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Southern Fried Potatoes garnished with scallions in a white bowl next to a glass of orange juice and a fried egg

Southern Fried Potatoes

Southern fried potatoes are so yummy yet so easy to make with only a few ingredients. Tender fried potatoes and onions with the perfect amount of crispy on the outside. A perfect side dish for breakfast, brunch or dinner!
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword fried potatoes and onions, potatoes and onions, southern fried potatoes
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 176kcal
Author Ivory
Cost $3


  • 12 inch cast iron skillet with lid or skillet with lid
  • Large spoon or spatula


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 2 russet potatoes chopped into ½- 1 inch cubes
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 scallion chopped (optional)


  • Peel and dice potatoes into ½-1 inch cubes. Chop Onions.
  • Add canola oil to cast iron skillet over medium high heat
  • Add onions and potatoes to the cast iron skillet. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir, then cover for 3 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and stir again, making sure to rotate the potatoes that were on top to the bottom so that they can get browned. Cover and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and give the potatoes and onions another stir, making sure to rotate the potatoes arounds so that they all get browned. If the potatoes are still not tender, go ahead and cover and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, give those fried potatoes one last stir, and check the tenderness by pressing a fork down on top of one of the potatoes. If the potatoes are tender then you are all done and ready to enjoy your delicious southern fried potatoes! Top with scallions for extra flavor.



*Cooking times will vary depending on how big your potatoes are and the size of your cubes. Continue to cook and check on your potatoes until they are fork tender.
*Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
*Reheat potatoes on stovetop, oven, or microwave.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg