The Crispiest Hash Browns You’ll Ever Make (RecipeTin Eats)

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Hash browns are a breakfast staple, and for good reason. They’re simple to make, incredibly versatile, and absolutely delicious. But achieving that perfect balance of crispy exterior and fluffy interior can be tricky. Fear not, hash brown enthusiast, because this guide will take you through everything you need to know to create restaurant-worthy hash browns right at home, inspired by the beloved Tin Eats recipe.


Crispy Cheesy Sausage Hash Browns - RecipeTin Eats
Crispy Cheesy Sausage Hash Browns – RecipeTin Eats

3 large russet potatoes (about 1.5 pounds)

  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Canola oil, for frying

  • Instructions:

    1. Grate the Potatoes: Wash and peel the potatoes. Grate them using the coarse side of a box grater or the shredding attachment on your food processor. Tip: For extra crispy hash browns, briefly rinse the grated potatoes under cold water in a colander. This removes some of the starch, which can prevent them from crisping up properly.

    2. Squeeze Out Excess Moisture: Transfer the grated potatoes to a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth. Squeeze out as much excess moisture as possible. The drier the potatoes, the crispier the hash browns will be.

    3. Sauté the Onion: Heat the melted butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.

    4. Combine Potatoes and Onion: Add the grated potatoes to the skillet with the softened onion. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir to combine everything evenly.

    5. Form the Hash Browns: Use a spatula to press the potato mixture down into the skillet, forming a flat and even layer. Aim for a thickness of about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch.

    6. Cook Until Golden Brown: Cook the hash browns undisturbed for 5-7 minutes, or until the bottom is golden brown and crispy.

    7. Flip and Cook the Other Side: Carefully flip the hash brown patty using a spatula. You may need to cut it into sections for easier flipping. Cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until the other side is golden brown and crispy.

    8. Serve and Enjoy: Transfer the cooked hash browns to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Serve hot with your favorite breakfast dishes or enjoy them on their own!

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    This recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Here’s a general estimate of the nutritional content per serving:

    Calories: 300

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 400mg (depending on salt level)
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Protein: 5g

  • Please note: This is just an estimate, and the actual nutritional content can vary depending on the ingredients you use.


    Following these steps will help you achieve perfectly crispy and flavorful hash browns that rival anything you’d find at a restaurant. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different seasonings and spices to find your perfect flavor combination.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use a different type of potato?

    While russet potatoes are traditionally used for hash browns, you can also use Yukon Gold potatoes. They will result in a slightly less crispy texture but will still be delicious.

    2. What if I don’t have a food processor?

    You can grate the potatoes by hand using a box grater. Just be sure to use the coarse side and grate carefully to avoid injuring yourself.

    3. How can I make sure my hash browns don’t stick to the pan?

    Make sure your skillet is hot enough before adding the potato mixture. You also want to use enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Additionally, don’t move the hash browns too much while they’re cooking. Let them cook undisturbed for a few minutes to allow them to brown properly.

    4. Can I reheat leftover hash browns?

    Yes, you can reheat leftover hash browns in a skillet over medium heat with a little bit of oil. However, they may not be quite as crispy as they were fresh out of the pan.

    5. What can I add to my hash browns for extra flavor?

    There are endless possibilities when it comes to customizing your hash browns! Here are a few ideas: