Skillet Breakfast Home Fries

Close up of skillet breakfast potatoes in a pan

Crispy, tender and spiced with the warm flavors of fried onions and smoky paprika, these home fried potatoes make a hearty addition to any breakfast.


  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt (plus a pinch for the boiling pot)
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced


Boil the Potatoes

Prepare the potatoes. Peel the potatoes and quarter them. Place the potatoes into a large pot and add enough cold water to cover them. Add a pinch of salt to the pot, then cover the pot and place over high heat to bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, remove the cover and reduce the heat to medium. Let the potatoes cook for 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes. The potatoes should be soft but not yet falling apart. Remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon or drain in a colander and set them aside while the onions cook. 

Prep the oven. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Cook the Onions and Potatoes

Melt the Butter. In a 12″ or larger, oven-proof skillet (cast iron or non-stick is fine) melt the butter over medium-high heat until the bubbles subside and the butter turns a very light brown with a nutty aroma.

Cook the Spices. Reduce the heat to medium and add the paprika, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir for 15-20 seconds. 

Cook the Onions. Add the onions to the pan. Give them a quick stir to coat them with the butter and spices and then let them sit for 1 minute before stirring. Cook them for 4-5 more minutes, stirring regularly, before adding the potatoes. 

Cook the Potatoes. Add the potatoes to the pan and stir everything together well to make sure the potatoes soak in all of the spices. Gently break the potato quarters into several large pieces using the spatula. Stir everything well again and cook for 4-5 more minutes, stirring every minute or so to prevent the onions from burning. 

Crisp in the oven. Give everything a final good stir then place the hot pan into the preheated oven. Let the potatoes cook for about 10 minutes or until desired crispiness. This is the perfect time to cook some eggs or finish prepping breakfast.

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