Crispy Breakfast Potatoes are crispy outside, soft insides and a little salty. There are a couple of tricks to getting them really crispy and we’re going to share!
Crispy Breakfast Potatoes
There was a time that I thought really crispy breakfast potatoes were created magically by diners everywhere. When I tried to make them at home, they ended up too soft and the potatoes would tear apart or just be mushy. Not that mushy potatoes taste bad because… you know, potatoes are always good. But I love the crispy outside of good breakfast potatoes. Not only do they hold up to cooking but they also hold up the the runny eggs I like to pile on top of them for breakfast.
How to Make Breakfast Potatoes
There are a couple of tricks to Crispy Breakfast Potatoes. The first is to cut your potatoes into bite sized pieces – I used to cut them too big. I like to use red potatoes and don’t bother to peel them, they pan fry very nicely. Once you cut the potatoes, cover them in water. The water keeps them from turning brown, but it also helps release the starch in the potatoes. The starch is a contributor to mushy potatoes.
Cutting potatoes is always my first step when cooking breakfast (or dinner). Then store cover them in water. If the water gets cloudy, I will drain the potatoes and add fresh water. It you are better at planning ahead than I am, peel your potatoes, cover them in water and store them in the fridge overnight.
Fried Breakfast Potatoes
When you are ready to pan fry your potatoes, a stainless steel or cast iron pan will give you the most crisp outside. A pan with a non-stick coating will make it difficult to get the browned, crispy outside. I also like to use a portion of butter and a portion of olive oil.
Looking for more delicious breakfast recipes? Check out this collection of my favorite Healthy Pancakes and Waffles plus the Homemade Whole Wheat Pancake Mix you should have on your counter. Looking for a hearty breakfast recipe that you can cook fast to feed a crowd? This Avocado Crostini with Beef and Eggs is delicious, filling and cooks crazy fast!