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Make your mornings more satisfying with Air Fryer Hash Browns! This revitalized classic breakfast item, cooked to crispy perfection in an air fryer, offers a healthier choice without giving up taste. Convenient and easy, it is perfect for a quick meal or side dish.

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There’s something comforting about the crisp edges and soft interior of a perfectly cooked hash brown. Traditionally, achieving that golden crunch meant frying in plenty of oil, leaving us with a greasy kitchen and heavy food. Enter the air fryer – a game changer in the world of home cooking. This nifty kitchen gadget has revolutionized the way we cook many classic dishes, offering a healthier alternative without sacrificing taste or texture. Among these dishes, air fryer hash browns are one of our favorites.

Whether you are looking for a quick breakfast side or a savory snack, air fryer hash browns present a combination of simplicity and flavor that is hard to beat!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These air fryer hash browns take only 10 minutes to cook.
  • Air frying uses significantly less oil than traditional pan-frying, making this a lighter and less greasy dish.
  • Ditch the preheating! Air fryers cook quickly and efficiently, getting your hash browns on the table in under 25 minutes.
  • The air fryer’s circulating hot air creates a restaurant-worthy crispness that rivals deep-frying.
  • No more splattering oil! The air fryer basket makes cleanup a breeze.
  • These hash browns are great for busy mornings, weekend brunches, and family holidays.
  • This recipe is great for many diets and lifestyles. It is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, and nut-free.
  • Check out these Air Fryer Eggs for another air fryer breakfast recipe.

Ingredients & Substitutes

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for these air fryer hash browns. Scroll down to the recipe card for the entire recipe.

Russet potatoes are perfect for shredding into hash browns. We use a cheese grater to shred the potatoes.

Olive oil spray helps prevent sticking. In addition, it helps make the hash browns more crispy.

Sprinkle sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder on top before air frying.

Ingredients for air fryer hash browns.

Taste & Texture

These air fryer hash browns boast a delightful textural contrast. The outsides are beautifully browned and satisfyingly crisp, while the insides stay light and fluffy.

Seasoning with a bit of salt, pepper, and garlic powder elevates the flavor profile, making these hash browns a delicious addition to any breakfast dish.

How to Make

Step 1

First, spray your air fryer basket with olive oil spray. Place the shredded potatoes in the basket in an even layer. Pack them together.

Step 2

Spray the shredded potatoes with more nonstick spray. Sprinkle the sea salt, garlic powder, and black pepper all over.

Shredded potatoes in basket.

Step 3

Air fry at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes. If you can, carefully flip the potatoes and air fry for an additional 5 minutes. You may need to cut it into smaller pieces to flip over.

Crispy hash browns.

Step 4

Finally, remove the hash browns from the air fryer and serve!

Crispy shredded potatoes.

Expert Tips for Success

For homemade hash browns, removing excess moisture from grated potatoes is essential for achieving maximum crispness. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible using a cheesecloth or paper towels.

Moisture Matters: For homemade hash browns, removing excess moisture from grated potatoes is essential for achieving maximum crispness. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible using a cheesecloth or paper towels.

Spreading the hash browns out in a single layer ensures even cooking and maximum crispness. Cook in batches if your air fryer doesn’t have a lot of space.

To achieve even browning on both sides, give your hash browns a gentle flip halfway through the cooking time.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

Here are some delicious ways to switch up the flavor of your air fryer hash browns.

Cheesy Hash Browns: Mix shredded cheese into your potato mixture before cooking for a gooey, melted result.

Spicy Kick: Add a dash of cayenne pepper or diced jalapeños to the mix for a bit of heat.

Herb-Infused: Mix in fresh herbs like chives, parsley, or rosemary for a fragrant twist.

Bacon Bits: For meat lovers, adding cooked, crumbled bacon will provide a smoky, savory dimension.

Potatoes with ketchup.

How to Serve & Store

For the ultimate crispness, enjoy your air fryer hash browns immediately. They pair perfectly with scrambled eggs, over hard eggs, bacon, air fryer sausage, or your favorite breakfast recipe. Check out our healthy breakfast recipes for more great breakfast ideas.

Make dinner completely in your air fryer with this Air Fryer Mahi Mahi!

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What temperature should I use for air frying hash browns?

A temperature between 350°F and 380°F (175°C and 190°C) is ideal for air frying hash browns.

My hash browns aren’t crisping up. What am I doing wrong?

There could be a few reasons for this. Make sure you aren’t overcrowding the air fryer basket, as this will prevent even cooking and crisping. Also, ensure you’ve removed as much moisture as possible from your grated potatoes (if making them from scratch).

Can I use frozen hash browns instead of making them from scratch?

Absolutely! Frozen hash browns work perfectly in the air fryer. Follow the package instructions for cooking time, but generally, they require less cooking time than homemade hash browns since they are pre-cooked.

Fork with hash browns.

Equipment Needed

Air Fryer: I use this air fryer almost every single day!

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