Southern Skillet Fried Potatoes and Onions

Southern Skillet Fried Potatoes and Onions is an easy one-skillet side dish. Potatoes, onions, and oil are the only ingredients needed for this simple dish. Just a few ingredients that yield a huge taste!

When you are looking for something simple as a side dish, potatoes and onions always seem to work for me. This is a one-skillet dish for tender golden brown and flavorful potatoes. This is not your plain ole potato side dish. Not at all! These potatoes are kicked up a notch and are wonderful.

Southern Pan Fried Potatoes and Onions
Southern Skillet Fried Potatoes and Onions

I am a potato eater, and I probably eat more than my fair share of potatoes. So I am always trying to come up with a new way to prepare them. Is this way new? Nope, I’ve been making this dish for years, and it hasn’t let me down yet.

There’s just something about Fried Potatoes and Onions that make me happy. The smell alone will have your family in the kitchen, waiting for dinner to be ready.

These potatoes and onion are tossed with a little oil, steamed, and then fried to a golden brown. Yes, the potatoes are steamed right in the same skillet. Just add a lid, and you are all set.

What Ingredients Do I Need?

2# russet potatoes-peeled and diced into 1″ cubes
1 onion –finely diced
1/2 cup of oil (maybe less)
Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder to taste

How Do I Make Skillet Fried Potatoes?

Is there a secret to skillet frying potatoes? Nope. They are really super simple and one of the easiest side dishes to prepare.

Peel and dice potatoes in 1″ cubes. Finely dice the onion.
Using a 10-inch skillet, add enough oil to cover the bottom. Heat oil over medium heat. Drop-in potatoes, drop-in onions—season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir. Cover and cook about 10 minutes without stirring. Uncover. Stir and flip potatoes. Continue to cook uncovered for about 10-15 more minutes or until you reach desired tenderness, and the potatoes are browned.

Tip** Do not over stir the potatoes. Stir potatoes and then leave alone for about 4-5 minutes. Stir again. This allows the potatoes time to fry and brown in the oil.

Southern Skillet Fried Potatoes and Onions
Southern Skillet Fried Potatoes and Onions

How Can I Tell if My Potatoes are Done?

You want your potatoes to be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. If you are not sure by looking at them, stick a fork in them. If they are fork-tender–they are done.

What Skillet Do I Use?

My all-time favorite skillet is my cast iron skillet. Yes, I use it all of the time! It is well seasoned, and I have used it for about 30 years now. Lots of dinners, desserts, and sides have been made in the skillet. If you don’t have one– get one.
But, if you don’t have one now, No Worries! Just use your favorite skillet with a fitted lid. They will still turn out fantastic!

That’s it! Seriously, I told you they were simple to prepare.
What’s stopping you? Go grab a skillet and make a batch today.

For more side dish ideas, check out:

 Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Cabbage and Onions

Hashbrown Casserole

Easy Baked Mac & Cheese

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Southern Fried Potatoes and Onions

Southern Skillet Fried Potatoes and Onions

Gina Abernathy
Southern Skillet Fried Potatoes and Onions is an easy one-skillet side dish. Potatoes, onions, and oil are the only ingredients needed for this simple dish. Just a few ingredients that yield a huge taste!
4.86 from 14 votes
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds Russet Potatoes Peeled and diced into 1" cubes
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

Instructions
 

  • Peel and dice potatoes into 1" cubes.
  • Finely dice the onion.
  • Using a 10-inch skillet, add enough oil to cover the bottom. Heat oil over medium heat.
  • Drop-in potatoes, drop-in onions—season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir. Cover and cook about 10 minutes without stirring.
  • Uncover. Stir and flip potatoes. Continue to cook uncovered for about 10-15 more minutes or until you reach desired tenderness, and the potatoes are browned.

Notes

Tip** Do not over stir the potatoes. Stir potatoes and then leave alone for about 4-5 minutes. Stir again. This allows the potatoes time to fry and brown in the oil.
Keyword Southern Pan Fried Potatoes and Onions

31 Comments

  1. OMG! This is my husbands favorite breakfast that his mom used to make him! I’m definitely going to try it out and surprise him one of these days! Thanks!

  2. My roots are in rural Missouri and as such, this was a common and favorite dish! In fact, my sister made some just this week! Thanks for sharing. Great recipe.

  3. Cooked this last night with pork chops and they were excellent!! Very easy to make. Thank you for the advice not to stir too much as they do need time to fry and brown. I scrubbed the red potatoes with soapy water, cut out all the ‘eyes’ and left the skin on and they were excellent!! Will definitely be making again.

  4. Try adding diced tomatoes and a diced Serrano pepper – in south texas they are known as papas rancheras (ranch potatoes). If they get too soggy then sauté the tomatoes and pepper in separate pan and then mix together before serving. Either way yummy

  5. 5 stars
    I love potatoes too; I always have to have potatoes in my pantry 😂! I love your tips about not over-stirring the potatoes because I feel like if I stir my potatoes a lot, they don’t cook evenly, and they become mushy. So I really appreciate your tip.
    Potatoes and onions are a perfect combination 👌

    1. Hi Dan! So sorry your potatoes did not turn out well. I have made them countless times as well as many other people. The medium heat always works well for me as well as others. As you know, all stoves are different. Heat may need to be adjusted according to your stove. Thanks for the comment. Have a great day. Gina

  6. 5 stars
    These fried potatoes and onions were so delicious! I loved all the flavors and they came out perfectly!

  7. 5 stars
    Made this today and they turned out perfect, caramelized, and scrumptious with no additions or changes to instructions or recipe. . Will make again!

  8. Thoroughly enjoy reading your recipes even though I’m a Southern country gal and basically cook the same. For folks that haven’t cooked and enjoyed delicious pan fried taters and onions, please try this recipe. Perfect for supper side or breakfast. I’ve made them for 50 years, using my hand-me-down 70 year old cast iron skillet. Also, enjoyed the pics of your furry family, GSD’s are the best. Just subscribed. Take care.

  9. 5 stars
    As a Southern gal, I had never made this recipe but I’ve had it many times. I’m glad to say that has changed now thanks to you. These potatoes and onions were crazy good. Thanks!!

  10. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite brunch side dishes! We served alongside a bigger spread with french toast, pancakes, and eggs and it was a hit!

  11. 5 stars
    Super easy and super flavoursome! An excellent side dish to just about anything, but we served it with pork chops and broccolini!

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