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Crispy home fries are a tasty naturally vegan breakfast potato recipe the whole family will love. They make the perfect pair for your favorite tofu scramble or a great addition to a breakfast taco. Made with only four ingredients, they are a simple recipe that any level cook can accomplish in just 20 minutes.

completed Crispy Home Fries plated on a white plate

Why This Recipe Works

  • A short list of simple ingredients
  • Easy to follow recipe for tasty crisp breakfast potatoes.
  • A tasty breakfast potato recipe that goes with a variety of breakfast dishes.
  • A super adaptable dish that you can use as a way to clean out veggies you have in the fridge.

What Goes Into This Recipe

Four ingredients are all you need! It truly doesn’t get any easier than this breakfast home fries recipe! Here’s what you need:

ingredients for Crispy Home Fries measured out against a white surface
  • Canola oil: The oil is what gives the potatoes a crispy outside texture. You can also use vegetable oil or another neutral oil for cooking the potatoes. 
  • Potato: The simple, humble Russet potato works great for this recipe. 
  • Onion: Use a sweet onion such as Walla walla or Vidalia for the best flavor.
  • Lime: This vegan breakfast potato recipe is unique thanks to the addition of lime juice and zest. 

Variations

Here are some ideas for adding some other flavors to your home fries.

  • Spicy: Add in some diced chilies, cayenne pepper, or red chili flakes.
  • Smoky: Sprinkle with smoked paprika when you season at the end.
  • Bell peppers: Add any color diced bell peppers to cook with onions and potatoes.
  • Sweet potatoes: Swap the white potatoes with diced sweet potatoes. Or use a mix of white and sweet potatoes.
  • Other veggies: Really you can add any veggies you have available. Mushrooms, squash, asparagus, or whatever you enjoy!

How To Make Home Fries

Are you ready? Let’s get cooking! Here’s an overview of the steps to make these vegan breakfast potatoes. Details are in the recipe card.

  • 1) Heat the oil in a skillet.
  • 2) Add the potatoes and onions. Toss the vegetables around to fully coat them with the oil. Cover the skillet with a lid and cook for 10 to 13 minutes. Check and stir them occasionally as they cook.
  • 3) Add a couple of shakes of pepper and salt after cooking for about 6-7 minutes.
  • 4) When the potatoes are tender enough to be split with a spatula without too much effort, take off the lid, and turn up the heat to start browning the potatoes and onions. 
process shot showing potatoes and onions cooking in pan
  • 5) Cook for another 5 to 7 minutes, stirring enough to brown them all over. Squeeze the juice of up to half a lime over the potatoes. You can add more if you want. Add more salt and pepper to taste in the last few minutes of cooking.
process shot of squeezing lime juice into pan
  • 6) Sprinkle the lime zest over the top and serve breakfast potatoes with ketchup or your condiment of choice.

Expert Tips 

  • Don’t skip the lime! It’s the home fries seasoning that makes these vegan breakfast potatoes unique!
  • Stir while cooking. This keeps the potatoes and onions from burning.
  • Cover with a lid. Keeping the heat in the pan will help the potatoes cook more quickly.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to five days. Reheat in a skillet with a bit more oil or spread them on a baking tray and heat in the oven.

FAQs

What is the breakfast potato called?

There are two popular types of breakfast potatoes. Home fries, which are potatoes cut into cubes and cooked in a skillet with onions and sometimes bell pepper. The other is hashbrowns which are made using grated potatoes.

Are potatoes good for breakfast?

Yes! They pair great with a variety of vegan breakfast options and make breakfast heartier and more satisfying.

completed Crispy Home Fries plated on a white plate

What to Serve with Vegan Breakfast Potatoes

Serve up your vegan breakfast potatoes with your favorite vegan breakfast options. We love them with:

Home fries are usually served for breakfast but in my opinion, you can serve them any time! So feel free to add them to your favorite vegan main dishes too!

More Vegan Potato Breakfast Recipes

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

Crispy Home Fries Recipe

5 from 46 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Crispy home fries are a tasty naturally vegan breakfast potato recipe the whole family will love. They make a perfect pair for your favorite tofu scramble or a great addition to a breakfast taco. Made with only four ingredients they are an easy to make recipe that any level cook can accomplish.

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ tablespoons of canola/vegetable oil
  • 1 large russet potato chopped
  • ½ medium sweet onion thinly sliced
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-3 teaspoons of lime juice
  • ½ – 1 teaspoons of lime zest
  • Ketchup optional

Instructions 

  • In a large skillet over low to medium heat, add enough oil to cover the bottom of the skillet.
  • When the oil is heated through after a few seconds, add potatoes and onions. Mix around to coat in oil. Cover with lid and cook for 10 to 13 minutes. Stir occasionally. After 6 or 7 minutes, add a couple shakes of pepper and salt.
  • When the potatoes are tender enough to be split with a spatula without too much effort, take off the lid, and turn up the heat to start browning the potatoes and onions. Cook for another 5 to 7 minutes, stirring enough to brown them all over. During this part, squeeze the juice of up to half a lime in – up to your taste. A minute or two before removing from heat, add more pepper and salt to taste.
  • Serve it up with ketchup if you want to keep it classy and classic. Also, grate some lime zest right on top.

Notes

  • Don’t skip the lime! It’s the home fries seasoning that makes these vegan breakfast potatoes unique!
  • Stir while cooking. This keeps the potatoes and onions from burning.
  • Cover with a lid. Keeping the heat in the pan will help the potatoes cook more quickly.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to five days. Reheat in a skillet with a bit more oil or spread them on a baking tray and heat in the oven.

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gSodium: 35mgPotassium: 873mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2mg

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Additional Info

Author: Matthew Smith
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Method: Stovetop
Diet: Vegan
Keywords: breakfast potatoes, crispy home fries, easy recipes, home fries, potato recipes, quick breakfast, vegan breakfast potatoes, vegan potato recipe, vegan potatoes, vegetarian recipes
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About

Matthew Smith

A former math teacher, Matt is now cooking up food in a vegan restaurant in Berkeley, CA. More than 5 years into his vegan journey, he loves sharing tasty, compassionate, and healthful food with friends and family–and strangers, too, sometimes!

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these last night for a vegan breakfast for dinner and they were delicious. I followed the recipe exactly as described and it worked perfectly. This will definitely be in my recipe rotation now. Thanks

  2. 5 stars
    Love the addition of lime in these crispy home fries. We made these to go with vegan burgers, and it was so good!

  3. 5 stars
    Great potato dish! I love the addition of fresh lime in this recipe! I grow a lot of potatoes so I will make this dish regularly!