diced potatoes cooked until crispy with peppers, onions and spices and served in a white bowl

Are you tired of the same old breakfast routine? Do you want to add some excitement to your morning meal? Look no further than Breakfast Potatoes! These crispy and flavorful potatoes are the perfect addition to any breakfast, whether you’re enjoying a leisurely weekend brunch or a quick weekday meal on the go. With just a few simple ingredients and some easy preparation, you can elevate your breakfast game to new heights.  So get ready to wake up your taste buds and start your day off right with this delicious recipe.

What’s great about this recipe

It’s cooked in one pan so it minimizes mess and time. No need to have a pot of boiling water then transfer, because it’s all done in the frying pan and I will show you how. The potatoes are fluffy and soft on the inside while crispy on the outside. The combination of spices is perfect complement to this simple but tasty breakfast side dish.

breakfast potatoes served in a spoon with green and red peppers

Tips and Tricks

  • It’s important to cut your potatoes into evenly sized pieces so that they cook at the same rate. Try to cut them into small, bite-sized pieces for the best results.
  • You can enhance the flavor and make your breakfast potatoes a complete meal by adding some cooked bacon, scrambled eggs, or sausage to them! This not only tastes great, but it also saves you time and effort by combining multiple dishes into one.
  • If you’re looking to add some extra spiciness to your breakfast potatoes, consider adding a pinch or two of red pepper flakes to the dish.

What type of potato should I use?

Russet potatoes are a popular choice for breakfast potatoes, but you can also use red or yellow potatoes depending on your preference.

diced potatoes on a cutting board

Do I need to peel the potatoes before cooking?

Whether or not to peel the potatoes is a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer to leave the skins on for added texture and nutrition, while others prefer to peel them for a smoother texture. If you choose to leave the skins on, make sure to scrub them clean before cutting.

Can I make breakfast potatoes ahead of time?

Yes, you can make a double batch and store some for later. Allow the cooked potatoes to cool and then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last for 3-4 days. When you are ready to eat the leftovers, simply heat them on medium heat in a skillet until they are warmed through.

crispy breakfast potatoes with red and green peppers, onion and fresh herbs served in a white bowl

Should you boil potatoes before frying?

Boiling potatoes before frying can helps ensure that the potatoes are fully cooked and tender on the inside. However, if you add water to the pan and cook them in steam instead, this can also achieve a similar result but is actually faster. The steam will help to cook the potatoes and soften them before frying, creating a crispy exterior and a fluffy interior. Ultimately, the method you choose will depend on your personal preference and the equipment you have available.

Can I make breakfast potatoes in the air fryer?

Absolutely! Breakfast potatoes can be made in the air fryer for a crispy exterior and fluffy interior. Toss potatoes, pepper and onion with oil and seasons, mix to coat well. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees for 2-3 mins and spray with cooking spray. Add potatoes and cook for 15-20 mins, tossing every 5 minutes to make sure all the potatoes are evenly browned. Cook until potatoes are fork tender.

Are breakfast potatoes healthy?

Breakfast potatoes can be a healthy addition to your breakfast if prepared in a healthy way, such as using minimal oil and seasoning with herbs instead of salt. However, they can also be high in calories and fat if fried or loaded with toppings.

crispy potatoes for breakfast in a bowl.

How to serve breakfast potatoes? 

They can be served in a variety of ways, depending on your personal preference. Here are a few ideas:

  • Side dish: Serve breakfast potatoes alongside your favorite breakfast foods such as eggs, bacon, and toast.
  • Hash: Turn breakfast potatoes into a hearty breakfast hash by adding diced onions, bell peppers, and your choice of protein (such as sausage or ham).
  • Skillet scramble: Cook breakfast potatoes in a skillet with scrambled eggs, cheese, and any other ingredients you like (such as diced tomatoes or spinach).
  • Breakfast burrito: Wrap breakfast potatoes, scrambled eggs, cheese, and your choice of protein in a tortilla for a portable breakfast on the go.
  • Toppings: Top with your favorite toppings, such as salsa, sour cream, or hot sauce.

No matter how you serve them, breakfast potatoes are a delicious and satisfying addition to any breakfast or brunch menu. So why not try out a breakfast potato recipe today and share the love with your friends and family? They’re sure to thank you for it!

Get the Recipe Breakfast Potatoes


  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup diced red and green peppers
  • 3 tbsp diced onion
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • parsley to garnish


  • Peel and dice potatoes in ½ in cubes.
  • Add oil to wide nonstick pan over high heat. Add potatoes, stir fry for a minute or so then add water.
  • Bring to a boil then cover. Lower heat to medium low and cook until potatoes are fork tender about10-12 mins. Add a little water at a time as needed.
  • Add butter and let melt then add onion, peppers, thyme, garlic, paprika, black pepper and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Spread into form an even layer, then let cook on high for 2-3 minutes then flip and cook on the other side.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with fresh parsley.
Author: Jehan Powell