Bacon-Fried Breakfast Potatoes


Everything is better with bacon! A good down-South breakfast side dish. Don't eat these potatoes everyday for breakfast or you will have a short life! I make these for my family on special occasions like a birthday brunch--and you have to use a cast iron skillet to get these perfect.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled

  • 4 slices thick-sliced bacon

  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning blend (such as Tony Chachere's®), or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder, or to taste

  • 1 cup buttermilk ranch dressing, or to taste


  1. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and then slice into 1/8-inch half moons. Place slices in a bowl of ice water to prevent them from browning while you cook the bacon.

  2. Cook bacon in a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels and crumble when cool enough to handle. Reserve bacon grease in the skillet.

  3. Drain potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning and garlic powder and toss to coat.

  4. Add potatoes to the bacon grease and cook over medium-low hear, stirring occasionally to make sure they aren't burning, until nicely browned with crispy edges and soft insides, 30 to 35 minutes. Cover the pan as needed to speed up the process.

  5. Remove potatoes from the pan. Drizzle with ranch dressing and garnish with bacon crumbles.

Cook's Note:

You should have enough bacon grease to fry the potatoes. If you don't think you have enough, cook a couple more slices of bacon but four usually works for me.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

473 Calories
27g Fat
51g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 473
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 934mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 49mg 244%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 1114mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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