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Perfect Breakfast Potatoes

Perfect Breakfast Potatoes are crispy, golden delicious potatoes cooked in a healthier cooking oil.

perfect breakfast potatoes in a skillet

As breakfast foods go, potatoes seem to be a favorite and a staple for most of us. Rightfully so. Their crispy, golden texture is delicious with eggs and other savory breakfast foods. Not to mention they are cheap and these days that is not something to overlook. Being able to put something delicious on the table that is simple to make and affordable makes these perfect breakfast potatoes something I’d like to share with you.

One thing that you will find is that I note the oil several times over in this post. I have learned through years of cooking potatoes that the oil you use, will make all the difference. Believe me, I have used them all. Butter, olive oil, vegetable. You name it.

What I have found is that these other oils do not coat the potatoes enough to make them crisp unless I add additional oil while cooking. Yes, potatoes can be fried in these other oils but none of them create a golden perfectly crisp potato with less oil than when using coconut oil, or grass-fed tallow. Bonus, these are also healthier oils to fry your foods with. Making these the perfect breakfast potatoes.

Ingredients

Oil- One of the most important elements to making perfect breakfast potatoes is the oil. For this, I will be suggesting coconut oil to cook your potatoes. You also use grass-fed tallow or bacon lard.

Potatoes- I use russet potatoes when frying up these perfect breakfast potatoes. Russets work amazingly well for frying and crisp up perfectly.

Salt and Pepper- No potato is perfect without good ole salt and pepper. I like to use sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. But standard table salt and pepper will do.

Green Onions- These add a light onion essence to the crispy golden potatoes that make them perfect for breakfast.

What You Will Need To Make Them

4 cups chopped russet potatoes (about 2 large potatoes)

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 bundles of green onions

1 tsp sea salt

cracked black pepper

Tools

Cast Iron Skillet

Directions

Properly wash and dry the potatoes to remove debris. Chop the potatoes into bite-sized cubes. Heat a cast iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat with the oil. Allow the skillet to get hot enough to hear a sizzle when adding the potatoes in.

diced potatoes on a cutting board

After adding the potatoes to the skillet add the salt and pepper. Take a large wooden spoon and stir the potatoes around the skillet to help coat the potatoes in the oil. Then allow the potatoes to cook for about 5 minutes before turning. This allows them to build a golden crust for the perfect crisp potato.

cubed potatoes in a skillet

Stir them, then allow them to cook another 5 minutes stirring as few times as possible. The potatoes should begin to have a nice overall golden appearance. Do a taste test to ensure that they are salted to your liking. Add any additional salt or pepper and half the green onions. Mix them around in the pan to incorporate them into the potatoes.

cubed potatoes being stirred in a skillet
Women adding onions to a skillet of potatoes

Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish with the rest of the onions.

perfect breakfast potatoes in a skillet

Serve immediately.

Cooking Notes

  • Make sure to use the oils suggested. Using other oils will result in needing a different amount of oil suggested in the recipe and will greatly vary your results.
  • I highly suggest using a cast iron skillet to cook your potatoes. The even heat distribution allows the potatoes to fry at an even heat and fry up golden.
  • Make sure to dice the potatoes into bite-sized cubes. Not large chunks as this will vary your results quite a bit. Large chunks of potatoes will not be as crispy as smaller bite-sized diced ones.

Best Oils to Use for Cooking Breakfast Potatoes

The oil you use to fry your breakfast potatoes makes all the difference in the crispness and amount of oil needed. If you use a good oil you won’t need to keep adding more to the skillet to crisp up the potatoes. I find the best ad most healthiest oils to use are coconut, grass-fed tallow or bacon fat saved from frying. Pastured lard is rich in vitamin D and tallow is rich in fatty acids and vitamins. Making them some of the best fats to use for cooking. Not to mention they are delicious!

If these other fats are not available coconut oil is a great alternative. It’s highly resistant to oxidation at high heat making it a great oil to fry foods in. You won’t find you need much, just like using lard or tallow, and the result is a golden perfectly crisp breakfast potato.

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Yield: 4 servings

Perfect Breakfast Potatoes

perfect breakfast potatoes in a skillet

a crispy fried potato cooked perfect for breakfast

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 russet potatoes (about 4 cups cubed)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • cracked black pepper
  • 2 bundles green onions

Instructions

  1. Properly wash and dry the potatoes to remove debris. Chop the potatoes into bite-sized cubes.
  2. Heat a cast iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat with the oil. Allow the skillet to get hot enough to hear a sizzle when adding the potatoes in. After adding the potatoes to the skillet add the salt and pepper.
  3. Take a large wooden spoon and stir the potatoes around the skillet to help coat the potatoes in the oil. Then allow the potatoes to cook for about 5 minutes before turning.
  4. This allows them to build a golden crust for the perfect crisp potato.
  5. Stir them, then allow them to cook another 5 minutes stirring as few times as possible. The potatoes should begin to have a nice overall golden appearance.
  6. Do a taste test to ensure that they are salted to your liking. Add any additional salt or pepper and half the green onions. Mix them around in the pan to incorporate them into the potatoes.
  7. Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish with the rest of the onions.
  8. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Make sure to use the oils suggested. Using other oils will result in needing a different amount of oil suggested in the recipe and will greatly vary your results.
  • I highly suggest using a cast iron skillet to cook your potatoes. The even heat distribution allows the potatoes to fry at an even heat and fry up golden.
  • Make sure to dice the potatoes into bite-sized cubes. Not large chunks as this will vary your results quite a bit. Large chunks of potatoes will not be as crispy as smaller bite-sized diced ones.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 601mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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2 Comments

  1. Hi, I just wanted to say that I love your site! it is beautiful, inspiring, and peaceful. Not sure how I discovered you last week, but I’m so glad I did. I am in a different season of life than you (empty nester), but my heart beats the same as yours for homemaking and living a simple life. I look forward to visiting your lovely internet home home regularly. And because social media stresses me and doesn’t add to simplicity, I don’t have IG or FB, so I cannot follow you there.

    Potatoes are one of my biggest food weaknesses (just after cheese), so this recipe is a must for me. Looks SO yummy!

    Blessings,
    Patti

    1. Hello Patti! Welcome! I am so glad you found me! Thank you so much for your lovely comment and if you do try the breakfast potatoes, let me know how they turn out. They are so simple but yummy, we love potatoes too!! Blessings to you!

      Roxanna

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