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.

Crispy hash browns in skillet served with bacon.

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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!

Hash browns garnished with chives

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
Ingredients for homemade hash brown recipe with russet potatoes, onion powder, butter and oil

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

  1. 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.
  2. Preheat skillet – place a large non-stick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add oil and butter.
  3. 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.
  4. Season – sprinkle the top of the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
collage of how to make skillet hash browns step by step

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. 
Crispy potato hash in a skillet

Common Questions

Should I stir hash browns?

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.

Can I add onions?

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.

What are the best potatoes for hash browns?

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.

Hash browns made with Russet Potatoes

Serve Hash Browns with

Hash Browns are one of our favorite breakfast sides. They pair well with:

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

4.99 from 100 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skillet hash browns with serving spoon
Here’s the secret to making the best crispy Hash Browns – the perfect breakfast side dish. These homemade hash browns pair so well with any bacon, eggs, and just about any breakfast entree. This recipe is written for a 10-inch skillet.
Prep Time: 13 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 people as a side dish

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

How much potatoes to use: 
  • 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

Nutrition Per Serving

180kcal Calories26g Carbs3g Protein7g Fat1g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat5g Monounsaturated Fat1mg Cholesterol306mg Sodium605mg Potassium2g Fiber1g Sugar14IU Vitamin A8mg Vitamin C29mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
The Best Crispy Hash Browns Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
180
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
306
mg
13
%
Potassium
 
605
mg
17
%
Carbohydrates
 
26
g
9
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
29
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hash brown recipe, hash browns
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 180
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  • Dave
    October 23, 2022

    Sharky, Camera Right in the bouquet. HB’s look great. Going to try them this week.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 23, 2022

      I hope you love it!

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    • Lily
      October 25, 2022

      I am amazed that you are so svelte, with all your taste testing. I love potatoes done this way. Do love your recipes. Also just tried the spinach stuffed chicken breast recipe you received from your brother in law. Everyone agreed it was a winner. Thanks.

      Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        October 25, 2022

        Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Lily! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes!

        Reply

  • Susan
    October 14, 2022

    Natasha I have loved every one of your recipes that I’ve tried and this one did not break the run. So good! I did sauté 1/2 of an onion very finely chopped for a minute and then mixed it into the dried potatoes and then seasoned with garlic powder since I didn’t have onion powder. So delicious!!! Well worth the effort. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes and delightful videos.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 14, 2022

      That’s wonderful! Thank you for sharing, Susan!

      Reply

  • Krystal
    October 8, 2022

    Sooo good. Nothing beats potatoes and eggs for breakfast. This recipe is so easy and tasty. The seasoning used definitely makes this delicious.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 8, 2022

      So glad you loved it, Krystal! Thank you for the review.

      Reply

  • Marcy
    July 21, 2022

    My Mom had an attachment for the front of her kitchenaid that made grating super easy.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 21, 2022

      That’s a great idea! Those Kitchenaid attachments are brilliant!

      Reply

  • Roxanne
    July 20, 2022

    I saw sharkie in the flowers sticking out when u removed the cooked hash browns off the stove!! Mmm looks so good.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 20, 2022

      Great catch!

      Reply

  • Nick Mavrogenes
    July 20, 2022

    Love this! Appreciate the tip about the extra butter, makes a huge difference.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 20, 2022

      So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for review.

      Reply

  • Dick Anke
    June 11, 2022

    So, I wanted the hashbrowns in a full piece and was concerned about it breaking so I flipped it out on a lightly buttered plate and slid it back in the extra buttered pan. I love this recipe, the onion powder makes a nice added flavor. Thanks for your recipes. They’re great

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 11, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I’m so happy it worked out and you loved it!

      Reply

  • Becky
    June 11, 2022

    I found the shark. Your website is my “go to” for videos. You always make recipes look so easy and I find them easy to follow. 🙂

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 11, 2022

      Thank you, Becky! I’m happy to hear you enjoy my recipes.

      Reply

  • Peggy
    June 1, 2022

    Looks Delish! I want to make for a shower.
    Can any of this be made in advance?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 1, 2022

      Hi Peggy, this recipe is best fresh to stay nice and crispy.

      Reply

  • Emma
    June 1, 2022

    I saw Sharkie in the flower pot on the back counter! Your recipe is delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 1, 2022

      Thank you so much for watching, Emma!

      Reply

  • Joan M Hylinski
    May 26, 2022

    Sharky is in the top of the flower vase in front of the tiled backsplash. I just love crispy fried potatoes. Can’t wait to make this recipe. Thank you very much.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 26, 2022

      You found Sharky! Great eye! I hope you try this recipe soon, Joan! We look forward to your feedback!

      Reply

  • Cherie
    May 23, 2022

    Wow wow wow hubby loves all things potatoes. I personally love these crispy potatoes with the onion powder. I’ve made potatoes for years and these are marvelous. I was so surprised of how much liquid came out if it. I appreciate how to give us a specific cooking time, perfect!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 23, 2022

      Thank you for your good comments and review, Cherie. We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Andrea
    May 23, 2022

    So yummy and crispy. I am like you and love potatoes too. Our new favorite way to make hash browns. Very clever the way Sharkie showed up in the flowers

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 23, 2022

      I’m so glad you caught Sharkie, great eye, Andrea! Thank you for your great review!

      Reply

  • Allyssa
    May 23, 2022

    This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 23, 2022

      You’re very welcome! So glad you enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

  • Jessica
    May 22, 2022

    I always struggled with hashbrowns until now! They turned out perfect and I’m so grateful. Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 23, 2022

      Happy to hear that you loved the recipe!

      Reply

  • ali
    May 22, 2022

    these look great-will make them next w/e!
    the gloves you use-i went to amazon thru your shopping link but do you use the original, reinforced, touchscreen or grip dot style?
    love your videos and recipes.
    and is your bacon baked? ty
    not rated only because not tried otherwise 5 star

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  • Linda Fisk
    May 22, 2022

    I’ve tried your hash browns with bacon grease and they were awesome. Found the shark in the flower arrangement on the counter beside the stove.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 22, 2022

      Great catch and thank you for the good review!

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  • Steven
    May 21, 2022

    Thank you Natasha! Homemade hashbrowns seem to be a lost art nowadays with all the frozen options with a long list of ingredients we can’t pronounce. I’ll definitely make this recipe! Thank you so much for making everyone’s life tastier and healthier!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 21, 2022

      Hi Steven! 🙂 You’re very welcome. I hope you love this recipe.

      Reply

  • Bonnie Farnham
    May 21, 2022

    I love crispy potatoes & these look deleious,. Sharky is in the bouquet of flowers

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 21, 2022

      That’s correct! 🙂

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  • Lizzy
    May 21, 2022

    Hi! Hash browns are one of my favorite breakfast, lunch, or supper foods! And, sharkie was by the flowers.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 21, 2022

      Yes, he was! 🙂 And I agree- hashbrowns are so good, for any meal!

      Reply

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