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Diner Style Home Fried Breakfast Potatoes

Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best, and nothing is more true than early in the morning. These Diner Style Home Fried Breakfast Potatoes are a quick & easy side to fry up, and pair perfectly with just about any of your favorite breakfast entrees.

Diner Style Home Fried Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast used to be so simple. Just a couple of eggs, scrambled up and stirred with a little cream. Sauteed in the pan, maybe with a little cheese. Voila.

Breakfast is served!

Fried Breakfast Potatoes

Then my kids got bigger. And bigger. Annnnnd bigger.

Buttered toast was no longer an adequate side. Neither was a bowl full of cereal and cold milk.

Breakfast had to become a full-blown, complete meal. Naturally, I had to come up with ways to fill out my meager morning spread. Potatoes quickly became one of my favorite ways to do that, especially these Diner Style Home Fried Breakfast Potatoes.

Fried Breakfast Potatoes

Potatoes are so versatile. They can be the base for, or included in, so many different things. We love adding them to our omelettes, and in breakfast burritos.

They also have the added benefit of easily taking on just about any flavor profile you throw their way. It makes them the perfect addition to round out just about any menu.

Some days the breakfast menu gets a bit more complicated, usually because I have more time on my hands and my guys all sleep in. Then you get things like my Sausage Egg & Cheese Sliders with Maple Glaze, Breakfast Enchiladas, Breakfast Lasagna, or even our Breakfast Eggrolls with Sausage Gravy.

Regardless of how busy my mornings are though, I’ve always got enough time to whip up a batch of these addictive Diner Style Home Fried Breakfast Potatoes.

Diner Style Home Fried Breakfast Potatoes

A solid starchy side dish, these fried breakfast potatoes are well seasoned with deliciously crispy, crunchy outsides and smooth, creamy centers.

Served up with a side of scrambled or over easy eggs, these potatoes and a side of fresh fruit or even yogurt and you’ve got an easy breakfast on any budget or time frame.

Other Breakfast/Brunch recipes you might also enjoy: Monte Cristo Style Breakfast Casserole, Three Cheese Grits Casserole, Cheesy Sausage Ham & Egg Breakfast Calzones, and Sausage & Egg Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes.


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Diner Style Home Fried Breakfast Potatoes

An easy recipe for crispy home fried potatoes that's ready in a jiff to serve with your other breakfast favorites.
3.88 from 33 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 214kcal


  • 1 1/2 lbs Russet potatoes, washed, scrubbed, & diced into 1/2" cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  • Add the potatoes to a pot, and cover with water by a 1/2". Generously salt the water. Bring the mixture to a boil and let the potatoes cook for 2 minutes. our the potatoes into a strainer to drain, and let rest for 5 full minutes.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil to a large cast iron skillet, and heat it over medium heat. When the oil's nice and hot, stir in the onions. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Transfer the cooked onions to a separate plate, and return the skillet to the stove.
  • Add the rest of the oil and the butter to the skillet, again heating over medium heat. When the oil's nice and hot, add the potatoes- tossing evenly to coat with the oil and butter. 
  • Use a spatula to spread the potatoes out into a single layer. Cook for 10 minutes, only stirring once half way through, so everything gets nice and crispy.
  • Sprinkle to garlic, paprika, salt & pepper evenly out over the potatoes. Add the onions and stir until everything is evenly combined. 
  • Serve immediately, alongside your other breakfast favorites.


recipe adapted from The Kitchn


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 714mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 19.4mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 5.6mg
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3.88 from 33 votes (27 ratings without comment)

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  1. 5 stars
    These potatoes were so good!! I made them Sunday morning for Father’s Day breakfast for my family. They absolutely loved them! I thought I boiled them a bit too much but my daughter said they were perfect! So easy to make and oh so tasty!! I served then with homemade french toast of which my son made the bread, thick cut hickory bacon and scrambled eggs with cheddar! I had left overs so the next morning I had them with leftover steak and eggs!!

    1. That’s wonderful! We made them for Father’s Day brunch too. I served them with over easy eggs and maple sausage links- per the Hub’s request. I love when something so simple comes loaded with so much flavor 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    These were the best home fries I have ever made. They really do taste like the potato’s that you would get in a restaurant. Super easy to make too.

  3. 3 stars
    Wow, I gotta say with any longer of a preface or sentences with grammatical composition that left me bewildered, I wouldn’t have made it. I really didn’t know if I was ever going to find the recipe In the deep dark reaches of the bottom of this website. However, “derby fries” for whatever reason don’t exist on the internet so these got me close and tasted pretty good.

    1. 5 stars
      I’m so sorry for whatever has happened to you to inspire you to treat someone else with such negativity.

      The recipe is absolutely wonderful. Reminds me of my favorite diner home fries. Delish!!

  4. Instead of boiling the potatoes first can u put them in microwave instead ,for a few not all the way to cook them just like half way or not recommended?

    1. I haven’t tried that so I can’t ensure the results with the microwave, but if you do please let me know how it works out!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been trying to use my cast iron skillet more & this was a perfect recipe to practice using it. I’m not “naturally” a good cook so I most enjoy unfussy, simple recipes. This was just that! The dish turned out great; just what I was craving for brunch today. Thanks!