Fried potatoes and onions in a skillet.

Best Fried Potatoes and Onions Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


When you want the best fried potatoes and onions, this is the recipe for you. It’s a perfect side dish for breakfast or dinner!

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  • 2 tsp. cooking oil
  • 2 sweet onions, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch
  • 3/4 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch coins


  1. In a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium heat. 
  2. Add onions and ¼ tsp. of the salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add butter, stir until melted. Cook until onions are golden brown, about 5-6 minutes more, adding in the garlic for the last minute.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer onions to a plate, leaving the fat in the pan. Cover onions tightly with foil and set aside.
  4. Increase heat to medium-high. Add the potatoes to the pan in a single layer ( a bit of overlapping is fine).* Cook until potatoes are golden brown and soft, with crunchy edges, about 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  5. Distribute onions over potatoes. Serve warm.

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*If your pan is too small to fit all of the potatoes in a single mostly-non-overlapping layer, then you can cook them in two batches. When the first batch of potatoes is done, distribute them evenly on an oven-safe rack set on a pan, and put them into an oven set at 250F to stay warm while the second batch cooks.