French Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe

The steakhouse side dish that’s easy to make at home, Lyonnaise Potatoes are buttery, caramelized and melt in your mouth addicting. Thinly sliced potatoes are pan fried with caramelized onions in butter and topped with parsley. How easy is that?

overhead shot of lyonnaise potatoes on a white square platter with a patina'd spoon.

 

Once we trade the swimsuits for puffy down filled parkas, our kitchen here starts to feel like a warm, fluffy blanket. Soups, stews and roasts are common fare here along with easy side dishes that border on super fancy even though they require no level of cooking skill whatsoever. Simplicity is key here….as is comfort. 

These easy Lyonnaise Potatoes certainly fit the bill as simple and comforting. They’re one of those dishes that sounds super snooty but are actually just pan fried potatoes with a blanket of buttery, caramelized onions. They’re crispy and melt in your mouth tender all at the same time. And the best part is….even the most self proclaimed “can’t cook anything at all” person can totally whip these up for a casual dinner or an all out formal dinner party.

I love an easy potato recipe that can be served up with just about anything and these Lyonnaise Potatoes are a new favorite of mine. They’re, seriously, so amazing I could eat the entire pan all by myself. If you’re counting calories then this is definitely one of those potato recipes you’ll need to save for special occasions. 

French Lyonnaise Potatoes are, by far, the best potato recipe around. And you’ll impress the pants off anyone you serve them to.

Lyonnaise potatoes on a white platter with a spoon and peas in the background.

LYONNAISE POTATOES

If you’ve never had French Lyonnaise Potatoes before you’re in for a real treat. They’re a French side dish of thinly sliced potatoes that are pan-fried in a skillet with onions and butter then topped with parsley.

Originating in the French town of Lyon, the potatoes are commonly par-cooked before frying but you can also start them in the pan raw which will just take a bit longer to cook them.

This recipe is very similar to the Ruth’s Chris Lyonnaise Potatoes served at the famous steakhouse chain.

Overhead shot of lyonnaise potatoes in a pink cast iron skillet.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DAUPHINOISE AND LYONNAISE POTATOES

There’s actually a pretty big difference between Dauphinoise Potatoes and Lyonnaise Potatoes. 

Dauphinoise potatoes are actually cooked in a sauce of cream, similar to Scalloped Potatoes where Lyonnaise Potatoes are not commonly cooked in cream. Lyonnaise Potatoes are also, most often, cooked in a skillet or frying pan.

Homemade scalloped potatoes in a blue and white baking dish.

HOW TO MAKE LYONNAISE POTATOES

  1. Peel and slice potatoes into 1/4 inch thick rounds.
  2. Place the potato rounds in a stock pot and cover with cold water. Season with salt.
  3. Bring the water to a boil then turn to low and simmer the potatoes for 4 minutes.
  4. Drain the potatoes and set aside to cool.
  5. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, approximately 10-12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Transfer the onions to a bowl and set aside.
  7. Melt the remaining butter in the skillet and add the potato rounds. Season with salt and pepper. 
  8. Toss the potatoes to coat with the butter and then arrange in an even layer in the skillet.
  9. Cook the potatoes until the bottoms are golden brown and crispy, approximately 4-5 minutes. Turn the potatoes and cook for an additional 6-7 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown.
  10. Return the onions to the pan and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately

Overhead shot of Lyonnaise potatoes on a square platter.

 

WHAT TO SERVE WITH LYONNAISE POTATOES

While this is a common French side dish recipe and would go well with any roasted main dish, it’s also a staple in many steakhouses. We love to serve this easy potato recipe with just about anything.

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If you want to make your Lyonnaise Potatoes in advance for a holiday dinner or just meal prepping your way to a successful week….you can easily make the potatoes ahead of time and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. To crisp them up again, add them to a hot skillet and cook them until they’re warmed through and crispy on the outside again.

Lyonnaise potatoes on a white plate with peas and meatloaf.

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overhead shot of lyonnaise potatoes on a white square platter with a patina'd spoon.

French Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe

Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Keyword: grilled potatoes, lyonnaise potatoes, skillet potatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 211.75 kcal
Author: Kellie

A classic French side dish, Lyonnaise Potatoes are super simple to make in a short amount of time.

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Russet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • 5 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 large yellow onion thinly sliced (approximately 2 cups sliced onion)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice potatoes into 1/4 inch thick rounds.
  2. Place the potato rounds in a stock pot and cover with cold water. Season with salt.
  3. Bring the water to a boil then turn to low and simmer the potatoes for 4 minutes.
  4. Drain the potatoes and set aside to cool.
  5. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, approximately 10-12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Transfer the onions to a bowl and set aside.
  7. Melt the remaining butter in the skillet and add the potato rounds. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Toss the potatoes to coat with the butter and then arrange in an even layer in the skillet.
  9. Cook the potatoes until the bottoms are golden brown and crispy, approximately 4-5 minutes. Turn the potatoes and cook for an additional 6-7 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown.
  10. Return the onions to the pan and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately

Recipe Notes

Lyonnaise potatoes are best if served hot or at room temperature. You can reheat leftover potatoes in the microwave for 1 minute or in a skillet for 5-10 minutes over high heat.

Nutrition Facts
French Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 211.75 Calories from Fat 87
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.63g15%
Saturated Fat 6.05g38%
Cholesterol 25.08mg8%
Sodium 868.19mg38%
Potassium 671.11mg19%
Carbohydrates 29.3g10%
Fiber 2.4g10%
Sugar 1.74g2%
Protein 3.63g7%
Vitamin A 502.15IU10%
Vitamin C 13.3mg16%
Calcium 30.12mg3%
Iron 1.49mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2 comments on “French Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe”

  1. 1) In step 8, Do you spread the potatoes in only one layer across the bottom of the pan? If so, it seems they would need to be cooked in batches? If you can spread them evenly on top of each other, what do you do to get all sides evenly browned? 

    2) do you prefer non stick, cast iron (definitely smaller so either need to layer or cook in batches) or regular frying pan ? 

    • I prefer a cast iron or stainless steel pan but non stick has worked, too. And I just put the potatoes in the pan and then, occasionally, stir them to make sure they all are in contact with the bottom of the pan at some time. Alternatively, you can work in batches but I haven’t had a problem with them all being in the pan at once.

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