Skillet Pork Hash Recipe

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May 6, 2024
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It’s time again for a deliciously easy recipe featuring Smithfield fresh pork! I’m happy to be an ambassador for the brand this year. I was compensated for my time in writing this skillet pork hash recipe, but all opinions are my own.

This quick and easy is loaded with protein and flavor. Plus, it's ready in just 30 minutes!

This skillet pork hash recipe wasn’t what I planned to share with you today at all. I planned to make something different (that I will save for another time), but this week I’m babysitting chickens. That’s right. I live in San Francisco, where our homes literally share walls and are built on postage-stamp lots, yet my next-door neighbor has backyard chickens. She is out of town this week, so we’re chicken-sitting.

The (only) perk of babysitting chickens is getting free, fresh eggs. When I watched them in the past, each chicken laid an egg daily, so I was getting paid for two eggs daily. Maybe because they are getting older or something, now there is only one egg to be had each day. That means I need to be more choosy about how I cook my previous payment.

This quick and easy is loaded with protein and flavor. Plus, it's ready in just 30 minutes!

Once I had two fresh eggs that needed to be enjoyed, it seemed like a good idea to pair them with fresh marinated pork. I decided to stir the eggs into a hash made with cubed Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork Sirloin and a diced russet potato. Their marinated cuts of fresh, quality pork come in all sorts of scrumptious flavors like Garlic & Herb, Teriyaki, or in this case, Peppercorn & Garlic.

Skillet Pork Hash

A dish called hash is made out of potatoes, fried onions, and chopped pork. The term comes from the French verb cacher, which means “to chop.” It started as a method to finish off leftovers. Today has is not usually used as a way to use up leftovers, but instead has become a breakfast staple. It has a also become a favorite for resaurant chefs and home cooks because it can be easily adapted and a great way to showcase fun and bold flavors. Our methods for making this great potato and pork hash include cooking the pork, veggies, and potatoes separately to ensure that they cook to an ideal crunchy texture instead of turning into a steamy, soggy mess.

Breakfast is a soothing weekend activity but also a great way to entertain during this busy season. A welcoming, abundant mid-day brunch can help relieve the stress of what can often feel like the year’s end whirlwind of dinners and cocktail parties. This dish can work great for a mellow weekend breakfast with the family or as a part of a larger brunch entertaining friends. Additionally, this easy pork and potato has cooked in a skillet can be served with extra fried eggs on top, or with salsa and guacamole in breakfast burritos or tacos. You are free to modify it however you see fit.

Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork (smithfield.com)

Cooking Skillet Pork Hash

This meal comes together in under 30 minutes and is perfect for breakfast or dinner! (There isn’t a time of day when I say no thank you to pork, potatoes, and eggs.) Thanks to the marinated pork, it is high in protein and flavor. This was actually the second meal with this particular pork sirloin. I sliced it into medallions and cooked those for dinner the night before, then diced what was left for this pork hash the next day.

This quick and easy is loaded with protein and flavor. Plus, it's ready in just 30 minutes!

You might be saying, “Um, Andi. You put tomatoes in your iron skillet.” For one thing, some people do that and say it’s totally fine. I’m not one of those people, but I did make an exception in this case. I drained the tomatoes very well AND poured them over a bunch of potatoes AND didn’t cook them for very long. I usually worry about acidic foods like tomatoes or wine ruining the seasoning on my skillet, but in this case, it worked out OK. With all the other ingredients the tomatoes would not make the dish acidic enough to cause any issues. You can always make this dish in a different kind of pan if you do not have a skillet or are worried about using tomatoes in it.

Pork Hash Modifications and Substitutions

One of the best things about a good hash recipe is it is very easy to make modifications and substitutions. Here are some that I recommend trying out.

  • Remove the eggs from the hash and fry them sunny side up or over easy in a separate pan. Then, serve the eggs on top of the hash. I love an egg with a runny yolk on top of hash.
  • To make a sweet potato hash, substitute the russet potato for a large sweet potato. This version is also better for low-glycemic diets like keto and paleo. Just remember sweet potatoes cook a little faster than russet potatoes.
  • You can swap out the fire roasted tomatoes for 1 cup of chunky salsa.
  • Substitute the pork sirloin for a half pound of chorizo or ground hot Italian sausage. When substituting chorizo or sausage I use a little less meat (8oz instead of 12oz) because it is fattier and has a lot more flavor.
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This quick and easy Pork Hash Recipe is loaded with protein and flavor. Plus, it's ready in just 30 minutes!

Skillet Pork Hash Recipe

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This 30-minute recipe is loaded with protein and flavor. It’s perfect for breakfast or dinner.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Soak potatoes in lightly salted water for at least three minutes. (I do this while I chop the pork and onion, or you can even cut them ahead of time and soak them in the refrigerator overnight.) Drain potatoes and dry on paper towels.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add potatoes and onion to the hot skillet, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper to taste. Stir to coat with butter and seasonings, and then cover the skillet. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
  3. Remove lid, and stir in pork. Cover, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.
  4. Stir in eggs and drained tomatoes. Sprinkle cheese over the potato and pork mixture, and cover with the lid once more. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted.

Notes

This dish tastes great reheated as leftovers!

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20

Nutrition Information

Per serving:

Calories153 kcalCarbohydrates8 g
Calcium46 mgFat10 g
Sugar4 gSodium334 mg
Vitamin A1165IUVitamin C22.6mg
Iron1.2 mgProtein6 g
Cholesterol90 mgPotassium185 mg

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Why I Love this Skillet Pork Hash Recipe?

  • It is a filling and healthy breakfast.
  • It can be a one-dish meal or part of a larger breakfast spread.
  • The dish’s flavor profile includes smoky, savory, cheesy, tomatoey, and a touch of sweetness.
  • It is very easy and only needs one pan.
  • It works for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
  • It can easily be modified.

Health Benefits of Skillet Pork Hash

Pork is a great source of zinc and iron that your body requires to function properly. It is also a top-notch source of protein of the finest quality. Lean, fully cooked pork with minimal processing can offer several advantages when included in your diet.

Pork consumption may provide several health advantages, including:

Muscle Maintenance:

Pork has full amino acids, which make them the ideal building blocks for constructing new muscle. We lose muscle mass as we age, which can cause serious muscle degeneration and diseases like sarcopenia. Slow down or reverse Sarcopenia by eating high-quality protein like that found in pork and living a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise. Additionally, it may aid in maintaining your current healthy muscular tissue.

May Help Lose Weight:

Pork meat is excellent for low-carb weight-loss programs like the Ketogenic diet since it is high in protein and contains neither sugar nor carbohydrates. Furthermore, it has been discovered that daily eating of lean pork meat can help people lose weight and reduce their body fat.

Potential Risks of Pork:

  • Pork is a good source of many essential vitamins and nutrients, but it also has high in sodium and saturated fats, which you should avoid as part of a healthy diet.
  • Pork should be as lean and less processed as possible if you’re following a low salt diet because of heart health issues or to avoid saturated fats.
  • You should only eat salts or sulfites in very small amounts, if at all possible because they are chemical preservatives in some pig products like bacon. Instead, go for salt-cured or uncured choices.
  • Remember that the amount of fat in the pork will vary depending on how you prepare it. Choose grilling, roasting, baking, or broiling over frying. Avoid bacon and other fatty pig products. Select leaner, less processed, and greater protein types alternatively.

Storage Tips

Store:

Although this hash is best right enjoyed right away, you can keep the leftovers in the refrigerator for 3–4 days if they are in a sealed container.

Reheat:

You can reheat the hash in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop.

Freeze:

Allow the hash to cool to room temperature and then place the hash in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

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Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

6 comments

eat good 4 life
8 years ago

I have seen hash recipes and always wanted to make one. Your recipe looks awesome especially with the pork in it.

Nutmeg Nanny
8 years ago

I love making has and LOVE it even more that you used pork. I wish I could have this waiting for me in the morning.

Jessica - The Novice Chef
8 years ago

So many good flavors! Totally want to try this one!

Michelle | A Latte Food
8 years ago

Well, I sure am glad you shared this recipe! I love hash recipes–this seriously looks so good!

Des @ Life's Ambrosia
8 years ago

I love hash recipes! This one looks great and those jalapeños are calling my name!

Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
8 years ago

Yum, I’d happily eat this any meal of the day – it sounds amazing!

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