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Sweet Potato and Egg Skillet

I try to incorporate nutritious sweet potatoes in my meals as often as possible, especially with breakfast. This recipe originated with the purpose of feeding my family a healthy, hearty breakfast...and it worked! —Jeanne Larson, Mission Viejo, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and shredded (about 4 cups)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper


  • In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, heat the butter over low heat. Add sweet potatoes, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and thyme; cook, covered, until potatoes are almost tender, 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach just until wilted, 2-3 minutes.
  • With the back of a spoon, make 4 wells in potato mixture. Break an egg into each well. Sprinkle eggs with pepper and remaining salt. Cook, covered, on medium-low until egg whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 5-7 minutes.

Test Kitchen tips
  • If you like your eggs sunny-side up, leave the pan uncovered while they cook.
  • Break the eggs into a small dish before adding to the pan. It’s easier to remove stray shell pieces if they get into the egg.

  • Health tip: With the sweet potatoes and spinach, this dish meets the daily requirement for vitamin A.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 224 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 201mg cholesterol, 433mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1 medium-fat meat.

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    • Bland4
      Apr 11, 2020

      So delicious and ideal for a brunch. Peeling and shredding the potatoes the night before makes this a very quick and easy breakfast. I love the savory flavor of thyme so I little bit more along with the garlic. Yum-Yum!

    • Amanda
      Oct 16, 2019

      This was so yummy! I added a diced onion-soo good!

    • Tomcatlover
      Apr 17, 2019

      Tasted good- didn’t use butter, only spray, to save calories.

    • sgronholz
      Jan 28, 2019

      My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this breakfast skillet! I added extra thyme and garlic, and cooked the potatoes just until they started to get a little crispy. I can't wait to make it again!

    • Mike
      Dec 24, 2018

      This is really healthy but it just isn't very tasty. It's not BAD, it just isn't delicious. Bacon or chopped ham would help and so would sauted onions. If you cover the pan to finish the eggs they cook fast - less that 4 minutes.