Quick and Easy Home Fries


These home fries turn out crispy every time. They're great for breakfast or as a side dish. If you prefer crispy hash browns, use shredded potatoes (instead of cubed) and follow the recipe directions.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

These top-rated home fries are perfectly tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. 

How to Make Home Fries

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

What Are Home Fries?

Home fries are cubed, wedged, or sliced potatoes that are pan- or skillet-fried. In America, home fries are traditionally served for breakfast in place of hash browns. 

Home Fries Ingredients

These are the simple ingredients you’ll need to make this incredibly easy recipe for home fries: 

  • Potatoes: Start with three medium, cubed russet potatoes. 
  • Butter: You can use margarine, if you prefer. 
  • Seasonings: This recipe calls for a simple seasoning of salt and pepper, but you can season the home fries however you like. 

How to Make Homemade Home Fries

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you cook make this restaurant-worthy home fries recipe:

  1. Rinse and drain the cubed potatoes.
  2. Season and cook the potatoes, covered, on the stove. 
  3. Remove the lid and continue cooking until crisp. 

How to Store Home Fries

Store your leftover home fries in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. For the crispiest results, reheat them on the stove instead of in the microwave. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“This recipe produced potatoes with tender insides and crispy outsides,” according to BambiBomber1983. “Do not overly stir the potatoes during the second half of the cook time. Let them be, and stir about every three minutes or so.”

“This was an easy recipe,” says Jenneats. “I did make a small change by adding peppers and onions in during the last 10 minutes, as well as using seasoned salt vs. regular salt.”

“Turned out great,” raves Brooke Mari. “I did not cover and made sure the potatoes were extra dry. I like them crispy. Tasted great.”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 3 medium russet potatoes, cubed

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Rinse potato cubes with cold water and drain well.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place potatoes in the skillet and season with salt and pepper; mix well. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

  3. Remove the lid and cook, turning frequently, until brown and crisp on all sides, about 10 more minutes.

    close up view of fried potato pieces

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

199 Calories
9g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 199
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 32mg 158%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 675mg 14%

* 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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