A Simple Recipe for Vegan Breakfast Home Fries

Seasoned potato wedges. Seasoned with salt and pepper on baking tray and wire rack
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: serves 4
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Classic all-American diner-style vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free breakfast home fries! Who doesn't like a greasy, filling potato fry-up for breakfast, whether you're vegetarian or vegan or not?  Home fries are often confused for hash browns, but this dish is made by dicing potatoes rather than shredding them.

Although potatoes tend to get a bad rap because of their high amount of carbohydrates, the tube has a number of health benefits. It's a great source of potassium, magnesium, iron and vitamin B-6. In addition, potatoes have nearly as much vitamin C as oranges do! Potatoes are even said to help alleviate the symptoms of a hangover. So, if you drank too much the night before, a breakfast of home fries might help.

The nutritional makeup of potatoes goes to show that foods laden with carbohydrates do have advantages. But if you're watching your weight or have a medical condition, such as diabetes, that requires you to limit carbs, don't overindulge in this dish.

Home fries go well with other breakfast foods for vegans and vegetarians, such as a simple tofu scramble, ​a batch of vegan blueberry pancakes or vegan french toast. You can also serve home fries with tofu bacon or sausage and a couple of pieces of regular toast if you're pressed for time.

What You'll Need

  • 3 large potatoes, chopped into 1/2 inch squares
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil for 3 to 5 minutes until the onions are soft and translucent. Note that garlic can burn easily, so be sure not to cook it for too long. You can add the garlic a minute or two after the onion to avoid the risk of burning it.
  2. Add the potatoes and cook until they're tender, stirring frequently. You may need to sample one or two potatoes to determine how tender they are.
  1. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for two to three more minutes. Let the home fries sit for a minute before serving to allow them to cool down.


If you're a fan of spicy food, try adding bell peppers or jalapenos to this dish for extra heat. But if the other people you're preparing the dish for don't share your love of spicy food, make the dish as is but add salsa or hot sauce to your serving.