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A closeup of home fries in a skillet.

Skillet Home Fries

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 3 people
Author Marissa


  • ¼ cup extra light olive oil
  • 2-3 gold potatoes about 1.5lbs
  • ½ cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon Greek oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Peel, rinse, and pat dry the potatoes.
  • Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, then quarter each half evenly so you have eight cubes per potato.*
  • Add olive oil to a very well-seasoned cast iron skillet over medium heat.*
  • Once the pan is very hot, add your potatoes in a single layer. Cover with a lid, set a timer for 10 minutes, and walk away.
  • When the timer's up, remove the lid. Carefully flip the potatoes over. Set the timer for 5 minutes and walk away again (you don't need the lid anymore).
  • When the timer's up, add your chopped onions and let them chill out. Set a timer for 5 minutes again! Go have a sip of coffee or something.
  • Once the timer is up this time, stir the potatoes and onions with a wooden spoon and continue to cook for 5-10 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through and the onions have softened.
  • In the last few minutes of cooking, add your seasoning!


*Potatoes come in various sizes. If you're working with smaller potatoes, cutting them in 4 cubes per potato would make more sense than 8. If you're working with larger potatoes, you'll probably want 12 cubes. Use your judgement; just make sure they're chopped evenly or you'll end up with a combination of mushy and under-cooked potatoes.
*I highly recommend using a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, but a nonstick pan would work too. What's especially important is adding your potatoes to very hot oil in a very hot skillet! Otherwise, they will stick to the pan right from the start and you'll end up with a giant mess.