Sausage, Egg and Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet

Note from Sarah: We recently introduced Rachel as part of our EverydayPaleo team.  You can learn more about her on the about page.  

As all of you moms and dads out there can imagine, most of my mornings consist of me rushing around the house getting kids dressed, making lunches and trying to get some food in everyone’s bellies before we all head out of the house for the day.  During the week breakfast normally looks like scrambled eggs and fruit in multiple varieties, because let’s face it, it’s fast and easy. Thankfully everyone in my house likes scrambled eggs so I don’t get many complaints, but when the weekend rolls around I take advantage of the extra time we all have together and try to make something more special and fun and…well…YUMMY!


This breakfast skillet is SO good and even though it takes a bit more time to prepare it really is quite easy. I have made this dish on several occasions including one of our camping trips last summer. It was a huge hit! Most of my family and friends are not on the Paleo bandwagon so they were very intrigued by my use of sweet potatoes in a breakfast dish. They all looked at the concoction with questions and interest and then dug right in! Everyone loved it, because come on…what’s not to love!

Sausage, Egg and Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet

5 cups sweet potato, grated

1 cup yellow onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 pound ground pork breakfast sausage

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

6 egg

2 Tbsp coconut oil

Sliced avocado (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Turn stove on medium high heat and melt 2 Tbsp coconut oil in a cast iron skillet.
  3. When oil is hot add onion and cook onion until soft and translucent.  Add garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Add sausage to onion in skillet and cook until the sausage is cooked through and crumbly.
  5. Add grated sweet potato, salt and pepper to onion and sausage mixture, continue cooking until sweet potato is soft and just cooked through, 3-4 minutes. Stir frequently.  Sweet potato should still hold its grated appearance and not get mushy. Be sure not to overcook as the mixture will have more cook time in the oven.
  6. When mixture is cooked through, turn off heat.
  7. With a spoon create 6 wells in sweet potato and sausage mixture. Crack 1 egg in each well.
  8. Place skillet in oven for approximately 5-8 minutes depending on desired firmness of your egg.

To serve, scoop onto a plate and garnish with sliced avocado.

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  1. Becky M says

    I’m going camping this weekend and am intrigued! Did you just cook it over the fire in the cast iron skillet?

    • Rachel says

      I cooked in cast iron over a camp stove (but a camp fire would work well too). I covered in foil after cracking the eggs in the pan to create some steam and speed up cooking.

      • Karina says

        Hi Rachel. So to be clear on the Paleo diet, are we supposed to eat meat for breakfast, lunch & dinner? Everyday? What about eggs? Can eggs be eaten daily too? Or how many times per week etc? Also, I get that grains are excluded but what about beans? Are beans considered a grain too? Thanks!

        • says

          Yes, you can eat meat and eggs everyday and with every meal. Beans are considered a legume, not a grain, however, legumes are also problematic and are best avoided. I suggest reading my FAQ page for more information, my first book, Everyday Paleo, The Paleo Solution bye Robb Wolf, and The Paleo Coach by Jason Seib; all books that will help you better understand this lifestyle. Hope that helps!! : )

  2. Megan says

    I would say the recipe serves 6 people…with the 6 eggs. Or if you’re a 2 egg/person kind of guy…then it would serve 3 people.

  3. Coralee says

    Hi Rachel,
    About making this delicious concoction for camping, did you have the sweet potatoes shredded before the trip or on sight?
    can’t wait to try this!

    • Rachel says

      Coralee, I prepped the onion and sweet potatoes before hand to make it easier. I shredded the potatoes and actually froze them a night or two before our trip and then threw them in the ice chest for the weekend while camping!

  4. says

    When I first started eating Paleo I really missed hash brown potatoes. This looks yummy and I am sure will make up for my “hash browns”.

  5. Beulah says

    We regularly have sweet potatoes for breakfast! Sometimes I make a frittata, but my boys’ favorite is apple and sweet potato hash. I grate a sweet potato, an apple and a bit of smoked turkey sausage. Once that bit is done, I scramble in some egg. It’s so good!

  6. Winfield says

    I cannot get past the sunny side egg effect, its there any other way to cook the eggs? I am just beginning Paleo and this dishes sounds great once I get past the eggs.

  7. Brittany says

    This sounds amazing!!! I cannot wait to try it, and I am super excited about having a new camping meal!!

  8. Brittany says

    Might I say that this was amazing, and even my husband (total shocker) LOVED it and requested it again this morning for breakfast!! Thank you so much!! The more I cook things he likes that are paleo the more likely he will be to jump on board with me!

  9. says

    OK, mouth is watering! Sarah, I never have taken the time to thank you for your blog and first cookbook, Everyday Paleo Cookbook. This was the second Paleo book we purchased (First was The Paleo Solution) and it quickly became tattered and torn (lovingly so) as we plowed through new recipes all of the time. Thank you so much for the information, recipes and motivation to keep us energized! We have really transitioned to a paleo lifestyle and have never felt healthier. Life is way more enjoyable when you feel good all of the time!

    Dave Burke

  10. Angie says

    Also new to Paleo lifestyle and I am transitioning the whole family. Everyone LOVED this. Both of my pickey eater kids ate it up!

  11. Chelsea Carey says

    I prepare mine with ground bison instead of sausage and then stick it in the fridge (minus the eggs) as leftovers, then every morning scoop some out in a pan and make a fresh egg for breakfast. It’s so good!

  12. Charity says

    This is going to sound like a stupid question but did you grate the sweet potato with the skin on?? or off??

  13. Katie says

    I just made this for breakfast today and it was great! I have a question regarding sweet potatos if anyone can help me out. I’m cooking for myself but also my boyfriend who is bulking up right now as he gains muscle. It’s important that he gets a certain amount of calories, so we count the best we can. I have seen so much conflicting information about the calorie count of sweet potatoes.. They are all different sizes and types, I don’t know what the average size is. I used one 1 lb sweet potato for this recipe and it shredded into 5 cups.. so did I use a large sweet potato? The size seems average to me but I’ve definitely seen smaller ones at places like Trader Joe’s. Does anyone have any input? Thanks!

  14. Kate says

    I made this recipe on Sunday, dishing it into 6 individual servings and making the egg fresh each morning. Perfect for my 4:30am wake-ups- a great tasting breakfast that was quick and stayed with me during my morning sessions!

  15. Valarie Thayer says

    I have been doing Paleo since January and jave lost 30 lbs and 3 dress sizes just getting healthier. My doctor did blood work and was thrilled with the results. I have been borderline hyper tension since my 6 yrs old daughter was born in Sept 2006. My blood pressure has been steadily going down since I have been doing Paleo and when i went the to the dr’s on 6/6/13 it was 104/62 which is the lowest is has been, my Dr was thrilled. He wants me to keep doing what I am doing. (BTW I was 90 lbs over wieght I am 5″ 6″ and accordingly I would like to get down to 150 lbs which is where I feel and look healthiest. So June 3rd I started the whole30 to detox any sugars again in my system. I have been using natural sugars. But I have hit a platue and my weight won’t budge. I was looking for a simple sweet potato hash recipe I could make for breakfast and I came across your recipe. I am so excited this recipe was so simple and easy to do. And I really love the flavors as they meld together. This is definitly a whole30 recipe I will make again and again as I detox. Like you, I am a busy mom and I work outside of the home, and we like to camp as well so you have given me some freedom that is exciting and much welcomed. Thank you for your blog and for sharing this recipe. :-)

  16. Don says

    Hey there. I’m not a paleo eater as I do a bit of dairy and legumes but I have a question about coconut oil.

    What gives? A lot of paleo recipes I see use coconut oil but the stuff is supposed to not be good for you. So why use it in the first place? I feel safer with what’s traditionally a safer oil like canola and olive oil. If one were to use a ‘safer’ oil, what would you recommend.

    BTW the recipe looks bomb. Can’t wait to try it next weekend for Sunday lunch.

    • Stacy says

      Canola oil is one of the worst oils you can use. The best are coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. You use coconut oil when you cook with high heat. Olive oil is more for low heat or as a dressing.

  17. says

    Great recipe! I’v made something similar to this. It was a Chipotle Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs. My wife and I were discussing that pork sausage would be great with the recipe, and now we found this! Looking forward to trying this.

  18. Ulyana says

    Made this dish last Saturday. Boyfriend and I both loved it. We used a spicy Italian sausage and the combination of the sweet potato and the spicy meat was surprisingly good!
    I cannot wait to try your other recipes. Thank you!

  19. Cindi says

    This is delicious!

    My oldest daughter and I are trying the paleo way of eating to see if we can lose weight and get my blood sugar and blood pressure down. They aren’t bad, but they are in the “pre”s.

    I fixed this for supper tonight and my 7 yr old grandson even liked it! And that is saying something! He is NOT one for trying new food items. And I loved it and I didn’t think I liked sweet potatoes!

    I did add in some chopped fresh sweet bell peppers (red and yellow because I didn’t have green too) for a little spark of more color. The kids and hubby didn’t even say a word!

    This will go on our menu rotation.

    Hubby approved rofl..

  20. Miranda says

    Has anyone trying mixing the sausage/sweet potato mixture with beaten eggs prior to putting it in the oven? Is like to try it (so that the result is more of a casserole) but I’m not sure how long it’s need to cook for… Or if it’d be any good! Any experience with this?

  21. Christina Pardo says

    Made this dish today and it was awesome. I used a spicy chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s and it really made the dish pop. It gave the dish and overall sweet and spicy note. However, I can still imagine it being very good with the pork sausage.

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