Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes (French Recipe)

Get the local's recipe for lyonnaise potatoes, a classic side dish from Lyon, France. With accompaniments, drinks, and more.
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This Recipe uses:

  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Parsley
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • (Optional) Mushrooms
  • (Optional) Bacon lardons

Lyonnaise potatoes are the definition of comfort food. They’re basically a fancier version of fries, and I must say they are one of my favorite ways to eat potatoes.

Named after the French city of Lyon, lyonnaise potatoes is a classic local dish that shows why Lyon is named the culinary capital of France. Not to mention that it is quite easy to make. The recipe simply calls for potatoes to be sautéed with onion, garlic and bacon. The butter used is usually French butter, but you can use what you have available.

The dish has become so popular that it is now one of the most famous French potato recipes. And it is not only a great side dish for your dinner, but they are also inexpensive, easy to make, and can be a hearty addition to any meal. So let’s get cooking, shall we? Allons-y!

Frequently asked questions

What to serve with it?

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Lyonnaise potatoes make an excellent side dish with a piece of meat like a filet mignon or a sizzled pork chop. You can also serve it at a main dish with a side of vegetables like steamed green beans, bohemian aubergines, or a starter of provençale tomatoes.

What drinks to serve with it?

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Red wines from Beaujolais make an excellent pairing with lyonnaise potatoes, in keeping with the local theme. If you prefer white, try a white wine from the nearby Loire Valley. You can read more about French wines here.

Can you freeze it?

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If you with to freeze lyonnaise potatoes, I recommend undercooking them slightly. Let them cool, and then place in an air-tight container in the freezer. When you are ready to eat them, place them back on the stove and finish cooking.

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Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A hearty lyonnaise potato recipe that can be served as a main or side dish.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sized potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 onions thinly minced
  • 100g of butter (1/4 cup)
  • handful of minced parsley
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • (Optional) 1 cup of chopped white mushrooms
  • (Optional) 1 cup of chopped bacon lardons

Instructions

  1. Wash the potatoes and peel them if you wish.
  2. Chop the potatoes into 1/2 inch regular slices.
  3. Boil the potatoes in water over the stove for around 10 minutes.
  4. Chop the onions and any optional ingredients.
  5. In a large skillet or wok, cook the onions in oil until they are golden on medium heat.
  6. Drain the potatoes and add them to skillet, along with the butter.
  7. Add the chopped parsley, salt, pepper, and optional ingredients to the wok.
  8. Stir the potatoes around and cook at medium-high heat for around 30 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown and lightly crispy.
  9. Serve while warm.

Notes

If serving as a main dish, consider adding 100g of bacon lardons when cooking.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 7g

Note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for entertainment purposes only.

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If you enjoyed that, check out our other classic French recipes that are easy to prepare. Bon appétit and à bientôt !

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