How to Make Hash Browns

Amber Bracegirdle | Bluebonnet Baker

Wondering how to make hash browns? We’ve got the details!

Potatoes are most addictive when crispy, crunchy and brown. Think French fries, potato chips and hash browns…you know it’s true.

Today, we’re going to tell you how to make hash browns from scratch. You won’t believe how easy it is.

Your breakfast will be epic!

Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole Photo

Tips for Making Hash Browns

  • Use white potatoes, such as Russets, which will crisp better than waxy potato varieties such as red.
  • Squeeze out excess water from the potatoes. If you don’t squeeze out that liquid, it’ll prevent your hash browns from turning crispy and golden brown. No soggy hash browns allowed!
  • Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet, along with vegetable oil. The butter will help brown the potatoes, plus provide delicious flavor.
Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole Image

Hash Brown Ingredients

  • 3 medium Russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole Pic

How to Make Hash Browns

  1. Using a large grater or food processor, shred your potatoes. Transfer them to a large bowl and fill it with cold water until the potatoes are covered. Let potatoes rest for 5 minutes, then transfer to a colander and press out as much liquid as possible. 
  2. Place shredded potatoes on a clean kitchen cloth or paper towels and continue pressing until very dry.  
  3. Meanwhile, add vegetable oil to a cast iron skillet and place over medium-high heat until hot. Add butter and swirl the pan until the oil and butter have evenly coated the bottom of the skillet. Add the shredded potatoes and cook over medium-high heat for 10-12 minutes. (Tip: Don’t stir or flip the potatoes at this stage unless they are beginning to burn.) 
  4. Flip the hash browns, reduce heat to medium and continue cooking for another 7-8 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown in color.
  5. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers for 3-5 days.
Homemade Hash Browns Image

How to Make Hash Browns Stick Together

Using shredded potatoes instead of cubed will help the hash browns stick together. Fry them in oil and butter covering the bottom of your pan, and they’ll clump together in a lattice formation.

Mushroom & Feta Hashbrown Skillet Picture

How to Reheat Hash Browns

For crispier results, reheat hash browns in a pan on the stove with some oil. You also could reheat them in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes. Use the microwave for quicker reheating, although your hash browns will be softer.

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Amber Bracegirdle

About Amber

Amber is a native Texan, born to a family of fabulous cooks. She shares her love of all things Tex-Mex and Southern both on her blog, Bluebonnet Baker, and here on Food Fanatic. She heavily endorses the use of the contraction "y'all".