skillet over medium heat and proceed with the recipe. Just before serving, crumble the bacon and add the crumbles to the home fries.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of diced ham to the skillet along with the potatoes and onions.
  • Add 3 or 4 cloves of minced garlic to the potatoes and onions, or season with about 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • Cook the onions separately in 1 tablespoon of vegetable until golden brown and add them to the potatoes near the end of the cooking time.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of diced red bell pepper or green bell pepper along with the onions. Or add a combination of both colors.
  • Substitute 1 teaspoon of Cajun or Creole seasoning for the salt and black pepper. If the seasoning is salt-free, taste and add salt, as needed.
  • Toss the finished potatoes with 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley.
  • Garnish the potatoes with thinly sliced green onion tops or fresh snipped chives.
  • Use Yukon Gold potatoes and only oil and salt only.