Oven Hash Browns

These homemade hash browns are baked in the oven until they’re perfectly crispy! It’s an easy hands-off method that tastes incredible.

Hash browns in oven

Love hash browns? You haven’t lived until you’ve tried homemade hash browns. That’s right, the kind that are made with real potatoes, not frozen from a bag. The standard method uses a skillet and comes out beautifully crispy. But here’s the thing: you can only make 1 pound of potatoes at once. You also need to watch the pan carefully during the booking process. So why not make Oven Hash Browns? This method is easy, hands off, and you can make double the potatoes: perfect for a crowd or just larger servings. They come out unbelievably crispy and salted to perfection!

Ingredients in oven hash browns

The ingredients for oven hash browns are ultra simple. In fact, all you need are 3 ingredients, outside of salt and pepper. Here’s what you need:

  • Russet potatoes: The type of potato is important here! Make sure to use russet potatoes (or another starchy potato variety). They crisp up just right and have the expected hash brown flavor.
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Kosher salt & black pepper
Hash browns in oven

Tip: quick soak the potatoes before baking

Here’s a trick to making the very best oven hash browns: soak the potatoes! We use this trick in our Perfect Seasoned Fries and Homemade French Fries. It gets just the right texture to the potatoes so they don’t come out mushy. Soak them in a bowl of cold water for just 2 minutes before you pop them into the oven.

Tip: Make sure to drain and dry them completely before cooking! You don’t want any residual moisture in the potatoes, which will make them soggy. More details are in the recipe below.

Bake the oven hash browns…without stirring!

Another trick for oven hash browns: you don’t even need to stir them in the oven! It’s not only easier, but it results in super crispy hash browns. There are two ways you can prepare your baking sheet for the hash browns before baking:

  • Brush oil onto the baking sheet. This results in the crispiest hash browns! While it seems like they might stick to the sheet, once they’re fully oven baked they become so crispy that they peel right off.
  • Use parchment paper. You can also line the sheet with parchment paper: this makes for easy cleanup! The hash browns will still get very crispy.
  • Do not use a silicone baking mat! These types of mats tend to make vegetables soggy. Avoid using them!
Hash browns in oven

How to make double the recipe for a crowd

Are you serving a big crowd? You can make double the recipe of these oven hash browns. But it’s not as easy as just doubling the recipe. There are two important things you should know:

  • Switch the baking sheets on the racks halfway through baking. Not sure about you, but our oven is pretty uneven. The bottom rack cooks much faster than the top. Place the baking sheets on the reverse racks halfway through to combat this.
  • Bake for longer! Here’s a tip we learned the hard way: increasing the volume of food in the oven decreases the air flow. You’ll need longer to cook two baking sheets of oven hash browns versus just one: especially if you want to get them beautifully crispy. Eyeball it and adjust based on your oven.
Hash browns in oven

What to serve with oven hash browns

Hash browns are a fantastic side dish for breakfast or brunch: perfect with eggs and vegan breakfasts. They’re also great for entertaining when you’re making a fancy brunch. Here are a few things to serve with them:

  1. Fried or poached egg: Make eggs to order while the hash browns bake.
  2. Scrambled eggs: Try this Breakfast Vegetable Scramble or Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese.
  3. Tofu scramble: This Easy Tofu Scramble magically tastes like eggs…but it’s plant based.
  4. Frittata: These Veggie Mini Frittatas work for breakfast or a fancy brunch: make them ahead so you have the oven free.
  5. Quiche or savory pie: Make this Spinach Quiche or Tomato Pie in advance and serve with hash browns.

This oven hash browns recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Hash browns in oven

Oven Hash Browns


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These homemade hash browns are baked in the oven until they’re perfectly crispy! It’s an easy hands-off method that tastes incredible.


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Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes (2 pounds)*
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grate and quick soak the potatoes: Wash the potatoes, leaving the skins on. Use the large side of a box grater or a food processor large grating blade to grate the potatoes. Place the grated potatoes into a large bowl and fill it with cold water. Tip the bowl to drain off starchy water, then fill it again. Stir the potatoes to release starches, then soak them for 2 minutes.
  3. Drain and season the potatoes: Drain the grated potatoes into a strainer, and squeeze fistfulls to remove as much liquid as possible. Place the potatoes in a bowl and stir with the olive oil, kosher salt, garlic powder and ground black pepper.
  4. Cook the potatoes: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or brush it with olive oil. Add potatoes in single layer. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes without stirring until browned and crispy on the bottom and cooked through (the exact timing depends on your oven). Scoop off of the sheet with a spatula and serve.

Notes

*If you’re cooking for a crowd, you can double this recipe and roast 2 pans at once. Make sure to switch the pan racks halfway through for the most even cooking. You’ll also need to cook them a few more minutes to get them crispy (because adding surface area decreases the airflow).

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Hash browns in oven, baked hash browns, homemade hash browns

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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