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).

10 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.

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