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Fried Potatoes and Onions

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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!

golden brown fried taters
golden on the outside, soft on the inside

Why you’ll love fried potatoes and onions

 I often serve these with a hearty dinner recipe, like my maple bourbon-glazed pork chops, or chicken drumsticks.

  • 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
sliced yukon gold potatoes
slice about 1/4 inch thick


  • 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.

  1. First, heat your oil in a skillet on medium high heat.
  2. Then, add 1/4 inch sliced potatoes and fry!
  3. Half way through, add in the diced onion.
potatoes in a skillet with oil
fry in vegetable oil

best onion for fried potatoes

You’ll want to use a sweet onion, such as Vidalia, for this recipe.

fried potatoes on a plate

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.

fried potatoes with salt and pepper
stacked, golden potatoes go with any meal

expert tips

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. 

salt and pepper on fried potatoes
Pass the salt and pepper please!

what to make with fried potatoes

These country home fries will go with just about any dish.

I love serving them with breakfast gravy or as a side to any Southern meal, like my southern meatloaf or air fryer bbq chicken drumsticks.

the best crisp golden fried potatoes
The best country fried potatoes



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: 

  • cheese
  • cajun seasoning
  • sour cream
  • bacon bits
  • parsley
  • ranch dressing
southern fried potatoes and onions

Southern Fried Potatoes with Onions

These Southern-style fried potatoes with sweet caramelized onions are great as a side for breakfast or dinner.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Amber



  • 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.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 1180mg | Potassium: 821mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg

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