Pan-fried potatoes with nice crispy golden brown outside with moist and fluffy center loaded with amazing flavors from creole seasoning and sweet and savory caramelized onions. Quick and Easy comfort food bites you can enjoy any time of the day!
Fried Potatoes and Onions is one of my favorite comfort food up to now. Much of a favorite that I cook it way too very often. I just can’t resist the crispy golden brown skin and the melt-in-your-mouth softness of the potatoes loaded with incredible flavors.
How can I forget the buttery and garlicky goodness in every bite? Aaah! So amazingly tasty! Plus the subtle sweetness and spiciness of the caramelized onions really take it on a higher level of deliciousness.
And on top of that, I added a pinch of Creole Seasoning instead of the classic recipe with only salt and pepper. Yes! It really works wonders. It can really turn a simple dish into a restaurant-grade meal. Once you taste it, you can never go back!
Traditional Recipe: the fried potatoes and onions recipe has only five ingredients:
- Olive Oil – refined or light olive oil is best for pan-frying.
- Salt – brings out the best flavor in every dish.
- Potatoes – Russet or Yukon Gold are the recommended type of potatoes to use. They are both starchy and waxy perfect for frying.
- Onion – yellow onions, they get sweeter and caramelized best as you cook them. Here’s how I cut my onions.
- Black Pepper – together with salt, they make any dish flavorful.
My Recipe: You know me… I can whip up a good recipe from simple to amazing dishes without the complicated techniques. My secret to these delicious Southern Potatoes? Just add:
- Creole Seasoning (optional) – This can give a flavor boost to these fried potatoes and onions. Here’s the recipe for my homemade Creole Seasoning. You can make it yourself if you can’t find them in your local grocery store. The benefit of taking the time to make it yourself is you can control how much salt or heat you want in your flavors.
- Butter – to add depth to the flavors making it “buttery.”
- Garlic (Optional) – who doesn’t love that garlicky taste and aroma in any kind of dish? It’s also super easy to add depth of flavor for anything that involves sauteing.
- Parsley – the distinct herb taste serves as a contrast to emphasize the other flavors in this dish.
Add Herbs & Depth:
- Basil – an aromatic herb that adds a distinct sweetness to any dish.
- Oregano – with pungent smell and taste but creates lovely flavors when added to a dish.
- Italian Seasoning – an ensemble of dried herbs that brings out the amazing flavors of your dish.
- Rosemary – has a strong aroma with a piney flavor and a very versatile herb.
- Thyme – the subtle minty and earthy flavor with a hint of sweetness and floral notes blends well with other herbs.
- Parmesan Cheese – It has a mild taste and not too salty but it can elevate any dish wonderfully. You may cook it along with the potatoes or add it as a grated cheese topping.
- Cheddar Cheese – If you want a strong cheesy flavor with a smooth melty texture, then this is the ideal choice for you. As a cheese lover myself, I believe in the saying “the secret ingredient is always cheese!”
- Bacon – You can never go wrong with bacon! And there’s no such thing as too much bacon. Right? Okay no, I wish. If you add this watch out for how much you add, but it’s my favorite additional ingredient in most comfort food dishes.
- Sriracha – Add a drizzle of sriracha, which can be found at your local global foods market or in the global aisle at most grocery stores.
- Chili Pepper Flakes – Add a pinch for a bite of heat! (Sometimes I go a little spice crazy Winking)
- Cayenne – If you want a spicy skillet fried potatoes and onions.
Making Ahead and Storage Instructions
Plan Ahead – Prep Your Potatoes
- Slice and Store – You can slice your potatoes ahead of time. Just put them in a clean bowl submerged in water, covered. Place it in a fridge for up to 2 days.
- Precook and Boil – Precook your potatoes by boiling them in water for about 10 minutes on a stovetop. If using microwave, heat on full power at 5 minutes. Or roast them in an oven for 10-15 minutes at 400̊ F.
- Precooked Potatoes and Leftovers – these can be stored in a dry and clean air-tight container.
- Cool at Room Temperature – (not longer than 2 hours) before storing.
- Dry the Boiled Potatoes – it’s best to dry before freezing them to avoid getting a grainy texture.
Precooked potatoes and leftovers can be refrigerated for about 3-4 days. Though they may lose their crispiness at this time.
- Precooked Potatoes – can stay fresh for up to 3 months in the freezer.
- Leftovers – can last for up to 1 month.
- Frozen Pre-cooked Potatoes – Thaw them overnight inside the fridge when you’re ready to use them the next day. Proceed with cooking as instructed but with less cooking time.
- Leftovers – reheat using a microwave for about 3-5 minutes or simmer on a stovetop until hot.
What to Serve with Fried Comfort Food?
Nothing beats fried comfort food like this fried potatoes and onions recipe. They are easy to make and very delectable. They are best served with delicious entrees below.
More Easy Comfort Food Recipes
How to fry Potatoes and Onions?
Season the Potatoes
- Heat – On medium-high heat, heat oil and butter on a heavy skillet or cast iron pan. Then, add the sliced potatoes to the pan. (Photos 1-3)
- Season – With salt, pepper, and creole seasoning, generously season your potatoes. (Photo 4)
Let the Potatoes Crust
- Crust – Let it crust, 2 to 3 minutes, and then turn it over. Add the onions and garlic. (Photos 5-6)
- Caramelized the onions – Keep gently turning over the onions and potatoes for about 20 minutes until the onions are caramelized and the potatoes evenly golden and crusted or until desired doneness. Adjust seasoning and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately with omelet or steak. (Photos 7-8)
Fried Potatoes and Onions
Pan-fried potatoes with nice crispy golden brown outside with moist and fluffy center loaded with amazing flavors from creole seasoning and sweet and savory caramelized onions. Quick and easy comfort food bites you can enjoy any time of the day!
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 30 mins
On medium-high heat, heat olive oil and butter on a heavy skillet or cast iron pan.
Then, add the sliced potatoes to the pan.
With salt, pepper, and creole seasoning, generously season your potatoes. Let it crust, 2 to 3 minutes, and then turn it over.
Add the onions and garlic.
Keep gently turning over the onions and potatoes for about 20 minutes until the onions are caramelized and the potatoes evenly golden and crusted or until desired doneness.
Adjust seasoning and garnish with parsley.
Serve immediately with omelet or steak.
Tips & Notes:
- Soak your potatoes in water for at least 20 minutes. Too much starch from the potatoes will prevent getting those nice crisp exterior.
- For a shorter cooking time, precook the potatoes by boiling on a stovetop for about 10 minutes. You can also microwave the potatoes for about 5 minutes.
- Dry the potatoes before frying so they won’t stick to the pan.
- Don’t overcrowd the potatoes in the pan. Overcrowding the potatoes will result in soggy and mushy potatoes.
- Make sure that the pan is hot enough. Uncover the pan for about 5 minutes before the end of cooking time to release the steam. This is to achieve crispy potatoes with a soft and fluffy center.
- Don’t over-stir the potatoes or else you’ll get mashed potatoes. Let it fry in oil for about 4-5 minutes to get that nice crispy golden brown sides and then stir again.
- Like potatoes, don’t overcrowd onions as well. They will be too watery because of the steam and will take longer to cook.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only. Please keep in mind that it is a rough estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary greatly based on the products used.
Serving: 1serving| Calories: 138kcal (7%)| Carbohydrates: 6g (2%)| Protein: 1g (2%)| Fat: 13g (20%)| Saturated Fat: 5g (31%)| Trans Fat: 1g| Cholesterol: 15mg (5%)| Sodium: 120mg (5%)| Potassium: 115mg (3%)| Fiber: 1g (4%)| Sugar: 2g (2%)| Vitamin A: 964IU (19%)| Vitamin C: 27mg (33%)| Calcium: 17mg (2%)| Iron: 1mg (6%)