10-Minute Breakfast Potatoes

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
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Have a healthy, crispy, perfectly seasoned starch on your breakfast plate in no time with these 10-minute breakfast potatoes!

overhead view of smashed crispy golden breakfast potatoes, sprinkled with green chives on a baking sheet

These 10-minute breakfast potatoes are one of those quick-food-prep tricks I've kept up my sleeve for a LONG time. To be honest, I was a little nervous about sharing the recipe here on my blog BECAUSE *one* option for making them involves the microwave …but I'm finally past caring. For some reason, Snapchat has evolved as my new age proving ground. That's where I go to hash out new ideas and share clips of what I'm working on *before* they're ready for a formal announcement. It's also where I show even more of my real life! I highlight the not-Instagram-worthy (i.e. not pretty) photos of my meals and I also show some simple cooking demonstrations. ONE such demonstration was these 10-minute breakfast potatoes. You see, even though proclaiming that I am a microwave user makes me nervous on a large platform (ahem: my blog), Snapchat is my safe space and I was BLOWN away by how many people loved the recipe! Snapchat videos are only available for 24-hours and I couldn't believe how many folks started tagging me in Instagram photos of their 10-minute breakfast potatoes.

I adore these potatoes for a couple reasons. FIRST, it's a quick and easy way to get a healthy starch on your breakfast plate; which is especially important after a workout. Next, they're just dang delicious. I usually cook them in the same pan I used to fry bacon/cook eggs. This recipe is more of a choose-your-own-ending type template, but I'll share my method and a couple variations so you too can enjoy crispy, heavily seasoned breakfast potatoes as often as you like.

smashed crispy golden breakfast potatoes, sprinkled with green chives on a baking sheet

So, let's first explain the microwave method and then I'll talk about how you can use a different method to get the same effect (though not in the same time frame). The “10-minute” badge on these potatoes is thanks to a trick my Mother-In-Law taught me. Once upon a time, she was serving up baked potatoes and I watched in wonder as she wrapped each potato in a couple soaked wet paper towels. She then placed these potatoes into the microwave and nuked them! They came out soft …and in under 5 minutes. WOW. My mind was blown.

SO, I adapted the same principle here. Using *small* yellow potatoes, I follow the same steps. I wrap them in a soaked paper towel and then microwave for about 4 minutes, or until they give with a poke. From there, I let them sit on the counter until they're cooled enough to touch. Before I toss them into a skillet with lots of butter or bacon fat, I will smash them. Using the back of a spatula or large spoon, just press down on the potato until it is about 1/2-inch thick. Season LIBERALLY with your favorite spice blend (Adobo by Primal Plate is my personal favorite, Meat & Potatoes is a close second), and then place in the hot butter. Cook on each side for about 2 minutes, or until the potato is darkened in color and looking crispy. Serve immediately and enjoy!

overhead view of smashed crispy golden breakfast potatoes, sprinkled with green chives

Now, for a non-microwave option, we're just going to use the oven! In fact, I used this method to make the potatoes shown in these photos. THIS method is ideal if you're looking to make these potatoes in bulk (meal prep for the freezer, for example). The tail-end of the recipe is exactly the same, but we place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake at 375 F for about 45 minutes (or until they too give with a poke) and then let cool.

I hope you love this recipe and find it handy to finally have it written down and not just talked about on Snapchat.  If you're looking for more breakfast inspiration, check out our Loaded Breakfast Fries for a jazzed up version of this simple spud!



10-Minute Breakfast Potatoes

  • Author: Cassy
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • 4 small yellow potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon butter, ghee, or bacon fat
  • 2 teaspoons spice blend of choice (Adobo by Primal Plate is my personal favorite,Meat & Potatoes is a close second)
  • fresh chopped chives for garnish, optional


  1. Microwave method: wrap each potato in 1 very wet paper towel. Microwave all 4 potatoes together on high for 4 minutes, adding time (if needed) until they're soft enough to give with a poke. Let cool to touch.
  2. Oven method: place the potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 375 F for 40 to 45 minutes, or until they're soft. Let cool to touch.
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet and then using the back of a spatula or large spoon, smash the potatoes until they're about 1/2-inch thick. Season liberally with the blend of your choice and then pan sear for about 2 minutes, or until crispy looking, and then flip to cook the other side for the same amount of time.
  4. Add more seasoning, if desired, garnish with the chives, and enjoy warm!

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  1. Jessica says:

    I have been waiting for these! I saw them on snapchat but didn’t write it down … adding it to my breakfast rotation!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Cassy says:

      You’re so welcome!

  2. Sarah says:

    Love this! I saw you make these on snapchat and I was hooked. I’ve been known to nuke a potato or two in my day, but lately I’ve been using the Instant Pot to cook the potatoes (7 min on high pressure). Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Cassy says:

      What a GREAT TIP!! Thanks, Sarah!

  3. Kerri says:

    I microwave a sweet potato every morning to go with my breakfast. Best trick out there!

    1. Cassy says:

      Nice!! Glad to know I’m not alone 😉

  4. Lyndsey Pfeiffer says:

    Yaasss Girl! I have been waiting for these! I saw your pictures of your breakfast, but must have missed the recipe. Thank you!! Love the microwave trick!

    1. Cassy says:

      You’re so welcome!

  5. WOW this is genius! I love homemade hash browns for breakfast, but unfortunately I never have time during the weekday to make them! That is until now!

  6. Misty says:

    Do you freeze them after you smash em or how do you do it? I am not used to freezing potatoes…

  7. Kelley says:

    I’m pretty new to the paleo lifestyle, but I’m wondering – don’t yellow potatoes fall into the non-paleo category? This recipe looks amaazing, and I’d hate to miss out on it if it turns out it’s not paleo compliant.

  8. Ashley says:

    I know I’m a little late to the party, but I LOVE these! I saw a post on your instagram story and came over to find the recipe. I had been eating a gluten-free bread in the morning because I wanted some carbs to have my breakfast fill me up longer, but was never happy eating that every day. I swapped out the bread for one of these tiny bad boys and couldn’t be happier! Much better (and natural) compliment to my bacon, eggs, and greens in the morning. Thank you!

    1. Cassy says:

      I’m so glad you liked them, Ashley!

  9. Celia says:

    Love these! Once you have them you want them with every meal not just breakfast!

    5.0 rating

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Sooo yummy and simple!

  10. Betsy says:

    Oh, these look yummy! Microwave is fine with me in moderation – and who wants to turn the oven on for 45 minutes in San Antonio, right?

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Right! We hope you love them, Betsy!