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Home Fries

Recipe By Tessa Arias
September 24th, 2012

Home Fries are loaded with flavor and have that perfect crisp yet fluffy texture. They're the ultimate breakfast comfort food!

Yield: 2 - 3 Servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Taste: So much more flavorful than any home fries I’ve had out to breakfast at a restaurant. These babies are savory, slightly spicy, and slightly sweet.
Texture: The potatoes have that rich golden brown, buttery crust and fluffy inside. What’s better than that?
Ease: Not exactly an on-the-go breakfast recipe but perfect for Sunday breakfasts or brunches.
Appearance: The potatoes with their golden crusts and the red bell peppers just look like comfort food.
Pros: Your family will ask you to make these potatoes every weekend.
Cons: Requires some times at the cutting board and at the stove.
Would I make this again? Yes.

Home Fries are loaded with flavor and have that perfect crisp yet fluffy texture. They’re the ultimate breakfast comfort food!
Home Fries Recipe - ultimate breakfast comfort food

I meant to post this recipe last Friday but the past few days have been a little crazy. My mom, who recently moved to Colorado, came back to Arizona to finish packing up her house. She couldn’t pack any of her alcohol, cleaning supplies, or food so guess who scored the jackpot? I literally have buckets of bottles and food in my kitchen that need to find homes. I think I’ll use that as an excuse to head to Bed Bath and Beyond to buy some organizational products. I love organizational and office products, in case you didn’t know. The closest Container Store to me is about 45 minutes away which is probably a good thing otherwise I would be completely broke (but perfectly organized). I’ve also been working on schoolwork which means reading like 5 books a week. AND I’ve been working on finishing up edits of my cookbook manuscript (eeek!). My desk is currently covered in textbooks, binders, recipes, to-do lists, and maybe some Oreo cookie crumbs. I had almost forgotten that I made these wonderful home fries to share with you!

Home Fries Recipe

How to make
Home Fries

Yield: 2 - 3 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Home Fries are loaded with flavor and have that perfect crisp yet fluffy texture. They're the ultimate breakfast comfort food!


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons corn or peanut oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and cut into a rough dice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a heavy 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, until hot but not smoking. Add the onion and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, place the diced potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with 1/2-inch of water, add 1 teaspoon of salt, and place over high heat. As soon as the water begins to boil, after about 5 minutes, drain the potatoes thoroughly in a colander.

  3. Heat the butter and remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in the now-empty skillet over medium-high heat until the butter foams. Add the potatoes in a single layer, making sure each potato is touching the surface of the skillet. Cook, without stirring, until one side of the potatoes is golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully turn the potatoes with a thin spatula. Spread the potatoes in a single layer and repeat the process again until the potatoes are tender and browned on most sides, turning 3 to 4 times, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the onion mixture, the paprika, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Stir to blend then serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

From The New Best Recipe
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Heidi — January 19, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Your directions for cooking aren’t posted.

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    Cory — January 14, 2019 at 6:26 am

    The directions for the home fries wont show

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    Malak — September 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Can i use green onions instead of normal onions?

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      Tessa — September 9, 2014 at 7:52 am

      You could but I’d definitely recommend sticking with the regular onions.

  4. #
    Chad — September 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    You can also microwave the potatoes for 2-3 minutes instead of having to boil them. Looks yummy!

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    Melissa — September 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    This sounds so good! My fiance and I love to go out to breakfast whenever we have a free weekend morning together, and it’s so hard to find tasty home fries. I’ll be trying this soon!

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    Jon — September 25, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Don’t you know, we can ship to you from The Container Store?

  7. #
    Tracey — September 24, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Those could not look more amazing!! I’ve never made home fries, but we have eggs every weekend, and man would these be a fantastic addition!

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    Blog is the New Black — September 24, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Home fres are the best!!! These look awesome.

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