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Crispy Home Fries

Crispy Home Fries in a red lipped bowl

Everyone always asks me for my crispy home fries recipe. It’s my go-to breakfast potato dish to pair with eggs, but easily makes a great side for a sandwich or burger. They’re so easy to make and I just love how the potatoes end up so crispy!

This recipe is more about the technique than the recipe.  The trick is to par-cook the potatoes and then roughly toss them so their surface is a little mashed up.  It’s the fluffy, roughed up surfaces that brown and turn super crispy while roasting.


Crispy Home Fries


Crispy Home Fries


potatoes, cut into small chunks


  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add potatoes and 1 teaspoon of salt. Boil for 10 minutes – set a timer!
  3. Drain potatoes in a colander and place them back in the pot. Add 2 teaspoons oil and ½ teaspoon salt. Toss in pot roughly to slightly bash the potatoes.
  4. Place potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet, and spread into a single layer. Roast, turning potatoes half way through, until crispy and slightly browned - about 35 – 40 minutes.

Tips for Crispy Home Fries:

  • You can substitute baking potatoes for yellow fleshed potatoes.
  • Make sure you set a timer for 10 minutes when you add the potatoes to the boiling water, it’s important not to overcook them. If you do, you’ll end up with mashed potatoes.
  • If you don’t have parchment paper, oil your baking sheet well before adding the potatoes so that they don’t stick.
  • These potatoes taste perfect as-is, but you can also get creative.  Try adding a little rosemary or thyme as they bake.  I also love adding a sprinkle of curry powder with the salt.
  • By placing the oven rack on the bottom, it helps the potatoes to brown.