In today’s air fryer hash brown recipe, the crispy, golden hash browns are made from scratch and fried to perfection, creating a delicious addition to your breakfast or lunch.
The good news is that even when you’re in a rush and have no time to prepare, our hash brown patties can be made in advance to keep in the freezer and reheat nicely later.
Are Hash Browns Healthy?
Yes, our air fryer hash browns are healthy. Here’s why:
- Fewer in calories: Each serving of our air fryer hash browns yields only 196 calories, making this crisp treat a light side dish to pair with almost any main dish on your table.
- Low in Saturated Fat: We used only half a tablespoon of oil for baking. Therefore, the finished product comes out just golden crispy without any excess oil.
- Low in Sodium and No Added Sugar: Home cooking is a great way to control your salt and sugar intake. Specifically, we didn’t add any sugar to the recipe and limited sodium to 291 milligrams which account for less than 13% of the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines.
Best Types of Potatoes for Hash Browns
Generally, Yukon Golds are often considered the best type for hash browns since they hold their shape nicely after being cooked. Starchy potatoes like Russet, on the other hand, will give a better crisp.
We found that when using the parboil method (boil the raw potatoes until partially cooked through), the type of potato is less important than the cooking technique. Part of the reason is because the potatoes are already boiled before being placed in the air fryer, thus significantly reducing the moisture content.
In short, most of the available potatoes in stores, from the starchy to the all-purpose ones, will work great in this air fryer hash browns recipe as long as you parboil them in advance. Alternatively, you can ditch the potatoes entirely and pursue our Cauliflower Hash Browns Recipe. The result is just as golden and tasty.
If this dish is of interest to you, you may also find this Cheesy Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole helpful.
How to Make Hash Browns in an Air Fryer
Air fryer hash browns are a tasty side dish and easy to make. Here is a brief how-to:
Parboil the potatoes.
Shred the potatoes.
Season the potatoes.
Shape the hash browns.
Cook the hash browns.
For the detailed instructions, skip down to the recipe card at the bottom of this article.
How to Cook Frozen Hash Browns in an Air Fryer
Cooking hash browns from the frozen ingredients could save you a little preparation time, making the meals quicker and easier. All you have to do is increase the cooking time, usually for an extra 3 – 5 minutes. Once you cook the first batch, you will know the best time for creating delicious frozen hash browns in the future.
Tips for Making Air Fryer Hash Browns
1. How to Prepare Potatoes for This Recipe
You can wash and peel potatoes for up to 3 days in advance. Store the peeled spuds in the refrigerator and submerge them completely in cold water. When ready to use, drain the potatoes and dry them thoroughly before cooking.
2. How to Shred Potatoes for Hash Browns
Cutting potatoes into shreds is probably the most laborious task in today’s recipe. To shred the potatoes, you need a box grater, a mandoline, or a food processor.
- Box grater or Mandoline: Place your grater over a dish and choose your preferred size. Then hold the potato and press it onto the grater while sliding it from the top down. The process would be the same with the mandoline.
- Food Processor: The technique for shredding potatoes in the food processor is quite straightforward. Place a shredding disc in your machine, turn the processor on, and push your potatoes through with the plastic disc.
For more air fryer recipe ideas, have a look at our easy air fryer dinner roundup.
How to Store and Reheat Hash Browns
These delicious air fryer hash browns are a great companion to your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also, they are so easy to prepare ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. To achieve a freshly-made hash brown taste, see our storage and reheating tips below.
- Store: When properly stored, hash browns will last 3 -5 days in the refrigerator and up to 3 – 6 months in the freezer. Put your hash browns in an airtight container and place them in the fridge or freezer immediately. Otherwise, the bacteria will start to grow in cooked food if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
- Defrost: Defrosting your hash browns properly is crucial since it can help retain the taste and ensure crispy texture when reheating. Simply place your dish on the microwave plate and heat for 30 seconds. Another easy way to defrost your hash browns is to allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Just make sure that you prepare well in advance so that the frozen hash browns have enough time to defrost thoroughly.
- Reheat: The best possible way to reheat the crispy hash browns is to use the oven or the air fryer at a high temperature. The process is quite simple: cover the hash browns in aluminum foil and place them in the oven or air fryer. Heat it up at 400°F for about 10 minutes until you reach the desired crispiness.
Similarly Tasty Air Fryer Potato Recipes
When it comes to making delicious meals out of potato, the possibilities are endless. We have plenty of ideas for you to get started:
- Air Fryer Baked Potato Recipe
- Air Fryer Tater Tots Recipe
- Air Fryer Potato Wedges Recipe
- Air Fryer French Fries Recipe
Air Fryer Hash Browns Recipe
Make this air fryer hash browns recipe with simple ingredients available in your pantry for a classic dinner side dish within 30 minutes.
- cook TIME 25 mins
- prep TIME 5 mins
- total TIME 30 mins
- COURSE Breakfast
- CUISINE American
- SERVINGS servings
- CALORIES 196 kcal
- 0.3 tspsalt
- 16 ozpotatoes
- 2 tbspall-purpose flour
- 0.5 tspgarlic powder
- 0.5 tsponion powder
- 0.3 tspblack pepper
- 1 tbspparsley
- 2 tbspsheavy cream
- 1 tbspolive oil (divided)
- 1 tbspJapanese mayonnaise
- 1 tbspHeinz ketchup
- 0.5 ozParmesan powder
Parcook the potatoes: Put 16 oz potatoes into a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 7 minutes on the highest setting. Leave the potatoes covered and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes.
Shred the potatoes: Once they are cool enough to handle, shred them with the largest holes of a box grater.
Season the potatoes: In a large bowl, combine the shredded potatoes, 2 tbsp flour, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 tbsp parsley, 0.5 oz Parmesan cheese, 2 tbsps heavy cream, and 1/2 tbsp olive oil.
Shape the hash browns: Gently press in the palm of your hand into an oblong, rectangular shape.
Cook the hash browns: Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 390°F. Gently place them into the air fryer and brush the remaining 1/2 tbsp olive oil on top. Cook for 10 minutes. Flip and cook for another 5 minutes on the other side.
Serve: Transfer the hash browns into a serving dish. Put 1 tbsp Heinz ketchup and 1 tbsp mayonnaise into small sauce bowls. Serve warm.