Breakfast potatoes are the perfect savory side dish for pairing with all your morning favorites! Frozen hash browns are pan-fried with onions and spices until perfectly browned and crispy.

close up image of breakfast potatoes in a cast iron skillet

Anyone else need to pair pancakes, waffles, and French toast with something savory? Just to balance some of that sweetness? If you always order a side of hash browns with your stack of blueberry pancakes, then you’re going to love these breakfast potatoes!

And hey, even if you just want a side to pair with fried eggs and bacon, you’ll love this breakfast potato recipe too!

They’re just like diner-style potatoes—crispy, nicely browned, and packed with flavor thanks to a blend of seasonings. Use plenty of oil and a hot pan and you can’t go wrong.

top down image of breakfast potatoes cooked in a cast iron skillet

Crispy Breakfast Potatoes Recipe

The best thing about these breakfast potatoes is that, from start to finish, they’re done in under 10 minutes. The secret is using frozen hash brown potatoes rather than cutting your own. This will save you a lot of prep time, without sacrificing quality! (In fact, most restaurants use frozen potatoes!)

I love serving breakfast potatoes with ketchup or hot sauce, but they’re so well-seasoned, you can enjoy them as-is, alongside all your favorite breakfast foods

ingredients to make breakfast potatoes


See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Frozen diced hash browns – Thaw the potatoes before you start the recipe. Be sure to buy the diced potatoes, not the shredded kind!
  • Olive oil
  • Onion – A yellow onion is fine here.
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Parsley – You can leave this out if you don’t have parsley on hand, or try chives, green onions, or other fresh herbs instead.
  • Salt & black pepper


There are countless ways to change up this recipe. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Add some diced red bell pepper, green bell pepper, or jalapeño pepper for a little spice.
  • Heat things up with cayenne pepper or chili powder.
  • Use smoked paprika in place of regular paprika for a smoky flavor.
  • Add crumbled bacon for extra protein (and because, bacon!).
  • Top your breakfast potatoes with shredded cheddar cheese.
steps to make breakfast potatoes in a cast iron skillet

How to Make Breakfast Potatoes

1. Prepare

Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron skillet or heavy-bottomed sauté pan until it’s smoking. 

2. Brown the Potatoes

Add the potatoes to the pan in a single layer. Let them brown, undisturbed, for 4 to 5 minutes.

3. Add the Remaining Ingredients

Once the potatoes are browned and crispy on the bottom, add the onion, garlic powder, and paprika and stir to coat. Continue cooking until the potatoes are tender and golden brown on all sides, then season to taste with salt and pepper and sprinkle with parsley for garnish.

close up image of breakfast potatoes on a wooden spatula and served in a cast iron skillet

How to Store and Reheat Leftover Breakfast Potatoes

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to eat, reheat them in a skillet set over medium heat until warmed through or pop them in the microwave.

close up image of breakfast potatoes served in a cast iron skillet


What is another name for breakfast potatoes?

Some people call breakfast potatoes home fries, but home fries are usually made with larger chunks of raw potatoes that are parboiled before being pan-fried.

Why are my breakfast potatoes soggy?

This is usually due to not using enough oil or not letting the potatoes cook long enough. Make sure to use plenty of oil and let them cook until they’re nice and crispy. Don’t flip or turn the potatoes until they’re browned and crisp!

Can you substitute potatoes for hash browns?

You can substitute fresh Russet potatoes for frozen hash browns, but it will add quite a bit of prep time to the recipe. I would recommend parboiling the potatoes before adding them to the pan so they cook through evenly.

Are breakfast potatoes fried?

These breakfast potatoes are pan-fried, not deep-fried. This means instead of cooking them in a big pot of oil like French fries, they’re cooked in a skillet with just enough oil to coat it. You can also bake other breakfast potato recipes in the oven on a baking sheet.

More Recipes for Potato Lovers

Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast potatoes are the perfect savory side dish for pairing with all your morning favorites! Frozen hash browns are pan-fried with onions and spices until perfectly browned and crispy.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 2lb bag of frozen diced hash browns thawed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ medium onion diced
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped
  • salt & black pepper to taste


  • In a large cast iron or heavy-bottomed sauté pan, heat the olive oil until smoking. Add the potatoes to the pan in a single layer and let brown for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the onion, garlic powder, and paprika and stir. Continue cooking until potatoes are browned. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley.


Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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  1. I was really excited about making these, then all of the potatoes stuck to the bottom of the skillet. I fear I’ve ruined them. Boo!!!

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      We’re sorry to hear this, Kellye! Did you coat the bottom with oil?

  2. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Whole family loved them!

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