A plate of Home Fries is the perfect way to start your day! In just 30 minutes, you can serve up a flavorful breakfast side that the whole family will love!
Home Fries are one of my favorite classic comfort foods. When we lived up north, we enjoyed our fair share of diner food because the diners were plentiful in our area. And home fries were always on the menu. It’s one of my favorite memories… starting a Saturday morning off in a small town diner, enjoying a plate of home fries and eggs with a nice hot cup of coffee on the side. Of course, you can recreate the same simple breakfast at home with just a few ingredients to serve alongside your favorite breakfast casserole recipes.
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When I think of comfort food for breakfast, home fries definitely take the cake! This home fries recipe reminds me of rainy Saturday mornings spent in small town diners and home-cooked breakfasts on lazy weekends… both which I wish could happen more often! During the week, our breakfasts are usually a breakfast meal prep I’ve made ahead of time, so weekdays are just grab and go style breakfasts. But on the weekends, I’m more likely to spend a bit more time on a simple diner-style breakfast like this one.
Home Fries vs. Hash Browns
- The biggest difference between home fries and hash browns is how the potatoes are prepared. Home fries use bite-sized, cubed potatoes and hash browns use shredded potatoes.
- Home fries typically have other veggies added in, like onions and bell pepper, that are sauteed or baked with the potatoes. Hash browns are usually only shredded potatoes that are seasoned and cooked in oil until golden and crispy.
When I first started trying my hand at making homemade home fries, they never seemed to soften properly no matter how long I cooked them! I’ve since figured out what I was doing wrong all those years ago, and I’m here to save you some time! The easiest way to make sure you’re biting into a perfect melt in your mouth potato instead of a still-raw piece is to partially precook your potatoes beforehand. Simple, right? But it makes a world of a difference. You can microwave or boil them just long enough to partially cook them before adding to the pan. I prefer to use the microwave since it only takes a few minutes.
Just a final tip before I get to the recipe… be mindful of how small or large of a dice you go for. Too small and the potatoes will disintegrate towards the end of cooking, and too large and you’ll have to cook the home fries longer. It’s all personal preference, of course. I like to land somewhere in the middle for my home fried potatoes.
How to make home fries
- Precook your chopped potatoes in the microwave for a few minutes.
- Add potatoes to a hot pan, season them, and cook for a bit. Then add peppers & onions and cook until they’re done exactly how you like them.
- Enjoy your home fries on their own, with a bit of ketchup or hot sauce, or with a full plate of your favorite breakfast fixings.
Love home fries? Try these other awesome potato recipes next!
- Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes
- Chorizo and Potato Breakfast Tacos
- Cheesy Bacon Oven Potatoes
- Grandma’s Potatoes
- More breakfast recipes…
Tools used to make this Home Fries recipe
Cutting Board: A good-sized cutting board is a must for home cooks. This board is thick & sturdy and makes recipe prep a breeze.
Knives: A good set of kitchen knives is essential for any cook. This set is the best one I’ve owned so far and it comes with a knife block, steak knives, and an array of larger knives perfect for all your slicing, chopping, and cutting needs.
Large Skillet: This skillet is my go-to kitchen tool. It’s large circumference and high sides make it perfect for cooking anything from one pan meals to soups and sauces.
- Place chopped potatoes in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for about 4 minutes, stirring halfway throughout.
- Heat 3 tablespoons of canola oil over medium heat in a large nonstick pan. When oil is heated through, add potatoes to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, then stir. Cover. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until potatoes begin to brown on one side.
- Flip potatoes so the other side can be cooked. Cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
- Slide potatoes to one side of the pan. In the open space, place the remaining 1 tablespoon of canola oil in the pan. Add peppers, onions, garlic powder, smoked paprika and additional salt and pepper if desired. Stir everything together. Cook for an additional 12 to 15 minutes, or until desired doneness is reached, stirring every couple of minutes.
- Garnish with green onion before serving if desired.