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Crispy Skillet Home Fries

Use this easy, stovetop method to make Crispy Skillet Home Fries that are tender on the inside and golden on the outside. All you need is a few ingredients and less than 40 minutes. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Keyword: breakfast side dish, hash browns, skillet potatoes
Servings: 4
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $2.00


  • Large Skillet


  • 2 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1.5 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 cup Chopped White Onion (see note)
  • 3/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder (not garlic salt)


  • Heat a large skillet (see note) over low-medium heat. (Note: on my electric range which heats from 1-10, I set the heat at 4 for these potatoes.)
  • Add oil and butter and stir gently until butter melts.
  • Add potatoes in a single layer and cover with a lid.
  • Cook potatoes, covered, without stirring them, for 10 minutes (resist the urge to lift the lid and check on them - keeping the lid closed helps them to steam and get started cooking).
  • Remove the lid and use a spatula to gently flip the potatoes. Add onions to the pan, scattering them over the potatoes. Cover again and continue to cook for 10 minutes more.
  • Remove the lid and season potatoes with salt and garlic powder.
  • Continue cooking potatoes, flipping them occasionally with a spatula, until potatoes are very tender, 5 to 10 minutes more (depending on the size of the potato cubes).
  • Serve immediately. (Great with a fried egg on top!)


Potatoes - Yukon gold potatoes will hold their shape a bit better while cooking, but Russet potatoes work great in this method as well. Russet potatoes just break down a bit and will have less well-defined edges / corners than Yukon gold.
Onions - Be sure not to dice the onion too small or the pieces will burn. The onion pieces should be roughly a quarter the size of the potato pieces when you get started cooking. They will reduce in size as they cook. 
Large Skillet - Cast iron pans works best for home fries because they allow the potatoes to crisp up without sticking. It is better to use a nonstick pan if you are concerned about the potatoes sticking. No matter what type of pan you use, it should be one that has a lid and is large enough to hold all of the potatoes in a single layer.


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 745mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg