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Homemade Home Fries Recipe

Homemade home fries on a plate with the words "Homemade Home Fries" written digitally on top.

I really like making everything I can from scratch. I don’t always want to. Trust me. I would much rather open a bag of something frozen and serve it for dinner. But what’s in that? A lot more ingredients (and usually salt) than I want to put in our bodies. So I try to make everything if I’m able to, like this Homemade Home Fries recipe.

Yes, you can buy frozen home fries and throw them in the oven for breakfast. Yes, making your own is laborious. But homemade home fries are much more delicious.

And, you can make a whole bunch and then freeze them (more about that below), so they’re not too bad.

Homemade Home Fries Recipe

Homemade Home Fries Ingredients:

How To Make Home Fries:

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Diced potatoes.

Wash and peel your potatoes.

Chop the potatoes into tiny pieces.

Put the potato pieces in a bowl of water (with an optional 1 teaspoon of sugar) for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Drain the potatoes and pat them dry.

Diced potatoes on a baking pan.

Spread them along a non-stick cookie sheet, making sure they’re in a single layer.

Raw diced potatoes on a baking pan in the oven.

Drizzle the potatoes with the oil. Sprinkle Adobo, salt, garlic powder, and pepper over them. Mix the potatoes.

Side note: That’s the home fries seasoning I make. I like to keep them pretty mild with just a bit of flavor. I don’t want them to take away from the rest of what I’m serving for breakfast. If you want bolder flavors, you can swap for some jalapeño salt or Cajun seasoning, and if you have a more mild taste, skip the Adobo.

Cooked diced potatoes on a baking pan.

Bake about 45 minutes to an hour until the potatoes are golden brown and crunchy on the outside, flipping them about halfway through.

Serve warm.

You can top them with sour cream and chives, or just leave them as is and serve with a fried egg or any other breakfast favorites.

Cooked diced potatoes on a baking pan with a spatula.

What’s the difference between hash browns and home fries?

Hash browns and home fries are two completely different potato side dishes.

Hash browns are shredded potatoes that are pan fried. The key to hash browns is that the potato is shredded very thin. They clump together, and are eaten as big bites rather than individual pieces.

Home fries are diced or cubed potatoes that are thick and are eaten individually. Many restaurants will add caramelized onions or bell peppers into their home fries.

Homemade Home Fries: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to soak potatoes in sugar water?

Potatoes have a ton of starch in them, and you want to pull some of that out before cooking them. If not, they won’t crisp up and they’ll taste pretty mushy. Which is fine, but usually, home fries are added to breakfast to offer a texture that’s different than the texture eggs.

The sugar in the water helps to pull out some of the starch, but it does more than just that. The sugar in the water helps to repel the oil, so when these homemade home fries are baking, they won’t absorb a ton of oil. That’s good because you don’t want to eat that much oil, you just want it to help cook the potatoes.

The sugar water will help the potatoes to not stick together when they cook, which is great. You want to eat these in individual bites, not in a clump of home fries?

What potatoes make the best Homemade Home Fries?

Any starchy potato makes the best home fries. Personally, I like Russet potatoes because they have less moisture than other potatoes, so they’ll cook up well and hold their shape. Waxy potatoes, like fingerling potatoes, don’t really work well in this recipe.

The best thing about Russet potatoes is that they’re really budget friendly. So you can make these for a fraction of what you would pay in a restaurant.

How can you store leftover home fries?

If you have leftover home fries, you can store them in an air tight container in the fridge for about four days.

How can you reheat leftover home fries?

The best way to reheat leftover home fries is to pan fry them. Heat a little bit of oil in a non-stick skillet. When the oil is warm, add the home fries. Heat them, flipping them often, until they’re heated through.

You can microwave leftover home fries, but they’ll taste soggy and mushy. That’s not the best way to reheat them, but that is the quickest way.

If you have a lot of them leftover, you can reheat them on a sheet pan in the oven. Heat them for 10 to 15 minutes at 350, flipping them halfway through.

Can you freeze home fries?

Yes, you can freeze homemade home fries.

Potatoes are pretty watery, even starchy potatoes, and because of that, raw potatoes don’t freeze well when they’re cut. Potatoes do freeze really well when they’re cooked, though.

So what you want to do is cook this recipe as is, then set the home fries aside to cool. When they’ve cooled completely, store them in a freezer safe bag or container.

You can keep them in the freezer for up to one year.

When you’re ready for them, take them out of the freezer and heat them in the oven.

Freezing home fries makes breakfast so much easier. You can pull out a handful of the home fries and make them in small batches.

Are home fries gluten free?

Since there’s no grains in potatoes, they are naturally gluten free. The spices and oil used in this recipe are also gluten free, so these are gluten-free home fries.

Are home fries vegan?

If you follow this recipe, then these are vegan home fries. If you make changes to the spices, be sure to double check that they are vegan in order to keep this recipe vegan.

For more vegan recipes, check out our other vegan recipes.

Can you make stovetop home fries?

This recipe is how to make home fries in the oven. But, if you want, you can cook these in a skillet on the stovetop instead. The only reason this isn’t my preferred cooking method is because you have to babysit them. You have to stand over the skillet and constantly watch and stir these home fries.

When you make home fries in the oven, you only have to flip them once. So you can make the rest of breakfast while you’re cooking these.

Egg In A Hole with mushrooms and spinach next to bread on a plate.

What should you serve with home fries?

Home fries are a side dish, not a full breakfast. So, you should serve it on the side of the following breakfast recipes:

Potatoes in a strainer with the words "15+ Budget Potato Recipes" digitally written on top.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Homemade Home Fries

Skip the frozen home fries and instead, make your own Homemade Home Fries. Get the recipe at www.drugstoredivas.net.

Skip the frozen home fries and instead, make your own Homemade Home Fries.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Adobo seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
    2. Wash and peel your potatoes. Chop the potatoes into tiny pieces. Put the potato pieces in a bowl of water (with an optional 1 teaspoon of sugar) for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
    3. Drain the potatoes and pat them dry.
    4. Spread them along a non-stick cookie sheet, making sure they’re in a single layer.
    5. Drizzle the potatoes with the oil. Sprinkle Adobo, salt, garlic powder, and pepper over them. Mix the potatoes.
    6. Bake about 45 minutes to an hour until the potatoes are golden brown and crunchy on the outside, flipping them about halfway through.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 308Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1197mgCarbohydrates 56gFiber 6gSugar 3gProtein 7g

Would you make these homemade hash browns? Let us know in the comments.

Dawn

Sunday 7th of July 2019

I love home fries and these look great! Going to have to try your recipe.

Michele Morin

Sunday 7th of July 2019

These look amazing!

Leslie

Saturday 6th of July 2019

Oh wow! They look delicious! I didn't know that you should soak the potatoes first, will have to remember that tip!

Jennifer

Friday 5th of July 2019

Man, this recipe sounds good! I'm am so going to make it this weekend. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home! Hope to see you again next week. --Jennifer

Cherryl Ehlenburg

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

I love potato recipes like this! And that photo made my mouth water! We will be trying these soon!

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