This Pulled Pork Breakfast Skillet combines juicy leftover pulled pork with potatoes and eggs all fried in a skillet on the stovetop.
One-pan meals are so convenient. I have yet to meet someone who is not a fan of them.
You get protein, veggies and carbs all in the same pan with less dishes to wash! Sounds like a winner meal to me.
This Breakfast Skillet is no exception. Start the day with this one-pan meal that is totally kid-friendly.
It's loaded with your favorite comfort breakfast ingredients like potatoes and eggs.
Nothing makes a morning better than an easy breakfast to look forward to.
This Breakfast Skillet is such an easy one-pan meal that will make the whole family happy.
Start with frying diced potatoes to golden perfection over ghee (dairy-free) or butter. Add already made pulled pork or carnitas and finish that off with some pastured eggs for additional fat and protein and you have a completely balanced breakfast.
That healthy wilted spinach doesn't hurt. You may use baby kale in place of spinach but I wouldn't recommend hardy greens such as collards or curly kale.
And you know if I have any opportunity to add more greens to our recipes, I will. I often add them to soups and stews and almost always in breakfasts.
Pulled Pork Breakfast Hash
Hash breakfasts typically call for meat, potatoes and eggs. This Pulled Pork Breakfast Skillet is a twist on the traditional breakfast hash.
Instead of sausage, we're using leftover pulled pork. You can find an easy Instant Pot Carnitas recipe here that would be great for this breakfast skillet.
Another twist in this Breakfast Skillet is instead of hash potatoes, we're using cubed (more on that below!).
How to Make Skillet Potatoes
You can use any potatoes to make skillet potatoes but my favorites are gold Yukon and red potatoes. They hold their shape beautifully and get golden exterior when cooked on the cast iron.
Instead of hashed potatoes as commonly used in Breakfast Hash, we will be using diced and cooking them fully on the stovetop. When diced into small cubes, potatoes do cook quickly in a cast-iron skillet.
You can also swap gold potatoes with sweet potatoes for extra nutrition. I prefer fresh potatoes rather than frozen - they cook more evenly on the stovetop.
In addition, fresh potatoes are preferred rather than frozen - they cook more evenly on the stovetop.
If you are using frozen potatoes, the cook time is much less than cooking them raw.
That is because frozen potatoes are already cooked. You can use this method to make your own hash browns and freezing them for recipes like this Breakfast Skillet. Instead of grating them, simply dice them and proceed with instructions for freezing.
TIP: It helps to parboil the potatoes ahead of time for an even easier breakfast. Doing this will significantly cut your cooking time in the morning. I like to toss them into my Instant Pot for 4 minutes on manual.
Pulled Pork Keto Breakfast
This Pulled Pork Breakfast Skillet can easily be adapted to fit your keto and low carb lifestyle.
The pulled pork or carnitas are already naturally low carb if you follow this recipe. The only thing in this recipe that is not compliant with a low carb diet are the potatoes.
Even though potatoes are a common breakfast addition, they can easily be swapped with radishes or cauliflower or any other vegetable such as zucchini or asparagus.
To increase the fat content in this recipe, topping this breakfast skillet with some bacon or avocado would be a delicious idea. Learn how to make Homemade Bacon Bits here so you can avoid nasty additives in storebought bacon crumbles.
Can Breakfast Skillet be made with any pulled meat?
One of the best things about this easy breakfast skillet is that it's made with leftover pulled pork or in this case leftover carnitas that was made in the Instant Pot. Get the recipe to Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas here.
Rest assured, this Breakfast Skillet can be made with any pulled meat. That's the beauty of this super flexible and easy breakfast. Pulled chicken, pulled pork, pulled beef would all work in this easy Breakfast Skillet.
One of the best things about this Pulled Pork Breakfast Skillet is that cranking up the oven is not necessary. It's all done on the stovetop with very little effort.
In order for the eggs to set, cover the skillet to give them a chance to steam through but don't overcook them if you prefer a runny yolk.
You may also flip them halfway with a wide spatula to make over-easy eggs.
Helpful Tools for This Breakfast Skillet
Large 12" Cast-Iron Skillet - I use this skillet regularly. It accommodates our family well and I have comfortably cooked up to 8 eggs in this skillet.
Skillet Lid - my cast iron skillet doesn't come with a lid but I use one from a large Dutch oven and it works wonderfully.
Wide Spatula - This inexpensive spatula/turner has been the best kitchen buy. They are so large and the handle is sturdy - I even bought two since I use them so frequently.
Helpful Recipe Links for this Breakfast Skillet
Instant Pot Carnitas - use this recipe for this pulled pork.
How to Make Bacon Bits - Add these bacon bits on top of the breakfast skillet for additional flavor and healthy fats.
How to Make & Freeze Hash Browns - you may use these instructions to make and freeze cubed potatoes if so desired.
Pulled Pork Breakfast Skillet (Paleo, Whole30)
- Heat butter in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add diced potatoes and cook until tender, approximately 6 minutes, flipping them over half way.
- Add pulled pork and stir to heat the pork through.
- Reduce heat to low. Add spinach and stir. Make 4 wells in the pan for the eggs. Add additional fat to the wells if necessary.
- Break in the eggs into the wells. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the skillet and cook on medium-low for approximately 2-3 minutes or until eggs have cooked to desired doneness.
- Uncover and take off heat immediately to stop the eggs from overcooking.
- Garnish with green onions, fresh herbs and red pepper flakes.
- Serve immediately.
- If you can, parboil the potatoes ahead of time for an even easier breakfast. Doing this will significantly cut your cooking time in the morning. The best way is to toss them into an Instant Pot for 4 minutes on manual the night before.
- Pulled pork can be replaced with pulled chicken or pulled beef.
- To make this Breakfast Skillet keto friendly, omit the potatoes or swap them with low carb veggies such as asparagus, cauliflower, or zucchini.
- In order for the eggs to set, cover the skillet and cook on low heat taking care not to overcook them if you prefer a runny yolk. You may also flip them halfway with a wide spatula to make over-easy eggs.