Southern Fried Potatoes

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Start your morning off the right way with our Southern Fried Potatoes. These potatoes are fried to perfection, giving you a crunchy outside and a light, fluffy inside. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or anytime you need a savory, delicious side dish.

A bowl of crispy breakfast potaatoes

As you know I am not a huge breakfast fan.   My normal breakfast consists of a piece of toast, an English muffin, or maybe some dried Cheerios.

Whenever I go out for breakfast I tend to stick with starches and one of my favorites are breakfast potatoes.   Whether they are hash browns, home fries, or some other type of potato they are always my go to.

Southern fried potatoes are an easy to make breakfast side dish.  They are often called southern home fries, skillet fried potatoes, or just fried potatoes. 


  • frozen hash brown potatoes (These are small diced frozen potatoes.  Feel free to get the ones with onions and peppers in them or just the plain ones.)
  • butter (I use salted butter so I don’t have to add too much salt to the potatoes)
  • olive oil (this helps to brown the potatoes)
  • onion (I prefer a sweet onion but you can use whatever you have on hand)
  • sea salt (I like to see the salt when I’m eating potatoes but you could use table salt, just be careful not to over salt the potatoes)
  • black pepper (fresh ground is best but you can add ground pepper in a pinch)

To Make the Easy Fried Potatoes:  Melt the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and potatoes in a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and cook for 5-6 minutes.  Flip the potatoes and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes or until they are browned and tender.

Pin Image:   A bowl of Southern Fried Breakfast Potatoes, text title, all the ingredients to make fried potatoes.

These potatoes are super easy to make so they are perfect as a breakfast side dish.   While you can make them with fresh potatoes I like to cheat and buy the frozen hash brown potatoes so I don’t have to sit and cut all the potatoes.  They turn out just as good.

Can I use sweet potatoes?

You totally can!   You can buy diced sweet potatoes or dice them yourself.  They just turn out a little bit sweeter then the traditional southern fried potatoes so I usually like to add some bell peppers in addition to the onions when I make them with sweet potatoes.

Can I use real potatoes?

Of course you can!   Make sure you dice the potatoes pretty small so that they easily cook in a skillet in 10-15 minutes.  If you leave them too big they will take too long to cook in the center and may burn.

Can I add more spices?

Oh yeah!   I usually add in either fresh minced garlic or garlic powder as well as paprika.  Other great spices to use would be onion powder, parsley, rosemary, thyme, or even chives!  Add in what you like, in small quantities.

Can I add in more vegetables?

You can add in some additional vegetables.   If you want to try half sweet potatoes and half white potatoes that is a great way to add color and different flavors.  Using a variety of bell peppers, diced, adds color and flavors.  You could even add in chopped jalapenos to add a bit of spice.

A skillet filled with breakfast potatoes

I believe the reason why these are southern fried potatoes is because of the amount of butter.   While the oil helps the potatoes to brown, the butter gives them a rich, buttery flavor.

The onions just add more flavor to the potatoes.  You can make these simple with just salt and pepper or jazz them up with additional spices and seasonings.

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I really like the way the fried potatoes taste.  They are crisp and salty on the outside but soft on the inside.  It’s the perfect breakfast side dish.

Serve these potatoes as a side to a quiche, any type of eggs, or just with some toast.  They would also be great with waffles or pancakes.

A close up of a bowl of breakfast potatoes with a fork in the bowl.

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A bowl of crispy breakfast potaatoes

Southern Fried Potatoes

Yield: serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Start your morning off the right way with our Southern Fried Potatoes. Our potatoes and onions are fried to perfection, giving you a crunchy outside and a light, fluffy inside.


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 c. frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Once the butter has melted add in the potatoes and onions in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover the skillet with a lid and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  4. Flip the potatoes over and cook for another 5-6 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and have a nice crust on them.
  5. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.


Recipe adapted from Easy Healthy Recipes

A fork holding up a bite of Southern Fried Breakfast Potatoes.

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  1. We used to make these all the time growing up, but I haven’t made them in forever. They’re great for breakfast or a side dish. Adding these to the must make menu.

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