The Best Crispy Hash Browns (VIDEO)
Learn the secret to making the best Hash Browns that are crispy on the outside and tender in the center. An easy recipe for homemade skillet hashbrowns for the perfect breakfast side dish. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is.
On the weekdays, we stick with super fast make-ahead breakfasts like Overnight Oats, but on the weekends we take a slower pace and fire up the stove to cook everything from Omelettes to Crepes. If you are looking for some new favorite breakfast recipes, this crispy Hash Brown Recipe is a must-try. It pairs well with nearly every breakfast menu.
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The Best Hash Brown Recipe
My sister Tanya is the person that made me love homemade hash browns. They were the best I’ve tried and her secret? Plenty of butter. It adds incredible flavor and crisps up the outside forming a crust that crackles lightly when you bite into it. I took it a step further and added bacon grease (yes, save that bacon grease the next time you make Bacon in the oven). Wow, it makes wonderful hashbrowns – better than any restaurant version.
Skillet Hash Browns Video
Watch Natasha make these easy Hash Browns. You will be surprised at how easy it is and it’s sure to get on your regular rotation. Now go forth and cook!
Ingredients for Hash Browns
- Russet Potatoes – these are the classic choice for hash browns because they crisp up nicely
- Onion powder – adds onion flavor without any burnt onion taste
- Oil or Bacon grease – using bacon fat from baked bacon adds even more flavor to hash browns.
- Butter – infuses the potatoes with rich flavor, improves browning and crisping
- Salt and pepper – simple seasonings are all you need for potatoes
How many potatoes should I use?
The key for perfectly cooked hashbrowns is to keep the hashbrowns to about 1/3 to 1/2-inch thickness in the pan, otherwise, they won’t crisp up and cook through properly. Here are the guidelines we follow:
- 10-inch skillet: use 1.25 lb potatoes
- 12-inch skillet: use 1.5 lbs of potatoes
- Griddle: use 2 lbs+ or enough potatoes to keep the potatoes about 1/3-inch thickness when the potatoes are spread out over the surface.
Pro Tip: To cook hashbrowns, use a coated non-stick pan or a seasoned cast iron so the potatoes don’t stick to the pan.
How to Make Hashbrowns
- Prep potatoes – peel and grate potatoes on the large holes of a box grater (use safety gloves to protect your hands). Transfer potatoes to a bowl lined with cheesecloth. Wrap the potatoes tightly in cheesecloth and squeeze to get out as much juice as possible. Sprinkle potatoes with onion powder and stir to combine.
- Preheat skillet – place a large non-stick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add oil and butter.
- Add potatoes – spread the potatoes in an even layer in the skillet, about 1/3″ thick. Sautee undisturbed for 6 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown and crisped.
- Season – sprinkle the top of the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste.
- Flip hash browns – cut the hashbrowns in half or in quarters using a pizza cutter to make it easier to turn them over. Flip then season the second side with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle more oil or bacon fat around the edges and dot the corners with butter which will melt under the hashbrowns. Sautee another 6 minutes and serve until golden brown.
How to squeeze water out of potatoes
Removing the excess water is critical to getting the crispiest hash browns. Here are some methods to try. The cheesecloth method is the quickest and easiest.
- By Hand: Squeeze fistfuls of potatoes over a colander to get as much liquid out as possible then transfer to a paper towel-lined bowl and pat dry with paper towels.
- Cheesecloth: Place potatoes into a cheesecloth and squeeze out or wring out as much water as you can.
- Tea Towel: follow the same method to wring out liquid as a cheesecloth. Keep in mind potatoes can stain a towel so use one you don’t mind messing up.
- Potato ricer: This is my least favorite and I think it’s easier by hand, but you can squeeze out the water in portions using a potato ricer.
You want to give the potatoes a chance to sizzle and crisp up before you flip the potatoes. Just keep an eye on them to ensure your heat isn’t too high and avoid burning potatoes. Otherwise, it isn’t necessary to stir the potatoes, just flip them halfway through cooking.
I have tested this with fresh chopped onion and the onion tends to scorch on the skillet and there’s a hint of burnt flavor. Adding onion powder provides enough onion flavor without the burning issue. You can add fresh chives as garnish afterward if you want even more onion flavor.
Russet potatoes are the most common potatoes for hashbrowns. They crisp up better than waxy potatoes. That being said, you can still make delicious hashbrowns with Yukon gold potatoes if that is what you have on hand.
Serve Hash Browns with
Hash Browns are one of our favorite breakfast sides. They pair well with:
- Oven-baked Bacon or Air Fryer Bacon
- Poached eggs
- Boiled Eggs, especially soft-boiled
- Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
- Easy Frittata
- Classic Cucumber Tomato Salad
Homemade Hash Browns are inexpensive and easy to make and such a treat. Sometimes all you need on the side is a little ketchup to dip them into (they taste like the best part of French Fries!). How do you love your hash browns? I would love to hear from you in the comments.
The Best Crispy Hash Browns Recipe
- Peel and grate potatoes and transfer to a bowl lined with cheesecloth. Use the cheesecloth to wring out as much liquid from the potatoes as you can (or squeeze out water with fistfuls and pat dry with paper towels). Sprinkle potatoes with onion powder and stir to combine.
- Heat a large 10-inch cast-iron skillet or nonstick skillet over medium heat and once it's hot (but not smoking), add 1 Tbsp oil or bacon fat and swirl in 1 Tbsp butter.
- Add potatoes and spread in a single layer about 1/3” thick. Let potatoes sauté undisturbed for 6 minutes over medium heat or until the bottom is browned and crisped up (If it darkens too quickly, reduce the heat).
- Sprinkle the top with salt and pepper to taste.
- Flip the hash browns. Sprinkle again with salt and pepper on the second side. If the hash browns don’t flip easily as a single disk, use a pizza cutter to cut in half or quarters then flip individual pieces.
- Drizzle 1 Tbsp oil or bacon fat around the edges and dot the edges with butter. It will melt under the hash browns. Sauté without stirring for another 6 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown and crisp on the second side. Remove from heat and serve garnished with chives.
- 12-inch skillet = 1.5 lbs potatoes
- 10-inch skillet = 1.25 lb potatoes
- Griddle = use enough potatoes to keep the potatoes about 1/3 thickness