Just like what you get in the diner. But easier, and better for you. These home fries are so good they are sure to become your new favorite side or meal. With just a short list of ingredients and a little bit of time, you can have well seasoned, crispy Home Fries, as a tasty easy to make dish perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Butter, potatoes, onions, just the perfect combo. Simple and delicious.
Ever been to a hole in the wall diner and had a plate of home fries that changed your life? Uhhhh me either. Hahaha. But seriously, after weeks of testing, adjusting, and simplifying, I think I finally nailed the perfect version of a diner home fries.
I love these Home Fries because they aren’t difficult to make and taste so much better any Home Fries I have ever had. Plus…who doesn’t love a crispy delicious potato dish?
While I love delicious Air Fryer French Fries, I am a fan of the versatility of Home Fries. They make for a great side for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
What You Need to Make Home Fries
There’s nothing like Home Fries and with just a handful of simple ingredients, you can make these Home Fries in a pinch.
- Yukon Gold Potatoes
- Unsalted Butter
- Garlic Salt
How to Make this Simple Potato Dish
With just some basic steps you will have a delicious side dish. First, simply cut the potatoes and then with butter on top microwave them, shaking halfway though. Next, melt additional butter and cook potatoes in a skillet on the stove. Then flip the fries and continue to cook them. Lastly, reduce the heat and stir in additional ingredients. Serve hot and enjoy!
Step one: Cut Potatoes.
Cut potatoes into ¾ inch chunks. You want to use Yukon Gold potatoes.
Step two: Microwave Cut Potatoes.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add potatoes and top with 1 tablespoon of butter.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 5-7 minutes.
- Halfway through cooking, use hot pads to lift the bowl out, and give it a shake to help ensure even cooking.
Step three: Melt Butter over the Stove.
While potatoes are in the microwave, melt one tablespoon of butter over the stove in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened and golden brown. Transfer to a small bowl.
Step four: Cook Potatoes on the Stove.
Melt remaining butter in the skillet over medium heat and then add the potatoes. Press the potatoes down with a spatula so as much surface area as possible is touching the bottom of the pan. Cook until one side of the potato pieces are browned and crispy, about 5-7 minutes
Step five: Flip Potatoes and Cook on the Other Side.
Turn the potatoes over, pack them down again and continue to cook until well browned and crisp, 5-7 minutes.
Step six: Reduce Heat, Stir, and Add Additional Ingredients.
Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring the potatoes every few minutes until crusty, about 9-12 minutes. Then stir in onion, garlic, salt, and pepper to taste.
Step seven: Serve and Enjoy!
Serve hot and enjoy.
Tips and Tricks For Crispy Home Fries
Making this recipe is Eazy Peazy…
- For the best results stick with Yukon Gold potatoes: Do not sub out these potatoes for Russet potatoes. Trust me it will be disastrous. They will fall apart and make a mess. Stick with Yukon Gold.
- Prevent burning by reducing the heat for the last 10 minutes: Reduce the heat to medium-low for the last 9-12 minutes. Otherwise Home Fries will burn.
- For a change make cheesy fries: Top with cheese and cooked bacon for a more indulgent side dish.
- Add a seasoning blend of choice: Stick with this recipe for a classic flavor or experiment with some seasoning combinations to give your fries a kick. For example, a great spice combo is rosemary and thyme.
- Make fries the same size: For an even cook, try to have the chunks of potatoes be similar in size. Remember the less thick the fries are the crispier they will be.
Make Ahead and Storage
How to make this recipe ahead of time and then freeze them for later:
- Let potatoes cool and then place in the freezer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Once frozen, transfer to a gallon sized freezer bag.
- When wanting to eat, cook frozen Home Fries on the skillet with oil.
Keep Home Fries in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. Reheat in the microwave in a microwave safe dish.
You are going to be so glad you made these delicious Home Fries!
Other Great Recipes:
- Oven Baked Steak Fries
- Sweet Potato Fries (Air Fryer + Oven)
- Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
- Crispy Potatoes
- Twice Baked Potatoes
- 1 ½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 onion minced
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Cut potatoes into ¾ inch chunks and place the potatoes in a large microwave safe bowl.
- Top with 1 tablespoon of the butter, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 5-7 minutes, until the edges of the potato begin to soften. Halfway through cooking, use hot pads to lift bowl out, and give it a shake to help promote even cooking.
- Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened and golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.
- Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes and press them down with a spatula so they are touching the bottom of the pan. Get as much surface area of each potato piece touching the pan as possible.
- Cook 5-7 minutes, without moving or stirring, until one side of the potato pieces is browned and crispy.
- Turn the potatoes over, pack down again, and continue to cook until well browned and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Again don’t move or stir them.
- Reduce the heat to medium low and continue cooking, stirring the potatoes every few minutes until crusty, 9 to 12 minus. Stir in the onion, garlic salt, salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve hot.
Remember to reduce the heat to medium-low for the last 9 to 12 minutes of cooking, or else the home fries will burn.
Do not use Russet Potatoes as they will fall apart and make a mess. Yukon Gold Potatoes will stay intact, and get crisp and browned.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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