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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.

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

Crispy Homemade Home Fries

Make home fries just like at the restaurant. Learn how easy this is to make and you will be making it all the time. 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.

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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.

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 Russet or Yukon Gold.

Delicious Home Fries
Delicious Home Fries

Tips on Crispy Homemade Restaurant Home Fries

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, reduce mushiness, and help with browning.

The trick is in not overcrowding the skillet. 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, and wide skillet. This will help in giving the potatoes room to cook and get 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 Potato Recipe

This can be made with just potatoes, salt, and pepper; however, there are additional ingredient options that you may also enjoy. 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.

  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Ham diced
  • Bacon diced
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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