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Crispy breakfast potatoes in a skillet.
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Best Skillet Breakfast Potatoes

These easy breakfast potatoes are reminiscent of your classic diner-style home fries that are warm and crispy with perfectly browned edges. A perfect way to complete your breakfast spread!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Breakfast Potatoes, Breakfast Potatoes Recipe, Easy Breakfast Potatoes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh herbs (optional)


  • Peel and dice the potatoes into a 1/2" dice.
    Potatoes being peeled and diced on a wood board.
  • Add the potatoes to a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, then drain.
  • Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes to the pan and try to get them on a single, flat layer. Cook without stirring for about 4-5 minutes, so that the bottom side browns.
    Diced potatoes in a skillet.
  • Add the diced onion, garlic powder, and paprika, then stir. Saute for another 5-10 minutes, letting the potatoes cook on each side for a couple of minutes.
    Diced potatoes, onions, and seasonings in a skillet for breakfast potatoes.
  • Remove the potatoes from the heat. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with chopped parsley, and serve.


  • To Store: Place cooled potatoes in an airtight container and store for up to 2 days in the fridge. 
  • To Reheat: Reheat in the microwave until hot. Or for a more crisp texture, cook them in a skillet on medium heat with a tablespoon or two of oil until warmed through.
  • Use a large skillet in order to get your potatoes into a single flat layer in the pan. I love this Staub 12" cast iron skillet



Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg