Best Skillet Breakfast Potatoes - Downshiftology

Best Skillet Breakfast Potatoes - Downshiftology

Chef Notes
Cooking Type
Date Made
Sep 26, 2021
Rating /5
Breakfast potatoes are just like your classic diner-style home fries that are warm and crispy with perfectly browned edges. With a few simple seasonings and spices, these tasty potatoes will be a welcome addition to your breakfast spread.
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Nothing is more satisfying than digging into a pile of breakfast potatoes alongside some fried eggs, bacon, and sauteed greens. But you better dig in fast because these breakfast potatoes disappear fast!
Perfectly seasoned with dried herbs and spices, these breakfast potatoes are easy to make with a few simple tricks, such as parboiling the potatoes for that buttery soft inside, and frying in a skillet for that addictively crispy outside. Oh yes, these are a winner for sure.

Breakfast Potato Ingredients

Gotta love simple ingredients that transform into amazing flavor. Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Potatoes: Pick up some good Yukon Golds for the best texture. You can peel them for a fancier presentation, or use them unpeeled for a more rustic look.
  • Onions: Sauteed onions add earthy, yet subtly sweet flavor and that classic texture.
  • Dried spices: Garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper are a must!
  • Fresh herbs: I love to add chopped parsley with the potatoes just before serving.

Should You Boil Potatoes Before Frying?

When I set out to make this recipe, I started by dicing the potatoes and tossing them into a hot skillet with oil and spices. However, it didn’t give me the creamy inside and crunchy outside.
So I tried parboiling the potatoes first, then searing them in the hot skillet. Low and behold, this helped create the contrasting texture I was looking for – soft on the inside, crispy on the outside.
In other words, yes, you should boil your potatoes before frying.

How To Make Breakfast Skillet Potatoes

To start prepping, peel and dice the potatoes into 1/2 inch chunks. Then follow along below.
  1. Boil the potatoes. Add the potatoes into a pot of cold water, cover, and bring it to a boil for about 5 minutes.
  1. Cook the potatoes. Heat the oil in your cast iron and and spread the potatoes out into a flat layer. But cook them undisturbed for about 5 minutes to get that golden brown skin.
  1. Add the seasoning. Slowly saute the potatoes with the onion, garlic, garlic powder, and paprika for about 5-10 minutes.
  1. Serve. Remove the pan from the heat, season with salt and pepper, and garnish with chopped parsley.