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Sweet Potato Hash Browns

May 10, 2019 (Last Updated: December 13, 2019)

These Sweet Potato Hash Brown Patties are crispy on the outside, and bursting with flavour on the inside. Say hello to your new favourite breakfast!

Personally, if a hot breakfast doesn’t have hash browns, it ain’t a hot breakfast. Beyond the bacon, beyond the eggs, hash browns are by far my favourite breakfast item. Of course hash browns are usually made with white potatoes, but today I though I’d mix things up. Follow me…

Sweet Potato Hash Browns on a white place with a side salad, bacon and avocados. Coffee and salt and pepper in the background.

Crispy Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Unlike regular hash browns, sweet potato hash browns are really tricky to get crispy, purely for the fact they’re packed with more moisture/starch than regular potatoes. However, just like my crispy sweet potato fries, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Removing Starch

Starch is what makes the hash brown go gloopy and soft in the centre. In order to reduce this, it’s best to soak your shredded sweet potato in cold water beforehand.

After, you want to get all that water out of the potato. You want the shreds to be as dry as physically possible to allow them to get crispy.

How to prepare hash browns

  1. Use a box grater and shred your sweet potato into a bowl of cold water.
  2. Swish around to remove the starch, then drain.
  3. Place on a thin tea towel and grate over a shallot.
  4. Squeeze into a ball and remove as much moisture as physically possible.

This last step is the most important, whether you choose to remove the starch or not. Squeeze, squeeze harder then squeeze some more.

How to make sweet potato hash browns - 4 step by step photos

Sweet Potato Hash Brown Patties

Now you’ve got your shredded potato prepped, it’s time to form your patties.

To bind the shredded potato you want to add some flour. At first it’ll seem too dry to mould, but after adding some salt, the potato will release a tiny amount of moisture, which in turn will work with the flour to bind.

Sweet Potato Hash Brown Seasoning

  • Smoked Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt

From there, just mould into equal sized patties, and fry in batches over medium-high heat in oil and butter. It’s important to fry them on a fairly high heat, just so they get nice and crispy. It’s also important to use butter because it’s always important to use butter.

Just to recap…

How to cook Sweet Potato Hash Browns

  1. Combine potato shreds with flour and seasoning.
  2. Mould into equal sized patties.
  3. Fry over medium-high heat in oil and butter for 4-5mins on each side until crispy. Keep warm until needed.

How to cook sweet potato hash browns - 3 step by step photos

When it comes to serving sweet potato hash browns, the world really is your oyster.

A neat idea is to stack them up and top with a dollop of guac and a poached egg.

Here I’ve simply served them with a side salad, some crispy bacon and some sliced avo.

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Sweet potato hash brown patties on a white plate with a poached egg on top and a side salad in the background. yolk pouring out of the egg on to the hash browns

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How to make a Sweet Potato Hash Browns (Full Recipe & Video)

Sweet Potato Hash Browns on a white place with a side salad, bacon and avocados. Coffee and salt and pepper in the background.

Sweet Potato Hash Browns

These Sweet Potato Hash Brown Patties are crispy on the outside, and bursting with flavour on the inside. Say hello to your new favourite breakfast!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Breakfast / Brunch
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 6
Calories: 117kcal

Ingredients (check list):

  • 2 medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled & grated on a box grater
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Shallot, grated
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper, or to taste


  • In a large bowl, soak your grated sweet potato in cold water and swish around with your hands to help remove the starch. Drain when the water turns cloudy.
  • Place your sweet potato on a thin tea towel over a bowl and add your shallot. Squeeze into a bowl and push as much water out as physically possibly. This step is important, so give it some elbow grease.
  • Add the sweet potato to a (dry) bowl and stir in your flour and seasoning. At the beginning it will seem too dry, but the salt will draw out a tiny amount of moisture from the potato, which in turn will help the flour mould the mixture. If it becomes too soggy adjust accordingly with a bit more flour.
  • Mould into 6 patties and place to one side.
  • Add butter and oil to a pan over medium-high heat then add your patties. You want the pan hot enough to get them nice and crispy, but not so hot the butter smokes and burns. Fry for 4-5mins each side, or until deep golden and crispy.
  • Keep warm and serve!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Regular Hash Browns - You can absolutely use this method to make regular hash browns. My recipe has slightly altered ingredients and seasoning, so do check out my hash browns!
b) Thin or thick?ย - The thinner they are, the crispier they will be. If you want them thick like Rostis then fry each side and then finish in the oven at 356f/180c until cooked through.
c) To serve - These go perfectly with a poached egg and/or guac!
d) Calories - per hash brown.


Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Hash Browns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.98g9%
Saturated Fat 4.539g23%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.21g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.898g
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 323mg13%
Potassium 304mg9%
Carbohydrates 15.04g5%
Fiber 2.2g9%
Sugar 4.06g5%
Protein 1.68g3%
Vitamin A 25100IU502%
Vitamin C 13.2mg16%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    May 11, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    5 stars
    I simply LOVE hash browns! Looks so delicious and comforting!

    • Reply
      May 11, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      They’re the best aren’t they!?

  • Reply
    Amanda Wren-Grimwood
    May 11, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    5 stars
    Great tips here to ensure crispy hash browns and they look so delicious!

    • Reply
      May 11, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Amanda!!

  • Reply
    Darlene @ Dip Recipe Creations
    May 11, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    5 stars
    I love having hash browns at breakfast. This sounds like a fun twist to the usual ones.

    • Reply
      May 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks Darlene! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Luci's Morsels
    May 11, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    5 stars
    I don’t know why I never thought of soaking sweet potatoes in cold water just like with regular potatoes to get them crispy! Gonna try this soon!

    • Reply
      May 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      Enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    May 11, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    5 stars
    What a delicious way to start a day! ๐Ÿ™‚ My mouth is watering here.

    • Reply
      May 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      Love it! Thanks Julia ๐Ÿ™‚

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