Hash browns or hashed browns are a simple potato preparation
in which potato pieces are pan-fried after being shredded, julienned, diced, or
riced. In some cultures, hash browns or hashed browns can refer to any of these
preparations, while in others it may refer to one specific preparation. In parts
of the UK, hash browns can mean fried left over mashed potato.
diced, in patty form.
Hash browns are a
staple breakfast food at diners in North America, where they are often fried on
a large common cooktop or griddle. Often they are pressed with a potato ricer to
remove moisture and to give a crispier texture. They are commonly served with
breakfast or as a side dish with steaks.
In some parts of the United States, hash browns strictly refer to shredded or
riced, pan-fried potatoes, and are considered a breakfast food, while potatoes
diced or cubed and pan-fried are also a side dish called country fried potatoes
or home fries (though many variations of home fries are par-cooked before
A chef may prepare hash browns by forming riced potatoes into patties before
frying (moisture and potato starch can hold them together); however, if a
binding agent is added (egg for example), such a preparation constitutes a
potato pancake. Frozen hash browns are sometimes made into patty form for ease
of handling, the compact flat shape can also be cooked in a toaster oven or
If a dish of hash browned potatoes incorporates chopped meat, leftovers,
or other vegetables it is more commonly referred to as