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Quick and Easy Home Fries for Breakfast

Simple and Easy home fries for breakfast or as a side dish on its own. Satisfying comfort food. Learn how these are made in a restaurant. Decades old homemade potato recipe.

There’s something truly satisfying about starting your day with a hearty plate of crispy, golden-brown potatoes seasoned to perfection. In this post, we’ll walk you through a simple yet delicious recipe for creating irresistible home fries right in your own kitchen.

Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just looking to treat yourself to a comforting morning meal, these home fries are sure to become a breakfast staple.

Home Fries with Fried Eggs and Bacon
Home Fries with Fried Eggs and Bacon

Crispy Homemade Home Fries Recipe

I first learned how to make these crispy breakfast potatoes in a restaurant when I was just 12 years old working as a cook. Since then, this a recipe that I make at least once a week for the family. Make fried potatoes just like at the restaurant.

It’s really an easy recipe to make. Once you learn how, I bet you’ll be making it all the time. The whole family loves this dish.

While this is a wonderful dish for an everyday breakfast, it is a great addition to a Sunday brunch menu. It is not just for breakfast either. It is wonderful served as a great side dish accompaniment to steak and chicken entrees. If you like quick and easy potato recipes for breakfast, you should try these Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes.

American Fries or Home Fries

As I was going to write up this recipe, I searched for American Fries. My search kept redirecting to Home Fries. It might be just a Wisconsin thing then. Therefore, I changed our name of this recipe to Home Fries so folks would understand what this recipe is. But American Fries are fried in a skillet until they are golden brown and crispy on the edges.

We Love our Potatoes and hard working farmer friends. According to the University of Whitewater; Langlade County just to the North of my home is the third-highest grower of potatoes in the United States, second only to Idaho and Washington. In 2013, the state harvested 2.6 billion pounds. The best potatoes to use for this recipe are starchy potatoes such as Russet potatoes or Yukon Gold potatoes.

Delicious Home Fries
Delicious Home Fries

Tips on Crispy Fried Potatoes

This potato recipe can be made with both raw potatoes or pre-cooked potatoes. The raw potatoes tend to brown up better. Pre-cooked potatoes can get mushy if turned too much too.

If using pre-cooked potatoes, it is best to have them cold when added to the pan. This will help them not stick to the bottom of the pan. It also helps reduce mushiness and helps with browning.

The trick is in not overcrowding the skillet. Add the diced potatoes in a single layer. If you do crowd the pan, the potatoes will start to release their own steam; hence no crisping. Also, make sure to use a large skillet. I have a large cast iron skillet that works nicely for this recipe. This will help in giving the potatoes room to cook and get crispy.

Cook over medium-high heat. Let cook a few minutes before flipping. Just like making Crispy hash browns. The potatoes need to cook in the pan a few minutes to get crispy. If you move them around to much, they won’t be as crispy.

Lastly, hold off on salting the potatoes until the last few minutes. If the potatoes are salted near the beginning of the cooking process, this will cause moisture to be released.

Easy Home Fries for Breakfast Recipe 1
Easy Home Fries for Breakfast Recipe 1

Additions to the Crispy Home Fries

This can be made with just potatoes, salt, and black pepper; however, there are additional ingredient options that you may also enjoy. Pro Tip. When adding onions and peppers, wait until the potatoes are half cooked before adding. They will release added moisture and hinder the browning and crisping. Therefore, by adding the last half of cooking, this dish turns out perfectly.

  • Sliced Onion
  • Sliced Bell Pepper
  • Ham diced
  • Bacon diced
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Add some egg and you have a breakfast skillet meal

Leave the potato skins on for a country style potato

Homemade American Fries
Homemade American Fries
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Easy Home Fries for Breakfast

Skillet potatoes for breakfast. Delicious comfort food.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Potatoes, recipe, skillet, vegetables
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 324kcal

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  • 4 Large Yukon Gold or Russet Potatoes Thinly sliced. About 1/8 inch thick
  • 1 Large onion Any kind, peeled and sliced
  • 3 Tbl. olive oil
  • to taste pepper Freshly Ground
  • to taste salt

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  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add sliced potatoes.
    Sliced Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Cook on medium-high for approximately 10 minutes. Turn after approximately 3 minutes.. Continue cooking and turning every 3 minutes. You will see the potatoes starting to crisp and brown.
    Potatoes starting to Brown and Crisp
  • Add the sliced onions. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes; turning every 3 minutes.
    Adding sliced onions to the potatoes
  • The final minute or two of cooking add the salt and pepper to taste.
    Seasoning home fries

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Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 1275mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg
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How to Store Home Fries

To store home fries, let them cool completely before transferring them to an airtight container. Refrigerate promptly within two hours of cooking to maintain freshness, and label the container with the date for easy tracking. When reheating, opt for methods like the oven or skillet to restore their crispiness. Enjoy within 3-4 days for the best taste and texture.

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