Perfect Homemade Hash Browns

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

They're crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and not overly greasy ... what more could you want? I especially like the flavor of the butter/oil combination rather than only oil. Add onions or jalapenos, if you like; melted cheese on top is always good, too!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb medium-sized russet potato, peeled but left whole (I like to use older potatoes)
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper


  1. Cook whole potatoes in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 10 minutes; drain and let cool.
  2. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, grate them with a coarse grater.
  3. In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil and butter together and cook hash browns over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes on each side, or until crisp and well-browned.
  4. Resist the temptation to stir them around; just lift up an edge periodically to check on browning.
  5. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

These were Excellent! I used bacon grease in place of the vegetable oil and cooked them over medium to high heat, other then that I followed your directions exactly. They were not at all greasy, I think the key to not having greasy hash browns is to partilly cook your potatoes. My husband still thinks his are better, but I like yours, shhh. Thanks EdsGirlAngie....

Sheri-BDB February 27, 2005

These were very crispy on the outside, but turned out very greasy. I cooked the potatoes on medium heat and it still took about 25-30 minutes to brown. The taste overall was good but a little greasy for our likes. I think next time I will cut down on the oil and butter

~Nimz~ February 09, 2005

Boiling the potatoes first made a huge difference. The potatoes were soft inside and crispy outside. I didn't wait for them to cool before grating just held the hot potatoes with a towel. I reduced the oil/butter and just used what looked right maybe half. I cooked mine on medium heat they took about 12 minutes (I really wasn't paying close attention to the time.) I've made them twice this week! The second time I added a little onion powder. Made for Recipes without Photos tag.

momaphet March 28, 2013