Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Quick and easy sweet potato hash browns. Grated sweet potatoes fried in butter.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 1/2 pound sweet potato (about half a large sweet potato), peeled and grated through the large grates of a box grater
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper


1 Melt 2 Tbsp of butter in a cast iron pan on medium high heat. (If you don't have a cast iron pan, use a thick-bottomed skillet.) Note that you want the heat high enough so that the butter bubbles, but not so high that it browns or burns before you put the sweet potato in the pan.

2 Working in batches if necessary (use 2 Tbsp of butter per batch), scoop large spoonfuls of grated sweet potatoes into the pan forming small mounds. Gently press to spread the mounds out a bit. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (If using salted butter you may be able to skip the salt.)

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3 Cook undisturbed until they are nicely browned on one side, about 4 to 5 minutes, then carefully turn them over with a metal spatula to brown on the other side, 4 to 5 minutes more.

4 When done, place on a cookie sheet in a warmed oven to keep warm until ready to eat. Serve with fried eggs and bacon!

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  • Rachel

    So I was skeptical bc I don’t love sweet potato fries… but I made these bc I had a sweet potato I needed to get rid of…
    I followed the recipe and I loved them!


  • Mary

    Thanks for making the actual recipe easy to find on your page and no telling some long-winded story just to have extra ads on your page. I will definitely be checking out your other recipes! :) And this recipe worked great for me!


    • Amy

      Agreed! It’s nice not having to do tons of scrolling through a long article and several pictures of the recipe just to get to the recipe.
      I can’t wait to try these with breakfast tomorrow.

  • Robert

    Good recipe for us who are on a paleo lifestyle. This will be a regular in my breakfast routine.


  • Brandon

    If you don’t love the idea of adding an egg as I binder I added about a tablespoon of corn starch to the shredded potatoes (as well as seasonings: garlic powder and cayenne pepper salt and black pepper) it helped keep anything from falling apart and made it really crispy on the outside.

    • Mary

      there’s no mention of using egg as a binder in this recipe. I didn’t need it, just dry the shredded before frying.

  • Cathy

    I used food processor and added garlic power and one egg. Sticks together in patties well

  • karen

    Batch 1 was the regular recipe.. delicious but did not hold together, batch 2 used the egg and coconut oil.. makes a nice patty.. I had shredded 4 little potatoes so batch 3 was butter and dumped the rest in the pan.. so while batch 2 makes a nice patty, the original recipe is absolutely delicious and it doesn’t matter that it is a nice patty!

  • Judy

    I have been making sweet potato hash browns for awhile. I do not use butter. I make them extra healthy by using non-flavored coconut oil (like LouAna’s). I think they come out even crispier this way.

    And I use the peels and all for a triple punch of healthiness and goodness.

    • Judy

      oh, and I mix it up depending on my mood and add a pinch of salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili power or cayenne pepper and sometimes parm cheese. You can literally add any seasonings that you like.

      No egg binder needed nor do you need to drain any water out. You do need to watch them carefully and experiment because they can burn due to the natural sugar in sweet potatoes.

      • Fitz

        LouAna’s in a refined Coconut oil and not healthy. It’s best to use Extra Virgin Coconut oil.

  • Martha

    Amazingly my hash browns did not fall apart. I grated it, compressed it, placed it in the cast iron pan with all that bubbly butter and voila I was able to flip it without a hitch. Thank you so much for the recipe :)

  • Nikki

    This is a good recipe although when I was cooking it it just fell apart…. So I decided to put an egg in it and it came out perfect… So put in an egg while your making this so it doesn’t fall apart. I also served it with a bed of spinach an egg and avocado! It was beautiful I advise people to try it!!!

  • Liz Ann

    Nice idea, doesn’t work. They don’t stay together at all and too much moisture to brown or crisp

  • Lori

    Can these be made in a 9″x13″ pan in the oven? What temp?

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Lori, this recipe is a stove-top recipe. I don’t know how I would make these in the oven. I’ve only made hash browns (potatoes too) on the stovetop.

  • Bob

    This is a very easy and simple recipe. I’m looking for recipes to help lower/control my blood-sugar. I’m a hashbrown addict and using sweet potato should help curb my addiction and keep my A1C under control; I hope. I think I’ll add some cinnamon and possibly nutmeg next time.


  • Carolyn DiLeo

    I added Cayenne pepper and they were AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Elise Bauer

      I’m so glad you liked them Carolyn! Love the idea of adding cayenne.

  • Lynn

    LOVE THIS!!!!! It’s Thanksgiving 2015, just two of us and hubs LOVES sweet potatoes!!! Me, not so much, but this is JUST PERFECT!!!! I could even put a little brown sugar or mini mallows atop his!!! Thanks

    • David

      I did this recipe except with sugar n cinnamon instead of salt and let me tell you!!! Your husband ain’t going nowhere sweetie!!!! You don’t have to make patties just let some of it get brown and toss it around then add some yogurt and some nuts to top it off maybe some fruit!!!

  • tom

    I failed at making these. Tried for over an hour, high heat, lots of butter, they fell apart and never seemed to cook evenly.

  • tom billard

    they look sweet as can be

  • BJ

    Try cooking them on a waffle iron as opposed to a skillet! OMG!!!

  • Martha Kight

    YES!!! Thank you! This will be tomorrow morning’s breakfast, before I head to the theatre to perform a matinee… nice and hearty! I’ve got some beautiful purple sweet potatoes in my kitchen, and they should make very pretty hash browns.
    Thanks so much!

  • Joan

    Wow this is a delicious alternative to my regular hash brown. Sweet potato is also healthier so you know its good. This is something I will make in my own kitchen.

  • Megan

    Yum! So simple and delicious.

  • Mike

    Are these sweet potatoes, or yams?

  • Ambar

    Sweet hash!? Brilliant!

  • Walter Underwood

    Or you can take it to the next level with the Curried Sweet Potato Latkes from Joan Nathan.


  • Thea Smith

    Just wondering…do you peel the potatoes before grating them? Thanks for the idea as I DO love sweet potatoes!!!

  • Sandy S

    These sound so great! As does the Food Literacy Center! Wonderful idea to connect kids with better understanding of their food. Thanks for providing the link!

    I’m thinking these sweet potato hash browns are so easy, they could become part of a camping or other family get-together tradition. My sister and brother-in-law save money by buying blocks of cheese and grating it themselves, as needed. I figure they should now have the muscles for grating the sweet potatoes for these hash browns.

    Here I go with another side note, but did you know that Marlo Thomas once divulged the use of sweet potatoes as a diet secret? When needing to shed a few pounds, she relied on sweet potatoes whenever she had a craving for something sweet. She would bake 2-3 at a time and let them cool, and then slice into cookie shaped rounds to carry with her in a plastic bag or container. I have tried this and it really works!

  • Courtney

    These look delicious! I have everything to make them too – definitely going to give them a go after work. So quick and easy.

  • pc

    Ah these look lovely! Do sweet potatoes not require the potato-ricer treatment to squeeze out excess water, the way you recommend for regular potato hash browns?

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi PC, that’s right, no squeezing! There is no excess water. Raw sweet potatoes are not full of moisture the way raw regular potatoes are.

  • Natalie| Paper & Birch

    I love hashbrowns, yet never thought to use sweet potato! these look fantastic Elise :)