This recipe for skillet home fries is easy to make with perfectly seasoned potatoes cooked to a crispy golden outside with a smooth and creamy inside. We used Russet potatoes for this recipe, but red potatoes or Yukon Golds are great alternatives.
Make sure to add oil along with the butter to prevent the butter from burning, then add onion toward the end of the cooking process so they’re sweet—not black or singed! Using a non-stick pan or a well-seasoned iron skillet is essential for this recipe. Otherwise, the potatoes will inevitably stick to the pan—burning and falling apart as they cook.
Skillet Home Fries Recipe
- 1 1/2 lbs Russet potatoes, about 3 large potatoes
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 1 tsp salt, seasoned or regular
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- Scrub and rinse potatoes under cool water then pat dry using a kitchen towel. You may peel them if you like, or leave the skins on for a more rustic dish. Cut potatoes into ¾" cubes. Try to be consistent when cubing them, so they cook evenly.
- Place a large non-stick (or cast iron) skillet over medium heat then add the butter and oil. Once the butter melts, place potatoes in an even layer on the bottom of the skillet. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, turning potatoes once or twice during the cooking process.
- Remove lid then season the potatoes with salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Stir to coat the potatoes evenly with seasonings then add onions on top of potatoes. Replace lid for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove lid and let potatoes cook uncovered, until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. This may take an additional 10–15 minutes depending on how crispy you like your home fries. Remove from heat, taste for seasoning and serve while they are nice and hot. Enjoy!
Like your taters on the spicy side? Add plenty of red pepper flakes to taste—yum!