Learn How to Make Crispy Hash Browns at home. They always turn out golden brown like the diner, are easy to prepare, freezer-friendly, and the perfect addition to breakfast.
Homemade crispy hash browns
Have you ever wondered how diners and breakfast restaurants get their shredded hash browns to turn out so crispy and delicious? Now you can make restaurant-worthy crispy hash browns at home! Using a few simple tips and secrets, you’ll never have to suffer through soggy hash browns or boring frozen potatoes again.
Learning How to Make Crispy Hash Browns is easy. Using the right kind of potatoes and a few preparation secrets, you’ll be pan-frying your shredded potatoes to golden brown perfection in no time. They’ll quickly become a staple at your weekend breakfast or brunch to pair with your bacon, scrambled eggs, cheesy omelette, pancakes, and sugar donuts! You can even use them in my Amish Breakfast Casserole!
What kind of potatoes are best for hash browns?
You’ll need a hearty, starchy potato before making homemade hash browns. Russet potatoes are the best choice because they’re full of starch and are great at crisping. Waxy potatoes, like red potatoes, won’t work because they contain too much moisture and won’t crisp as well.
How to make crispy hash browns in a frying pan
Peel the potatoes and grate them using a box grater or the grater tool on a food processor.
Lay the shredded potatoes on a clean kitchen cloth. Wrap the cloth around the potatoes and use your hands to squeeze all of the excess moisture out over the sink.
Now that your potatoes are ready for frying, heat some oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat.
Lay the drained potatoes in an even layer in the pan. Add salt and pepper on top and let them cook undisturbed.
Once the bottom is golden brown, flip the hash browns over to cook on the other side.
Serve the golden brown crispy hash browns with breakfast and enjoy!
How to make Potatoes O’Brien
Take your hash browns up a notch by making Potatoes O’Brien. This classic side dish is made with fried potatoes, onions, and bell peppers. There aren’t any fancy steps here – just make the hash browns as-is, then throw in some peppers!
- Prepare the hash browns as is.
- Lay the potatoes in the pan with diced onion and green bell peppers.
- When the vegetables are tender and the potatoes are golden brown, flip, and cook until the other side is golden brown and crisp.
- Serve and enjoy!
The secrets behind the crispiest pan-fried hash browns
- Remove as much water as possible – The less water that’s in your potatoes, the higher the chance they’ll have of becoming crispy. You can drain the shredded hash browns by pressing them in a strainer, wringing out the liquid with a tea towel, or placing the potatoes in a salad spinner.
- Skip the soak or rinse – Some recipes will tell you to rinse the potatoes under water or to soak them in cold water after shredding. This isn’t necessary! Simply shredding the potatoes, draining the water, and then cooking retains the starch that helps the potatoes stick together in the pan.
- Cook the potatoes in a thin layer – The thin layer of potatoes in the pan will cook faster and become even crispier than if you were to pile them on top of each other.
- Leave them alone – Give the hash browns time to turn golden brown on the bottom before flipping. Leaving them untouched is the best way to achieve a consistent golden brown crust.
- Add flavor – Season the potatoes with just salt and pepper or take it up a notch with onions and peppers, garlic powder, dried herbs, or paprika.
Can you freeze hash browns?
Yes! To freeze the uncooked hash browns, spread the shredded potatoes on a lined baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Once they’re solid, transfer the potatoes to an airtight container or sealed bag and freeze for 3 to 6 months. They can be cooked right from frozen or thawed.
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- 1.5 pounds potatoes peeled and grated
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Peel and grate the potatoes. I use my grater tool on my food processor to make it quick and easy, but you can also use a cheese grater.
- Squeeze out all the excess water you can from the potatoes by using your hands to squeeze. I like to put the potatoes in a strainer and press down gently to remove excessive water. It's important to remove as much water as you can as this will result in crispy hash browns!
- Heat olive oil up in large frying pan on medium high heat.
- When oil is heated, add the grated potatoes, spreading them out along the bottom of the pan, but not more than 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
- Let sit for a few minutes, and then lift up to see if it’s browned. Once browned, flip over to the other side. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the new side now.
- Fry to a golden brown on both sides. Enjoy!