Diner Style Baked Potato Home Fries

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

When I was working my way through college at a local diner, I learned that they used leftover baked potatoes from the dinner menu that they baked the day before. They always made extra baked potatoes so that they could use them for home fries the next morning. I discovered that that was the "secret" to having flaky, crispy home fries. Very easy to make.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Thoroughly wash potatoes and pierce with a fork. Microwave at baked potato setting until done.
  2. Slice potatoes as thinly as possible. Put onions and butter in large skillet on medium heat and cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Add potatoes and continue frying until the potatoes are browned around the edges. I like some of my potatoes to be on the crispy side. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. This is also a great way to use up left over baked potatoes. You could also add some chopped green pepper to the potatoes. If you are going to add green peppers, cook these with the onions before adding the potatoes.
Most Helpful

Perfect! I've never tried baking the potato 1st... now it seems like a no brainer! This is a great tip! My home fries will never be the same!

GeminiSun January 17, 2010

I'm just curious--recipe said to slice potatoes as thinly as possible--the picture sure doesn't look like the potatoes were cut thinly. Other than that, I have cooked potatoes like this for years, sometimes adding chopped hot peppers with the onions. Delicious!

Judyspin May 09, 2015

These potatoes are amazingly delicious. I'm so glad I used 3 potatoes instead of 2. Next time, I'll just double the recipe. They are that good! I had never tried frying up left over baked potato slices before, but I will from now on. Thank you for a simple and wonderful recipe!

LifeIsGood May 13, 2011