Hash Browns


Classic diner-style hash browns are an American breakfast food staple, served alongside fried eggs, crisp bacon, and a slice or two of fresh fruit. The best hash brown recipe calls on you to dice, shred, julienne, or rice white potatoes, then pan-fry them until the potato pieces are tender, and a crunchy, lacy, golden brown crust forms. The secret of how to make perfect hash browns every time is to not rush the pan-frying stage. Interrupting this breakfast side while it’s cooking could leave you with a chewy, chunky, and not altogether appealing dish. For flawless hash browns, be patient.

Hash Browns (Rosti)
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 to 6 serves -


  • 2 ½ pounds russet potatoes (about 4 medium)

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Peel the potatoes and place them in a large saucepan. Add enough water to to cover, along with ½ tsp salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are just slightly tender, about 6-7 minutes. Drain off the water and let the potatoes rest until cool enough to handle.

  2. Shred the potatoes using the shredder attachment of a food processor or the large holes of a box grater. Place shredded potatoes in a dish towel or colander and squeeze out as much excess moisture as possible. Season potatoes with remaining salt and pepper. Set aside.

  3. Add olive oil to a heavy-bottomed 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot and the oil is shimmering, add the potatoes, spreading them out so they form an even layer filling the pan. Cook until the bottom of the potatoes are crisp and deep golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Place a plate over the skillet and carefully invert it so that the potato cake rests on the plate, crispy side up. Return the skillet to the stove and slide the potato cake back in with the crispy side facing up. Continue cooking until the bottom potatoes are crispy and golden, about 8-10 minutes more.

  4. To serve, transfer the hash browns to a platter and slice into wedges.RELATED: 10 Quick and Easy Breakfast Dishes

Related Articles