How Do I Make Hash Browns Out of Mashed Potatoes?

Hash browns can be a tasty side dish.

According to, hash browns are "crisp-fried potatoes made by dicing, chopping, or mashing boiled potatoes and browning them in hot fat or oil." Hash browns are not just a breakfast food. They are a tasty side dish that can go with any meal. Traditionally, hash browns are made from shredded or cubed potatoes. However, you can also make them from leftover mashed potatoes. Making hash browns is moderately easy and takes little time.


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Step 1

Beat the egg thoroughly. Add the Ms. Dash seasoning, salt and pepper. Fold in the mashed potatoes. Set aside.

Step 2

Preheat skillet by cooking 1 tbsp. olive oil for about 1 minute. Glaze the onions, cooking until they are translucent, which takes about 2 minutes. Mix the glazed onions into the egg/potato mixture.


Step 3

Heat the remaining olive oil in the pan for about 1 minute. Drop about 4 tbsp. of the mixture into the hot pan, forming circles about 1 inch thick.

Step 4

Cook about 2 minutes until brown on the bottom. Flip. Cook about 1 minute on the other side. These are best when they form a crispy crust on both sides. Serve warm. If desired, serve with hot sauce. suggests other variations, including adding green chilies, mixing chicken soup into the batter or topping with cheddar and jack cheese.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes

  • 1 egg

  • 1 onion

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Mrs. Dash seasoning

  • Hot sauce (optional)


You can use instant or mashed potatoes, cold or hot.