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Crispy Homemade Hash Browns

Make these crispy homemade hash browns just like they are in a restaurant. So simple that you will want to add this to your meal planning for the week often.

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Crispy Homemade Hash Browns
Crispy Homemade Hash Browns

Restaurant Style Recipes

I started working in restaurants when I was just thirteen years old. The first place was a breakfast diner. Within months of working there as a dishwasher, I had to learn how to cook for the breakfast crowd. Hash browns was on the menu.

Let the Potato Shine Through!

This recipe uses just the potato, olive oil, salt, and pepper. That’s it! No fillers.

First a word about what type of potato works well for this recipe. Often russet potatoes are used. Yukon Gold is also a nice choice. However, I have come to realize that my all-time favorite potato for making hash browns is the red potato. Why? I think it gets a bit sweeter in the cooking process. Just love them.

Red Potatoes
Red Potatoes

Do you crave restaurant-style hash browns? Well, now you can make them at home.

Learn the Easy Secrets to Making the Perfect Hash Browns

Homestyle Hash Browns Served
Homestyle Hash Browns Served

Here’s how you can make them perfectly browned and extra crispy, every time.

Grating Potatoes on a Box Grater
Grating Potatoes on a Box Grater

Peel and wash the potatoes. Pat Dry. Grate the potatoes by hand with a box grater or something similar. I have found that if I use a food processor, the potatoes get too watery and the potatoes bake in the pan rather than crisp up. Here is the box grater that I use – very old fashion and simple. While you can use oil or butter, I have found that olive oil adds a delicious flavor and helps the potatoes crisp nicely.

Spread the potatoes out in the pan so they can cook quickly and crisp up. Lastly, give the potatoes time to cook in the pan.

I like my hash browns with butter and salt. My husband likes them with ketchup. Enjoy your side dish your favorite way – just like you do when you go out to eat.

Crispy Hash Browns with Butter and Salt
Crispy Homemade Hash Browns
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Crispy Homemade Hash Browns

Eat Restaurant Style Crispy Homemade Hash Browns at home anytime that you feel like having them. Very easy recipe with great results every time.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Comfort food, easy, Potatoes, recipe, restaurant food
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 295kcal


  • 4 Medium Potatoes You can use any kind, I prefer red.
  • 4 TBL. Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Wash and peel the potatoes. Grate on a box grater. I like to do this on a plate or my cutting board. The potato shreds come off easier to add to the pan. Use right away or the potato will oxidize. (If you do not plan on using right away, you can put the potatoes in water -if you do this, make sure that you squeeze all the water out before frying). 
    Grating Potatoes on a Box Grater
  • Use a non-stick frying pan. For 4 potatoes, I like to use a 12 inch pan. If you need to make more, make them in batches. Add the olive oil and using medium-high heat, get the oil hot. Add the potatoes and spread them out in the pan.
    Shredded Potatoes in a Pan
  • Cover with a lid and cook 5 minutes. After 5 minutes are up, use a wide spatula and turn the potatoes. (The lid helps the potatoes cook through and leaving the potatoes without turning helps the bottom crisp).
    Hash Browns After First Flip
  • Once you have flipped the potatoes, continue cooking (without the lid this time) until the other side is crispy-approximately 3-5 minutes. Sometimes, I will flip the hash browns back over and crisp up the first side a bit more if needed. Add your salt and pepper. Enjoy!
    Crispy Hash Browns with Butter and Salt

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Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 897mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
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