Perfect Breakfast Potatoes

The perfect breakfast potatoes; flavorful, tender centers and crisp skins.

Perfect Breakfast Potatoes Recipe from

The weekend is over. Boohoo, right? Did you do any fun or tasty Cinco de Mayo celebrating? I totally meant to at least have a margarita but honestly forgot. I got completely distracted playing with bubbles for a few hours in the afternoon. It’s such a kid thing but I was just in another world. Sun, semi-warm weather and bubbles. It was peaceful and fun. And it totally beat swatting away bugs. They’re seriously out of control all ready and the mosquitoes aren’t even really out yet. It’s just the awful May flies agh! I really need to move some place that doesn’t have bugs of any kind, or lizards of any size, and no spiders or other creepy crawlies. Is that so much to ask? A place like that must exist. Somewhere.

Perfect Breakfast Potatoes Recipe from

I realize I shared a potato recipe last week but with Mother’s Day being next weekend, I wanted to dedicate this week to a few must make breakfast recipes. So to be clear, you absolutely must make these – especially for Mother’s day because that special mom in your life will be very happy if you do. These potatoes are ridiculously tasty. Honestly, they’re quite possibly some of the best potatoes I’ve ever made. They’re super soft inside, crisp outside and very flavorful. It’s surprising how flavorful these potatoes are with how simple the recipe is. No crazy seasonings just salt, pepper, olive oil and butter.

I’ve made these a second time since the batch you see. The first batch was devoured by myself and my youngest two. They were sad when the potatoes were gone because they wanted more! I really couldn’t blame them one bit for that. The second time was when I made breakfast for dinner. Obviously these will be made over and over again here – not only because I love potatoes but just because these are that good. Trust me. Crispy, soft and buttery – what more could you ask for?

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Perfect Breakfast Potatoes

The perfect breakfast potatoes; flavorful, tender centers and crisp skins.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins


  • 1 1/2 lb potatoes, Eastern white or russet
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1/4 C unsalted buter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Wash and scrub potatoes clean. Chop into no larger than 1-inch cubes. 
  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with water and cook over medium-high heat for 15 minutes. Drain and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and drop small pieces of butter throughout. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss lightly, bake for 30 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes. Reduce oven to 400°F, toss potatoes and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve immediately.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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45 Responses to “Perfect Breakfast Potatoes”

  1. #
    Tracey — May 6, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I’ve been making Shane bacon and eggs every Sunday for a while now, and I bet he’d be pretty stoked if I added potatoes to the mix. These look awesome!

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      Rachel — May 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

      They’d make breakfast even that much better! :)

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    Tieghan — May 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Who does not love potatoes?! These are perfect and I think any mom would LOVE them!

    Sounds like you had a great weekend! It totally snowed here, but I am trying to think Positive!

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      Rachel — May 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Oh my gosh… when will the snow stop?! That’s ridiculous.

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — May 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

    My husbands loves breakfast potatoes, but always buys them frozen. These sound waaaay better! Need to give them a try!

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      Rachel — May 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

      These are worlds better than frozen. Definitely give them a try. :)

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — May 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I’m totally with you on the spider thing… I had one crawling on my lap last night and scared the crap out of me!!

    Lovin’ these potatoes… that’s TWO recipes now that I have to make! :)

    • #
      Rachel — May 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Ahhh heeby jeebies. I swear I got itchy thinking about that spider. And yes, you totally have to make them! :)

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 6, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Pa-taters!!! (that’s what my hubby calls them when he’s trying to drive me insane. This is like a much better version of hasbrowns.

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — May 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I love potatoes! Matter of fact, I have a roasted potato wedges post on my blog today! Must be something in the food blogger water. These sound fantastic. Love when they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside!

  7. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I love potatoes! These look amazing, Rachel!

  8. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Oh man, breakfast potatoes are one of my biggest weaknesses! Looks delicious!

  9. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

    This is my favorite breakfast! Basically the ALL AMERICAN! Love the potatoes.

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      Rachel — May 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Mine too! It’s seriously the best combination.

  10. #
    lisa@ Cooking with Curls — May 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Those potatoes look amazing!!! I will definitely be trying those this weekend :)

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      Rachel — May 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

  11. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 6, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I love that we both did potatoes today!! And consider these potatoes bookmarked!!

  12. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — May 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

    these look perfect!!! Golden and crisp!

  13. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Perfect indeed. :) We make potatoes like this every Christmas morning for brunch. Yours actually look so much better Rachel! The crispy skins are the best part!

  14. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — May 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Breakfast potatoes are the best! These look so good!

  15. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — May 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I definitely need these! Ill make them for my mom this weekend, and since she’s so far away, I guess Ill just HAVE to eat them for her! ;)

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      Rachel — May 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      ha! sounds like a plan.

  16. #
    katie — May 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Yum! Breakfast is not compete in my book without breakfast potatoes!

  17. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — May 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    These look amazing! I have such a hard time getting potatoes crispy so I can’t wait to try them!

  18. #
    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — May 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    The crispy skins are my favorite! And simple is better, salt and pepper baby!

  19. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — May 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Breakfast potatoes round out any meal. Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Great recipe.

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      Rachel — May 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

      They absolutely do! I totally agree.

  20. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 7, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Potatoes are the most important part of breakfast! I just need a dash of tapatio and ketchup and I’m set!

  21. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 7, 2013 at 1:09 am

    My husband and I love breakfast potatoes, but I never make them at home! These look so yummy!

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      Rachel — May 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

      I guess it’s time to change that, huh? :)

  22. #
    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — May 7, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Why did it never occur to me to make breakfast potatoes in the oven. Duh, how obvious. I’m glad you thought of it. And it sound like you’re going to be moving to the moon. That’s the only place I can think of that’s completely devoid of wildlife. That we know of.

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      Rachel — May 7, 2013 at 7:07 am

      The double cook (boil/bake) is absolutely essential. I’ve baked potatoes plenty but that extra step makes these so much better.

  23. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — May 7, 2013 at 9:02 am

    If you find such a place- please let me know so I can move there. I thought living in a big city would mean less bugs…nope!

    I always need a recipe for great potatoes- I never make them but they are my favorite at restaurants! These look amazing!

    • #
      Rachel — May 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      I hear the city has it’s own type of issues. Not sure which is better.

  24. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — May 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Seriously, what’s not to love?

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      Rachel — May 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Exactly :)

  25. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — May 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I adore any chance to dive into some breakfast potatoes! I feel like I always order them when I’m out, but seriously need to make some at home. These sound delightful, and I love how bright and cheery your photos look!

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      Rachel — May 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Ali!

  26. #
    Amanda — May 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Love these and love all the links to other great breakfast recipes and ideas… bookmarking this! :)

  27. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — May 7, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Never enough potatoes! Keep them coming!! :)

  28. #
    Jamie — May 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Mmmmm, I am an Idaho girl and love my potatoes. These sound delicious!

  29. #
    Wendy — May 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I always order breakfast potatoes when we eat breakfast out but I rarely make them at home because I am very capable of eating my weight in them! These have that perfect mix of crunchy outside and soft potato inside. As soon as I have company for breakfast I will be making these! :)

  30. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Gorgeous potatoes and food styling! Sooo pretty, Rachel! This is my hubs dream meal!

  31. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — May 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Oh, I just love breakfast potatoes :) yours looks amazing!

  32. #
    Aggie — May 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I’ve been thinking of these since I saw them the other day, they look perfect!! I love breakfast potatoes, yum

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