Low-Fat Home Fries

Low-Fat Home Fries

Good morning and welcome to the Modern Vegan Wellness diner. It's time for good ol' home fries!

This is a very easy recipe with just a few ingredients. It's a great accompaniment to our tofu breakfast scramble (click here to see recipe).

This, of course, is a classic American breakfast dish. But the original recipe uses tons of oil. I want to show you how to cut the fat and make this a healthier dish. You'll even love this better than the high-fat original.

Home Fries
Look for this amount of caramelization when you cook the potatoes. They'll be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Pass the ketchup!

To avoid using a lot of oil, you must use a large non-stick pan. There isn't any substitute. Even well-seasoned cast-iron pans will require much more oil to prevent the potatoes from sticking to the pan.

To make low-fat home fries, you start by partially cooking the potatoes in boiling water for just a few minutes. This not only starts the cooking process, it gives the potatoes moisture. This way, you won't miss the fat.

The result is golden, crispy potatoes and caramelized onions that are guaranteed to please.

Low-Fat Home Fries


  • 2 pounds potatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: ketchup


  1. Fill a medium-size pot half-full with water. Add a half teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, cut potatoes into large bite-size pieces, leaving skin on. Cut onion into large slices.
  3. Add potatoes to boiling water, bring back to a boil, lower the heat to medium, and cook for 3 minutes--only until partially cooked. Drain potatoes in a colander.
  4. Next, place a large, non-stick frying pan on high heat. Add oil and potatoes. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir-in onions, and continue to cook on high heat, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until potatoes are tender and nicely browned, about 10 more minutes. Total cooking time is 20 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and crispy!

Low-fat Home Fries

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