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Zesty Crispy Baked Hash Browns – Our easy oven-baked hash brown recipe makes thin and crispy shredded potato hash browns that are marvelous for breakfast or as a side dish with minimal effort!

crispy hash brown recipe on baking sheet

The Best Baked Hash Browns Recipe

Hash browns are one of my favorite go-to breakfast items for last-minute, wonderfully-lazy weekend breakfast plans.

In fact, you will almost never find my freezer without at least one family-sized bag of shredded potatoes for those spontaneous golden crispy hash brown moments.

For years I made hash browns in a large cast-iron skillet, standing over the range with my flat spatula in hand. However, after I discovered I preferred making bacon in the oven, I decided to give cheesy, buttery oven hash browns a try.

From the very first time I tried this method, my hash browns came out of the oven perfectly crispy, just how I like them. I was sold!

hash brown recipes cut and stacked in squares

Crispy Hash Browns

Nowadays, my Zesty Baked Hash Brown Recipe is the only way I make hash browns.

No more sweating over the stove. No more babysitting my potatoes. Plus, I can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, and bake my bacon at the same time!

This cheesy, ultra-thin, and crispy hash brown recipe makes a perfect breakfast item and dinnertime side dish. However, I recommend that you consider cutting the hash browns into squares as a platform for toppings like chorizo, diced tomatoes, pesto, or sour cream.

Think of them like delicious, edible plates!

ingredients in bowl

What Ingredients You Need to Make Baked Hash Browns

This easy recipe only requires 8 simple ingredients:

  • Frozen shredded hash browns – thawed 
  • Butter – melted
  • Eggs
  • Cheddar cheese – shredded
  • Salt – table sea salt, or kosher salt
  • Ground cumin
  • Dried thyme
  • Garlic powder – or onion powder

That’s it! But, of course, feel free to add in or swap out any spices you like to create your most craveable flavors.

Note: If you want to shred your own fresh potatoes, you can do it fast with a food processor. Make sure to rinse them in a bowl of cold water, then pat them dry with paper towels.

What Equipment You Will Need:

  • Large Rimmed Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Large Bowl
  • Small Bowl
  • Whisk
mixing ingredients in bowl

How To Make Crispy Hash Browns in the Oven

  1. First, in a large bowl combine the thawed shredded freezer potatoes with some of the shredded cheese, a couple of beaten eggs, and some herbs and spices for that zesty zip.
  2. Then, pour one melted stick of rich, creamy Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter over the top of the potatoes and toss.
  3. Lastly, pour the potato mixture out onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and spread it into an even layer.
  4. Bake to golden brown perfection.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Get the Complete (Printable) Zesty Baked Hash Brown Recipe Below. Enjoy!

easy hash browns on baking sheet ready for the oven

Homemade Hash Browns Tips and Tricks

The silky, melted butter coats the shredded potatoes, giving them an amazingly rich flavor. Plus, the butter is what provides a lovely, golden tone and crispy finish.

Hash browns just wouldn’t be the same without that bit of crunch!

Note: I use a large half sheet pan (around 13 X 18 inches) for thin, crispy hash browns that you can cut into squares and pick up with your fingers.

However, if you’d like them to be just a little more thick and tender, you can pour the same recipe out onto a 10 X 15-inch jelly roll pan and bake.

best crispy hash browns baked thin for stacking

Serving Options and Additions

My family loves this Zesty Baked Hash Brown Recipe with chopped fresh chives sprinkled over the top, and served alongside fluffy scrambled eggs and crispy bacon.

Personally, I love them with smoked salmon and creme fraiche on top.

Try cheesy and crispy hash browns as a base for topping with the Best Huevos Rancheros, or as a hearty side for our unique Breakfast Salad.

However you prefer your shredded potatoes, I guarantee you will love just how easy and delicious this oven-baked hash browns recipe is!

how to make hash browns into crispy squares

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Baked Hash Browns Keep Well?

Yes! Our hash brown recipe is terrific for breakfast meal prep, and can be made in a large batch to store in the fridge or freeze for later.

Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and then sealed in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

I recommend reheating these hash browns in the oven or lightly frying them in oil to make them nice and crispy again; microwave heating will make them soggy.

Are Hash Browns Gluten-Free?

Indeed, this hash brown recipe is gluten-free.

If you’re looking for a yummy paleo breakfast dish, try our Sweet Potato Hash Browns!

Can I Shred Potatoes Instead?

You can definitely use fresh whole potatoes from home. Russet potatoes, Idaho potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, or any other starchy potatoes are good options. Shred them with a box grater, mandolin slicer set on julienne, or with a food processor. Sometimes potatoes can release a lot of liquid, so use a clean kitchen towel, paper towels, or a cheesecloth to drain and squeeze as much moisture out as possible.

crispy baked hash browns

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Zesty Baked Hash Brown Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Zesty Baked Hash Browns – Our easy oven baked hash brown recipe makes thin and crispy shredded potato hash browns that are marvelous for breakfast or as side dish with minimal effort!
Servings: 12 pieces



  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a large rimmed half sheet baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Pour the thawed shredded hash brown potatoes in a large bowl. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl then pour over the potatoes. Add the shredded cheese, salt, cumin, thyme and garlic powder. Toss to coat. Then pour the melted butter over the top and toss to coat again.
  • Spread the potato mixture evenly over the baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 40 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm.



Keep leftover hash browns stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. To freeze, wrap hash browns in plastic wrap and store in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 176kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 58mg, Sodium: 280mg, Potassium: 224mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 370IU, Vitamin C: 5.8mg, Calcium: 84mg, Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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190 comments on “Crispy Baked Hash Browns”

  1. Have just discovered your blog/website & am desperate to try this as hash browns are my favorite side. Looking forward to exploring your website…thank you so much!

  2. I add red pepper flags to my mix for a nice kick.

  3. This is such a delicious recipe!! The whole fam loved it! 

  4. Going to try this this weekend but with dehydrated hash browns! Looks simple and delicious!

  5. After trying this recipe, I’ll never make hash browns any other way! So crispy, cheesy and flavorful from all of the spices. Delicious!

  6. I’ve made this a few times and it’s always a huge hit with family and friends. Thank you!

  7. This is the most delicious and easy hash brown recipe that I have found and made from home! thank you for sharing this recipe!

  8. Solid recipe

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  10. Everyone just loves this hash brown recipe. Everytime I make them people request the recipe. It is easy and delish. I make it as printed. The hash brows are crispy and are just like hash browns should be.  I wouldn’t make them any other way.

  11. Holy amazing!! I made these today and we can’t stop nibbling on them. I had 3 eggs left so I used them all and then added an extra 10 minutes at 450° to crisp them up a little more at the end. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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  15. Do you shred your own potatoes or you can buy one that is shredded already?

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  18. I just love butter! If I had to pick a buttered up dish, probably Chocolate Sheet Cake…lots o’butter in cake & frosting!

  19. Poundcakes….

  20. Favorite butter dish is to add it to bow tie pasta with fresh veggies and feta cheese  

  21. I love my hasbrowns like this too! Oh and my favorite butter dish is brown butter pasta!

  22. My favorite buttery dish is no crust coconut pie.

  23. Love to load butter on my coconut dream bars :)

  24. Garlic Buttered pasta

  25. I like to put soft butter on warm rye bread slices.

  26. My favorite buttered up dish is mashed potatoes.

  27. Love your blog. The baked hash browns look amazing. Going to try them soon.

  28. My favorite buttery side dish? Mashed potatoes :)

  29. baked macaroni and cheese 

  30. Mashed potatoes. And haluski, with LOTS of butter. These hash browns look awesome.

  31. Can’t wait to try recipe!

  32. Buttery Rolls

  33. My favorite is creamy, buttery mash potatoes!

  34. I love butter on fresh baked bread!

  35. Awesome looking recipe, added to my got to make list!

  36. My favorite buttery dish is New Orleans BBQ Shrimp!

  37. I have a apple cobbler recipe that the kids love

  38. Macaroni and Cheese

  39. My favorite buttered up dish is Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes with Homemade Buttermilk Syrup. SOOOO delish!

  40. This looks so delicious and easy to bake. Thank you for another great recipe :)

  41. My family loves baked corn all buttered-up.

  42. I love cornbread all buttered up!!

  43. My favorite is cheesy baked potatoes. 

  44. Cookies and cakes are my favorite buttered up foods!

  45. baked French toast

  46. They are called Napoleon Cremes.

  47. Oh Yeah, I’d make a batch of those in a heartbeat!

  48. Yummy buttery shortbread cookies!

  49. Butter?? I’m a southerner, so butter is essential! Hash brown casserole, corn casserole, slathered on hot cornbread, etc., etc.! And definitely this new hash brown recipe you shared today!

  50. These hash browns look so yummy! I’ll definitely be trying this recipe!

  51. Butter makes everything better!

  52. Mac and cheese

  53. What a great recipe! I will be trying this since my hash browns never turn out right from the skillet. My favorite butter up dish, wow, to many to choose since butter makes just about anything taste better. I’d have to say though, a good homemade Mac-N-Cheese,  Shrimp Scampi, and all sorts of cookies.

    Thanks for the chance at an awesome giveaway too. Best of luck to all! 

  54. Anything with butter is good by me! I definitely appreciate all of the delicious buttery posts in the blogosphere lately… definitely pinning this one for later!

  55. Mac N CHEESE! =0

  56. Tuna casserole – my grandma taught me how to make it and there are lots of pats of butter on top.

  57. butterflake dinner rolls!

  58. I love to make a spinach and cheese dish with layers of buttered filo

  59. Waffles with lots of butter & syrup!

  60. Rosemary jacket potatoes

  61. i love cinnamon rolls. aw who am i kidding i love anything that has butter on it in it. i have been drooling all over ree’s cookware and will be getting some when walmart gets all the different selections in

  62. This  sounds so good.   I am one of those people who prefers some form of fried potatoes with my eggs.   This would be such a great way to make them with out the mess.

  63. I like a baked potato with a big pat of butter.

  64. I love my cheesy tater tot casserole. Chedder cheese with bacon bits and shredded chicken…it’s so delicious!

  65. Homemade Butter cookies with chocolate sprinkles! 

  66. Gee, I like anything with butter.  But I love a buttered waffle in the mornings.

  67. I like buttered hot rolls and a baked potato with tons of butter.

  68. I love buttery cornbread! So delicious as a side. 

  69. My favorite buttered up dish is dump cake! 

  70. sounds wonderful

  71. Oh MY GOD, the options with the recipe. I love this for so many things – thank you! SO Easy and Ive pinned it on a few boards. For my favorite buttered up dish, I would have to say cinnamon sugared toast!

    • You could totally make breakfast sandwiches using the squares as bread. Probably messy but it wont stop me! You could make them and freeze them!

  72. Hot butter slathered corn on the cob. Nothing goes better with Land of Lakes butter than good home grown corn.

  73. What a wonderful idea for any meal. Hash browns are a staple and this recipe hits the mark. Thanks so much for posting this. This will become a regular week night offering in my house.

  74. Everything is better with butter!  But the one I’m thinking about right now is PW’s chocolate sheet cake, sooooo good!

  75. My favorite would have to be all the yummy baked goods I make…cookies, cakes, scones, etc.

  76. Buttered up? Do you have an hour? Start with toast, warm berad, waffles and pancakes. Another category: all sautees, especially caramelized onions. Other: meats, and fish, pan fried in butter with a drizzle of olive oil. In the dessert category: tea cakes with butter, nothing bnetter (like apple cake.)

  77. I love to butter up my pancakes.  I like them smothered and covered with real butter.

  78. Buttered up – homemade ciabatta bread!

  79. Buttery garlic bread!

  80. I love plain, buttered rice.  The more butter, the better.  Yum!

  81. I love a nice buttery piece of Garlic Bread. Mmmmmm

  82. I am always a sucker for a toasted, buttered bagel. With A LOT of butter.

  83. It’s hard to pick my favorite buttered up dish! I love homemade mac and cheese made with butter, and cookies and other baked goods made with butter are always the best!

  84. Your recipe sounds delish.
    Now for the giveaway…my word..don’t you Just love Ree’s awesome collection..I tried to pre order on launch day and everything I was crushing on was gone..
    Monday my store was hit hard too..I did pick up a few things..waiting on the reorder..hehe.
    Sorry I am a southerner..talker!
    Give me my carbs all day faves are funeral potatoes, oh my.
    Ree’s Mac and cheese recipe…scalloped potatoes…southern cornbread dressing..southern corn casserole..southern tomatoe pie and chicken and rice.

  85. Ahh this is such a great idea!!! I love anything that is hands-off!

  86. My favorite dish is creamy buttery macaroni and cheese <3

  87. My favorite buttered up recipe is my mother’s chicken and biscuit recipe over creamy mashed potatoes!

  88. I love Cinnamon Rolls with lots of butter.

  89. My fav buttered up dish has no name but involves loads of garlic, butter, onions, chopped fresh tomatoes and shrimp all happy together over pasta!

  90. Shrimp Scampi with brown butter!

  91. French toast casserole!

  92. cornbread 

  93. What a great idea! Pinned these beautiful hashbrowns to try later.  My favorite buttered up dish is Twice Baked Potatoes. I pour butter over them before I bake. Thank you!!

  94. Buttery mashed potatoes!

  95. I love buttered up mashed potatoes. Everybody loves that!

  96. My 3-ingredient dump cobbler. Pie filling, Jiffy cake mix & butter.

  97. Love adding butter to my scrambled eggs every morning and using it in a my baked goods.

  98. Buttery shortbread – yum!

  99. Fresh crab with garlic butter

  100. My favorite food in the world is a nice baguette or crusty french bread with butter.  

    Thanks for the hashbrown tip!  Totally trying this.

  101. Cinnamon Rolls with lots of butter!

  102. Baklava….a pastry I make with only the best butter available (LOL). The hash browns look delish!

  103. Shortbread cookies are my favorite buttered up dish!

  104. These hash browns look amazing. Butter makes everything better!

  105. Homemade Macaroni and Cheese for sure!!!!

  106. This looks amazing!  I would say roasted delicata squash with butter, maple syrup and cinnamon!

  107. Last night I had a peanut butter toast sandwich for dinner.  Followed up by 2 slices of the same delicious bread toasted and slathered in butter.  Sooo good.

  108. My favorite use of butter is on sweet potatoes with a sprinkle of cinnamon!

  109. breakfast dished like waffles or pancakes made with amazing butter are my fave

  110. I love homemade macaroni and cheese!

  111. My favorite buttered up dish is homefries that have peppers and onions added cooked in lots of butter

  112. Butter makes everything better.  Love seafood in butter.

  113. I cannot wait to try this Sunday! It looks fabulous! 

  114. Definitely going to try the hash browns….my son and hubby love them!

  115. Buttered up?  Gees I can’t think of anything I eat that is buttered up…

  116. My favorite buttered up dish….   sauteed vegetables from the garden with garlic and soba noodles. This giveaway is incredible. Thank you for the chance to win. 

  117. MAC and CHEESE…THE END!

  118. My favorite is Peach Crumb Pie with the buttery brown sugar crumble on the top! Yum!!

  119. When I think of buttery dishes, I think of yummy peach cobbler with lots of butter and sugar.

  120. love the idea of baking hash browns! thank you! and, of course, the dishes are adorable!

  121. Looks amazing! I’m going to give it a try.

  122. seriously feel like I could eat a whole pan of these by myself! the golden crispy-ness looks perfect!!

  123. I love this recipe, and I think if there was no cheese in the ingredients I will add it, Thanks 

  124. I like home fries. It tastes so much better with butter instead of vegetable oil.

  125. I love buttery saltines

  126. egg and sausage breakfast casserole

  127. OMG! These hash-browns are SO creative and look delicious, Sommer! A must try for me!

  128. I love Ree’s cooking show and my love for recipes. Your hashbrown potatoes looks wonderful. 
    I love the looks of Ree’s glasses and the rampkins  or any of the prizes.

  129. Dutch Apple Pancakes are a favorite. They are in my fall rotation of quick, family-friendly dinners.

  130. Butter chicken – Indian style. Yummy in everyone’s tummy

  131. I need these in my life. Going to make them with The Pioneer Woman Quiche for brunch this Sunday!

  132. Rice Krispy treats!

  133. Favorite buttered up dish is vegetable sphagetti..

  134. Can’t wait to try these, love crispy hash browns!

  135. My favorite buttered dish is pasta!  

  136. Homemade chocolate chip cookies made with butter instead of margarine. Yum!

  137. Yummy sounding recipe! My family will love it. Buttered beets or winter squash are my favorite ‘”buttered up ” foods. Everything tastes better with butter! Thanks for the giveaway!

  138. Nothing beats a buttery biscuit in my book!

  139. The hashbrown recipe looks awesome!

  140. I love chicken pot pie with buttery crust

  141. My favorite buttery dish is biscuits and butter

  142. Oooh making these tonight! Great giveaway – thanks! My favorite buttered-up recipe is zucchini noodles “zoodles” with browned butter & garlic salt.

  143. Butter is delicious in so many things!  Such as cake, on corn on the cob, simple scrambled or fried eggs.  Yum.

  144. I love buttered biscuits!

  145. Buttery hash browns!!! Almost as dreamy as buttery pancakes, will be making this tonight

  146. I love love love anything with buttery noodles. I am a kid at heart!!

  147. Definitely scallops

  148. Pancakes! I love adding heaps of butter and syrup.

  149. I like angel hair nests with extra butter and parmesan.

  150. Handheld hash browns sound so perfect!

  151. I love just good ole’ bread and butter! Crunchy, warm bread & creamy, soft butter. Delicious!

  152. Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

  153. I like putting butter on my sandwiches instead of mayo or other traditional sandwich spreads.

  154. A dish that my whole family loves is Buttery Ritz Cracker Fish. That combination of crumbled crackers and melted butter on the fish is delicious!

  155. This looks fantastic!  My favorite buttery dish is definitely a good macaroni and cheese!

  156. Hot French bread with lots of butter and cheese.

  157. My favourite buttered up recipe is cheesy macaroni! Love it sooo much even if it’s so simple and not that healthy haha

  158. I love lots of butter on any and all hot vegetables….especially baked potatoes!

  159. I love a fried bologna sandwhich, fried in butter, then the drippings poured on the bread.  I eat it very seldom but I dream of it alot!

  160. My favorite buttered up dish is….1 stick melted butter with 2 cloves of garlic and 3 TBS of parmesan cheese in a 13 X 9 casserole and then place halved red potatoes cut side down into the butter/cheese/garlic mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until tender. YUM! Will definitely be trying those baked hashbrowns!

  161. Those hash browns look divine!! Yum – I’m making it this weekend.

  162. Nothing beats warm bread just out of the oven slathered in butter, well maybe garlic bread.

  163. French Custard Butter Cake

  164. Bread & Butter Pudding with a brown butter caramel sauce

  165. Mac and cheese!

  166. I love a creamy, buttery, mac and cheese with buttered breadcrumb topping!

  167. I love a sweet potato casserole with a yummy brown sugar butter crumble topping! I LOVE Land O Lakes butter and Ree!!  Your hash browns look amazing!

    • I’m a dork! I follow you on instagram, but instead of putting my instagram name I put my email in the slot instead! Please forgive me, clearly I haven’t had enough coffee! @TwoLegoBoys on instagram!

  168. These hash browns sound perfect for breakfast or brunch! PINNED!

  169. Now I will try to make hash browns! I’ve always put off trying to make them because I’ve heard more (funny) failure stories than successes! My favorite buttered-up dish is what my family calls “funeral potatoes”: a hash brown casserole made with sour cream and cream of mushroom soup, plus a topping of cornflakes and melted butter – the topping makes it to die for!

  170. This looks wonderful! I can’t wait to make it!

  171. My favorite buttered up dish is potatoes!! In all it’s various forms ;) 

  172. This looks delicious.  My favorite buttered dish would have to be spaghetti with butter and cheese. 

  173. Corn on the cob

  174. Oh, thank you.   We love hash browns.   I hate babysitting any food that takes more than 2 minutes.

  175. plain ol’ bread and butter! Sourdough!

  176. This looks like a GREAT recipe!  Hmm, right now our favorite side dish is frosted cauliflower. SO GOOD! 

  177. Our fave quick side dish is cooking noodles with frozen veggies, then tossing them with lots of butter, pepper and maybe cheese.

  178. I need to try this soon. My kids have developed a love for hashbrowns. These will go great next to my favorite buttery biscuits.

  179. I love brushing melted butter on my pie crusts to make them extra golden when baked. I also love eating plain butter with a nice chewy bread loaf. So simple and pure.

  180. What a great giveaway!  I can’t wait to try this hash brown recipe!  Looks very tasty!  

  181. I would have to say my mother’s homemade heath bars!

  182. This is such a great way to do hash browns!

  183. I make Martha Stewart’s Macaroni & Cheese recipe with lots of butter. My family loves it!

  184. oh my goodness! these look awesome Sommer- I am going to give this a try!

  185. My favorite dish with butter is baked macaroni and cheese with a buttery cracker topping – yum!