Fried Potatoes and Onons

Fried Potatoes and Onions

Fried Potatoes and Onions is a dish that was served on a regular basis when I was growing up. Potatoes are a frugal food, and combining them with onions, adds a depth of flavor that makes this a real treat. My mother would frequently fry the potatoes in the bacon fat that she had in a can on the stove. I remember eating meals that consisted of nothing more than fried potatoes and onions with a side of cooked greens.

Fried Potatoes and Onions

I loved to eat my Fried Potatoes and onions with a side of ketchup, but my father would put a dollop of mayonnaise on his. I thought he was weird, until I tried it his way.

What will you need to prepare this recipe?

From the Pantry

  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

From the Root Cellar

  • potatoes
  • onions
  • garlic

Fried Potatoes and onions is a simple and easy meal. It can be changed by adding additional ingredients like bell pepper, or even by adding meat to create a variety of different dishes from this one simple recipe.

Fried Potatoes and Onions

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Fried Potatoes and Onions

Fried Potatoes and Onions is a simple and delicious side dish. It's also an amazing base for other dishes. It's a very frugal meal. This recipe serves 6 and costs only $2.04 or about $0.34 per serving. This recipe can be changed by the addition of diced bacon or other meats. It can also be tossed with the oil and spread on a sheet pan instead of frying it in a skillet. Simply bake it for about 30 – 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Just remember to stir it every 15 minutes to prevent sticking and burning.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 302 kcal


  • 3 pounds potatoes diced into 1/2 to 1 inch cubes or 1/2 inch slices ($1.20)
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced ($0.20)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (can substitute bacon fat, coconut oil, canola oil, etc) ($0.45)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt ($0.06)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper ($0.04)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced ($0.09)


  • Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onions to the pan, and cook until onions become translucent.
  • Add garlic to pan and cook for one minute
  • Add potatoes, salt, and pepper to the pan. Stir well to combine ingredients.
  • Cover pan with lid and allow potatoes to cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Remove lid from pan, and increase heat to medium high.
  • Allow potatoes to cook for an additional 8 to 10 minutes to allow them to become lightly browned and crispy.
  • Taste and add more salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve
Keyword black pepper, garlic, oil, onion, potato, salt

Nutrition information is for 1/6th of the recipe prepared as written above.

Fried Potatoes and Onions

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