Fried Potatoes and Eggs

This fried potatoes and eggs recipe makes an easy breakfast in a skillet that's essentially just scrambled eggs and home fries in olive oil accompanied by requests for seconds.

Fried Potatoes and Eggs Recipe

Fried potatoes and eggs in a skillet with cheese. That’s the sorta thing we expect from a classic diner, the kind where you’re seated at a counter with a sticky laminated menu with a blob of blueberry jam before you and surly service a given. Yet all too often we crave exactly this jumble of eggs and potatoes and assorted other ingredients in a skillet at an incredibly inopportune moment when dropping everything to head to a diner just isn’t an option. Which is exactly why you need to know how to make this simple recipe at home—including how to vary it ad infinitum according to your cravings and the contents of your fridge. This recipe has been updated. Originally published June 14, 2012.Renee Schettler Rossi

Fried Potatoes and Eggs Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • Serves 2


  • 6 ounces red potatoes, (4 small or 2 medium), scrubbed
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Generous pinch dried herbs or spices, such as oregano, basil, Italian herbs, tarragon, thyme, herbes de Provence, paprika, or ground cumin (optional)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup grated or crumbled cheese, such as aged or extra-sharp Cheddar, pepper Jack, feta, goat cheese, Gruyère, aged Swiss, provolone, or regular or smoked mozzarella
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, flat-leaf parsley, cilantro, or dill (optional)


  • 1. Dice the potatoes pretty small but not super tiny. (You want them small enough so they more or less fit in a single layer in an 8-inch nonstick skillet and will cook quickly. Aim for about 1/2-inch dice—no larger.)
  • 2. Place the potatoes in the skillet and add the water, oil, and salt and crank the heat to medium-high. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly, cover, and set a timer for 5 minutes. Let the potatoes cook, stirring once or twice if you think of it, while you prep the rest of your ingredients. By the end of the 5 minutes, the water should have just evaporated, and the potatoes should be barely tender and maybe even have started to brown a little.
  • 3. Uncover the potatoes and use a spatula to loosen them from the skillet. Cover again and cook over medium to medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 2 to 5 minutes. If using dried herbs/spices, sprinkle them over the potatoes now.
  • 4. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Pour the eggs over the browned potatoes, strew with the scallion, and scramble until the eggs are just set, maybe a minute or so. Sprinkle the eggs and potatoes with the cheese and fresh herbs, remove the skillet from the heat, and let the whole shebang rest for a few minutes until the residual heat melts the cheese and finishes cooking the eggs. (If you don’t mind losing a little crispness on the potatoes, you can cover the skillet so the cheese melts more quickly and evenly.) Scoop the mess from the skillet and onto plates and pass the forks.

Fried Potatoes and Eggs Variations

  • Fried Potatoes and Eggs Stir-Ins
  • Sure, you can ad hoc any combination of ingredients, but sometimes you want something certain to work. That would be these combinations of stir-ins: Pepper Jack and cilantro
    Feta and oregano
    Goat cheese and thyme
    Extra-sharp Cheddar and dill
    Gruyère and tarragon
    Provolone and Italian herbs
    Swiss and paprika
  • Fried Potatoes and Eggs for a Crowd
  • No matter which flavor combo you opt for above, this dish is easy to double to serve 4 for brunch or a light dinner. Just double the ingredients and use a 10-inch skillet instead. Or double the doubled recipe and grab a second 10-inch skillet and you’ve got breakfast for a crowd.
  • Scallion-less Fried Potatoes and Eggs
  • You can omit the scallion if you like, just keep in mind that this perfect early-morning allium—no tears, no funky breath—imparts great color and flavor to the rather monochromatic plate of fried potatoes and eggs.
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