Shredded hash browns crispy on the outside. Tender on the inside. Taking just a few basic kitchen ingredients and a small sauté pan, you can make restaurant style crispy shredded hash browns. Step inside our kitchen for the how-to.
Go to breakfast in any American diner, Coney Island or restaurant and you will most likely be served a side of golden, crispy, delicious hash browns.
There is some debate as to whether hash browns should be diced like in our Homemade Diced Home fries recipe and whether diced potatoes then become Home fries or they keep the name Hash browns. Well, I like them both ways to be honest. I like the cubed ones because I can throw some onions and even some peppers in there if I like.
But today I am going to help you get your shredded hash browns golden, crispy and OUT of the pan without sticking.
Are you ready?
HOW TO MAKE SHREDDED HASH BROWNS WITHOUT STICKING
There are 2 secrets to getting your hash browns not to stick to the pan:
1. THE POTATO – First you want to peel and shred your potato. And we’re not using just any ole’ potato either, we’re using a Russet. Russet potatoes provide the high starch that’s needed in order for these hash browns to get crispy. Other potatoes have too high of a water content.
Grate the potatoes using a box cutter with the biggest holes.
Now here’s the important part … ready? S Q U E E Z E out any moisture using paper towels. Squeeze and squeeze until the potatoes are DRY. Potatoes are FULL of moisture so this may take a few squeezes.
2. HEAT – It’s important to use a pan that is HEATED up. If you happen to have an electric stove, turn it on low/medium while shredding the potatoes. Food sticks to the pan because the pan is COLD. Preheating is key.
LET’S MAKE SOME CRISPY HASH BROWNS:
- Add some oil to a small sauté pan, enough to cover the bottom, 1-2 Tablespoons. Swirl it around so it’s evenly coated. Add the shredded potatoes. Season them liberally with salt and pepper.
- Allow the hash browns to cook over med/high heat for a few minutes until you start to see the edges start to get crispy and brown.
- If the pan was preheated and there was enough oil, the hash browns should not be sticking. Use a spatula and lift them up …
- and flip them to the other side.
Allow them to cook for a few more minutes on the other side until they are golden brown and you are done!
What to Serve with Hash Browns:Print
- 1 russet potato, peeled and shredded
- 1–2 Tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Peel a medium sized Russet potato with a vegetable peeler and shred using a large box cheese grater in the largest hole
- Squeeze the potatoes dry using paper towels (this may take several paper towels)
- Heat a small sauté pan over medium heat for a few minutes to get the pan nice and hot (but not smoking). Add 1-2 Tablespoons of oil to the pan and move the pan around to ensure the pan is evenly coated
- Add the potatoes to the pan in an even layer and cook for a few minutes until you see the edges start to brown – season with salt and pepper
- Flip and cook the other side until golden brown
- Finish with a little more salt and pepper
WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS:
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