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Perfect Homemade Hash Browns - recipe from scratch

Updated on November 10, 2011

Homemade Hash Browns

For years I tried to make homemade hash browns without success. I even followed recipes and I still failed. What happened to my hash browns I later discovered was an easy fix.

Before finding the solution, however, every time I tried to make hash browns I was left with a pile of sticky goo.

I thought maybe if I pre-cook the potatoes that would work. I put the potatoes in the microwave, and cooked them until they were almost done. When I went to grate them, I ended up with a nice pile of semi-grated mashed potatoes.

It wasn't bad, it just didn't taste like hash browns. They were more like potato patties.

How to make hash browns

Crispy homemade hash browns are the perfect breakfast food!
Crispy homemade hash browns are the perfect breakfast food! | Source

The perfect hash brown recipe

I always try to make a special breakfast for my honey on Sundays. He loves hash browns and endured years of substandard piles of gummy potatoes. One Sunday, not too many moths ago, I decided that if gooey potatoes were the problem, maybe rinsing them--reducing the starch--might help.

Success! That was the secret. All these years and who knew?

Here is the recipe for perfect hash browns:

  • 4 medium Brown Russet potatoes ( these are lowest in starch)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

--Clean the potatoes

--Grate potatoes with the peels on

--Place them in a small-holed colander, running them under cold water until the water runs clear.

--Squeeze all the liquid out. It helps to place the hash browns in a clean dish towel and wring them out.

--Now the potatoes are ready to fry. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add a few pieces of potato, and when they start to sizzle, your oil is ready.

--Make 4 individual piles and smash down to make a patty.

--Cook for about 7 to 10 minutes on medium high heat.

--Flip over and cook other side for about 5 minutes.

Serve hot with ketchup, hot sauce, or just plain.


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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      This looks delicious and so easy to make, too. I would love to try this next year, since I love hash browns. Thanks for sharing.

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      bayareagreatthing 5 years ago from Bay Area California

      You're welcome Angela. Come back and let me know how they turned out.

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Mine have never turned out either and I can cook nearly anything! I will try this! Thank you!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I have tried many times with similar results to your previous efforts. Sounds like a great idea!

    • bayareagreatthing profile image

      bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California

      Sue- I know! It was so simple and in front of me all these years!

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      Juliette Kando 6 years ago from Andalusia

      Washing all the starch out is a brilliant idea, then they don't go sticky.

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      bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California

      Itchan- your kids will love it!

      Brandadaur- Me too! The other day I made some as a snack. Why wait for breakfast? Thanks for commenting.

      Rosie- I love them too! Thanks for the vote up!

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      Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Baya, thanks for the great tip on how to make hash browns. I'm going to try your recipe for sure. I love hash browns. Voted up and useful indeed. Cheers!

      Have a nice day,


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      brandasaur 6 years ago from Planet X

      This is my snack awhile ago. I love itttt.

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      lhchan 6 years ago

      Every morning, I need to prepare breakfast for my kids, I will add this recipe into my breakfast list so that they can taste something new, they like hash brown very much, thanks for the recipe. Vote up!

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      bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California

      Snakeslane- I couldn't use the frozen because of the bleach they use to keep them from turning brown. I am allergic to it. That is why I was so happy to finally get this thing figured out. Thanks for sharing with me!

      Thanks MM! If you make them, let me know how they turn out! thanks for the vote up!

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thank you so much for this brilliant tip! I was reading along thinking "What can it be, this solution for gummy, gloppy, starchy spuds???" Honestly, I was not expecting something so simple!

      Your hub timing is perfect for me. Since tonight we turn the clocks back (my hubby's fave night of the whole year) we will definitely be wanting a leisurely Sunday brunch.

      So thrilled to be the first to be able to vote this up and AWESOME! MM

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      Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you bayareagreatthing for this tip on the hashbrown potatoes. I didn't know either (Usually just use frozen) will try this for sure! Regards, snakeslane