This simple home fries recipe will make the crispiest potatoes with just a few ingredients. They’re perfectly seasoned and pan-fried with onions for a savory side dish. Now you can make your favorite diner-style breakfast right at home!
What’s in this Home Fries Recipe?
You only need a handful of ingredients to make these homestyle potatoes, and most will already be in your pantry!
- Potatoes: Yukon Gold potatoes work best for home fries since they have a high starch content. Russet potatoes will work too.
- Vinegar: Adding vinegar (I used distilled white vinegar) to the pot of water will help the potatoes stay intact while boiling so they don’t fall apart or get mushy.
- Fats: Use both butter and vegetable oil for pan-frying. This adds in more richness and helps everything get super crispy.
- Onion: Diced onions add flavor and texture into the mix.
- Seasonings: Salt and pepper, plus fresh thyme and cilantro are all you need to season these potatoes.
You only need to boil the potatoes about 5 minutes, just until they start to get tender. You don’t want them to get too soft.
What Else Can I Add to These Home-Fried Potatoes?
This is such a simple side dish for breakfast, and it’s easy to add more ingredients as you please. I recommend adding in garlic (as much as you like) while cooking the onions for a more savory flavor. You can also mix in bacon crumbles, different herbs and spices, or even make them cheesy!
For spicier potatoes, add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.
For cheesy home fries, melt shredded cheese on top at the end (I recommend a sharp cheddar).
For a final touch, top your potatoes with hot sauce, ketchup, or sour cream.
Yes! Sweet potatoes are quite starchy, so they work fine as a substitute. Just follow the directions as is.
Yes, the potatoes need to be boiled briefly in order to soften them, otherwise they won’t cook through fully while frying.
Using both butter and oil creates a really crispy texture when pan-frying these potatoes. Let the skillet, butter, and oil fully heat up before adding the potatoes. Lastly, let the potatoes cool and dry after par-boiling (don’t transfer them directly to the skillet).
How to Make Ahead and Store
These potatoes are going to be their best if served fresh, so if you want to make them ahead of time, boil, cool, chop, and refrigerate the potatoes until it’s time to eat. Then you can quickly pan-fry them and serve.
Once cooked, let the potatoes cool completely, then store leftovers in an airtight container. Keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
How to Freeze and Reheat
You can freeze these home fries in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating in a warm skillet with more butter to help them crisp.
These classic diner-style home fries go well with all your favorite breakfast foods! Serve them with a stack of buttermilk pancakes, eggs any style you like, buttery toast, crispy brown sugar bacon, and plenty of coffee. They also make a great side for steak and eggs, a breakfast burger, or these croissant breakfast sandwiches.
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