Fried Potatoes and Onions

Fried Potatoes and Onions

Last Updated on August 25, 2021 by Chenée Lewis

Who doesn’t love an easy breakfast or brunch recipe? Well, I’ve got a great one for you today! My favorite side dish at brunch is definitely potatoes, but so often they’re dry, bland, and boring. Too many times I’ve ordered home fries, hash browns, or some other type of potato at brunch and been disappointed. Nothing compares to my mom’s southern fried potatoes and onions!

These southern fried potatoes and onions, or as we call them, West Virginia fried potatoes, are a simple, quick recipe that can serve as a side dish for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. You can even make them by themselves and have a delicious snack. This is a 5-ingredient recipe that is so easy to throw together, you won’t believe how good it tastes! Every time I order breakfast potatoes as restaurants, THIS is what I hope they’ll bring out!

Family Recipe

I got this southern fried potatoes and onions recipe from my mom, who got it from her mom. My mom was born in West Virginia before her family moved to Philadelphia, so that would explain the name! I grew up eating these southern fried potatoes and onions so often, and I’ve made them a lot myself! They’re perfect with eggs and bacon, or my mom would make them sometimes with corned beef hash.

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Fried Potatoes and Onions


Did I mention that this is a 5-ingredient recipe? The ingredients list is short and sweet!

  • vegetable oil – you’ll need enough canola oil, or other oil with a high smoke point, to coat the bottom of your cast iron skillet.
  • potatoes – I use either Yukon gold or russet potatoes. The russets are a bit starchier, but I don’t mind the slightly softer texture.
  • onions — I use yellow onions for a slightly mellow flavor, but you can use white onions as well.
  • salt and pepper – to taste.

If you want, you can add a few of the following variations:

  • garlic powder
  • red pepper flakes
  • chopped chives or green onions

Equipment Needed

Again, this is such a simple southern fried potatoes and onions recipe. All you’ll need is a knife and cutting board to slice your potatoes and onions, a skillet or sauté pan to cook them, and a spoon or spatula to move them around in the pan! I usually use a cast-iron skillet to help give the potatoes and onions that nice brown caramelization!

Step by Step

  1. Slice onions and potatoes, and heat oil in a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or nonstick sauté pan over medium high heat.
  2. Add potatoes and onions to hot oil and add seasonings of your choice.
  3. Cook, stirring often, for about 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender and browned.
  4. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain the oil, and you’re ready to serve your southern fried potatoes! It’s that easy!

Tips and F.A.Q.

Should you dry potatoes before frying?

Sure! Drying the potato slices before frying them helps to minimize oil splatter when you add them to your skillet. Since we’re not soaking our potatoes in advance, you won’t have too much moisture to dry off, but it can help to make sure the oil doesn’t bubble up too much.

How do you keep fried potatoes from sticking to cast iron?

The key is to make sure you preheat your skillet completely. Cast iron heats slowly, so give it plenty of time to get fully hot before adding your oil. Then, once you’ve added your potatoes to the skillet, let them sit in the hot oil, without stirring, until the bottoms of the slices are browned. This will allow the potatoes to release from the pan in order to flip them.

What kind of potatoes should I use for these fried potatoes and onions?

I like to use russet potatoes for this recipe. You can also use Yukon Gold or another starchy potato recipe — the starch helps to create a slightly creamy texture in the potatoes and helps them brown.

Related Recipes

This southern fried potatoes and onions recipe is good for any meal, but it’s especially perfect as a breakfast or brunch side dish! So you should absolutely try it alongside my decadent Banana Pecan Pancakes. They have a maple brown butter icing that is to die for, and they’re full of toasted pecans and ripe banana flavor!

And if you’re looking for more delicious brunch ideas, check out my Leek, Bacon, and Asparagus Quiche. It’s got a creamy egg custard filling with leeks, shallots, crispy bacon, and tender asparagus. It’s an homage to one of my favorite restaurant brunch dishes, but you can make it yourself, right at home!

fried potatoes and onions

Fried Potatoes and Onions – Easy Southern Fried Potatoes and Onions Recipe

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The best southern fried potatoes and onions recipe is so easy. This quick family recipe is ready in minutes and perfect for breakfast or a side dish!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine :American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 246kcal
Recipe Source: Chenée Lewis


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil - I used canola
  • 3 medium Russet potatoes - peeled
  • 1 large yellow onion - sliced thinly
  • salt and pepper - to taste

Optional Add-ins:


  • Heat oil in a sauté pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Slice onions and potatoes to ¼-inch thick.
  • Carefully add potatoes and onions to hot oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring often, until potatoes and onions are well browned and tender, about 10-15 minutes. If desired, cover skillet to help with cooking and produce a creamier texture.
  • Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil for a few minutes, and then serve!



Variations: This southern fried potatoes recipe is meant to be simple, deriving most of its flavor from the sautéed onions, but if you would like to spice it up a bit, It would be delicious cooked in butter or bacon fat instead of oil, and tossed in some chopped dill. Just be careful with the butter at high heat because it burns more easily than vegetable oil. 
Accompaniments: We usually eat these southern fried potatoes with ketchup, but you could also serve it with a garlic aioli or some honey mustard sauce! 
Vegan: This recipe as written is vegan and gluten free! Be aware of any variations that you add that may affect the nutrition (for example, gluten in any seasonings or animal products in any of the variations above).


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 246 kcal | Carbohydrates: 29 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Sodium: 11 mg | Potassium: 705 mg | Fiber: 5 g | Sugar: 3 g | Calcium: 23 mg | Iron: 1 mg
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