Paleo Plan

Fried Eggs with Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet potato hash with fried eggs

Makes breakfast for two.

Approximate cooking time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs coconut oil, divided
  • 1 medium sweet potato or yam, diced into 1/2" cubes
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 nitrite/nitrate free sausages, sliced
  • 1 medium bell pepper, diced
  • 4 eggs
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and sweet potatoes, and sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sausages and continue to cook until sausages are browned and sweet potatoes are slightly softened.
  4. Add bell peppers and 1 Tbs of water.
  5. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are completely soft, stirring frequently.
  6. Meanwhile, fried eggs in 1 teaspoon coconut oil.
  7. Season with freshly ground black pepper and serve over sweet potato hash.
Photo courtesy: Rupert Ortiz

30 Comments

  1. Is the sweet potato considered Paleo? I’ve seen it used in a lot of Paleo recipes, but there is a lot of controversy surrounding this

    • Y, that’s a really good question. I’ve taken the position given to me by Scott Hagnas, owner of CrossFit Portland and Paleo eater for almost 7 years now. He doesn’t recommend eating sweet potatoes very often, and usually only as a post-workout meal. However, he was the one who gave me this recipe, so I decided to include it. As I mentioned in the FAQ, there are a lot of foods that are on the highly debated list, and when you encounter one, just judge by what you feel comfortable with. Your personal reasons for eating Paleo will also have a big impact on what foods you eat regardless if they’re 100% Paleo or not. But, if most of the Paleo Plan readers don’t want to eat sweet potatoes, I’ll eliminate them from the plan.

  2. Thanks for the info! I’m just getting into the Paleo/CrossFit world and there is a wealth of information, which leads of course to conflicting info! keep up the good work, I made the turkey meatballs this weekend and created my own Paleo meatloaf using Bison, my boyfriend LOVED them both :)

  3. Stella

    I don’t think Sweet Potatoes are Paleo?

    • Jason G.

      I worked closely with Scott Hagnas of CrossFit Portland, who recommends sweet potatoes occasionally, and as post-workout meals. He is a well-respected voice in the Paleo world, so I trust him.

      Second, check out our FAQ page for more information on “Food X isn’t Paleo.”

  4. katie@siskiyoupt.com

    I love that you add Sweet Potatoes sometimes!!!! Thanks my family is enjoying the new meals.

  5. Paleo or not, this is delicious.

  6. I am thinking about trying this and adding some bacon, I bet it will be spectacular!

  7. sandysean

    I find it interesting that people worry about a sweet potato but have no issues with bacon being Paleo…just a thought.

  8. unan amous

    This is an excellent breakfast! It was pretty quick to make (20 min) tasted nice and sweet (caramelized onion and sweet potato) and was unexpectedly filling.

  9. Aaron

    Sweet potatoes are a great PWO meal. The attempt at a historical paleo reenactment is getting old. They are a great food, and most folks that follow paleo are not only ok with them, but love them to death (especially the purple Japanese variety)

    Have fun, and stay healthy.

  10. Sofia D'Alesio

    The cookies are sooooooooooooooooooooo good they have almond flour and to me they taste like store bought cookies and if you need almond flour you can go to trader joe’s or whole foods

    Stay healthy. Love you paleo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Made the sweet potato hash this morning but decided to leave out the eggs and it was delicious! Next time I make it I will gladly add the eggs and maybe even invite a few guests over for brunch. Great recipe!

  12. lisaannhb29

    Can I use olive oil in place of the coconut oil?

  13. MKMBeaulieu

    Made this with some home-corned (aka chemical-free) brisket instead of sausage for St. Patrick’s Day and it was a hit– kind of a Colors of the Flag Corned Beef Hash with a Paleo base!! No one eating “non-paleo” even noticed the difference… they were too busy stuffing their mouths to ask questions.
    YUM!

  14. rexcrayola

    Don’t you dare remove this recipe. I’m still loving it. Couldn’t wait to share this recipe with everyone I know. thank you……

  15. Justin Gavin

    Very good recipe, very tasty. We added mushrooms and jalepenos and garlic

  16. Sherry Cumpstone

    Only wish all of these wonderful recipes included calorie/fat/carb figures with them.

    • Neely Quinn

      Sherry Cumpstone – If you’re a member of the meal plan and you’re logged in to the site you do get nutritional info at the top of the recipes.

  17. How will I know if a sausage is nitrate free?

  18. benfaulkner

    When the recipe asked for sausage is that like breakfast links (what I uses) or like a kabassa or summer sausage? Btw it’s great with links

  19. Dthorpe

    Is it possible to break up the nutritional data for each item? I.e. hash, and fried eggs vs the entire dish. Thank you

    • Neely Quinn

      Dthorpe – We do all of our nutritional data in http://www.myfitnesspal.com, so you’re welcome to go in there yourself and analyze the data for this recipe however you’d like. It’s a free service.

  20. kalualove

    Please do continue to include at least the occasional sweet potato recipe! I really enjoyed this one. Thank you!

  21. This is great! I was in a bit of a hurry, so I cooked mine a little quicker and mostly on medium-high. I also scrambled the eggs in instead of leaving fried on top (which definitely looks prettier, and I think I would’ve enjoyed the egg whites better this way). Turned out really good and would definitely make again. I used a cajun sausage. Yum!

  22. I just made this and I can NOT believe I have bypassed this recipe for so long! The egg really compliments the already awesome sweet potato hash. This is my newest favorite recipe from this site (and there’s a lot!). Thank you so much for this recipe! Oh–I added a dash of cinnamon and sliced avocado and it kept me full for a really long time!

  23. Angel14181

    Please don’t eliminate this recipe! I made it, yet again, and it’s still my very favorite!

  24. Stephanie

    A lot of the plan includes eggs or the use of eggs. Is there an alternative for those who are allergic? Love the recipes but can’t use some of them. Just curious!

  25. Augie Dog

    A question in the beginning was asked it sweet potato’s are Paleo. My understanding is they are. According to Robb Wolf who wrote the book on Paleo. Why would you think they are not? Read his book and he explains why white potato’s should be avoided and had nothing but good things to say about sweet potato’s. Please let me know if I have been misinformed. My diet consists of sweet potato’s every day. I live in North Carolina and we grow THE BEST Sweet potato’s in the world. I have come up with some amazing ways to fix this wonderful tuber. Roasted chili peppers is one of the ingredients I use and it is simply amazing!! Sorry to ramble but take your hands off my SWEET POTATO’S!!! lololol

  26. This looks delicious! I like making breakfast a day before, so I am looking for breakfast that I can reheat in the morning. Will this work?

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