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Easy Sweet Potatoes + Eggs

Are you ready for a 3 ingredient meal?  I bet you are after all the cooking + eating last week, right?

Easy Sweet Potatoes + Eggs |

Welcome to my new favorite lunch.  And breakfast.  And dinner. 

Also, welcome to my new favorite kitchen tool: The Julienne Peeler

Holy smokes am I in love.  I’ve been shredding sweet potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and butternut squash on the daily.  I’m addicted. 

Easy Sweet Potatoes + Eggs |

This meal happened on a whim last week due to a minimally stocked pantry and fridge and not much time.  I really never had any intention of sharing it here, but after the first bite I knew it was worthy of a post.

Simplicity in food.


Easy Sweet Potatoes + Eggs |

There are a million things you could add to this dish…spinach, mushrooms, garlic, onion, bell peppers, and the list goes on.

However, the only necessary ingredients are sweet potatoes, eggs, a few shavings of your favorite sharp cheese, and salt + pepper.

Easy Sweet Potatoes + Eggs |

The best part about this meal?  Okay, there are about 5 best parts—but—my favorite is that the sweet potatoes cook in only 10 minutes and the eggs take just a few minutes longer on the stovetop and then under the broiler.

The second best part?  By the time the eggs are finished cooking the bottom of the sweet potatoes become crisped and hold together almost completely from the egg white running underneath and the cheese on top.  Texture perfection if you ask me.

Easy Sweet Potatoes + Eggs |

Print this!

Easy Sweet Potatoes + Eggs gluten-free // yields 1 entrée sized serving or 2 side servings

  • 2 teaspoons unrefined coconut oil, or ghee
  • 1 medium/large sweet potato or yam, washed + ends cut
  • 3 large eggs
  • shredded goat cheddar cheese, or other sharp cheese
  • salt + pepper

Julienne your sweet potato [or use the large holes on a grater].  Heat a 9-10-inch skillet that is oven safe over medium and add your coconut oil.  Once hot place the sweet potato in the pan and stir frequently until done to your liking.  About 8-12 minutes.

Set your oven to broil on high.  Spread the sweet potato evenly around the pan and create 3 small wells for the eggs.  Crack eggs one at a time and pour into each well.  Let cook for about 2-3 minutes until the white just starts to solidify and turn opaque.  Sprinkle with cheese and place under the broiler, watching closely, until eggs are cooked to your liking.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, hold the pan at an angle over a plate, and slide out of the pan with a large metal spatula.  Serve immediately. 

Easy Sweet Potatoes + Eggs |

You can probably tell from the photos that the egg in back broke as I poured it into the pan which meant it was a little more well done at the end. 

Things happen.  Nothing is perfect.  Still completely devourable. 


Reader Comments (36)

Holy smokes! I need that julienne peeler!! This looks awesome!
This looks so good, can't wait to try it out. My recent favorite has been re-fried beans with eggs and cheese on corn tortillas mmm...
December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTova
You never cease to amaze me. Holy moly, Ashley!
I am intrigued by the julienne peeler. what brand is it? Can't wait to try this.
December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Yum! This looks amazing! Thanks for the great breakfast idea! :)
December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCelsey
I need one of those peelers! This meal is fantastic!
December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
that looks delicious!!
December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLivi
i lived off roasted butternut squash and fried eggs. Oh this sweet potato with grated cheese sounds heavenly.
December 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdixya
Can you please post a link to your specific Julienne peeler? The ones I googled look a little different and I really prefer yours as opposed to the ones where the blade is perpendicular to the handle. (and I like the color!)
December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKwan
Love the idea. Never saw that peeler. What brand is it? Thanks!
December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarina
@Karina - It's the one Kim posted the link to above your comment: Although, any julienne peeler will work!
December 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Yum! Love this. Adding it to my sweet potato recipe list.
December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterC.
I've fallen in love with many kitchen tools/appliances in my day. I think I may kiss my new slow cooker.
This looks insanely delicious, and easy, which makes it more delicious. That's how my brain works!
December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRosey Rebecca
I've got a julienne peeler but it never seemed very useful so it got stuffed in the back of the drawer. I think it's time to find it again and try out this recipe - it looks just like my kind of thing.
December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGlenda @ Healthy Stories
FYI...This peeler is only for right handed great Amazon reviews and was all set to buy it and then came to a review that said only her non cook, right-handed husband could use it...I returned to the picture of the peeler and indeed it is only for right-handed use...sure hope they come out with this useful gadget for us lefties!
December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJerilyn
@Jerilyn - There are numerous brands/types of julienne peelers and many that are not hand specific:
December 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Hi Ashley...thanks for taking the time to post the helpful info on other peelers!!!
December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJerilyn
Amazing. On of my go-to lunches or dinners is a baked sweet potato with a fried egg or two.
December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammela
Oooh that peeler. Adding it to my christmas list. Also, adding this dish to my dinner list.
December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Made this for dinner tonight with leftover cubed, peeled butternut squash and it was perfectly, simple and just so so good! I just pulsed the cubes in my food processor until they were a small dice and followed the rest of the recipe as stated. Totally my new go-to easy, healthy dish!
December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby
i love how the best ideas are sometimes the simplest. i cannot wait to make this dish... this weekend!!
December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica (bakecetera)
This meal idea looks delicious!
December 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentereyeandpen
Woo!!! What a nice recipe. I will have a try as soon as possible.
December 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdragon well tea
A julienne peeler... now that's a toy I gotta have. And this recipe - brilliance in simplicity. I love it, gotta try it too.
December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua Hampton
Ah, I have a peeler very similar to that one and I love it. Using it for these sweet potato fritters is my FAV ( are amazing!! I sometimes use a mix of rice and besan flour, and add in some spices (chili powder, cumin) too. They reheat perfectly and also go great with eggs for breakfast. Just thought I'd add on to your/my obsession :)
December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
YUM!! Thank you!!!!! What a fantastic post, beautiful and delicious recipe. I am so delighted!
December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicki C
Mmm I just made this but added some bacon to the frying process initially. So so good. This will become a staple for my dinner!
December 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana
I've been dreaming about this recipe all day long and made it for dinner. I used my LeCruset frying pan, which is cast iron. I shredded the sweet potatoes with a box grater because I didn't have your peeler. Even though I used extra oil, the potatoes kept sticking to the pan. Def. did not slide out of the pan. Did I stir too often? Any suggestions? It was very tasty, but didn't look at good as yours.
January 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
@Julie - Do you keep your cast iron skillet well seasoned or do you wash it after each use? If your skillet is seasoned the potatoes shouldn't stick too much. I've been making it 1-2x a week for the past month and a half and sometimes it slides out easier than others. If it's sticking I'll remove it section by section. So, if I made it with 3 eggs I kind of cut in between all of them, slide my spatula underneath, and lift them off the pan separately. They're always pretty easy to remove for me. I don't think stirring too much would cause this to happen. I have a feeling it's something with your pan. Glad it was tasty!! :)
January 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley
Perfect Sunday morning breakfast right here!
We made this for dinner tonight (adding red pepper, green pepper, and shallots) and it was so delicious that I wanted to make more immediately! Thank you for this simple, yet AWESOME meal! :)
January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKat & Ryan
Thanks so much for this simply delicious combination! I have made it a few times now.
February 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBec
I made this last night and while it was close to amazing, my eggs were really rubbery. They kind of looked like plastic when I took them out, and felt like plastic too. I am thinking I just overcooked them? They were still a little runny, but I guess I should take them out sooner? Either way, I am going to try again!
March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBpayne
Yum, looks delicious :) I'm going to try this with chipotle pepper for some extra kick. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Have you ever tried it with greens? You should check out the free super human breakfast challenge starting this Monday 8/18, there's recipes, videos, and a huge community supporting each other to maximize the energy from this healthy food. Come join the challenge at! Love your simple recipes & hope to see you there!
August 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSalihah
This looks lovely, I will be trying it tomorrow. It reminded me of my grated celeriac here
January 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFibrogirl

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