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Sweet Potato Hash Browns

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This sweet potato hash brown recipe creates crispy, crunchy rounds that are perfect for breakfast or brunch. Thanks to sweet potatoes, they’re lighter and more flavorful than regular hash browns. 

Sweet Potato Hash Browns – Crispy, crunchy rounds that are perfect for breakfast or brunch. Sometimes I even make these for dinner as a savory side!

These hash browns are an ideal side for gluten free waffles or something lighter like a smoothie bowl! And bonus! They’re savory, so they could even double as a side for dinner.

Any mention of “hash browns” brings to mind a clear image for me: a Waffle House with sticky counters and greasy floors, Garth Brooks playing on the old jukebox, and me reaching for the salt and smacking the sides of a Heinz 57 bottle to drown the saturated, starchy potatoes in some kind of flavor.

But sweet potato hash browns? Throw all preconceived notions out the window. Sweet potatoes are naturally better than their lackluster tuber cousins. Higher in vitamins and minerals and brimming with fiber and flavor, they offer an alternative that can’t be beat.

Sweet Potato Hash Browns – Crispy, crunchy rounds that are perfect for breakfast or brunch. Sometimes I even make these for dinner as a savory side!

Waffle House memories offer a glimpse into my early years, shortly after my parents bought a bowling alley. The days were long and the nights were longer. Factory and homemaker leagues filled the mornings and the nights consisted of more full leagues and open bowling on the weekends.

Sometimes my brother and I got to stick around while the grown-ups cleaned and counted down the drawers. On the good nights and on the late nights, I remember a group of special people who stuck around after close. They had bowled, worked, and helped clean so that everyone could leave earlier and get to “breakfast.”

Sweet Potato Hash Browns – Crispy, crunchy rounds that are perfect for breakfast or brunch. Sometimes I even make these for dinner as a savory side!

Those days seem so far gone but still so fresh in my memory. The people have changed, the bowling alley has changed, the economy has changed, our bowlers have changed, and our lives have changed.

For me, whether they’re regular or sweet, hash browns will always bring to mind memories of happy, late nights. As young as I was, I knew that other kids were not so lucky. They were fast asleep in their superhero and princess-themed sheets, ready to be well-rested for another day at school. But Jacob and I? We were hearing real-life stories from the day’s events and being exposed to a world unknown to most kids our age. Whether for better or for worse, we got a serving of reality along with our belgian waffles and scrambled eggs.

Clark and I enjoyed these hash browns á la carte before we headed out to explore Cobble Hill in Brooklyn one Saturday afternoon. Each crispy bite reminded me of those late nights at Waffle House. After the recipe was shot and the hash browns were gone, we had plenty of energy to last us the rest of the day.

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Sweet Potato Hash Browns

4.3 from 10 reviews

Hash browns made healthier with sweet potatoes. They’re crispy and crunchy and perfect for breakfast & brunch.

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  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes [peeled and shredded]
  • 1/4 c. sweet white onion [chopped]
  • 4 garlic cloves [minced]
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • olive oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Wash and peel sweet potatoes, then shred them. Using a colander, rinse the sweet potatoes until the water runs mostly clear. Squeeze the rinsed potatoes to remove excess water and empty them into a medium bowl.
  2. Add onion, flour, garlic, salt, pepper, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil to the sweet potatoes and mix everything well.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil to a cast iron or regular skillet and heat on medium-high. Test the pan by tossing in a couple of sweet potato shreds — if it crackles, the pan is ready. Use a ¼ cup to measure the sweet potato into the pan and then use a spatula to flatten them out.
  4. Cook for 3 minutes, then flip and cook for 2 more. You may need to vary the cooking time depending on your skillet and stove. Golden to medium brown and crispy is what you’re going for.
  5. As you finish the patties, remove them from the skillet and allow them to cool for a few minutes on a paper towel-lined plate.

 

86 Comments
  • Tracey
    May 22, 2017

    Great recipe thank you……I didnt follow exactly as I didnt have gluten free flour on hand but they turned out fine…..
    I noticed a few comments with difficulty when flipping……before I put mine in the pan I took finger fulls (if thats a word ) and scrunched them so they stuck together slightly then added them to the pan and pressed them with an egg flip once I turned them it was simple everything stuck together…….hope that helps x

    • Dr. McBreamy
      June 25, 2017

      Had a bowl of sweet potatoes and hungry for breakfast. I didn’t have sweet onion so I used red onion. I used reg flour. Result: Oh My! So freaking good! Thanks for this great recipe!

  • cee wags
    April 15, 2017

    So dissapointed! Do not use coconut flour. TRY CAULIFLOWER hash browns, THE BOMB! The FAT needed in this recipe will KILL YOU! Great picture though. YOU FOOLED ME!

    • thefitchen
      April 19, 2017

      I’ve made this recipe dozens of times with perfect results. Judging by the other comments on this recipe, it seems that plenty of others have tried it with success, too. You’ll find that life is much more pleasant when you stop blaming others for your own shortcomings. Have a wonderful day!

    • Lj
      June 25, 2017

      The taste was lovely but the coconut flour left the shreds tasting a bit grainy.

    • Marion
      August 13, 2017

      The fat used are healthy fats which will only benefit your health.

  • Kathy
    February 26, 2017

    These hashbrowns were absolutely delicious!!! They came out perfectly…thank you!! I fried up enough for one meal for myself and am putting the rest in the frig to have an awesome breakfast for the next few days…if I can wait till breakfast tomorrow! ;)

  • Maria
    February 11, 2017

    I tried these with almond flour and they were heavenly! Tried with oat but liked texture of almond better. Thanks for the awesome recipe!! Love it!!

  • Saurav
    January 19, 2017

    Hi I love the recipe, however when I flip my hash browns they tend to break apart please help!

    • thefitchen
      January 25, 2017

      Hi there! I’m sorry to hear that! My guess is that your hash browns may be a bit dry? Try adding a bit more olive oil to the mixture (1/2 – 1 Tablespoon) And make sure the skillet is hot enough to start sizzling when you place your hash browns in. Flipping is definitely a tricky part of the process. I hope this helps!

  • Danielle
    January 16, 2017

    This recipe was delicious – I made it for the first time tonight. Mine didn’t stay bound together in nice looking patties like in your pictures. Do you have any hints as to where I didn’t follow instructions close enough? Would that have meant I didn’t squeeze out enough water? Didn’t use enough flour? Or maybe it’s something else I’m not thinking of…? Even if they didn’t look as pretty the flavor was amazing and I can’t wait to try the recipe again!

    • thefitchen
      January 17, 2017

      Hi Danielle! Hmmm… my guess is that you probably could’ve removed more of the water. And then, once you scoop the mixture into the pan and flatten, be sure not to make them too thin. Push the edges in to keep it all nicely together. There is definitely some technique involved with this recipe and it sounds like you got them close! I bet they’ll be even better next time. :D

    • Deejay
      July 18, 2017

      I’m wondering if adding an egg would help to bind the mixture. Just a thought. I’m so anxious to try this recipe but I’m in bed already. Just saw it. Also I only have frozen sweet potatoes. I’m unsure if that would result in same quality of hash browns

      • Jeannie Buck
        August 9, 2017

        I was thinking the same thing – maybe egg white (?), for binding…

        • thefitchen
          August 14, 2017

          It seems like several people have had issues with binding… I will retest this recipe with egg and see how it goes!

      • Marion
        August 13, 2017

        Mine fell apart so I thought an egg might help too. I just stir fried it and it still tasted awesome.

        • thefitchen
          August 14, 2017

          Interesting. I’m glad they still turned out tasty even though they fell apart!

  • scott gianola
    May 26, 2016

    great hashbrowns, add greens on top, eggs on top of that,adda side of baking powder biscuts
    don’t forget the a little hot sauce and stand back ,enjoy!!!!!!!

  • D
    May 21, 2016

    My rating was 5, not 4 stars – not sure what happened …

  • D
    May 21, 2016

    Excellent – highly recommend ! Over easy egg on top, sliced avocado on side – great breakfast for supper tonight

    • thefitchen
      May 25, 2016

      Thanks for letting us know! So glad you enjoyed these. :) Yes – they are perfect for reheating, too!

  • Jan Van Dessel
    April 16, 2016

    Followed recipe as described and worked perfectly. Great to discover a new addition to our ‘treat’ breakfast. Thanks de posting :)

    • thefitchen
      May 17, 2016

      Hi Jan –

      I’m glad to hear you liked the hash browns! They’re perfect for special breakfasts. :)

  • Elizabeth
    March 23, 2016

    This sounds amazing! Will make for breakfast on Friday as we are doing a colon cleanse and do not eat anything white or grains…..lots of almond/coconut flour and all things coconut.
    Have 5 dozen very fresh farm free range eggs to use.
    Thank you. Love the blog and all information you provide.
    Elizabeth

  • Jess
    February 22, 2016

    Made these for breakfast today and loved them, thank you for the recipe!
    I used buckwheat flour and as someone above mentioned, the mixture didn’t bind in the bowl at all. However! I squished my mixture into my 1/4 cup measurer to make 4 little patties and just kept squishing them back together in the pan. It worked a treat and they were heavenly :)
    Glad to find a recipe for sweet potato cakes/hash browns that doesn’t include an egg as I like mine on top!

    • thefitchen
      February 23, 2016

      Hi Jess –

      Thanks for letting us know! I’m so glad you liked them. :) I’m with you – an egg on top makes everything better!

  • Jodi
    February 18, 2016

    Any idea of how many calories are in one? Can’t wait to make them!
    Best food blog ever- so happy I found you!

  • PFletch
    January 1, 2016

    Hi Jordan & Clark,

    To make my weekday mornings easier, i’ve been making “Make Ahead Healthy Egg McMuffin Copycats” from The Yummy Life . I use a “sandwich thin” for them, and, no matter how late i am, i can grab one and be out the door in 2 minutes.

    Your Sweet Potato Hash Browns will be a perfect go-with, and lunch won’t seem so far off. I’m going to try baking them in the whoopie pans, too. This recipe has my mouth watering — and i surely do love sweet potatoes?! Thank you!!!

    • thefitchen
      January 4, 2016

      That sounds like a fantastic breakfast – what a feast! These hash browns will definitely go perfect with an egg “mcmuffin.” Enjoy, and happy breakfasting!

  • November 2015 Calendar Word
    October 13, 2015

    looking delicious. Never cooked, but surely gonna try this. Thanks for elaborating everything in detail.

  • Nakita
    September 9, 2015

    This recipe is absolutely fantastic. The hash browns were simply divine! I added 1/2 cup of spinach to the mix and used sweet potato flour. Thanks so much for posting.

    • thefitchen
      September 12, 2015

      Hi Nakita –

      Thanks so much for your feedback! I’m so glad you loved the hash browns – I love the idea of adding spinach. My fridge is crammed with garden chard right now and that sounds like a great solution!

  • Dee
    May 30, 2015

    Delicious! I mixed the ingredients together well, then made round cakes by forming them by hand and flattening a bit. The thinner they are, the crispier. Since they resembled mini potato pancakes I added a little sour cream to the top. Hubby and I both loved them. It takes some time to prepare but it was worth it.

  • Rain
    May 17, 2015

    This sounds soooooo good ! About how many hash browns will this recipe yield ? And also , i plan to make these ahead of time so i can eat them throughtout the week … best way to reheat ?

    • thefitchen
      May 17, 2015

      Hi Rain –

      This recipe makes about 6-8 hash browns, depending on the size of your potatoes and how large you make the hash browns. I haven’t tried to reheat them, but I would recommend using the oven at 400º to keep them crispy. Just watch them for burning at that temperature – it should only take a few minutes to heat them back up!

  • Michael
    April 11, 2015

    Why is there a novella before the recipe? Do I have to read it every time I make them? – Sincerely, A Fuck Face

    • thefitchen
      April 12, 2015

      Hi “A Fuck Face” –

      Luckily, there’s no one holding a gun to your head to require you to read the blog post that accompanies my recipe. Since you seem to be unaware of what a blog is, you’re more than welcome to seek out recipes from elsewhere in the future. Perhaps marthastewart.com or pauladeen.com would be more suited to your tastes.

      Sincerely,
      The Fitchen’s Novellista-in-Chief

      • Arleen
        July 24, 2016

        I think this was the only blog I read completely thru. It was so interesting. I usually skip to the recipe which is usually in a box at the bottom. Trolls….

        Making this this am. Debating on adding an egg or swapping coconut flour. Could do Noth I suppose and leave the amt of coconut flour the same.

        • thefitchen
          July 24, 2016

          Hi Arleen – Thanks for reading and for the kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. :) I hope you love these hash browns!

  • Lindsay
    March 30, 2015

    these were amazing! had them with grilled chicken as a side dish. Will be making often!

    • thefitchen
      March 31, 2015

      Hi Lindsay –

      Love how you paired the hash browns with chicken! What a smart side dish. I usually only think of having hash browns for breakfast but hey, why not have them for dinner?!

  • Adam M
    August 22, 2014

    Wow! I used coconut flour and coconut oil instead of olive oil. Just threw it all in a big cast iron pan and fried it up together. This was so delicious! The garlic cloves in this were perfect.

    • thefitchen
      August 22, 2014

      Awesome! Glad to know those changes still worked. Totally agree – these hash browns are the bomb! Thanks for letting us know. :)

    • Hazel
      July 18, 2016

      Excellent! I was wondering if coconut flour would work, going to make a batch and freeze some!

  • Sophia
    June 27, 2014

    These are so great with an over easy egg on top. The yolk and the sweet potato taste so good together.

    • thefitchen
      June 28, 2014

      Mmmm… doesn’t everything go better with an over-easy egg on top?? That’s my latest addiction. I must try it with these hash browns now!

  • Genevieve
    May 17, 2014

    Yummm these worked perfectly for me. I quartered the recipe cuz it was just for me. I used rice flour. Perfectly crispy on the outside and mushy (but cooked) on the inside.

    But lesson learned to make them small enough to flip!! Haha

    • thefitchen
      May 18, 2014

      Just the way a hash brown should be! Glad you enjoyed them. :)

  • Zenee Miller
    April 11, 2014

    I will be trying this in a few days! Great idea and alternative to regular hash browns!

    • thefitchen
      April 12, 2014

      We love these so much better than regular — perfect alongside eggs and turkey bacon or even waffles!

  • April
    April 3, 2014

    These are great, my only issue is that you didnt really specify how big the potatoes had to be and i used enourmous ones, meaning i had to improvise in order to get it to bind.

    Also friendly suggestion! I added cashew, brazil nut and almond paste and lemon pepper to mine for a bit of something different and its great!

  • Alana
    February 18, 2014

    I followed the recipe to a T but unfortunately, these sounded yummy but they didn’t work for me. I think they need something to bind them together – maybe a flax egg? How are they supposed to stick together?

    • thefitchen
      February 20, 2014

      I’m sorry they didn’t work out for you! The flour and oil does a great job of keeping them held together for us. You could definitely try a flax egg to see if that helps! These definitely don’t come out looking like a solid, round potato hash brown [not like McDonald’s, for sure!]. They end up a bit more rough-looking.

    • jodie
      August 2, 2014

      Iv just tried these I halved the recipe but as I’m from the UK I just estimated what looked right as we don’t use cups so I think iv over done it with the onion and there’s a bit of a bitter taste I also ended up adding an egg to try and bind it! My healthy hash browns have failed :(

      • thefitchen
        August 6, 2014

        I’m sorry to hear that. :( Maybe with closer conversions it would work out – I hope you give it another try, these are SO delicious!

      • Sarah
        February 28, 2015

        1 US cup = roughly 236ml

        I use my pyrex measuring jug, or purchase some cup measures on eBay they’re cheap!

  • Cerise
    February 8, 2014

    Can you freeze these?

    • thefitchen
      February 11, 2014

      Haven’t tried that yet, but I don’t see why not!

  • crumpins
    January 24, 2014

    This may be a silly question… why does the shredded sweet potato need to be rinsed?

    • thefitchen
      January 24, 2014

      No silly questions here! Rinsing the sweet potato gets rid of the starchy substance that it naturally has. Then, when you squeeze the water out, it takes the moisture out of the sweet potato, making them easier to fry up. Hope that helps!

      • Hedel
        March 25, 2016

        good questions and thanks for the response… :) i was going to skip that step… good to know :)

  • Lacie
    January 10, 2014

    It’s really good with curry flavored coconut oil.

    • thefitchen
      January 10, 2014

      That sounds like a unique variation! Yum!

  • indra
    January 2, 2014

    love the recipe! I used coconut oil instead of olive oil. Olive oil is not meant for med to high heat and changes to a unhealthy oil when cooked at high temps.

    • thefitchen
      January 5, 2014

      Glad to know they’re good with coconut oil, too! Thanks! :)

  • Piper
    December 29, 2013

    I used regular flour and garlic powder – still great!

  • kristina
    August 29, 2013

    did you use coconut flour?

    • thefitchen
      August 29, 2013

      We used a blend of flours — oat, brown rice, millet, chickpea. Coconut would likely work just fine! You might need to use a little less than we did because coconut flour is more absorbent.

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