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Diner Style Fried Potatoes And Onions At Home!

If there is anything more delicious than crispy breakfast potatoes at a weekend brunch, we’d like to know what it is! Fried potatoes and onions are easy to make at home, require very few ingredients, and are a delicious breakfast side dish for practically any savory dish.

We recommend using a cast iron skillet to get the breakfast potatoes extra crispy, but first you’ll need to parboil them. Yep, it’s necessary. Trust us, your efforts will be greatly rewarded with super crispy pan fried potatoes and caramelized onions that will transport you to your favorite breakfast spot! Let’s get to it!

Ingredients for diner style fried potatoes

Ingredients For Crispy Breakfast Potatoes

  • Russet potatoes: also known as Idaho potatoes; these high starch, low moisture potatoes are perfect for getting that creamy, tender center with maintaining a crispy exterior when they come in contact with the cast iron skillet!
  • Onion: for a little sweetness; also, we just love caramelized onions and potatoes together!
  • Garlic powder: to add flavor to the potatoes
  • Sweet paprika: adds both flavor and color! Feel free to substitute smoked paprika for a smoky flavor!
  • Kosher salt: gotta season those ‘taters!
  • Freshly ground black pepper: as much or as little as you like
  • Fresh herbs, for serving: chives, parsley, or scallions work great! A great way to brighten up the dish, both in terms of flavor and appearance.
  • Optional: lemon wedges — we love a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over southern fried potatoes and onions, but it’s totally personal preference!

Don’t have Russet potatoes? No need to fret! Any potato will work, but you will see the crispiest results with higher starch potatoes. We recommend Yukon gold potatoes over waxier potatoes like red bliss or new potatoes.

Also! We think adding some roasted red peppers to these breakfast potatoes would be pretty epic, no? Totally doing that next time!

Parboiling potatoes

Parboil Potatoes Before Pan Frying

What does it mean to parboil potatoes? It introduces a first cooking method — boiling the potatoes — before a second cooking process. In this case, you’ll pan fry the potatoes, but you could do the same thing whether pan frying, deep frying, roasting, or steaming.

While technically, yes, you can skip this step, it’ll lead to a longer cook time without it and the potatoes are less likely to be evenly cooked. No, thank you!

There are two ways to parboil: either cook the potatoes in boiling water or add the uncooked potatoes to a saucepan with cold water, then bring to a boil. Either way, you want the potatoes to cook for 8-10 minutes once the water is boiling. Season the water with 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, add the potatoes, then cook and strain. Easy!

Crispy diner style potatoes and onions

How To Make Crispy Breakfast Potatoes At Home

  1. Parboil the potatoes. Place cut potatoes in a saucepan, then cover with a couple inches of water. Add 1 tsp Kosher salt, then bring to a rapid boil. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until just knife tender.
  2. Strain the potatoes, then wait 5 minutes. Strain the potatoes with a colander, then allow potatoes to steam dry for 5 minutes.
  3. Cook the potatoes. Meanwhile, heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or butter), then add potatoes. Season with 1 tsp Kosher salt, then cook for 5 minutes undisturbed.
  4. Add onion. Add minced onion, then toss the potatoes and cook undisturbed another 5 minutes. Check the potatoes for doneness. If crispy, go to next step. If not, let them cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Finish, then serve. Season with garlic and paprika, then toss once more. Serve immediately with chopped fresh herbs and lemon wedges, if using.

Easy skillet breakfast potatoes that the whole family will love! Though I have to admit, sometimes my kids ask us to leave the herbs out lol…. kids, man!

Fried potatoes and onion with fried eggs in a cast iron

Best Sides To Serve With Fried Potatoes And Onions

  • Eggs! Fried eggs, poached eggs, sunny side up eggs, soft boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, your favorite omelette! Choose whichever style eggs you love most and serve ’em up!
  • Meat! Crispy bacon, breakfast sausage or sausage links, Canadian bacon — all great options!
  • Light sides: fresh fruit, yogurt + granola, thinly sliced tomatoes, marinated tomato and onion salad, sliced avocado (just a squeeze of lemon + flaky sea salt is perfection!)
  • Sweets: we love to end the meal with a little something sweet like double chocolate scones, blueberry muffins, or even chocolate rapsberry rugelach — the latter is how we always end our bagel brunches at home!
Fried potatoes and onion with fried eggs in a cast iron skillet

FAQs For Breakfast Potatoes

  1. What’s the best type of potato to use? High starch, low moisture potatoes such as Russet or Idaho potatoes work best (here’s why). If those aren’t available, go with Yukon gold potatoes. The least successful fried potatoes will be those that are waxier.
  2. Can these be roasted instead? Totally! Breakfast potatoes can be roasted, pan fried, shredded into hash browns. To roast, parboil the potatoes per the instructions, then transfer to a cast iron skillet and roast at 425F with garlic and paprika until crispy, about 30-40 minutes, tossing once halfway through (this is also when you should add the onions). Finish with fresh herbs.
  3. My potatoes didn’t get crispy — what did I do wrong? Are you using waxy potatoes? If not, make sure that the skillet is hot enough and that you let them cook undisturbed for at least 5 minutes between flipping.
  4. I don’t have a cast iron skillet — what other type of pan can I use? Cast iron is well loved for its ability retain even heat across the entire surface. You can absolutely use other pans — stainless steel and ceramic are good options — but something like a nonstick skillet won’t get the potatoes as crispy. You actually want the potatoes to stick to the pan a bit as they cook. When they’re nicely browned, they’ll release easily from the pan (but this won’t happen with nonstick).
Diner style potatoes and onion with fried eggs in a cast iron skillet
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  • Green Shakshuka With Feta
  • Smashed Eggs On Toast
  • Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
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