Hash Browns For One

The best buttery, crisp hash browns made from 1 potato! This small batch hash browns recipe is so easy to make. Shredded potatoes cooked in butter, lightly seasoned, crispy, and absolutely delicious! The perfect amount for one person.

hash browns with bacon and eggs on a plate | one dish kitchen

A good hash browns recipe is one that every home cook should have in their arsenal of recipes. Sure you can buy the frozen kind, but let’s face it – homemade hash browns are way better.

If you’re cooking for one, you might be tempted to pick up a bag for convenience sake – please don’t. Buying a big bag isn’t worth it. Making hash browns from scratch is just so easy.

In fact, just one small to medium potato will yield a perfect amount for one person and the hash browns cook in minutes.

What Are Hash Browns?

Hash browns are a popular American breakfast food consisting of shredded potatoes which are fried in butter or oil. In some parts of the country, they are referred to as home fries and hashed browns and are very popular in diners.

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How To Make Hash Browns

This hash brown recipe will yield enough to serve one person. The ingredients can easily be doubled or tripled if you are serving more than one.

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See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and complete instructions.

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 potato
  • butter
  • kosher salt
  • crushed black pepper
  • garlic powder

Step 1: Scrub and peel the potato.

one potato used for making homemade hash browns | one dish kitchen

Step 2: Shred the potato.

You can use a food processor or a box grater for this step.

shredded potatoes for hash browns | one dish kitchen

Step 3: Soak potatoes in cold water.

Immediately put the potatoes in a big bowl of cool water. Soaking removes some of the starch and prevents the potatoes from turning brown.

raw hash browns soaking in water | one dish kitchen

Step 4: Drain and rinse potatoes.

Transfer the potatoes to a colander, drain and rinse the potatoes with clean water.

Gently squeeze the potatoes and put them on a clean towel. Give them another squeeze to remove any excess water.

How To Cook Hash Browns

See recipe box below for complete instructions.

  1. Melt butter in a skillet. Add the potatoes and cook 4-5 minutes undisturbed.
  2. When the underside of the potatoes are golden brown, flip them over with a spatula and season with spices.
  3. Break up the large pieces of potatoes with a rubber spatula and cook until potatoes are done.

Tips For Making The Best Hash Browns

  • Make sure you thoroughly rinse the potatoes before cooking. When soaking the potatoes in water, slosh them around so they release some of the starch. Finish by rinsing very well.
  • Dry the potatoes well. This is so important and essential if you want crisp and not soggy hash browns. Squeeze them in a dry dish towel, and squeeze them again to make sure all of the water is out.
  • Season the hash browns well. Feel free to adjust the amount of seasoning you use to suit your taste.
  • Feel free to add additional butter to the skillet when cooking the hash browns. If you don’t hear the potatoes sizzle, you need to add more butter.
  • Resist the urge to flip your potatoes before they are ready to be flipped. Wait until you see a gorgeously golden underside.
hash browns with eggs and bacon | one dish kitchen

What Size Pan Is Best For Making Hash Browns?

For this small batch hashbrowns recipe, I use a potato that weighs roughly between 8 and 9-ounces. I like to use a cast iron skillet that is around 10 to 12-inches large.

You can also use a non-stick skillet of the same size. The cast iron will give a crispier crust but both work well.

So many of the recipes on One Dish Kitchen call for using a 6-inch skillet and if you have one of those, feel free to use it. You will have to cook the hash browns in two batches.

What Kind Of Potatoes Are Best For Hash Browns?

There are so many different kinds of potatoes in the supermarket, it can be hard to tell which one is best to use when making hash browns.

It might help to understand the different kinds of potatoes: waxy and mealy. Mealy potatoes like russets have a higher starch content and lower water content, so they get dry and fluffy when cooked as opposed to ones that get soggy and stick together like Yukon Golds.

For best results, choose russet potatoes.

What To Serve With Hash Browns

Typically hash browns are served with breakfast foods, but they’re also great with dinner too. You might like to enjoy them with any of these single serving recipes:

French Toast

Waffle

Breakfast Casserole

Cheesy Baked Eggs

Biscuits

Eggs with Smoked Salmon

Breakfast Burritos

Pancakes

homemade hash browns on a plate | one dish kitchen

Other Potato Recipes

You might enjoy these single serving and small batch potato recipes:

Chili Cheese Baked Potato

Baked French Fries

Potato and Asparagus Crustless Quiche For One

Scalloped Potatoes For One

Mashed Potatoes For One

Twice Baked Potato

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Homemade Hash Browns Recipe

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Hash Browns For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hash browns, potato
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce russet potato peeled
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Using the largest holes on a box grater or a food processor, shred potato.
    shredded potatoes for hash browns | one dish kitchen
  • Transfer immediately to a large bowl of cold water; stir until water is cloudy. Drain and rinse potatoes well under cool running water to remove any excess starch.
    soaking potatoes for hash browns | one dish kitchen
  • Transfer potatoes to a clean dish towel. Gather the ends of the towel together and twist, squeezing firmly to wring out liquid. Gently squeeze the potatoes in the dish towel again to make sure all liquid is removed.
    drying potatoes for hash browns | one dish kitchen
  • Melt butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add potatoes and cook, undisturbed, until a golden brown crust forms on the bottom, about 5 minutes.
  • Using a rubber spatula, flip the potatoes over and add the seasonings. Use the spatula to break up any large clumps of potatoes and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until potatoes are crisp and browned, 5 minutes. (You might find that you need to add a 1/2 tablespoon or more of butter to the pan if the potatoes start to stick).
  • Season to taste with additional salt, if necessary, and serve hot.

Notes

Tips For Making The Best Hash Browns

  • Make sure you thoroughly rinse the potatoes before cooking. When soaking the potatoes in water, slosh them around so they release some of the starch. Finish by rinsing very well.
  • Dry the potatoes well. This is so important and essential if you want crisp and not soggy hash browns. Squeeze them in a dry dish towel, and squeeze them again to make sure all of the water is out.
  • Season the hash browns well. Feel free to adjust the amount of seasoning you use to suit your taste.
  • Feel free to add additional butter to the skillet when cooking the hash browns. If you don’t hear the potatoes sizzle, you need to add more butter.
  • Resist the urge to flip your potatoes before they are ready to be flipped. Wait until you see a gorgeously golden underside.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 952mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 350IU
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