Home Fries Recipe

| June 16, 2019 | 13 Comments

Southern Home Fries

Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to learn how to make delicious Home Fries from scratch. Great for breakfast or anytime. Printable recipe included.


Home Fries, enjoy.
Southern style Home Fries are perfect for breakfast, but good at any meal. Made with fresh potatoes and browned in a cast iron skillet, these potatoes will have you asking for seconds.


Home Fries, slider.

My wife use to make the best breakfast meals. It was just one of her specialties and something we looked forward to, especially on Saturday. Since the kids were in school and we both worked through the week, being able to just sit down together and relax over a big breakfast couldn’t help but start the weekend off right.

Her biggest specialty was scrambled eggs, and try as I may, I cannot seem to duplicate her technique. And while I do enjoy scrambled eggs, I really prefer them “over-medium” with just a bit of the yolk still runny.

Don’t get me wrong on this part either. Grits are good, but Home Fries are a step or two better. Agree?

If I’m eating out, I’ll order home fries over the grits any day once I find out they are made fresh in the restaurant. They are just so good for some reason.

At home, I like to use boiled and cooled potatoes to make home fries as it takes less time in the morning for them to cook and brown. So, when I’m boiling potatoes for mashed potatoes, I throw a couple extra in the pot, then refrigerate them overnight so they’re ready to cube up and cook the next morning.

I prefer them with the flavor of garlic, and those onions and potatoes frying in the pan will wake you up from a deep sleep if you’re fortunate enough to have someone else preparing breakfast for you. Smile.

So, if you’re ready to make some of your own, then let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Home Fries, you'll need these ingredients.
Southern Home Fries Recipe, you’ll need these ingredients.

Please note that I’m using boiled potatoes to make these. You could certainly use raw potatoes, but this helps cut down on the cooking time some, especially since I had extra boiled potatoes left over from making mashed potatoes. Smile.


Home Fries, cube the potatoes.
Cube the potatoes. As mentioned, these are boiled potatoes that I cooled overnight in the refrigerator. Generally, I slice them the long way, then cut across the lengths to make small cubes. Just try to keep them all about the same size so they will cook more evenly.


Home Fries, slice the onion.
Remove the skin from the onion, then slice it into small pieces.


Home Fries, add bacon grease.
Place a skillet over Medium heat on your stove top. When the skillet warms up, add the bacon grease and let it melt. Bacon Grease is full of flavor and perfect for our home fries. If you don’t have it, or don’t use it, add a small amount of oil and a Tablespoon of butter instead.


Home Fries, add the sliced onions.
Add the sliced onions to the skillet.


Home Fries, add the potatoes.
Add the potatoes.


Home Fries, add the garlic powder.
Add the garlic powder. As little, or as much, as you prefer.


Home Fries, add black pepper.
Sprinkle a good coating of black pepper over the top.


Home Fries, add salt.
Then add a bit of salt to taste.


Home Fries, stir and let cook.
Stir everything around in the skillet and let it cook until the onions are translucent and the potatoes are lightly browned. This takes about 8-10 minutes, but times will vary of course.


Home Fries, add the ketchup.
When the onions and potatoes are done to your approval, top it with a bit of ketchup. Doesn’t take a lot, and you could add more as you go, so go gently to begin with.

Stir the ketchup into the potatoes and let this continue to brown the potatoes for just a minute or two more.


Home Fries, enjoy!

Serve these Home Fries with a couple of eggs cooked just the way you like them along with some ham, bacon, or wieners. YES, those are frankfurters on my plate. YES, they were really good. Smile.


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Home Fries Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish, potatoes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


Quick and easy home fries made from scratch. I’m using boiled potatoes, but you could use raw potatoes if you allow a bit more cooking time. Perfect side for breakfast.



34 small Potatoes, boiled
1 small Onion
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup Ketchup


Cut the boiled and cooled potatoes into cubes.
Slice the onion.
Place skillet over Medium heat and let warm up.
Add bacon grease or oil.
Add the onions.
Add the cubed potatoes.
Add garlic powder.
Add black pepper.
Add salt.
Stir together well.
Stir and cook until onions are translucent and potatoes are browned.
Add the ketchup.
Stir and let cook and brown about two more minutes.
Serve warm


Boiled potatoes make this quicker to cook for breakfast. I always boil a few extra when preparing mashed potatoes then refrigerate them overnight or even longer. If you use raw potatoes, they will need more time to cook and brown so please adjust the recipe accordingly.

Keywords: home fries, hash browns, potatoes and onions, breakfast sides, garlic, ketchup

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  1. Gary Strader says:

    These are home fries the way that I remember eating them ! That said – I have not tried them,and the reason is because I am on a salt restricted diet due to health reasons. I always made this and ate them with loads of catsup. I can not do that now – and as a southerner born and bred in North Carolina how do you enjoy southern cooking without salt – and catsup for that matter.
    If you figure that one out, let me know.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Gary, I’m truly sorry to hear of the salt restriction for you. I’ve tried a few substitutes. Some have been decent, but nothing like the real thing. I once heard someone say it was better to enjoy just a bite of the real thing as opposed to trying to make a lot of substitutions for something that didn’t taste anywhere like it should. I hope you find something that works for you. I appreciate your visits and do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  2. Deborah Carter Goss says:

    I just found you and was looking up a recipe and you popped up, I was looking up recipes for beef tips.I love the fact that you take step by step pictures. That is so helpful…so tomorrow am off to buy my beef..just signed up for your newsletter.and Hoping to make and enjoy eating your recipes..please always include pictures and step by step in all your really helps..

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Deborah, I’m very thankful that you found Taste of Southern, and thank you for signing up for the Newsletter. That’s awesome. ALL of my recipes have the full step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions on how the recipe is made. Some are a bit more in depth than others, but still hopefully get the message across. I’m glad you find them helpful. Please let us know when you try some of the recipes and how they turn out for you. I appreciate your visit and do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  3. Debbie says:

    Good morning Steve,

    I cook these potatoes two or three times a week for my husband, he loves them. When I make baked potatoes there is always one leftover for home fries for breakfast. Since I am an early riser I usually boil potatoes, chill them and then they are ready to cook. Most of the recipes you have posted I have cooked and just love the Southern recipes. Thanks for doing a great job. Have a blessed day.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Debbie, Thank you for your kind comments and for trying our recipes. I’m glad you like them. Tell your husband I love these Home Fries as well. Smile. Thank you for taking the time to write and share your comments. I appreciate your visit and do hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  4. Priscilla Swayngim says:

    That’s the way I make my home fries except for the ketchup. Never thought about that. Will try it next time. I have made them both ways, preboiled and raw. No difference except cooking time. Leftover baked potatoes work well also.

  5. R says:

    Although I’ve put ketchup on my hashbrowns once they’re on the plate, I’ve never thought about adding it when I’m cooking them. I will try it though. Potatoes are great just about every way you cook them.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi R. I have to agree on the potatoes being good just about any way they are cooked. I hope you’ll try cooking the ketchup in with the Home Fries soon. Let me know what you think. I appreciate your comments and do hope you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  6. Bill says:


    Your home fries recipe sounds delicious. I’m a Southern boy who loves his grits, but like you I’ll take home fries over grits any time. I’m usually too busy in the mornings to eat a full country breakfast, so I consider it a treat to have breakfast for the evening meal….eggs scrambled with sharp cheddar cheese, Neese’s sausage patties, raisin toast with apple butter and some of your home fries….Wow! Don’t think it could get any better!

    Thanks for your posts, and thanks also for always closing your newsletter with a shout out to Jesus Christ. That warms my heart!

  7. Kathryn Ransom says:

    Love this recipe. Boiling the potatoes the day before really makes it easy !! I liked the ketchup addition. I normally wouldn’t have added Ketchup like this but it definitely kicked it up a notch !!

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    I suppose I should watch the last episode. I never go to the movies, but will make an exception with this one. PBS ran a short series not long ago-the Durrells of Corfu- This
    too became one of my ‘Guilty Pleasures’-maybe it plays where you live. Sorry to post this on your recipe-did not know how to comment otherwise. Hole in the wall cafes are the best! Ours was called the Omelette Shoppe

  9. Mark Teal says:

    This recipe sounds great. I’ve never fixed home fries with ketchup added while they are still in the pan – I’ve always added a healthy dose of paprika instead. A new Ketchup adventure is next on my list.

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