Southern Fried Potatoes and Onions (crispy!)

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

These Southern-style fried potatoes with onions are the best skillet potatoes! They’re golden brown, smothered and pack lots of crisp flavor! 

sliced yukon gold potatoes
slice about 1/4 inch thick

How do I make Southern fried potatoes and onions?

It’s easy to make fried taters!

First, heat up some oil in a skillet on medium high heat.

Then, add your 1/4 inch sliced potatoes and fry!

Half way through, you’ll add in the diced onion.

potatoes in a skillet with oil
fry in vegetable oil

What kind of onion do I use with fried potatoes?

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

fried potatoes on a plate

Which potatoes are best 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.

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). 

What toppings can I put on fried potatoes? 

If the onions aren’t enough tastiness, try these delicious toppings: 

  • cheese
  • cajun seasoning
  • sour cream
  • bacon bits
  • parsley
  • ranch dressing
fried potatoes with salt and pepper
stacked, golden potatoes go with any meal

How do I keep fried potatoes from sticking to the skillet? 

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.

And, 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 do I serve with fried potatoes and onions?

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.

Can I freeze fried potatoes?

the best crisp golden fried potatoes
The best country fried potatoes

Can you fry potatoes in bacon grease? 

Absolutely, and this is a great way to make breakfast home fries too! 

How long will fried potatoes keep? 

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.

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 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 279 kcal


  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ yellow sweet onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper


  • 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: 1gCalories: 279kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 1180mgPotassium: 821mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Appalachian, potatoes, Southern
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