When I think of Summer side dishes, or really any time of the year; I think of crispy potatoes. If you live anywhere that has a large county or state fair; then you have either tasted or seen rows of vendors with the delicious aroma wafting from their windows of freshly cooked potatoes in hot oil and combined with flavorful onions for a sweet and savory dish that will keep you full all day long.
Fried Potatoes and Onions is a super simple dish that is easily recreated at home without all the fancy gadgets from the fair, and you can still enjoy that nostalgic flavor you remember.
Whether you need a quick meal or preparing a family feast for a summer get-together; these Fried Potatoes and Onions are a crowd pleaser!
Can I substitute the peanut oil if I don’t have any?
Most places use peanut oil, but there are so many different varieties of oils that would surprise you! Avocado oil has the highest smoke point and is a lot healthier for not only your body but also for the environment. Canola oil is another popular one to use but it does have the lowest smoke point so be careful because if you do use this your ingredients could come out tasting burnt. A few in-between oils that are safe are sunflower oil, safflower oil, and soybean oil. We don’t really recommend olive oil as it does not have a high smoke point and it doesn’t have the sweet flavor that you find in the flavor with the other options listed.
To achieve the best flavor possible, which type of onion should I use?
In this recipe, we used large chunks of yellow onion. The yellow onion is used in a variety of dishes from breakfast to dinner recipes; so it’s definitely a safe bet. If you like a sweeter flavor profile then you should try using sweet onions. You can probably guess from their name why we chose that option, and they are also the most recommended for frying. The onion becomes soft and the flavors just melt into any ingredient the onion is cooked with.
Here is what you need to make your Fried Potatoes and Onions at home!
1 lb. Gold potatoes sliced into bite-sized pieces
½ Onion chopped into large pieces
2 Tbsp. Butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Paprika and basil for garnish
Let’s start frying!
Heat a layer of peanut oil and butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the chopped potatoes and onion to the heated skillet, and saute until the potatoes and onions are browned and crispy. Stir often to avoid burning parts of them.
Add salt and pepper to taste, drain and excess oil and garnish with paprika and basil prior to serving.
Fried Potatoes and Onions
- 1 lb. Gold potatoes sliced into bite sized pieces
- ½ Onion chopped into large pieces
- Peanut oil
- 2 Tbsp. Butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Paprika and basil for garnish
- Heat a layer of peanut oil and the butter in a skillet over medium high heat.
- Add the chopped potatoes and onion to the heated skillet, and saute until the potatoes and onions are browned and crispy. Stir often to avoid burning parts of them.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, drain and excess oil and garnish with paprika and basil prior to serving.