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fried breakfast potatoes and onion with fried eggs in a cast iron skillet

Fried Potatoes and Onions

Posted by: Ari Laing

When you're craving diner-style breakfast potatoes, make these fried potatoes and onions! Parboil the potatoes, then get 'em all crispy in a cast iron skillet. Season with garlic, paprika, then serve with a couple of fried eggs for the complete diner experience. Brunch goals at home!

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Posted by: Ari Laing
fried breakfast potatoes and onion with fried eggs in a cast iron skillet
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Fried Potatoes And Onions

When you're craving diner-style breakfast potatoes, make these fried potatoes and onions! Parboil the potatoes, then get 'em all crispy in a cast iron skillet. Season with garlic, paprika, then serve with a couple of fried eggs for the complete diner experience. Brunch goals at home!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast potatoes, cast iron skillet, crispy potatoes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 182kcal
Author: Ari Laing

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Colander
  • Cast iron skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 large Russet potato skin-on, cut into ¼" cubes
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or unsalted butter
  • ½ sweet onion minced or finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt divided
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika use smoked paprika for a smoky flavor
  • 2 tsp chopped chives, parsley, or scallions for serving
  • Lemon wedges optional, for serving

Instructions

  • Parboil the potatoes. Place cut potatoes in a saucepan, then cover with a couple inches of water. Add 1 tsp Kosher salt, then bring to a rapid boil. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until just knife tender.
  • Strain the potatoes, then wait 5 minutes. Strain the potatoes with a colander, then allow potatoes to steam dry for 5 minutes.
  • Cook the potatoes. Meanwhile, heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or butter), then add potatoes. Season with 1 tsp Kosher salt, then cook for 5 minutes undisturbed.
  • Add onion. Add minced onion, then toss the potatoes and cook undisturbed another 5 minutes. Check the potatoes for doneness. If crispy, go to next step. If not, let them cook another 5 minutes.
  • Finish, then serve. Season with garlic and paprika, then toss once more. Serve immediately with chopped fresh herbs and lemon wedges, if using.

Notes

  1. What's the best type of potato to use? High starch, low moisture potatoes such as Russet or Idaho potatoes work best.
  2. Can these be roasted instead? Totally! Breakfast potatoes can be roasted, pan fried, shredded into hash browns. To roast, parboil the potatoes per the instructions, then transfer to a cast iron skillet and roast at 425F with garlic and paprika until crispy, about 30-40 minutes, tossing once halfway through (this is also when you should add the onions). Finish with fresh herbs.
  3. My potatoes didn't get crispy -- what did I do wrong? Are you using waxy potatoes? If not, make sure that the skillet is hot enough and that you let them cook undisturbed for at least 5 minutes between flipping.
  4. I don't have a cast iron skillet -- what other type of pan can I use? Cast iron is well loved for its ability retain even heat across the entire surface. You can absolutely use other pans -- stainless steel and ceramic are good options -- but something like a nonstick skillet won't get the potatoes as crispy. You actually want the potatoes to stick to the pan a bit as they cook. When they're nicely browned, they'll release easily from the pan (but this won't happen with nonstick).

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 454mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 209IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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