Egg Skillet

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Egg Skillet is a hearty breakfast dish that has it all – crispy potatoes, soft onions, peppers, eggs, and ham (or bacon) – all made together in one skillet! This easy Egg Skillet is packed with good ingredients, and is  filling and easy to make.

Make sure to try this smoked sausage hash or ham and cheese quiche next! This quiche Lorraine is another favorite breakfast recipe!

Overhead image of Egg Skillet, still in the skillet with a wooden spoon in it, ready to be served.

Egg Skillet

This Country Breakfast Egg Skillet is such a fun and easy breakfast to make…with so many delicious flavors packed in!

I call this the “all-in-one” breakfast… it has all the best parts of a big breakfast in one recipe: eggs, potatoes, ham or bacon, and CHEESE. The onions, red bell peppers, and potatoes sizzle until soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, then the ham and eggs get scrambled in, followed by (a large amount of) melty cheese.

This breakfast skillet tastes wonderful as is, and is just as perfect when stuffed in tortilla and rolled into a breakfast burrito. The best part about this incredibly flavorful, crisp, cheesy, eggy, ham, flavor-packed egg skillet is that it only takes one pan to make!

Process shots-- images of the fresh veggies being sautéed; the eggs being whisked and combined with seasonings.

How to make Egg Skillet from scratch

  • Meat: Consider two options for this skillet breakfast: ham or bacon. If you have leftover ham, dice it up and add it in or you can buy store-bought cubed ham. Alternatively, if using bacon, you’ll want to cook that first and then set it aside to cool.
  • Veggies: The pepper, onion, and potatoes go in the pan next. We’re going for a crisp-tender texture, meaning that the veggies are “tender” (your teeth can easily sink all the way through) and “crisp” meaning there is still a slight crunch and that the veggies still have structure. Stir the veggies often to keep them from getting too browned on one side.
  • Eggs: When you finish the veggies, transfer them to a plate while we cook the eggs. I absolutely love the method I share below for soft-scrambling eggs. They end up perfectly soft scrambled every single time! Of course, if you like your eggs more well done, cook them longer, but we love them still a bit wet and shiny. 
  • Finishing touches: Once you’re done cooking the meat, veggies, and eggs, toss them together with cheese. Use freshly grated cheese to avoid greasy ingredients or clumping (packaged cheese has a cellulose coating that can cause it to get greasy). Garnish with fresh herbs if desired and eat as close to finishing as possible!

Process shots of the eggs being cooked in a skillet with butter.

How to cook eggs in a skillet

This is my absolute favorite and foolproof way to cook eggs in a skillet:

  • Add butter to a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Tip and rotate the skillet to coat the bottom of the pan with the melted butter.
  • As soon as the butter is melted, pour the whisked egg mixture into the skillet. Swirl the skillet to get the eggs in one layer covering the bottom of the pan.
  • Let stand for 30 seconds without touching.
  • Use a silicone spatula to push the eggs to one side and immediately tilt the skillet to get the uncooked eggs to fill the empty section of the pan. Continue to press the eggs gently to the other side of the pan and tilt the pan to move any uncooked eggs to the cooking surface.
  • Break up large clumps of egg with the spatula and then transfer to a plate to keep them from over cooking.

Can you cook eggs in a cast iron pan?

I highly recommend a nonstick skillet for this particular recipe, to keep the eggs from sticking or getting messy. That said, you can cook it all in a cast iron pan; in fact, the Kitchn details all the tips and tricks to doing so.

Keep in mind that cast iron pans hold their heat. So, as soon as eggs are added, turn the heat all the way to low; the heat from the pan will continue to keep the eggs hot until they are scrambled.

Overhead image of the Egg Skillet on a plate with fresh parsley on top ready to be eaten.

Tips for making your Egg Skillet breakfast

  • Use a large nonstick skillet for best results.
  • Don’t forget to season! Salt and pepper go a long way to help this dish reach its flavor potential.
  • Egg Skillet is very versatile, so feel free to add any other toppings you love such as some extra ham/bacon, sour cream, chopped parsley or cilantro, salsa, etc.
  • Add some spice by adding a few drizzles of hot sauce to the skillet or individual plates.

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Egg Skillet

5 from 2 votes
This hearty breakfast Egg Skillet has it all - crispy potatoes, soft onions, peppers, eggs, and ham (or bacon) - all made together in one skillet! These easy egg skillet is packed with good ingredients, filling, and simple to make.
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Egg Skillet

5 from 2 votes
This hearty breakfast Egg Skillet has it all - crispy potatoes, soft onions, peppers, eggs, and ham (or bacon) - all made together in one skillet! These easy egg skillet is packed with good ingredients, filling, and simple to make.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword egg skillet
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 295kcal
Cost $4.91

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, separated
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper, optional
  • 1/3 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cups cubed red potatoes, scrubbed clean (peel if desired; I leave peel on)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk, half and half, or heavy cream (I use heavy cream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, optional
  • 1 cup diced ham (or 7 slices cooked, crumbled bacon) (See Note 1)
  • 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Optional: fresh parsley or cilantro, finely chopped

Instructions

  • PREP: Coarsely chop the onion and red pepper; we don't want these finely diced but chopped to about 1/2 inch pieces. Wash and dry the red potatoes. Peel if desired ( I leave the peel on). Cut into small pieces; about 1/2 inch. The potatoes need to be small to get tender in time and onions/pepper large enough they don't burn in the time it takes to cook the potatoes.
  • BACON: If using instead of ham, See Note 1.
  • ONION, PEPPER, AND POTATOES: In a very large nonstick skillet (12 inches) heat 4 tablespoons butter to medium heat. When the butter has melted, add in the prepared red pepper, onion, and potatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and cook over medium heat for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. If anything begins to burn, turn down the heat, if it's not sizzling and cooking, slightly increase the heat. Once done (crisp on the outsides, tender on insides), empty the veggies onto a plate to sit while we cook the eggs.
  • EGGS: Combine the eggs, milk (or half-and-half or heavy cream), Cajun seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Briskly whisk with a fork to beat air into the eggs and mix until smooth and combined. In the empty skillet, add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and heat to medium high. Use a silicone spatula to spread the butter to coat the skillet. As soon as the butter is melted, pour the eggs into one even layer. Let stand for 30 seconds without touching. Then use the spatula to push the eggs from one side of the skillet to the other, tipping the skillet so uncooked eggs fill the empty space of the skillet. Continue this process until eggs are cooked, but still slightly wet and shiny. Do not over-cook/over scramble. As soon as the eggs are set, empty on top of the potatoes. Let pan slightly cool and then return to the burner at low heat.
  • CHEESE: Transfer all the food from the plate back in the skillet and top with the freshly grated cheese. Stir to melt the cheese. Taste and adjust any seasonings as needed. Transfer to plates and top with chopped bacon or ham.
  • SERVE: Serve immediately or stuff into tortillas to make breakfast burritos.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Option to use bacon or ham; use 1 cup chopped leftover/cooked ham OR 6-7 slices of bacon.
If using bacon (instead of ham), cook the bacon before preparing the vegetables or eggs. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate and wipe out the skillet. Coarsely chop the bacon once it's cool enough to handle.
If using ham, just stir it in to heat through at the end of cooking the potatoes/peppers/onions and then transfer to the plate. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 295kcal

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8 Comments

  1. Sounds good. I make something similar using frozen Potatoes O’Brien, sausage, eggs and cheese. Might be another option to try.

    1. So glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks for trying out so many of my recipes and leaving comments! 🙂

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