Quick and Crispy Home Fries


Learn how to make home fries crispy like the ones at your local diner! The secret to getting a crispy surface on home fries is to make sure the potatoes aren't warm when you pan-fry them. In this recipe, we precook the potatoes and let them cool to room temperature before they hit the buttered pan, ensuring perfectly crusty and crispy edges.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ¼ teaspoon paprika

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1 pinch garlic powder

  • 1 pinch onion powder

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives


  1. Arrange potatoes evenly on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high until just tender, about 4 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Cut potatoes into bite-sized chunks.

  2. Heat butter and olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until butter melts and starts to turn brown. Swirl the pan and add potatoes; shake the pan to arrange in an even layer. Season with paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

  3. Continue to toss potatoes and cook until reddish-brown, crusty, and crispy on the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. If potatoes are cooking too quickly, reduce the heat to medium. Garnish with chives.

    close up view of Home Fries served with scrambled eggs and toast on a white plate
    Chef John

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

306 Calories
10g Fat
51g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 306
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 35mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 16mg 82%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 1167mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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