These air fryer hash browns are perfect for an addition to any breakfast. Make them as a quick side and top with your choice of ketchup or pico de gallo!
- Russet Potatoes: The key base to hash browns is the hearty baking russet potato. Buy them in bulk and make a full freezer bag of hash browns at a time.
- Oil: Adding oil to the hash browns will give the potatoes a good crunch and crisp.
- Salt: Salt will not only draw out the excess water of the potatoes, but it will also season the hash browns. Add as much or as little seasoning to the hash browns as you would like.
- Vinegar: An acid will keep the hash browns from oxidizing and turning brown. Add the vinegar to cold water.
How to Make Air Fryer Hash Browns
Making these air fryer hash browns is actually quite easy.
First, take a box grater and use the “medium” grate side. Wash your potatoes well and set aside.
Take a large mixing bowl and fill half way with cold water and add in the vinegar. Grate the potatoes into the mixing bowl. The vinegar and cold water will keep the potato from oxidizing and turning brown.
Once all your potatoes are grated into the mixing bowl. Empty the potatoes into a cheesecloth and add the salt. Mix well and let the potatoes drain for about 10 minutes. The salt will draw out any excess water from the potato.
After the 10 minutes, squeeze out as much water as possible from the grated potatoes. Then, add in the oil and coat evenly.
Add about a cup or so of the hash browns to the air fryer basket and fry at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Take out of the air fryer and serve.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Hash Browns
Hash browns are traditionally served as a breakfast side dish. If you’re anything like me though, you’ll have breakfast any time of day.
Serve your freshly-made hash browns with a spicy ketchup, a fried egg on top, or even just with salt and pepper.
Looking for more ideas for what to serve with your hash browns? Take a look below:
- Pico de Gallo
- Fried or scrambled eggs
- Breakfast sausages
Common Hash Brown Questions
What type of air fryer should I use?
I like using my Cuisinart Toaster Oven/ Air Fryer combo. It has a huge basket for air frying which is really what you want when it comes to air frying. The most surface area, the more room the hot air has to evenly fry your food.
How to keep potatoes from turning brown?
Are you noticing that your shredded potatoes are turning brown before you can cook them? It’s because the potatoes are oxidizing, very similarly to how an apple or avocado turns brown after you cut into it. Prevent the browning by adding the shredded potatoes into cold water and adding an acid to it, such as lemon or vinegar.
How much oil should I use?
I recommend about 1 tablespoons of a neutral cooking oil for every cup of shredded potato. This equals about 1/4 cup of oil for this recipe. Usually, when you get hash browns from a restaurant, they are covered in oil. When you make them at home, you can opt to use much less oil.
Why are my potatoes turning brown?
Potatoes naturally oxidize with the air when they are cut. This is perfectly normal. One way to slow the oxidation process is to add the potatoes to cold water and an acid, such as vinegar or lemon juice as soon as they are grated.
How to avoid soggy hash browns?
If you end up with soggy hash browns, it’s because you have too much water in your potatoes.
After grating the potato, add in salt to the grated potato and mix well. Allow the mixture to drain for at least 10 minutes and then squeeze out any extra water. Any excess water will make your hash browns soggy.
How can I freeze hash browns?
You can make these hash browns ahead of time. If you want to make a big batch of hash browns and unsure what to do with the left overs, store the grated potatoes in a freezer bag and freeze for use at a later time.
How to make frozen hash browns
If you want to make hash browns from potatoes that have been previously frozen, just heat some oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat and add your frozen potatoes. Pan fry the hash browns until they are golden brown. Since these potatoes are frozen and not freshly grated, you will need to add about 5 minutes of frying time.
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