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Diner-style Home Fries

Diner-style Home Fries


Home Fries

They take a little bit of work, but home fries are such a delicious start to any weekend morning. The onions and paprika really give these that diner flavor.

Course Breakfast & Brunch
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 1/2 lbs potatoes Russets are best, but any will do
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tsp paprika divided
  • 1 tsp garlic powder divided


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp baking soda.

  2. Add potatoes and cook for about 5 minutes until just starting to feel tender. Try not to let them get too mushy. Drain.

  3. Heat butter and olive oil in a large pan over medium heat, ideally cast iron, and add onion. Season with salt and a sprinkle of paprika and garlic powder.

  4. Cook onions until translucent and just starting to brown on the edges.

  5. Remove onions from pan, and add some additional butter and/or olive oil if needed.

  6. Add half the potatoes, toss with the oil and butter, and season with 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp paprika, and additional salt if desired. Spread into roughly a single layer in the pan to get a nice crispy brown edge on the potatoes.

  7. Cook for about 10 minutes, with minimal stirring, until they start to really brown on one side. Then stir to cook on the other sides for a few more minutes as well.

  8. Set aside and cook the second half of the potatoes the same way, adding additional oil or butter to the pan if needed.

  9. If you're going to stick the first batch of potatoes right into the fridge for leftovers, add half the onions, stir, and put into a tupperware container. Otherwise, combine both batches of potatoes with onions in a large bowl.

  10. Serve! I like these with either ketchup and/or hot sauce. And of course they go well with eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, or anything else you might be eating on a Sunday morning.

Recipe Notes

If you want to plan ahead the night before, you can boil the potatoes (the first two steps) and save them in the fridge, just leaving you with frying them up in the morning.

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