Country Fried Potatoes Made Skinny

country potatoes

There’s something quite wonderful about potatoes, onions and butter sautéed until golden and crisp.  It’s one of the tastiest ways to prepare potatoes.  This dreamy dish is so versatile and adds the missing link to any egg dish or even a simple chicken or beef recipe.  I’ve made these skinny by using  just a small amount of reduced-fat butter.  The Country Fried Potatoes at Denny’s have 394 calories and 20 grams of fat!  My skinny recipe has 154 calories, 4 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. For a delicious and skinny breakfast this weekend, try these fabulous potatoes alongside Low Calorie Egg White Scramble With Spinach and Onions.  Yummy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes


¼ cup reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

2 cups yellow onions, chopped (about 2 onions)

1½ pound Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes, unpeeled, cut in half or chunks

1 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

2 tablespoons scallions, minced (use white and green parts)


1. Coat a large non-stick pan with cooking spray. Add butter to the pan and melt. Add the onions, potatoes, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat for about 15-20 minutes until potatoes are evenly browned and cooked through.  Turn occasionally with a flat spatula however, first allow potatoes to cook for 5 minutes, before turning. If the pan becomes too dry, add a little more cooking spray throughout the cooking.

2. Garnish with scallions and serve hot. Any leftovers can be reheated the next day in a nonstick pan that’s been coated with coating spray. Turn several times with a spatula to heat evenly.

Makes 6 servings, each serving about ½ cup (4 ounces potatoes)

Food Fact
Baby Dutch Gold Potatoes are quite small and have yellow-white skin.  They have a rich buttery flavor and creamy texture.  They’re grown in nutrient-rich volcanic soil where the days are warm and the nights are cool.

Onions have been used since 4000 B.C. as a cure-all for many illnesses.  In World War II, the vapors of onion paste were used to reduce pain and helped in healing soldier’s wounds.

Healthy Benefits

The humble spud has surprising health benefits.  No need to keep them out of your diet because they’re rich in complex carbohydrates that can supply energy.  They’re low in calories and contain no fat.  A medium size potato contains about 120 calories and 5 grams of fiber.   They contain more potassium than any other fresh vegetable, even more than bananas!  Potatoes also contain vitamins C and B6.

Onions are a powerful anti-septic and are rich in vitamins A, B, and C.  They also contain folic acid, calcium, iron and fiber.

Shopping Tip

You’ll find Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes in bags in the produce section of many supermarkets.  I bought them at Trader Joe’s.  You can also use Yukon Gold or baking potatoes.  Just make sure to cut them into small chunks.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 3
Weight Watchers POINTS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (each serving about ½ cup)
154 calories, 4g fat, 3g protein, 28g carbs, 4g fiber, 441mg sodium, 3g sugar
FAT FACTS: for Denny’s Country Fried potatoes
394 calories, 20g fat, 3g protein, 23g carbs, 10g fiber, 938mg sodium, 2g sugar