These easy breakfast potatoes are perfectly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside thanks to help from the microwave.
Besides bacon I think breakfast potatoes are my favorite indulgence in the morning. There’s something about eating some crispy breakfast potatoes that settles my stomach. Is that weird? Getting older is making me weird!
Age is certainly changing how I eat. I tend to eat a big breakfast, a light snack for lunch, then a dinner centered around protein and vegetables. Dairy doesn’t always agree with me anymore. I have to do plant-based cream in my coffee now, for example. Have you had to make any changes in your diet as you age? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Why this recipe works
Microwaving the potatoes first starts the cooking process. So you can quickly crisp up the potatoes in some hot oil and butter. But ensure that they are tender in the middle.
How to keep fried potatoes from getting mushy
It sometimes happens. The potatoes still taste good, but they don’t look as perfect. First, microwave the cubed potatoes until the water is hot, but not boiling. You just want to warm the potatoes to start them softening, not boil them, like you would mashed potatoes.
Second, make sure the oil and butter in the skillet are hot before adding the potatoes. Then allow them to cook and start to get golden brown before stirring. You want to occasionally toss the potatoes in the skillet to ensure even browning. But not over stir and break them up.
Ingredients for breakfast potatoes recipe
- Potatoes – I like using russet potatoes the best. But red potatoes and Yukon Gold potatoes also work. I like to peel my potatoes, but you can leave the skins on if you prefer.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – I like the flavor the olive oil adds. But you can use any vegetable oil you have on-hand, like canola or avocado.
- Butter – Adds really good flavors and richness to the potatoes plus helps to brown the potatoes.
- Garlic Powder – I like to pair garlic with potatoes. You can use a fresh garlic clove instead of the garlic powder.
- Salt and Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper – I like my breakfast potatoes to have a little spice. You can skip this if you don’t like spice.
- Make them your own – Feel free to experiment! I sometimes add smoked paprika. And I like to sprinkle on some fresh herbs after the potatoes are finished cooking. Or serve them with a side of ketchup.
Instructions for how to make breakfast potatoes
You can’t just toss some potatoes into a hot skillet and expect them to cook evenly – soft and velvety on the inside and perfectly crisp on the outside. They need a little help.
Peel and chop your potatoes into about 1/2-inch cubes. Even chopping ensures even cooking!
Rinse the starch away with cold water then put them into a large bowl or measuring cup and cover them with water.
Microwave the potatoes until the water is hot and they are just starting to cook. Melt oil and butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the potatoes in a single layer to the hot skillet and sauté, stirring occasionally, until they are brown and crisp on the outside. Season the potatoes about halfway through cooking them in the skillet.
Are breakfast potatoes healthy?
Yes. If you use a non-stick skillet, the cubed potatoes need only a small amount of vegetable oil and butter to develop their crispy exterior. Depending on what type of diet you are following, white potatoes may be off-limits. But potatoes are actually low in calories and contain a lot of nutrients.
What to serve with breakfast potatoes
- As pictured with an egg cooked in a red bell pepper ring, fresh fruit and avocado
- Sauté some onion and green bell pepper, add them to the potatoes for a delicious side dish any time of day
- Top them with cheese, sour cream, cooked bacon and green onions for loaded breakfast potatoes
- As a filling for breakfast burritos (or tacos)
- As part of a buffet with pancakes and waffles (Buttermilk Pancakes, Churro Waffles)
- Omelette Recipe
- Fruit Salad
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, toss them with a little oil and spread them on a baking pan. Bake them in a 400 degree F oven for about 10 minutes, or until hot.
Can you freeze breakfast potatoes?
Technically you can but I’m kind of the opinion of why would you want to? If you freeze the cooked breakfast potatoes you then have to thaw them and re-crisp them in the skillet when you want to eat them. That’s almost as much work as just making them fresh when you want them in the first place. My recommendation is to not freeze the potatoes.
- Use a sharp pairing knife like this one to peel and chop the potatoes.
- I use these glass Pyrex measuring cups in the microwave.
- If you are looking for really good non-stick skillets, I highly recommend these.
- I always use heat-safe spatulas for stirring food in my non-stick skillets.
More Potato Recipes
- Cheesy Potatoes
- Party Potatoes
- Air Fryer Potato Skins
- Parsley Potatoes
- Perfect Oven Roasted Potatoes
- 4 medium Russet Potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil or vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper optional
- Rinse the potatoes under cold water and drain. Place them in a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl. Cover the potatoes with cold water.
- Microwave the potatoes for 4 - 6 minutes on high power, stirring halfway through cooking time. You want them to be starting to soften but not so soft that they will fall apart in the skillet.
- Heat a non-stick skillet (it must be non-stick) over medium-high heat. Add the extra virgin olive oil and butter.
- Once the oil and butter have melted, add the potatoes. Cook without stirring for 4 - 5 minutes. Stir the potatoes and add the seasonings.
- Continue to cook the potatoes until they have browned. Serve immediately.
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Heather Johnson says
no wonder mine always burn before they get done!
Haha, yep. Gotta get them started first!
Potatoes for breakfast? Sounds like a great idea. I love the addition of butter and paprika. This sounds and looks absolutely amazing. I must give it a try.
Yes, you must!
Heidy L. McCallum says
I made this am and the potatoes turned out great. I will be adding these to our breakfast rotation. Bookmarked recipe so I can make it again.
This is so amazing to hear. Thank you Heidy!
Wow, what a fast and delicious sounding recipe! I like that you used the microwave 1st and then the skillet.
Thank you Adrianne!
I loved thee breakfast potatoes! Why go out to a restaurant for breakfast potatoes when I know I can make them this good!
Right? Making them at home is best!
Matt Ivan says
Love the crunchy texture on these potatoes!
Thank you, me too!
Seems mouth watering potatoes recipe will give it a try today thanks for sharing.
Jeannine Meador says
These are simply delicious and so easy to make. But not just for breakfast…we grew up on fried potatoes for any meal…when times were really tough we had fried potatoes and eggs and thought it a five star meal. Still do. thanks for sharing that microwaving first makes them even easier and better. Wish I’d thought of that. 🙂
This is an excellent point. We eat these potatoes for other meals besides breakfast too. Thanks for taking the time to rate and comment. I really appreciate it!
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WOW these breakfast potatoes look AMAZING! I can’t wait to try them out for my family!
You’ll all love them.
Sharon Chen says
I love yummy and easy prep meals like this! Thanks very helpful 🙂
Made these for breakfast and wish I had made more. Phenomenal! Didn’t change the original recipe.
So happy to hear this! Thank you!