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!
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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!
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!
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.
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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- Banana Pancakes with fresh bananas and maple syrup
- Healthy Banana Muffins sweetened with honey
- Egg Wrap with pesto
- Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies