Breakfast & Brunch

Diner Hash Browns

Posted: June 27

Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

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Among the hallmarks of a classic trip to the diner, few are as universally beloved as a plate of Diner Hash Browns. Whether next to scrambled eggs, juicy burgers, or enjoyed all on their own with a classic milkshake, Diner Hash Browns have everything you want in a sunny morning sidedish! Crunchy potatoes, lightly seasoned and spicy, pan-fried to a golden brown will bring a smile to your face as you sink your teeth into each bite. Grab your favorite dipping sauce and get your grin ready!


2 russet potatoes, peeled
3 tablespoons clarified butter
salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
cayenne pepper, to taste
paprika, to taste


Step 1

Fill a large bowl with cold water.

Step 2

Shred the potatoes in the cold water.

Step 3

Stir the potatoes until the water is cloudy.

Step 4

Drain the potatoes and then cover them again with cold, clean water.

Step 5

Repeat the process until the water runs clear. This removes the excess starch from the potatoes and helps ensure a crispy texture in the final product.

Step 6

Drain the potatoes a final time and pat them as dry as possible with paper towels.

Step 7

Squeeze any excess moisture from the potatoes. Moisture can make the hash browns less crispy.

Step 8

Heat the clarified butter in a large non-stick pan over medium heat.

Step 9

Sprinkle the shredded potatoes into the hot butter.

Step 10

Season the potatoes with salt, pepper, cayenne, and paprika.

Step 11

Cook the potatoes until a brown crust forms on the bottom, about 5 minutes.

Step 12

Flip the potatoes and continue to cook until browned all over, about 5 minutes.

Step 13

Serve hot.

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