Sometimes I wake up and crave a nice greasy American breakfast. I usually come to my senses when I realize that American breakfast food just makes me feel groggy and wanting to go back to bed. When I crave a delicious breakfast now, I make some form of skillet potatoes with lots of extra virgin olive oil!  This is one of my favorite Mediterranean breakfast recipes because of how the potatoes and onions get nice and crispy and the spices perfectly compliment the rich runny yolk. There’s something amazing about the spices and olive oil that help create a beautiful crust with the potatoes and onions.

I recommend cooking this in a cast iron skillet. The heat is spread evenly which helps to crisp up the potatoes nicely. Also, you can present the recipe right in the cast iron skillet and serve it from there.

Keys to this recipe:

  1. Cutting the potatoes thin so they don’t take forever to cook through.
  2. Only cutting enough potatoes for a single layer in the pan.
  3. Turning down the heat to medium-low after you add the spices so the olive oil doesn’t reach its smoke point.

I thought about doing this recipe as an omelet but instead kept the poached egg idea because I love the runny yolks. It’s also easier for me because I don’t have to worry about flipping an omelet and destroying it mid-flip. If you wanted to make this an omelet, fry the potatoes, onions, and spices like normal until the potatoes are cooked through, and then add the 5 eggs whisked. I would also add feta, cheddar, provolone, or mozzarella cheese. If you make this omelet, let me know how it comes out!

Also, if you don’t want the eggs sunny side up, you can turn on the broiler in your oven, place your skillet on the top rack in the oven and broil off the top of the eggs for about a minute.  This way you can make your eggs over medium or over hard if desired.

Let us know if you like the recipe and please rate and review after you try it!

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Mediterranean Skillet Potatoes with Poached Eggs

George Zikos
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 445 kcal


  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2-3 potatoes, washed and sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • dash of ground coriander
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


  • Using a cast-iron skillet, turn heat to medium and add olive oil. Wait 3 minutes for the oil to heat up. Add potatoes in a single layer.
  • Fry potatoes for 5 minutes until starting to brown on one side. Add onions to the pan and flip the potatoes. Fry for 5 more minutes.
  • Add salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and coriander. Flip the potatoes around to evenly coat the spices. Turn heat to medium-low.
  • Cook for another 10-15 minutes or until all the potatoes are cooked through, flip every 2 minutes or so.
  • Crack the eggs on top. Season with a little more salt, pepper, and oregano. Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until yolks are cooked to your liking. Runny yolk is the way to go here but to each their own!
  • Sprinkle a little more paprika on top for garnish and presentation.


Calories: 445kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 13gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 273mgSodium: 309mgPotassium: 774mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 578IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 3mg
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About the Author: George Zikos
George studied International Business in Greece in 2015 for three semesters. His family is from the island of Crete, and he lived with them for a whole summer. During that time, he started working for Mediterranean Living and contributing his firsthand experiences of the traditional Cretan diet. He learned fluent Greek along the way, being fully immersed in a traditional Cretan village. He is since graduated with a business degree from Worcester State University. George loves language and traveling, so he completed a TEFL certificate program at the Boston Language Institute in order to teach English abroad and travel the world. He currently works full-time blogging, recipe formulating, and social media marketing for Mediterranean Living. His passions include language, gardening, hiking, skateboarding, and watching sports. He dreams of living in Crete one day, after he travels the world learning as many languages and cultures as possible.


  1. Lonnie February 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Sounds delicious. Making this frittata style would be delicious too with scrambled eggs. Or bake the eggs after cracking open. I’m going to try this recipe both ways!

    • George Zikos February 17, 2019 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Let me know how the frittata comes out. Great idea. Thanks for commenting!

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