Easy Home Fries

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This easy home fries recipe makes a big batch of delicious comfort food. These home fries are a great side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

This easy home fries recipe makes a big batch of delicious comfort food. These home fries are a great side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

DisclosureWhen I order home fries in a restaurant, I’m almost always disappointed. They’re too orange, or not salty enough, or they have a strange flavor. Home-cooked potatoes never disappoint me. They’re the perfect comfort food no matter how I make them. Potatoes get a bad rap nutritionally, but they’re actually quite healthy. If you eat a medium potato with the skin on, you get 45 percent of your recommended daily supply of vitamin C and more potassium than a banana.

This simple recipe for home fries is adapted from Mark’s Bittman’s method in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. I make this two or three times a month and it goes with just about anything. You can vary the seasoning according to your tastes. I think the onion is essential, but you can substitute a bit of onion powder if you don’t have onions on hand.

Easy Home Fries

These easy home fries are a big batch of comfort food.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 1 1/2 lb potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup diced onion


  • In a large covered skillet, cook the potatoes in the olive oil over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Stir the potatoes and turn the heat down to medium-low. Add the seasonings and onion and stir again.
  • Continue to cook over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring every two minutes. If the onion bits are turning too brown, turn the heat down a bit. Keep the pan covered.
  • When the potatoes are tender, remove the cover and turn the heat back up to medium. Cook for another minute or two to dry the potatoes out and brown them a bit.
  • Serve warm.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 82IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 4mg
Servings: 6
Calories: 90kcal
Cost: $.26 per serving

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Home Fries Price Breakdown

This batch of home fries costs $1.56, or $.26 per serving.  Home fried potatoes are easy to make and they’re a great accompaniment to all sorts of dishes.


  1. Made these tonight for dinner and they were delicious! The kids loved them and it was a great way to use up all the potatoes and onions in the csa box. Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. I love home fries too. So delicious. At restaurants they are never done to my satisfaction, I think because it’s a long slow process to get them just right.

    Thanks, Annemarie!

    1. Kirsten, I’m glad I’m not the only one who isn’t happy with the restaurant version of home fries. They do take time on the stove, but they’re worth it.

  3. We’ve been eating a lot of potatoes lately and they are so good! We’ve been making homemade fries. I like these though! Different and yummy!

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