Savory Breakfast Skillet Potatoes with Onions

Whip up a hearty and flavorful breakfast with this easy recipe for skillet potatoes and onions. Perfectly seasoned and cooked to a golden crisp, these potatoes are a versatile side that pairs wonderfully with your morning favorites.


  • 5 russet potatoes
  • 1/4 of a large onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Onion powder (optional), to taste
  • Paprika, to taste
  • Dried parsley, for garnish
  • Dried thyme, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil (adjust as needed)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (adjust as needed)
  • 3 tablespoons of water
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  1. Prepare the Potatoes: Start by peeling the russet potatoes and cutting them into even, bite-sized pieces. This ensures they cook uniformly.
  2. Heat the Skillet: In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the butter to the skillet, letting it melt and blend with the oil for added flavor.
  3. Cook the Potatoes: Add the chopped potatoes to the skillet in a single layer, trying not to overcrowd them. Cook until they start to turn golden on the bottom, about 5-7 minutes. Stir and continue cooking for an additional 5-7 minutes until they begin to crisp.
  4. Add Onions and Seasonings: Sprinkle the sliced onions over the potatoes. Season the mixture with salt, pepper, onion powder (if using), paprika, and thyme. Stir well to evenly distribute the seasonings.
  5. Add Water and Steam: Pour 3 tablespoons of water into the skillet and cover with a lid. Lower the heat to medium and let the potatoes steam for about 5 minutes, or until they’re tender.
  6. Crisp the Potatoes: Remove the lid, increase the heat to medium-high, and cook for a few more minutes, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are golden and crispy to your liking.
  7. Garnish and Serve: Just before serving, sprinkle dried parsley over the top for a pop of color and added flavor.

Serve your crispy breakfast skillet potatoes hot, alongside eggs, bacon, or your favorite breakfast meats for a fulfilling start to your day. This dish not only brings the comforting flavors of home-cooked breakfasts but also adds a delightful texture and richness to your morning meal.

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