How to make breakfast potatoes – The one cup breakfast

by chefmancave

Learn how to make breakfast potatoes in less than 5 minutes. Fresh, hot and almost no cleanup. Stop eating your breakfast from a bag and try the one cup breakfast.

We all enjoy a hot breakfast. One of the challenging aspects of cooking breakfast is the breakfast potato. Fast food places take frozen breaded slabs of potatoes and deep fry them. Restaurants will grab a handful of prepared hash browns and toss them on the griddle. When I first started to cook, I tried to master the breakfast potato. In typical ManCave style, I failed miserably. I discovered it is hard to go from a raw potato to well-cooked hash browns. Eventually, I learned how to make breakfast potatoes perfectly every time.

The Secret Revealed

How to Make Breakfast Potatoes Perfectly
  • Step 1 - Cut fresh potatoes into cubes.
  • Step 2 - Place potato cubes in a microwave-safe bowl. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the bowl.
  • Step 3 - Cook in microwave for 2 minutes. Times may need to be adjusted depending on the microwave and the amount of potatoes.
  • Step 4 - Lightly sprinkle seasoning on top of the potatoes. Cook for another 15-20 seconds.
  • Step 5 - Taste one potato cube. It should be soft, not crunchy. If crunchy, cook for another 10-15 seconds. At this point, you can serve the breakfast potatoes.

You are finished!

As a final touch, you can fry the potatoes in a skillet or bake the potatoes in the oven with a small amount of oil to give the potatoes a crispy coating.

The One Cup Breakfast Recipe

The One Cup Breakfast Recipe

Prep time 2 min  -  Total time 5 min
Ingredients for 1 serving
1 or 2 small potatoes cut into cubes  • 2 Heat & Serve sausage links cut into cubes  • 1 Large egg  • 1 ounce of shredded cheddar cheese  • Dash of seasoning (choose your favorite)

Step One

Step One

Fill a coffee cup halfway with potato cubes. Add 1 tablespoon of water. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave.

Step Two

Step Two

Mix in cut sausage links and seasonings. Put 1 egg on top. Important: Do not mix in egg. Cook in microwave for 30 - 45 seconds.

Step Three

Step Three

Remove from microwave. Cover with shredded cheddar cheese. Cook in microwave for 30 seconds.

Step Four

Step Four

Remove from microwave. Let cool for 30 - 60 seconds.

Step Five

Step Five

Eat directly from the cup.


The One Cup Breakfast. Easy, simple, hot and delicious. Cleanup is a breeze. Can be made at home, at work or wherever there is a microwave and a coffee cup. I have even made this recipe in a hotel room.

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (4 Votes)

Extensions to the Perfect Breakfast Potato Method

Besides making great breakfast potatoes, the cooked potato cubes can be used in many other ways and in other recipes. Here are few suggestions:

  • We love our French fries. Place a large batch of cooked potato cubes on flat baking pan. Drizzle on olive oil. (other oils work also) Place in preheated oven (350 degrees) for 15-30 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle on favorite seasonings and allow to cool. Serve in place of French fries.
  • Traditionally you do not find many leafy salads that include potatoes. Lightly coat the potato cubes with hot sauce. Allow to stand for 10-15 minutes. Add to your favorite salad recipe. Skip the high gluten croutons and get your carbohydrates from the potato cubes.
  • Use a batch of potato cubes to make a cheesy potato casserole. Since the cubes are already cooked you can have the cheesy potato casserole done in less than 15 minutes.

Choosing the Right Potato

It does make a difference...

Good cooks will tell you that different varieties of potatoes cook and bake differently. Over the years I have found that certain potatoes create better breakfast potato cubes. Two potato varieties stand out as the best: White and Yukon Gold. Most other varieties have a slightly darker color and tend to cook much softer.

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Updated: 11/28/2013, chefmancave
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Guest on 07/02/2017

I love the red potato, but will eat ant and all type. This is a great breakfast, will try soon!

chefmancave on 06/30/2015

Even though they cost a lot more, "Baby Yukon Gold" potatoes are my favorite. I use them in stews, soup, and love grilling them.

blackspanielgallery on 06/27/2015

I agree that different varieties of [otatos will cook differently.

chefmancave on 12/12/2013

I am proud to say that I have eaten at fast food places only 3 times in 2013 and 7 times in 2012. If I am forced to eat fast food, I try to find a Taco Bell and order a bean burrito minus the cheese.

chefmancave on 12/12/2013

"Wa la" is actually spelled "voila". One those stupid facts. I love crushed red peppers but I tend to overuse them in my recipes. I am trying to wean myself off of them. I am exploring the flavor of the food versus the flavor of the spice.

katiem2 on 12/12/2013

Spice, I forgot my spice comments. I love spice, my daughter does as well she puts red pepper in her tuna. She actually likes to cook. She makes rice balls with sushi rice, tuna with red pepper and a narrow strip of sea weeed and wa la she's good to go

katiem2 on 12/12/2013

YUK! Fast Food is NO Good!

chefmancave on 12/08/2013

@Katiem2 - Ahhh, the teenage daughter. I once had a teenage girl turn her nose up at my Greek Lemon Chicken with roasted garlic potatoes. What did she want instead? Chicken McNuggets and an order of french fries. LOL

katiem2 on 12/06/2013

This is fantastic, my 15 year old insist on eating those breakfast bowls, these will be so much better for her including real food I buy from organic grocers, So thrilled to have ran across you here. Welcome to the community.

chefmancave on 12/05/2013

Whew! Thanks. I thought I had to learning how to fish. LOL

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