These skillet potatoes are simple to make as a side or breakfast. The caramelized onion and crispy potatoes marry well to create this very flavorful dish!

Here it is!ย My most asked for recipe, here for all my friends to enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thisย simple skillet potatoes recipe is adapted from a recipe from my ex-boyfriend’s mother. Whenever she asked anyone stepped into her house, she would always ask if we were hungry and if we wanted to eat something – I loved her for that. Almost always, everyone would always ask for her hangover potatoes. Yep, hangovers!


Skillet Potatoes Infused with Caramelized Onions


Do they cure hangovers? They sure do! But who cares! These potatoes are greasy, AMAZINGLY flavourful (the ingredients and flavours just meld together), comforting and very simple to make — it literally can have less than less than 3-4 ingredients. Hangover or not, I will gladly eat these any day.


Skillet Potatoes Infused with Caramelized Onions Ingredients


These are essentially turkish potatoes! Traditionally at the very end of the cooking process, she would put in diced tomatoes. It gives the dish a more soft and tomatoey flavour. In this situation, since I was using ham, I wasn’t sure it would go well with itย so I didn’t include it inย the recipe. I also wanted a crispier texture as my end result — the tomato gives it a more soft and saucy texture. But please add the tomato and experiment with the flavour! It gives it a whole new different flavour ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s the way it should be made!


Skillet Potatoes Infused with Caramelized Onions


Optional: To give this dish an extra something something, I sometimes top it with a sunny side up egg, which transforms this to a hearty breakfast!

To keep her recipe and tradition alive, I will put in her ‘Mama Tips’ย that I have learned from her that you can choose to opt in or opt out of.


Skillet Potatoes Infused with Caramelized Onions
Onions go in after the potatoes are cooked for about 5 mins or so


Mama Tip #1:ย She cooks the onions with the potatoes, be sure to put the onions a few mins after the potatoes to give it a head start in the cooking process so it doesn’t burn the onions. The onion infuses the oil with an amazing flavour which melds into the potatoes.


Skillet Potatoes Infused with Caramelized Onions
Ham goes in last after the onions and potatoes are cooked until golden colour


Mama Tip #2: She was not a fan of garlic! but not having garlic in it also works well! I made this recipe once without the garlic and noticed that the absence of garlic made the roasted onion flavour stand out more. I personally love garlic so I have made it an addition when I make these ๐Ÿ™‚


Skillet Potatoes Infused with Caramelized Onions


Mama Tip #3: She adds the salt into the oil during the cooking. Don’t be shy with the salt. The salt crisps up the potatoes nicely and gives it a even saltiness. To test for saltiness, I dip a utensil into the oil and taste it. Yuck right?


These potatoes are a ‘must try once’ and you will not regret it. I have made this recipe on many occasions and are always a hit, even with the picky eaters.


These are so good, I can’t usually eat them as a side — I eat them as a full meal. ๐Ÿ™‚


Skillet Potatoes Infused with Caramelized Onions


To my friends: now that the recipe is out, no more giving me crap for not making it often enough eh? haha! ๐Ÿ˜› You can make it now! So what are you waiting for? Go make it already! ๐Ÿ˜€


Let us know if you made these with a #pupswithchopsticks, and if they turned out for you!

Skillet Potatoes Infused with Caramelized Onions

Skillet Potatoes Infused with Caramelized Onions (aka Hangover Potatoes)

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Category: Side, Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


These skillet potatoes are simple to make as a side or breakfast. The caramelized onion and crispy potatoes marry well to create this very flavorful dish!


  • Flavourless oil (canola, peanut, vegetable)
  • 3-4 medium potatoes (diced)
  • 2-3 small onions (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • pepper (optional)


  1. Add about 2 cm of oil into a cast iron pan (or frying pan)
  2. Turn the heat up to medium heat
  3. Add the salt into the oil. I use about 1/2 tbsp of salt but you can use less if you find it too salty
  4. Once the oil is hot, add in the potatoes and let it brown for about 5 – 10 mins (They fry up better if they aren’t touched too much)
  5. Add in the onions and let it brown as much as possible to infuse the oil with onion flavour!ย ๐Ÿ™‚
  6. Cook for about 5-10 mins and then add in the garlic,
  7. Drain excess oil (if there is any)
  8. ย Add cumin and paprika
  9. Cook until the potatoes are golden brown and onions have been caramelized
  10. Ta da!ย ๐Ÿ™‚ย We’re done! Best enjoyed hotย ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Add the salt into the oil. It allows the salt to evenly coat the potatoes during the cooking process. Don’t be shy in adding in more salt than normal, it brings out the flavours and you lose a lot of it in the oil during the cooking process.
  • To crisp the potatoes, don’t touch them too much during the initial cooking stage. When we touch them too much we agitate the starch which doesn’t allow for that crispiness to happen.
  • Add the onions after the potatoes had a chance to cook and brown up. (5-10mins) Onions cook faster than potatoes and will burn if they are put at the same time. Don’t wait too long to put them in though, the secret is having the onions flavour the oil the potatoes are cooking it!ย ๐Ÿ™‚



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14 thoughts on “Skillet Potatoes Infused with Caramelized Onions (aka Hangover Potatoes)”

    1. Yeaaap! Great minds think alike! haha I never have this dish without a runny egg! So yum. Runny eggs are so versatile and go on so many things ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. I’m obsessed with breakfast potatoes. Every time I’m at a breakfast buffet, I grab like 90 percent potatoes and 10 percent of everything else. My mom is like “um why did I just pay $20 for you to eat a pile of potatoes”? Good question, mom. Why did you? These potatoes look especially good! And I can make them at home, so my mom will be happy about that! I love the idea of cumin and paprika. So much yum! Thanks for sharing and for helping fuel my potato addiction even further! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. You crack me up! (I did an actual giggle) I love love love potatoes! Especially fries!! It’s an odd love, since it was never a regular part of my asian diet growing up. I am very happy I can fuel your potato addiction! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Oh most definitely. When I feel like a meatless day, I just make this minus the meat!

  2. These look awesome- so simple and delicious!! I’m a huge garlic lover, but I can also see how these potatoes would work without it!

    1. Odd eh? I am a huge garlic fan too! My guess is the onions and potatoes steal the show.

  3. This is gonna be one epic brunch dish, especially when adding some sunny side ups. I think skillet potatoes are better than hash browns, but that’s me, but since it’s me who’s doing the cooking, I can do whatever I please, no? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes, yes you can do whatever you please because the chef always is boss. haha! This sounds amazing with an egg! A runny one!

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