In just 15 minutes you can make Sweet Potato Hash Browns that are crisp on the outside and buttery tender in the middle. You need just 3 ingredients: a sweet potato, avocado or coconut oil and salt. And for the crispest edges, a cast iron skillet.
It's not the first time I've been wrong about an idea to improve on a recipe. I started with this recipe from Elise Bauer and thought that parboiling the sweet potato (as I do with Cheesy Potatoes) before shredding and pan frying it would result in a better overall hash brown texture. It didn't.
But I did discover that I prefer cooking sweet potato hash browns in oil instead of butter. I'm an avid butter fan, but for pan frying hash browns, a high heat oil perfectly crisps the edges without butter's tendency to burn.
The flavor outcome is equally delicious depending on your preference: A neutral high heat oil like avocado highlights the earthy sweetness of the sweet potato, while coconut oil adds a subtle richness and slight coconut flavor. Either option is a great choice for these. And if you do want to make them with butter, I recommend using clarified butter. (Here's how to clarify it yourself.) With the water and milk solids removed from butter, it's much less likely to burn.
I love to serve these sweet potato hash browns simply with a couple of fried or scrambled eggs and some fresh orange wedges (also what I pair with Sweet Potato Hash). It makes a delicious meal any time of day.
How to Make Sweet Potato Hash Browns
Step 1: Shred sweet potato.
Step 2: Add oil to a hot, heavy skillet, ideally cast iron. Add the shredded sweet potato in little mounds and press down with the back of a spatula. Cook 4 or 5 minutes without moving, until nicely browned. Carefully flip each hash brown and cook 4 to 5 minutes more, until crispy on the outside and tender in the middle.
Step 3: Season to taste with salt and serve.
Sweet Potato Hash Browns
- ¾ pound sweet potato peeled if desired
- 4 tablespoons high heat oil such as avocado or coconut, divided, see recipe note #1
- kosher salt to taste
- If cooking in two batches (depending on the size of your skillet) preheat a baking sheet in oven to 225˚F.
- Shred sweet potato.
- (If cooking in batches, use 2 tablespoons of oil per batch.) Add 2 tablespoons oil to a hot, large, heavy skillet (ideally cast iron). Add shredded sweet potato in mounds. Flatten each mound with the back of a spatula, giving each hash brown some room. Cook without moving 4 to 5 minutes (reduce heat slightly if they start to burn). Carefully flip each with a thin metal spatula, flatten again and cook 4 to 5 minutes more until edges are crisp and center is tender. Season to taste with salt and serve or transfer to baking sheet in oven if cooking in batches.
- You may need to cook these hash browns in 2 batches, depending on the size of your skillet. If so, use 2 tablespoons of oil per batch.
- Nutrition information is accurate if you're using avocado oil.
- If you prefer to cook these in butter, I recommend using clarified butter which is less likely to burn.