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Easy Breakfast Potatoes

These easy breakfast potatoes make a savory and hearty breakfast that the entire family will enjoy and even be begging for more!

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I love potatoes–any kind of potatoes and any time of day! Baked potatoes, homemade potato chips, hash browns, hash brown casserole, and so many others. This breakfast potato recipe happens to be a favorite!

overhead photo of 2 old plates filled with breakfast potatoes and orange slices

We love breakfast potatoes because they’re…

  • Flavorful
  • Filling
  • Hearty
  • Great any time of the day
  • Full of phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • Delicious

These delicious home-fried potatoes are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any time!

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How to make potatoes for breakfast

This is such an easy recipe, and I have a few tips to share with you to make it even better.

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Preparing the potatoes

Begin by dicing the potatoes into 1/2″ cubes. The thicker the slices, the longer it will take to cook, so I like to keep them smaller in size.

russett potatoes on wooden board being diced

I am often asked what knives I use and recommend for cooking, and my favorite brand is Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery. Yes, that’s the same company that makes the Swiss Army Knife. These knives come with a lifetime guarantee and are very reasonably priced. I absolutely love mine.

The trick to getting the perfect texture with this recipe is to parboil or steam the potatoes before adding them to the frying pan. Many times, I have leftover baked potatoes from other meals, and this is a terrific way to use those up.

diced potatoes in white basket steamer

To steam the potato chunks, I like to do it in a microwave in a steamer basket. It takes about 5-6 minutes on high in the microwave.

While the potatoes are steaming, go ahead and dice the onions.

diced onions on cutting board

Now, it’s time to heat up a nonstick pan to get ready to sautee the onions. It’s important to use a nonstick pan because we won’t be using any oil. In this short video, I show how easy it is to saute without oil.

I set my pan to medium-high and toss the diced onions in the dry pan. Let the onions begin to brown, but don’t leave the pan for more than a minute or two.

When they start to turn brown, use a heat-resistant spatula to stir them around a bit and watch them closely. Add about 2-tablespoons of veggie broth or water and allow them to continue to brown up.

sauteed onions in skillet

Scrape the pan as you add a little more veggie broth at a time. Repeat this process until the onion is very brown and sweet. This will take about 10 minutes.

Now, add the potato chunks and spices to the pan with the onions. If you would like to add some diced tomato or red bell pepper, they make great additions as well.

diced potatoes and onions in nonstick skillet

I put a lid on my pan while it’s cooking to help get the potatoes nice and tender. Cook, turning gently with a spatula until the potatoes are golden brown.

breakfast potatoes in cast iron skillet with old green coffee pot in background

Recipe adapted from of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

*Originally published May 2015

Your Questions Answered:

Q: Can I cook these in the oven?

A: I usually make these on the stovetop, but they can also be cooked in the oven. For the oven method, cook on 425°F for approximately 45 minutes, turning with a spatula every 15 minutes.

Q: Are breakfast potatoes vegan?

A: Yes, they are completely vegan since no animal products are used.

Q: Are potatoes for breakfast healthy?

A: Absolutely! Potatoes are loaded with fiber and a variety of B vitamins, including thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, folate, and B-6. They are also very low in fat.

Q: What can I serve with breakfast potatoes?

A: I love to serve mine with toast, grits, vegan sausage, or smoked tempeh bacon.

blue plate with homefried potatoes, toast, and vegan sausage

The sausage in the photo above is a vegan sausage that I like to order from MamaSezz meal delivery service. It comes ready to heat and eat, and it can also be frozen.

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Easy Breakfast Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These easy breakfast potatoes make a savory and hearty breakfast that the entire family will enjoy and be begging for more!

Ingredients

  • 3 red or russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 5-6 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters (optional)
  • 2 green onions, sliced (optional)
  • pinch of red pepper flakes for spice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Begin by dicing the potatoes into 1/2″ cubes. The thicker the slices, the longer it will take to cook, so I like to keep them smaller in size.
  2. The trick to getting the perfect texture with this recipe is to parboil or steam the potatoes before adding them to the frying pan. Many times, I have leftover baked potatoes from other meals, and this is a terrific way to use those up.
  3. To steam the potato chunks, I like to do it in a microwave in a steamer basket. It takes about 5-6 minutes on high in the microwave.
  4. While the potatoes are steaming, go ahead and dice the onions.
  5. Now, it’s time to heat up a nonstick pan to get ready to sautee the onions. It’s important to use a nonstick pan because we won’t be using any oil.
  6. I set my pan to medium-high and toss the diced onions in the dry pan. Let the onions begin to brown, but don’t leave the pan for more than a minute or two.
  7. When they start to turn brown, use a heat-resistant spatula to stir them around a bit and watch them closely. Add about 2-tablespoons of veggie broth or water and allow them to continue to brown up.
  8. Scrape the pan as you add a little more veggie broth at a time. Repeat this process until the onion is very brown and sweet. This will take about 10 minutes.
  9. Now, add the potato chunks and spices to the pan with the onions. If you would like to add some diced tomato or red bell pepper, they make great additions. I put a lid on my pan while it’s cooking to help get the potatoes nice and tender. Cook, turning gently with a spatula until the potatoes are golden brown.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

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Mary Beck

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

If I prefer to bake these do I still cook onions until browed and add too potatoes in casserole dish or put them in raw?

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

I would brown the onions first before baking to get that sweet caramelized flavor. Baking is a great idea too!

Debbie

Sunday 7th of April 2019

I don’t have any non-stick pans. Is it better to use a nonstick pan and which one do you recommend? Or will it still work with stainless steel?

EatPlant-Based.com

Monday 8th of April 2019

You should be able to make these in a stainless steel pan if you use veggie broth and watch closely to keep from sticking. The non-stick pan I use and love is this one linked with my Amazon Affiliate link. https://amzn.to/2UEOdvl

Aly Moore Sunny

Friday 2nd of March 2018

How can I choose the serving size ? I don't see such option...

EatPlant-Based.com

Friday 2nd of March 2018

Right above the ingredient list, the recipe shows the number of servings in blue. Hover the mouse over the blue number, and a sliding scale will pop up. Slide the scale to the number of servings you would like, and it will change the ingredient amounts for you.

lisa

Sunday 25th of October 2015

what is the round thing next to the potatoes

Terri

Sunday 25th of October 2015

It is a cinnamon raisin flax and millet bagel from Sami's Bakery. They are terrific! http://samisbakery.com/product/millet-and-flax-cinnamon-bagel/

anne

Monday 3rd of August 2015

This is the first website I've seen that lets you pick the serving size and then adjusts the measurements accordingly. I LOVE THAT!!

Terri

Monday 3rd of August 2015

Anne, I think it's pretty cool too. Glad it's useful for you! :)