It is possible to make home style fries just like your neighborhood diner. Here’s how.


  • 2 1/2 pounds red potatoes, washed and 3/4-inch diced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. Place the potatoes and one tablespoon of the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with plastic and cook for three to five minutes or until cooked but still firm. Shake the potatoes in the bowl with plastic on them to distribute the butter.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, cook the onion in the skillet in one tablespoon butter until the onion pieces are tender and cooked. Remove to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Melt the remaining butter in the skillet over medium high heat. Distribute the potatoes (but not the onion) in the skillet. Add salt and pepper. Pack down with a spatula and let cook until crispy on one side, about five minutes. Turn the potatoes, turn down the heat, and repeat until the potatoes are crispy throughout. Add the garlic salt. Add more salt and pepper to taste if necessary. Stir in the onions and serve.

Baker’s note: We use a heavy, nonstick skillet. A well-seasoned cast iron skillet should work equally well.

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