Pan Fried Potatoes and Onions

These Pan Fried Potatoes and Onions are a classic side dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or dinner. Made with just a few simple ingredients, these sauteed potatoes and onions are a comforting dish that’s easy to prepare.

Overhead view of a bowl of pan fried potatoes and onions

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If you need a flavorful side dish that you can prepare with the ingredients in your kitchen, you’re going to love these pan fried potatoes and onions! All you need is onion, potatoes, garlic, and a few basic spices. Slice the potatoes and onions, saute until the onions are cooked and the potatoes a bit crisp, and enjoy.

What I love about fried potatoes with onions is that it’s a very versatile side. You can prepare them to have with dinner then serve up the leftovers with a fried egg in the morning. And if you’re planning a brunch, this is a dish you’ll definitely want on the table!

Pan fried potatoes and onions ingredients

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Onion – Slice into rings instead of dicing or chopping.
  • Yellow potatoes – See notes below.
  • Garlic – Adds more flavor to the dish.
  • Canola oil – Vegetable oil will also work.
  • Spices – Salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne give flavor to this easy side dish.
Fried potatoes with onions in a bowl

Why Are Yellow Potatoes The Best For This Recipe?

I recommend using yellow potatoes to make your fried potatoes with onions as they have a texture that’s smooth and almost velvety but still crisps up on the outside. And their flavor is slightly sweeter than regular white potatoes too.

How to Make Pan Fried Potatoes and Onions

Begin by heating the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onions, cooking until the onions become translucent. Be sure not to let the garlic brown as it will give the dish a bitter flavor.

Once the onions are cooked, add the potatoes and spiced. Mix to combine.

Cook for 10 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender. It’s best to only stir them occasionally as you want the potatoes to brown and get crispy in places.

Once the potatoes are cooked to your liking, remove from heat and serve.

Sauteed potatoes and onions in a white bowl

Easy Variations

Want to take your pan fried potatoes and onions up a notch? Consider adding in the following:

  • Bacon (chopped)
  • Chorizo (crumbled)
  • Peppers (like green peppers)

They can all be cooked up with the onions for extra flavor in the dish.

You can also add some toppings to your fried potatoes with onions. A dollop of sour cream and chives is my go-to. You could also add some bacon crumbles if you didn’t cook some right into the dish.

Fried potatoes and onions in a white bowl

What to Serve with Sauteed Potatoes and Onions

Fried potatoes and onions are a versatile side that can be served for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

For breakfast, you can serve them up with other savory dishes like fried eggs, quiche, sausage, or bacon. They’d even pair well with pancakes.

When it comes to dinner, you can serve your potatoes and onions with pretty much anything but a few favorites include kielbasa, pork chops, and meatloaf.

How to Store & Reheat Fried Potatoes with Onions

Pan fried potatoes and onions can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

You can reheat this side in the pan or the microwave. Personally, I prefer reheating them in the pan as it brings back the crispy texture on some of the potatoes, while the microwave tends to soften them.

I do not recommend freezing this dish, as the potatoes will become soft and mushy.

Overhead view of a bowl of fried potatoes with onions

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Fried potatoes and onions in a white bowl

Pan Fried Potatoes and Onions

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
These Pan Fried Potatoes and Onions are a classic side dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or dinner. Made with just a few simple ingredients, these sauteed potatoes and onions are a comforting dish that’s easy to prepare.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 208 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium onion sliced into rings
  • 1 ½ lb yellow potatoes thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic; minced
  • 2-3 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • tsp cayenne optional

Instructions
 

  • In a non-stick or cast iron pan heat the canola oil over medium-high heat and add the garlic and onions. Let cook until the onions become translucent. Do not let the garlic brown or it will come bitter.
  • Add the potatoes, salt, pepper and spices. Mix well until combined.
  • Continue to cook for about 10 minutes or until they are fork tender stirring only occasionally to allow the potatoes to brown and get crispy in places.
  • Remove from heat and serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.03gSodium: 884mgPotassium: 778mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 278IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg

Notes

Storage and Reheating
Pan fried potatoes and onions can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
You can reheat this side in the pan or the microwave. Personally, I prefer reheating them in the pan as it brings back the crispy texture on some of the potatoes, while the microwave tends to soften them.
I do not recommend freezing this dish, as the potatoes will become soft and mushy.
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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