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How To Make Home Fries

Updated on October 28, 2013

Home Fries Are Delicious And Only Require 3 Ingredients To Make

Home fries are potatoes, pan fried with bacon and onions. Usually they're served as a breakfast food, however I think they're delicious any time of day!

My mother used to make these for me when I was small to have with my fried eggs and toast and now I make them for my husband. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to be introduced to the wonderful world of bacon!

In the page below I have outlined the completely uncomplicated step by step process of making a mouth watering batch of home fries.

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4 Large potatoes

1 large onion

1 Package of Streaky bacon

First Prep The Potatoes

There is nothing complex about making home fries. The only bit you need to be careful about is over boiling the potatoes.

Your Potatoes will need to be washed/peeled, cubed (equal in size) and boiled until they are just tender. If you over cook them or they'll turn into mash when you brown them in the frying pan.

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Home fries are also delicious with the potato skins left on.


Once the potatoes are boiled strain them in a colander or strainer and give them a good shake to rough up the edges a bit.

Set the potatoes to one side while you prepare the bacon and onions.

Chop And Fry The Bacon And Onions

I prefer to use unsmoked streaky bacon but it's your choice. The streaky part is however essential because you're going to be using the fat that runs out of the bacon to fry the potatoes in.

I also prefer American streaky bacon to what's available in the UK because it is sliced thinner and behaves differently in the frying pan. If you are in the States you will find that your bacon will look a lot crispier and curlier than the photo's I have provided below. This is the way it should look, I've just had to make due with what I can get my hands on here in the UK.

Chopping bacon can be tricky because it's so thin and squashy so It's easiest to freeze the bacon first and when it's partially defrosted it will be really easy to cut. You will want to cut it into fairly small pieces and don't worry if the pieces stick together, they'll come apart when they hit the hot frying pan.

Roughly chop the onion as well and throw the onion and bacon together in a non stick pan and fry until the onions are cooked and the bacon starts to brown as in the photo below.

Combine Potatoes, Bacon And Onions

There should be plenty of fat lubricating the bottom of your pan. Now you just need to add the potatoes in an even layer and flip them about every 2 minutes so that they brown nicely as the bacon and onions continue to cook.

Resist the temptation to stir constantly as this mixture will turn into mashed potatoes if you are moving it around constantly and the potatoes will not have an opportunity to brown.

Fry Gently Until Browned

Ideally once your home fries are finished the bacon fat will be completely cooked off. The onions will be starting to turn black (not burned, just VERY cooked), the bacon should be crispy (With UK bacon you'll just get browned and chewy) and the potatoes should have nice crispy edges as in the photo above.

Ketchup Topping Optional


You can serve home fries on their own or you can serve them with eggs and toast. I suppose you can just eat them any way you want... any time of day!

Serving Size

Serves: 2-6


  • 4 Large Potatoes
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 Package Of Streaky Bacon


  1. 1. Wash, peel and cube potatoes.
  2. 2. Boil potatoes until soft but still firm enough to not crumble.
  3. 3. While potatoes are cooking chop up bacon and onion.
  4. 4. Fry bacon and onion until the onion is cooked and the bacon starts to brown. (there should be lots of fat in the pan)
  5. 5. Add potatoes to the bacon and onion and leave for 2 minutes. Flip mixture carefully with a spatula ensuring that potatoes are getting sufficiently browned.
  6. 6. Keep flipping the potatoes (careful not to stir too frequently) until the whole mixture is a bit crispy and all of the fat is cooked off.
  7. 7. Serve!
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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Liked and Pinned! Nice lens..I like home fries...