All classic diners share the same hallmarks: laminate and chrome seats, tall milkshakes, and the sight of a cook preparing a huge pile of crispy, red-golden home fries. You can practically smell them now! These Diner-Style Home Fries bring the diner to your own kitchen with a crunchy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside side dish that everyone loves. Coated in garlic and sweet-smoky paprika, and mixed with savory caramelized onions, Diner-Style Home Fries are hearty, wholesome, and perfect for accompanying egg sandwiches, burgers, or steaks. The smell of these potatoes will take you right back to your favorite spot by the jukebox!

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  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, washed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


Step 1 –Add the potatoes to a large saucepot and cover them with cold water. The water should come up about 1 inch above the potatoes.

Step 2 –Add a little salt to the water.

Step 3 –Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes to parboil, for about 1-2 minutes.

Step 4 –As the water comes to a boil, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat on the stove-top.

Step 5 –When the oil is hot add the onions, sautéing and seasoning them with salt and pepper.

Step 6 –Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer the onions to a plate and set them aside.

Step 7 –Test the potatoes with a paring knife. They should remain slightly firm, but also be more tender than they were before cooking. This ensures they hold their shape during the rest of the cooking process.

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Step 8 –Drain the potatoes into a colander and let them cool there for 5 minutes.

Step 9 –In a large cast-iron pan on the stove-top over medium heat, heat the remaining olive oil and the butter.

Step 10 –When the oil is hot and the butter is melted, add the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Toss them to coat in the oil.

Step 11 –Spread the potatoes in a single layer in the cast-iron, working in batches if necessary.

Step 12 –Cook the potatoes without stirring them, until the bottoms are browned and crispy, about 8-10 minutes.

Step 13 –Add the cooked onions, garlic powder, and paprika to the skillet and stir to combine.

Step 14 –Serve hot.