How to Make Hashbrowns

No breakfast is complete without crispy, buttery hash brown potatoes. Learn the tricks and tips for how to make hash browns that are perfect every time.

Perfect Hash Browns

Perfect Hash Browns
Blaine Moats

Making hash browns is easier than you think! Cook them in a skillet on top of your stove, or make baked hash browns -- you'll master this potato recipe in no time!

Get the recipe for Perfect Hash Browns here.

Prepare Potatoes

Soak hash browns bowl water
Jason Donnelly

Peel potatoes, and coarsely shred them using a handheld shredder, a potato grater, or a food processor with a coarse shredding blade. Place shredded potatoes in a large bowl and add enough cool water cover them. Stir well. Drain in a colander. Repeat rinsing and draining two or three times until water runs clear. Drain again, pressing out as much water as possible with a rubber spatula.

Spin Potatoes Dry

spin hash browns drain strainer
Jason Donnelly

Line a salad spinner with paper towels. Add potatoes and spin. Repeat, if necessary, until potatoes are dry. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl. Sprinkle potatoes with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.

Cook Hash Browns in Skillet

Hash brown skillet spatula flatten
Blaine Moats

In a 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat one tablespoon of oil and butter over medium-high heat until butter foams. Add potatoes to the skillet, spreading into an even layer. Gently press with the back of a spatula to form a cake. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, without stirring, about 12 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown and crisp.

Flip and Finish Hash Browns

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Blaine Moats

Invert a baking sheet or a plate over the top of the skillet. Carefully invert the skillet with the baking sheet or plate to transfer the potatoes to the baking sheet or plate. If needed, add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Using the baking sheet or plate, slide the potatoes back into the skillet, uncooked side down. Cook, without stirring, about 8 minutes more or until the bottom is golden brown. If desired, sprinkle with paprika before serving.

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Hash Brown Omelet plate strawberries
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