The Best Pan-Fried Breakfast Potatoes – The Foodie Patootie

The Best Pan-Fried Breakfast Potatoes

A Google search for ‘breakfast potato recipe’ yields over seven million results. There’s a reason for that – we love our starches. My favorite potatoes in the whole wide world are these breakfast potatoes right here.

What you’ll need:

  1. Potatoes. Durr.
  2. Canola oil
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. Cast iron skillet
  5. Parsley and cheese (optional)
  6. A little TLC: Tender Loving Care

A part of me wonders if this can even be called a recipe. But this is my blog and so it’s counting and it’s going to be amazing.

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My history with these potatoes start back in the days when I could legit walk (standing straight up) under my grandmother’s kitchen table. I remember walking under the table and sitting on the floor while I watched her make me and my brother breakfast. It was the coolest thing ever to spend the night at Nana’s. We had a spread of scrambled eggs, toast, grits, bacon…and potatoes. Always potatoes, and lots of them. They were perfection, especially with ketchup.

When I was old enough to handle a hot skillet on my own, I helped. And then when my brother and I got a little too old for weekend sleepovers, I made potatoes for breakfast. And they were always off, until one day Nana told me that I should use canola oil instead of olive oil. At the time I didn’t know any better that the distinctive taste of olive oil was what was warping my version of these potatoes. That tidbit changed everything. It’s not like there’s a lot of ingredients. You just have to make sure all of them are spot on.

Later on, when I married and got a cast iron skillet, I started making the potatoes in there and they have since come out crispier than usual, a big bonus.

So there you have it. The potatoes I’ve grown up on and continue to love to this day.

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Do you have a favorite family dish that’s remained unchanged all these years? Sound off in the comments!

The Best Pan-Fried Breakfast Potatoes

Potatoes for breakfast is typical for a reason: everyone loves them! These pan-fried breakfast potatoes are the best you'll ever have.


  • 2 baking potatoes, peeled, rinsed, and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Large pinch of salt
  • Large pinch of parsley (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. In a medium skillet (cast iron preferred), heat canola oil over medium.
  2. Add chopped potatoes to the skillet in an even layer. Allow to pan fry in the oil for a handful of minutes, or until the potatoes start to brown. Basically you are going to flip the potatoes around to all sides for as even of a browning as you can get. Allow each side to brown before moving them around. I practice my patience when I do this. Recognize that each potato may cook at different times.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to a plate lined with a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt, parsley (optional) and cheese (optional).

16 Responses to “The Best Pan-Fried Breakfast Potatoes”

  1. Crystal Hamilton — March 13, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Those look delicious. I have some potatoes I need to use up. Maybe I will do this. Does it matter if it is Canola oil vs. other oils? I normally have vegetable oil and of course a few varieties of EVOO. 🙂

  2. Jennifer at Making Our Life Matter — March 13, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    I LOVE breakfast potatoes! Definitely going to try making these on my next day off!

  3. Mica — March 28, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I made these, but with rendered bacon fat instead of oil. They turned out amazing! Pretty happy with this super simple recipe. 

    • Jennifer — March 29th, 2016 @ 8:26 am

      Ooo I’m sure the bacon fat was delicious!

  4. William Hepfer — April 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    What is durr?

    • Jennifer — April 19th, 2016 @ 8:47 am

      It’s like saying, “Duh”. 🙂

  5. Paula Latimer — August 31, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Gotta add chopped onion to fry up with the potatoes !

    • Jennifer — August 31st, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

      Haha you’re onto something there! Maybe even some bell peppers.

  6. Tracy — September 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Do the potatoes have to be cooked before you fry them?

    • Jennifer — September 15th, 2016 @ 8:05 am

      Hi, Tracy. Nope! You’ll just cut up and fry as-is.

  7. Douglas Spegal — July 2, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Looking for a good breakfast potato recipe, thanks. Always trying to impress people with my culinary skills :). Thanks I’ll let you know how they turn out

    • Jennifer — July 4th, 2017 @ 8:41 am

      Hope it works out well for you! We had these growing up at my grandmother’s house all the time. So simple, but the combination of oil and potato, plus the pan you use, can be a little temperamental.

  8. Frank — September 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I’m trying to print the Breakfast Potato’s, how do I do that?

  9. Frank — September 2, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I try to highlight the recipe and it wont highlight at all. How do I copy it so I can save it and print it?

    Thank you

    • Jennifer — September 6th, 2017 @ 9:21 am

      Hi Frank! Which browser are you using? I tried it on both Chrome and Safari and I was able to highlight and copy the recipe text. In the recipe section, there is a “print recipe” link underneath the picture of the potatoes.

  10. Nadeen Atyieh — November 27, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    I mean, it was good I guess but it was basically cut up fries

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