Air Fryer Hash Browns - This mess-free hash brown recipe is a keeper

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Air Fryer Hash Browns - This mess-free hash brown recipe is a keeper

Some things are made to be fried in the open air and French fries are quite possibly at the top of that list.

While there are many ways to make hash browns, cooking them in the air fryer is really quick and they are incredibly crunchy. Like, SO CRUNCHY.

While some French fries recipes start with frozen fries, I wanted to start with freshly grated potatoes to see how it would work and this recipe turned out amazing, just follow the tips below.

If you're a French fry lover, this is a quick and easy way to get wonderfully crispy French fries.

You have to try! The resulting hash browns are golden, crisp, and perfect with eggs and hot sauce, if you like!

Use Yukon Golds for Air Fryer Hash Browns

While Russet potatoes are the most common potatoes, you would find that Yukon potatoes produce the best results for these fried potato chips.

They are slightly smaller than Russets and have a waxy coat instead of the harsh brown coat.

The key element of Yukon potatoes is that they contain slightly less starch than Russet potatoes, so the strings are further apart and get really crispy.

With that being said, you can substitute Russet potatoes and they should be crispy and delicious.

I would make sure to peel Russets as the skin can be thicker.

I like my hash browns to be like individual pieces of crispy potato, but if you want a more hash brown-like situation, it would be nice to use Russet potatoes as the strips will stick together better.

For crispy fries, wash the potatoes

I like to peel my potatoes for fries, but if you're using Yukons, it's honestly optional. You can get away with not peeling them.

What you absolutely must do is wash the potatoes well.

After grating them on a box grater, add them to a bowl of cold water and rinse them very well until the water is almost clear. I wash mine 2-3 times.

This will remove most of the starch from the outside of the potatoes. But, of course, now they are wet, which is not good for frying.

Next, transfer the fries to paper towels and pat dry as much as possible.

When they're almost dry, add them to a bowl with all your seasonings and you're ready to make fries!

Tips for Fries in the Air Fryer

To prevent sticking, spray the basket of a fryer with nonstick spray, then layer the fries in a thin layer.

I also like to spray the hash browns with a little spray just to give them a bit of oil on the surface.

It's impossible to have a single layer of hash brown, but try to have an even layer with no large clumps of hash brown.

Start cooking and stir halfway through. Air fry this batch of fries at 350°F for about 8 minutes.

Then take out the fries and toss gently to make sure they cook evenly.

They are then returned to the fryer for another 6 to 8 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.

Prepare breakfast

These are a great accompaniment to so many brunch items, but if you want to keep it fancy, just serve them with some eggs sunny side up or over easy.

They would also be delicious with this Breakfast Bagel Casserole recipe!


  • 2 cups shredded Yukon potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • nonstick spray
  • chives or parsley, garnish


Peel and grate the potatoes:

Peel the potatoes and grate them with a box grater in the large holes.

Wash the potatoes:

Add the grated potatoes to a bowl of cold water. Wash the potatoes several times until the water is almost clear.

Drain as much water as possible from the potatoes.

Alternatively, you can rinse the potatoes in a sieve, but some potatoes may slip through the holes in the sieve!

Dry the potatoes:

Remove the potatoes from the bowl and spread them out on some paper towels and pat dry well.

Season the potatoes:

Then add the grated potatoes to a large bowl and season with paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir with a spoon to season evenly.

Air fry the hash browns:

Spray a fryer basket with nonstick spray.

Spread the fries in a fryer basket in an even layer. Then spray the fries with some nonstick cooking spray. It's okay if some overlap or stack.

Close the fryer basket and fry the hash browns for 8 minutes at 350˚F.


Open the fryer basket and gently stir the potatoes with a wooden spoon so they cook evenly. If there are pieces of potatoes, try to separate them.

The potatoes may start to color around the edges, which is a good thing!

Finish cooking the hash browns:

Close the basket again, then fry them a second time for 6-8 minutes until crisp.


Divide the hashbrowns between plates and serve with eggs and sprinkle with fresh chives or parsley.

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