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mom's fried potatoes and onions

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Fran Murray
Fountain Hills, AZ

My husband, Mark, is a meat and potatoes man. He absolutely loves this fried potatoes and onions recipe! He will actually eat this as his main meal. It's wonderful comfort food.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

While we were cooking these potatoes, we thought there was too much oil. But, once the potatoes are softened they absorb all the flavor from the butter and oil and caramelize beautifully. This is an old-fashioned recipe that reminds us of cooking in the kitchen with Grandma. They're almost like hash browns but without shredding or dicing the potatoes. Once fried, the potatoes are a little crisp outside and soft inside. Onions add tons of flavor. A delicious side dish you could serve at breakfast or dinner.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For mom's fried potatoes and onions

  • 2 lb
    yukon gold potatoes (4 medium) scrubbed, partially cooked and sliced thinly or diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil
  • 3 - 4 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 1 lg
    onion, yellow or vidalia
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How To Make mom's fried potatoes and onions

Test Kitchen Tips
We partially cooked our potatoes in the microwave for 5 minutes before slicing. Also, we did have to cook ours a little bit longer than 15 minutes.
  • Butter and oil in a skillet.
    Melt the butter with the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sliced potatoes in the skillet with the oil and butter.
    Add the potatoes and spread them evenly in the pan. Cook undisturbed until the potatoes are golden brown on one side, about 5 minutes.
  • Onions added to the skillet.
    Carefully turn the potatoes to ensure even browning and add the onion to the skillet.
  • Potatoes and onions cooked until golden brown.
    Continue cooking, turning the potato and onion mixture every few minutes, until the potatoes are well browned and the onion is softened and caramelizing, 10 to 15 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.