These Country Fried Potatoes and onions are the best skillet potatoes you’ll ever try! They’re pan-fried, golden brown, smothered and pack lots of crisp flavor!
Why you’ll love fried potatoes and onions
- Southern-style recipe: a classic side dish with a ton of flavor
- An easy side dish to accompany any supper
- customizable: you can dice them and serve as breakfast potatoes
- a few simple ingredients is all you need
- Yukon gold potatoes– check to make sure potatoes are free from blemishes and firm to the touch
- Yellow onion– or any sweet onion
- salt and pepper– salt and pepper your potatoes to taste
how to make skillet potatoes
It’s easy to make crispy fried potatoes! To get started, you’ll need a non-stick or cast iron skillet.
- First, heat your oil in a skillet on medium high heat.
- Then, add 1/4 inch sliced potatoes and fry!
- Half way through, add in the diced onion.
best onion for fried potatoes
You’ll want to use a sweet onion, such as Vidalia, for this recipe.
best potatoes for frying
Yukon Gold potatoes are the best for fried potatoes because they’re small enough to get nice and crispy in the skillet. However, any potato will do!
Just be sure to slice them 1/4 inch thick.
prevent potatoes from sticking together
To keep your potatoes from sticking to each other or the skillet, it’s best to not pile a bunch of potatoes on top of each other. Fry them one layer at a time and flip after 3-4 minutes.
what to make with fried potatoes
These country home fries will go with just about any dish.
They should keep for about a day or two in the refrigerator. If reheating, I like to use the oven at 350 F for about 8 minutes.
I do not recommend freezing fried potatoes, as they are likely to fall apart or get mushy after thawing.
Vegetable oil: You can fry potatoes in bacon grease if oil is not available. This is a flavorful way to make breakfast home fries too!
how to tell when they’re finished frying
You’ll know they’re finished cooking when they have a golden brown crispiness on the outside and a soft texture inside (kind of like a French fry).
toppings for fried potatoes
I enjoy the classic salt and pepper on my skillet potatoes, but If the onions aren’t enough, try these delicious toppings:
- cajun seasoning
- sour cream
- bacon bits
- ranch dressing
Southern Fried Potatoes with Onions
- Add oil to skillet at medium-high heat. Wait 2-3 minutes.
- Slice potatoes ¼ inch thick using a knife or Mandolin slicer.
- add one layer of potatoes to skillet, careful to not stack on top of one another.
- After 3-4 minutes, flip if golden brown. Add onions, then flip again.
- Serve when both sides are golden brown and crisp.
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