These sweet potato hashbrowns are one of my favorite healthy recipes. It’s a great way to use up all the sweet potatoes that I have inevitably hidden in my pantry.
Usually, when I make these the recipe varies a little bit as I don’t measure as I go, I do toss random spices and herbs over and hope for the best. However, I sat down and swung a few measurements last time and it was delicious.
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Sweet Potato Hashbrowns
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Why sweet potato hashbrowns? Because they’re so darn good!
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good old fashioned potato hashbrown but when I want to kick it up a bit, I like to throw together some onions, peppers, sweet potatoes in a hash and top it off with a fried egg and hot sauce. It’s one of the easiest health recipes you can whip up.
It’s whole food comfort food.
How to Cut Sweet Potatoes Into Cubes
I cheated a bit with this recipe and instead of cutting it all by hand, I sliced them lengthwise and used my food processor that has a dicing attachment. I love this attachment because it saves me so much time.
So when it’s out, I like to run a few sweet potatoes through it, onions, bell peppers, basically anything where I need an even dice. It takes seconds. I will then flash freeze them and then toss them in a freezer for a lazy day or have them prepped for the week.
If you want to cut it with a knife, slice the sweet potato lengthwise (like in the image above). You may have to do this another time if you have a thick sweet potato.
Then place the smooth part of the sweet potato on the cutting board and slice lengthwise again. Then chop the opposite direction so you get little squares. Does that make sense? I’ll make a video one day for you guys.
What Spices To Use with Sweet Potato Hashbrowns
You can use whatever herbs and spices you want to season your sweet potato hashbrowns. From simple salt and pepper to seasoning salt (which is what I grew up with when it came to regular hashbrowns) to garlic mix like that one I’m sharing today.
I used the following:
- Garlic powder
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
It’s also delicious with a little chili powder and cumin for a southwestern flair or you can use whatever seasonings of choice.
Curious about the health benefits of sweet potatoes vs potatoes? Check out this post: Sweet Potatoes VS Potatoes: What’s The Healthier Option?
How to Crisp Hashbrowns
If you’re looking for a more crispy sweet potato hash browns recipe, try this method:
This recipe doesn’t take long to cook, about 10-12 minutes on medium heat. However, if you’d like a crispier hash brown on the outside, try this tip:
Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the hashbrowns and boil for 2-3 minutes. Drain and transfer to a hot and oiled cast iron pan, add the seasonings, and continue.
This will have the insides nice and soft, but the outsides crispy in about the same time frame.
Another method is to use an air fryer, I’ve done this a few times and it works great.
What to Serve Sweet Potato Hasbrowns With
I typically serve this as a sweet potato hash recipe, tossed with peppers, red onions, turkey bacon, with an over-easy egg over top. This is one of my favorite breakfast foods.
That being said, you could serve it as a side dish to these chicken and apple breakfast sausages.
Another option is to use them as your starchy carb for dinner. Who said hashbrowns just have to be for breakfast? They’re delicious with steak and broccolini with a little spicy mayo on the side for dipping.
Sweet Potato Recipes
Here are some great recipes here on Randa Nutrition to check out:
- Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
- Turmeric Chicken Stir Fry with Sweet Potato Noodles
- Sweet Potato Salad
- Turkey Harvest Salad Recipe
How to Make Homemade Hashbrowns
The simple recipe below works with both sweet potatoes, yams, purple sweet potatoes, or regular potatoes. It’s a great way to start the day.
A few notes:
- If the potatoes are large dice, it will take a little longer to cook.
- If you want them to crisp up, wipe any excess water or moisture with a paper towel.
- I toss everything in a cast iron skillet to save on dishes but you could toss the spices over the sweet potato mixture in a large bowl first.
- If you find that the potatoes are starting to stick, add more coconut oil or avocado oil.
You can also try these Baked Cauliflower Hash Brown Patties, it’s another fantastic meal prep recipe.
Sweet Potato Hashbrowns
- Heat a medium-large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add coconut oil and melt.
- Once the skillet is hot, add the diced sweet potatoes. Let the potatoes sit and stir after about three minutes. Reeat this a second time.
- Cook for a total of 10-12 minutes, stirring constantly so it doesn't burn to the bottom. If you find it's starting to stick add a little more coconut oil. Taste and adjust seasonings to taste. Cook until tender.
- Serve on the side of your favorite breakfast, I prefer a fried or poached egg added on top.
How to Crisp HashbrownsThis recipe doesn’t take long to cook, about 10-12 minutes. However, if you’d like a crispier hashbrown on the outside, try this. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the hashbrowns and boil for 2-3 minutes. Drain and transfer to a hot and oiled cast iron pan, add the seasonings and continue. This will have the insides nice and soft, but the outsides crispy in about the same time frame.
The nutrition information is calculated using a third party resource. The accuracy varies on the brands used, weight, portions, etc. This resource should be used as a guide. If you want more accurate information, weigh in grams and log in MFP.
Don’t forget, if you’re looking to establish healthy habits (like adding more vegetables to your diet in fun and tasty ways) be sure to secure a spot in the 30 Days to a Healthy Habits Challenge.
Originally posted June 15 2020, updated March 14, 2022.