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Southern Fried Potatoes and Onions

Simple recipe for Southern Fried Potatoes and Onions
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fried Potatoes and Onions, Southern fried potatoes
Servings: 8
Calories: 77kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes
Cost: $5


  • Enough peanut oil to wet the entire bottom of your pan
  • 2 tbs unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 lb Idaho Russet or Red potatoes (I like Reds - but that is just a personal preference)
  • Salted water
  • ½ medium sized sweet onion like Vidalia
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Garnish with paprika and fresh basil


  • Place a heavy 9” cast iron skillet over medium heat (just a little more than medium on my electric stove).
  • Pour oil into the skillet and add the butter as well.  Allow this to heat until the oil is shimmery on the surface - not smoking - if it starts to smoke, pull it off the heat and let it cool some until it is shimmery again.
  • Cut up the potatoes into pieces that are the same size - chips or cubes - your choice.
  • As you cut, place into 4 cups of water that has 2 Tbs of salt  mixed in.
  • Cut up onion into bigger chunks than you cut the potato.
  • After 5 minutes, drain the potato VERY WELL and dry with paper towels
  • When the oil is ready (shimmery) put the potato and the onion into the oil.  Do not crowd the potatoes.  If there isn’t enough room for them to lay side by side, then let some cook, remove them to drain on a paper towel and then cook the rest.
  • Cook for about 4 minutes on one side then flip and cook for another 2-4 minutes on the other side.
  • Drain on a paper towel.  Salt and pepper as soon as you remove from the oil
  • Garnish and serve hot.



  • Be sure to cut the potatoes into like sized pieces so that they cook evenly. 
  • It is super important to dry the potatoes very well after soaking. If you don't, the oil could flare up when you put the potatoes in.  That could be dangerous.  
  • Sweet Onions include Vidalia and Texas Sweets.  They should be labeled "sweet onion" at the grocery. 
  • Either Russets, yellow or red potatoes will work with this recipe.  


Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg