Easy Recipe for Hash Browns

Updated on December 29, 2017
Learn to make crispy golden hash browns with this easy recipe.  It makes perfect hash browns everytime!
Learn to make crispy golden hash browns with this easy recipe. It makes perfect hash browns everytime! | Source

How Would You Rate This Recipe?

4.7 stars from 3 ratings of Easy Recipe for Hash Browns

My husband makes the best hash browns. The entire family raves about them, and it is always a treat for our adult children to be home for Sunday breakfast. His recipe is foolproof and always a hit. If you like hash browns that are crispy and golden brown on the outside and tender on the inside, you will love these! Give this no-nonsense recipe a try to see just how good made from scratch hash browns can be!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 potatoes, medium

Instructions for Easy Hash Browns

  1. Peel potatoes.
  2. Heat oil in skillet.
  3. Grate potatoes into large shreds with a grater.
  4. Sprinkle salt and black pepper into hot oil on bottom of skillet.
  5. Test the oil to make sure it is hot by placing one shred of potato in the skillet. If the oil is hot enough the potato will sizzle.
  6. Carefully place shredded potatoes evenly into skillet. Begin in a large outer circle around the skillet and gradually work toward the center. Repeat the layered circles until all potatoes are in the skillet.
  7. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for 8 minutes.
  8. Carefully uncover potatoes. With your spatula, divide the hash browns in half by cutting them down the center from one end of the pan to the other. Turn the pan and cut the hash browns in half again with your spatula. You now have 4 sections of potatoes and are ready to flip your hash browns.
  9. Flip each section of hash browns. Each section will now have a beautiful golden brown color on top.
  10. Continue to cook uncovered for 6 more minutes on medium heat.
  11. Remove from heat and serve.

What Do You Like With Your Hash Browns?

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Peel Potatoes with a Vegetable Peeler

Remove skin from potatoes using a vegetable peeler.
Remove skin from potatoes using a vegetable peeler. | Source

Peel Potatoes Quickly with a Vegetable Peeler

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OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler

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Prepare Your Stainless Steel Skillet with Vegetable Oil

Heat oil in a large stainless steel skillet on medium high heat.
Heat oil in a large stainless steel skillet on medium high heat. | Source

Shred Potatoes with a Grater

Grate potatoes into large shreds with a grater.
Grate potatoes into large shreds with a grater. | Source

Add Spices to Hot Oil in Skillet

Sprinkle salt and pepper into hot oil in skillet.
Sprinkle salt and pepper into hot oil in skillet. | Source

Layer Shredded Potatoes in Skillet

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Gently spread shredded potatoes evenly into skillet.  Evenly layered potatoes will make your hash browns cook and brown better.Spread potatoes lightly and evenly over the bottom of the skillet.Once potatoes are in the skillet, cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook hash browns covered for 8 minutes on medium heat.  Uncover and flip hash browns.  Cook uncovered for 6 more minutes.
Gently spread shredded potatoes evenly into skillet.
Gently spread shredded potatoes evenly into skillet. | Source
Evenly layered potatoes will make your hash browns cook and brown better.
Evenly layered potatoes will make your hash browns cook and brown better. | Source
Spread potatoes lightly and evenly over the bottom of the skillet.
Spread potatoes lightly and evenly over the bottom of the skillet. | Source
Once potatoes are in the skillet, cover and reduce heat to medium.
Once potatoes are in the skillet, cover and reduce heat to medium. | Source
Cook hash browns covered for 8 minutes on medium heat.  Uncover and flip hash browns.  Cook uncovered for 6 more minutes.
Cook hash browns covered for 8 minutes on medium heat. Uncover and flip hash browns. Cook uncovered for 6 more minutes. | Source

How to Flip Hash Browns

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Carefully place your spatula under hash browns.Lift hash browns on spatula and quickly turn to a 90 degree angle to the pan.Gently lay hash browns back into place on skillet.  The bottom side is now on top.
Carefully place your spatula under hash browns.
Carefully place your spatula under hash browns. | Source
Lift hash browns on spatula and quickly turn to a 90 degree angle to the pan.
Lift hash browns on spatula and quickly turn to a 90 degree angle to the pan. | Source
Gently lay hash browns back into place on skillet.  The bottom side is now on top.
Gently lay hash browns back into place on skillet. The bottom side is now on top. | Source

How to Serve Hash Browns for Breakfast or Brunch

A "wood cutter's breakfast:"  2 eggs, hash browns, sausage served with sliced avocado and tomato.
A "wood cutter's breakfast:" 2 eggs, hash browns, sausage served with sliced avocado and tomato. | Source

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      • Kristen Howe profile image

        Kristen Howe 

        3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Yummy recipe, Teresa. It looks so delicious and easy to do. Voted up!

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        LisaKeating 

        3 years ago

        I tried making frozen hash browns recently and it was a mushy disaster. All I had was olive oil and the instructions did not say to cover the pan. I am going to try making them this way with real potatoes. Thanks for the simple directions and pictures.

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        Patricia Scott 

        3 years ago from sunny Florida

        I have never made hash browns. These are such step by step directions that I think I will give them a try.

        Thanks for sharing.

        Angels are on the way to you ps

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        Shinichi Mine 

        3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

        This looks wonderful for breakfast.

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        Linda Lum 

        4 years ago from Washington State, USA

        This sounds so easy. Why didn't I think of this? Your photos are great. My hash browns never turn out as good looking. Perhaps because I fuss with them too much. I just ate lunch, but now I'm hungry for hash browns. Will definitely give this a try.

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        Dil Vil 

        5 years ago from India

        Good recipe. Your pics are great.

      • kansasyarn profile imageAUTHOR

        Teresa Sanderson 

        5 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Paul Edmondson, the secret to crispy golden hash browns is keeping them covered for the 1st 8 minutes of cooking. After flipping them, cook UNCOVERED for the remaining 6 minutes. That should make a difference. Again, good luck!

      • kansasyarn profile imageAUTHOR

        Teresa Sanderson 

        5 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Good luck, Paul!

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        Paul Edmondson 

        5 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        I've tried to make a similar recipe a few times and it hasn't turned out well. The potatoes get too mushy. Perhaps the secret is in how the potatoes are added to the pan. I'll give it a shot! Thanks.

      • rose-the planner profile image

        rose-the planner 

        5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

        This looks delicious and not too complicated. Love the images you have provided. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

      • mr-veg profile image

        mr-veg 

        5 years ago from Colorado United States

        Nice and Easy recipe and looks delicious.. I am gonna try this out and for sure my family is in store for a tasty treat :) Voted Up and Sharing

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