Home Fries


Simple and easy home fries two ways! One recipe starting with raw potatoes, another starting with cooked. Both skillet fried.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

We had dueling home fries here the other day, a veritable home-fry cook-off between my mother and father.

Mom makes her fried potatoes sliced, using raw potatoes, and usually serves them as a side when we have fish for dinner.

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Dad makes his home fries for breakfast using leftover boiled potatoes from the night before. Both are great.

The raw potatoes tend to brown up better. The cooked potatoes can get a little mushy if you stir them too much. You can easily dress up them up with bell peppers, ham, or bacon. And if you add some egg, you get German farmer’s breakfast.

How do you like your home fries?

Home Fries Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 2-4


For home fries made with raw potatoes


  • 2 large raw Russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1/8-inch thick)
  • 1/2 of one large onion, or 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons or more of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For home fries made with cooked potatoes

  • 2 large Russet potatoes, quartered and boiled for 12 minutes in salted water until just cooked through, drained
  • 1/2 of one large onion, or 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of bacon fat (optional, omit for vegetarian version)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Home fries made with raw potatoes

1 Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium to large skillet on medium high heat until sizzling. Place a single layer of potato slices on the bottom of the pan. Add a light layer of sliced onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add another layer of potatoes, another layer of onion slices, sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Keep layering until you've used up your potatoes and onions.

2 Lower the heat to medium and cover the pan. Let cook for about 10 minutes, until the potato layer at the bottom is nicely browned. You can move aside a little bit with a fork to see if the bottom edges are browned. You may need to reduce the heat a little as the potatoes cook so they brown and don't burn.

3 Gently flip the potatoes over, a section of the pan at a time, so that the layer that was on the top is now on the bottom, and the browned potatoes are now on the top. Add another tablespoon of oil. The oil will help the browning. Cover and let cook for another 5-10 minutes, until the bottom layer is now browned.

4 Once the bottom layer is browned, remove the lid of the pan and let continue to cook for 5 more minutes. This additional cooking will help the potatoes dry out just a little bit more.

Serve immediately. Serves 2-4.


Home fries made with cooked potatoes

1 Cut the cooked potatoes into 1/2-inch slices. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium to large skillet on medium high heat until sizzling. Add sliced onions to pan and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.

2 Add the potato pieces, spread out as much as possible along the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle generously with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook until nicely browned on the bottom, without stirring (about 7-8 minutes). You may need to reduce the heat a little as the potatoes cook so they brown and don't burn. Add 1 tablespoon bacon fat, or more oil to the pan.

Gently flip the potatoes and cook until the bottom of the flipped potatoes are nicely browned.

Serve immediately.

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Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Rohan

    Awful. Do NOT assume anything from the recommended stove heat/cooking time from this absolute non-recipe – unless you like burnt potatoes



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  2. nptexas

    Exactly the information i was looking for. Our fried potatoes were always with onion and always sliced and usually from raw. Other online recipes called for parboiling and cubing the potatoes. Too time-consuming in our house back in the day. Thanks for this post!

  3. Ila East

    This is the way my family always made them, sliced instead of cubed, and always from raw potatoes.


  4. Kathleen H.

    My mom always made them from raw potatoes and they were good. But, my husband showed me a great variation and that’s the only way I make them now. When the potatoes are done, lay cheese slices or shredded cheese on top. Cover pan and turn off the burner. Wait until cheese is melted to remove the lid. Sooo good!


  5. Rick Grunwald

    Where I grew up home fries were in every small restaurant that served breakfast. They would cut them into 1″ chunks rather than slices

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