Lyonnaise Potatoes

Lyonnaise Potatoes is the classic French side dish of potatoes and onions pan fried in fat until crispy and tender and tossed with fresh parsley.  It’s the perfect accompaniment for a special holiday dinner and easy enough to serve at a weekday meal too!

Lyonnaise Potatoes

Lyonnaise Potatoes is my go-to holiday side dish.  Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these potatoes never disappoint and are perfect with any main course.  Typically fried in butter, I like to use whatever fat I have on hand in the house, like duck or bacon fat, to punch up the flavor.

For this recipe, I used duck fat because I roasted a big beautiful duck the other night and had a bunch of the rendered fat leftover for frying up all sorts of yummy goodies (like POTATOES!!!!).  For a vegetarian side, feel free to use butter or for a vegan side, coconut oil could be used.

Lyonnaise Potatoes

To make potatoes super crispy and fluffy, it’s best to par-cook them to remove any excess starch.  I prefer to bake mine, but they can be par-cooked by any method and it really comes down to a personal preference.  Feel free to bake, boil, or even microwave the potatoes…the choice is yours.

Leftover baked potatoes are great in this recipe too.  Using potatoes that can be cooked ahead of time add to the convenience of this recipe and makes it perfect for the holidays or a side for a weeknight dinner.

Lyonnaise Potatoes

Lyonnaise Potatoes

Recently I was given the opportunity to collaborate with Bj’s Wholesale Club and I was curious…could a girl who primarily eats farm-to-table shop at a wholesale club?

Let’s face it, I live in the cold tundra of New Hampshire so my local farm veggie options are limited to cold storage ones in the winter and limited farm meat supplies.  Also I eat things like artichoke hearts and kalamata olives in large quantities, both of which are either hard to impossible to find locally grown.

Well, I’m happy to report that BJ’s carries both the artichokes and olives in HUGE containers AND the prices are way less expensive than my local grocery store.  YAY!!!

Here’s what else I found on my shopping trip to Bj’s:

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Grass-fed Beef:  WOW!  If I were a leprechaun, this would be my pot of gold…a whole section of grass-fed, no antibiotics ever, born and raised in the USA ground beef and steaks.  Good selection of top sirloin, ribeye steaks, and strip steaks at reasonable prices.  The ground beef was packed in 3- 1 pound packages for an amazing $13.99.  That’s an incredible price!  I ended up not trying any because my freezer is packed solid with farm beef and lamb right now, but I will be returning once my supplies run low to try it out.  I’ll update this post once I do that.

Organic, non GMO frozen veggies:  During the winter, I go through a good amount of organic frozen spinach so when I spied a big 4 pound bag of spinach and kale mixture for half of the price than what I pay at the grocery store, I snatched it up!  Took it home to make creamed spinach and kale and it was delicious.  I also bought a 4 pound bag of organic frozen peas because I plan on making a lot of pasta carbonara this winter (I like to put some peas in mine to make it “healthy”).  Great quality on both and I plan on keeping a bag of each of these in the freezer.

Organic fresh veggies:  Again, lots of choices in the organic department, like tomatoes, salad greens, kale, and Idaho potatoes, which I bought to use in today’s recipe.  All fresh and high quality.

Lyonnaise PotatoesBeer and wine and champagne!  Oh my!:  Here in New Hampshire, we have state liquor stores that have wine and champagne at crazy low prices so everyone goes there to buy the goods.  Luckily, Bj’s prices are the same as the state stores AND they carry beer!!!   It’s pretty nice to be able to pick up some grass-fed beef for dinner and a bottle of bubbly at the same time. 

Lyonnaise Potatoes

Hors d’oeuvres:  To make shopping even more pleasurable, hors d’oeuvres are passed around as you weave in and out of the aisles…okay, it’s not really hors d’oeuvres, it’s really food samples that you can munch on (like this slice of french bread topped with dill Havarti cheese and roasted red bell peppers and served with a cute lil’ olive).  Hors d’oeuvres or food samples, whatever you call it…if you feed me, I will shop in your store all day.

Lyonnaise Potatoes

Candy:  Specifically, Justin’s Organic Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.  I squealed with delight when I saw these and promptly picked up 3 packages…because I love them….and it’s the holidays…and I don’t have to wear a bathing suit any time soon…

In addition to food, Bj’s also carries many different items, like electronics, jewelry, toys, books, clothes, household cleaners, etc, etc.  Yeeeesssss!  One stop holiday shopping for me!  WoooHoooo!

Lyonnaise Potatoes

By the way, if you are looking to purchase electronics this Christmas, check out Bj’s prices first.  I recently bought a 65″ 4K TV this past Black Friday at another retailer and got an unbelievable price for it ($300 less than regular price).  On this visit, I saw the same TV at Bj’s for $10 less than what I paid for it on Black Friday!  Well played Bj’s, well played…

Lyonnaise Potatoes

This guy was just too doggoned tired from shopping, he took a nap right in the store.  Hahaha!!  I keep begging J to let us adopt another dog (our 3rd) so I’m thinking this is what he’s going to get me to keep me quiet.

I’m glad I had the opportunity to check out what Bj’s has to offer for easy and affordable entertaining this holiday season.  During Bj’s Membership Drive, you can download an exclusive, limited-time coupon for a 90-day free trial and check it out yourself.  While you are there, don’t forget to grab a bag of organic potatoes to make this classic Lyonnaise Potatoes dish for your holiday table.

Lyonnaise Potatoes

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Lyonnaise Potatoes is the classic French side dish of potatoes and onions pan fried in fat until crispy and tender.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 3 large organic Idaho potatoes, scrubbed clean and dried well
  • 2 medium yellow onions, peeled & cut in half, then cut into ¼' thick half slices
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter or your choice of fat (duck, bacon, etc)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat leafed parsley, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Pierce each potato several times with a fork or knife tip and bake in the preheated oven until tender, about 45 minutes. (Can also pre-cook potatoes in a microwave for a time saver). Allow potatoes to cool slightly.
  2. Can peel the potatoes, if desired, and cut in half lengthwise, then cut each half into ¼" slices. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of butter/fat until melted. Add half of the potatoes and sauté until light brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add half of the onions and a little salt and pepper, then continue cooking until potatoes are a golden brown and onions are just cooked through, about 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside to keep warm. Repeat the process with the remaining potatoes and onions.
  4. When all potatoes and onions are cooked, toss with the fresh chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Lyonnaise Potatoes


  1. says

    Can never go wrong with carbs, especially tatos cooked in duck fat 😀 I’m not a duck fan, but stuff cooked in duck fat is awesome. Weird, right? I love going to wholesale stores! Though, more times than not, I tend to overbuy ’cause I just get so excited!! I’d buy that grass fed beef and a bunch of those peanut butter cups (and probably be into them on the way home….hehehe). Wish our wine prices were low like yours. Ours is so expensive! That doesn’t stop me, though, from having some wine on the weekend 😉 That stuffed toy is SO cute! You want another fur baby? So does hubby, but right now our little one is enough to handle. We shall see on that one. Have a great week, girl! XOXO
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  2. Ben Maclain says

    There’s nothing better than the combo of potatoes and onions. Even lavender cannot beat it haha:) Indeed, I haven’t tried this method. Usually you finish up potatoes in the oven while here you’re starting with it. Interesting! But I clearly see thr results – beautifully roasted potatoes. Perfection, Karrie!

  3. says

    I have never had Lyonnaise Potatoes, but I am so much in love with the name, Karrie. I love potatoes like anything, and this classic French side dish of potatoes is making me drool. Love how delicately they are pan fried and tossed with fresh parsley. Pretty and beautiful holiday dinner.

  4. says

    MY DAD MAKES THESE ALL THE TIME! I don’t eat potatoes because I actually do not really like them (just the sweet potatoes) but man, I have loads of memories of my dad making these kinds of potatoes ALLLLLLL the time when I as growing up! I am sure he still makes them now too, but I just don’t go home often enough to see!

  5. says

    I have never met a potato dish I didn’t love, and I absolutely LOVE Lyonnaise Potatoes! I mean, potatoes and onions fried in fat… what’s not to love right?! Yours look just PERFECT, K! I could (and will) totally make a MEAL out of just these crispy taters! I’ve never been to a BJ’s before (I KNOW!), and we don’t have one here, so you are going to have to shop till you drop at bargain prices for me. 😉 Cheers, girlfriend! xo
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  6. says

    I don’t know…. Does it get any better than potatoes fried in duck fat? I’m going to have to think long and hard about this one…I have a feeling I’ll be thinking for a very long time! These are fabulous!!

  7. says

    I dont think we have BJ’s wholesale club in australia but I wish we did mainly for those peanutbutter cups haha. But these potatoes!! I cannot wait to do this to next weeks left over roast tatties.

  8. says

    Your Lyonnaise potatoes look gorgeousss! I absolutely love them too for exactly the reason you described, with the whole crispy and fluffy contrast thing going on. Also, I love to shop at my local wholesale club for entertaining finds and bulk olives too! 😉

  9. says

    Ohmagoodness, Karrie. If there’s anything better than crispy potatoes, it’s crispy potatoes cooked in duck fat! You don’t happen to have any extra room at your dinner table, do you?? No BJ’s wholesale club in Alaska (or at least not that I know of), but it sounds awesome! These look amazing, and I need them (and duck fat!). Also, the fam and I are going to Hawaii in April, and I’m so ridiculously glad that I don’t have to worry about a bathing suit until then! Hopefully three months will be enough time to work off all of the indulgences of December… color me slightly skeptical! 😉

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