Easy Frozen Hash Browns in Air Fryer

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Hash Browns in the Air Fryer are fried to a beautiful golden brown perfection and ready in a flash! These delicious frozen hash browns are coated lightly with olive oil and seasoned simply with salt and pepper. Add these crispy shredded potatoes to your breakfast plate for a hearty meal.

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Hash Browns in Air Fryer

Potatoes are a staple food in the breakfast world. Whether you’re cooking up home fries or hash browns, potatoes are the perfect addition to your plate — they’re not only versatile and delicious, but also so filling!

This air fryer breakfast recipe requires just a few basic ingredients and is so easy to make.

You’ll only need 3 minutes of prep time, and these tasty frozen hash browns in the air fryer will be ready to serve in under half an hour.

For more breakfast potato ideas, try my Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes, Cheesy Bacon Hashbrown Waffles, or my copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole

bowls of frozen shredded potatoes, oil, salt, and pepper

Ingredient Notes and Swaps

  • Frozen Shredded Hash Browns – You can certainly use freshly shredded potatoes if desired.

    Keep in mind you’ll need to adjust the cooking time since fresh potatoes are softer than frozen hash browns.
  • Olive Oil – A little oil goes a long way! Coating your potatoes in oil allows the seasoning to stick to the potatoes.

    I love the flavor of olive oil, but avocado or sunflower oil would be tasty too.
  • Salt & Pepper – Simple seasonings add just the right amount of flavor to hash browns in the air fryer.

    Feel free to add more salt or pepper to taste, or get creative with other spices!
frozen hash browns in large glass bowl

Tips for Making Hash Browns in Air Fryer

  • Cook a single layer at a time.

A thin single layer guarantees that your potatoes cook evenly. Make sure to not overcrowd the air fryer basket, or else your potatoes won’t cook properly.

For best results, make separate batches of frozen hash browns in the air fryer if you want to make more.

  • Flip shredded potatoes halfway.

After 10 minutes of cooking, you’ll want to flip your hash brown in the air fryer and cook for another 10 minutes.

This ensures that every shred cooks evenly and helps them get nice and crispy.

  • Work in sections.

Use a wide spatula to divide the hashbrowns into four sections, then flip each section of hash brown in the air fryer one at a time.

This is much easier to do than trying to flip all of the shreds at once.

hash browns topped with oil, salt, and pepper

Serving Suggestions

Air fryer hash browns can be served on their own, but you can also pair them with some other breakfast favorites to make a more complete meal! 

Enjoy these air fried potatoes with a side of bacon or these tasty Bacon Egg and Cheese Bombs

Toppings are also an easy way to elevate air fryer hash browns. Try a fried egg, green onions, grated cheese, sour cream, salsa, or hot sauce on top!

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Air Fryer – Different brands and sizes may require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.
  • Large Mixing Bowl – I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
crispy hash browns in parchment lined air fryer basket

Air Fryer Hash Browns FAQ

What’s the difference between hashbrowns and home fries?

Both hashbrowns and home fries are popular breakfast items, but these two potato dishes are prepared differently.

Home fries have a crispy outside but a tender inside, and they are typically either diced or cubed.

On the other hand, hashbrowns are thin and shredded and often cook up crispier than home fries.

Do I need to thaw frozen hash browns before frying?

No, it is not necessary to thaw your hash browns.

Use frozen potatoes right out of the package so hash browns in air fryer don’t get soggy.

Are fried potatoes healthier when cooked in the air fryer?

Since air fryers use significantly less oil, air frying tends to be a healthier alternative to the traditional pan frying or deep frying methods.

Air fryers cook food by circulating hot air at a high speed. Overall, they make frying a quick, easy, mess-free process!

Storing and Reheating Leftover Frozen Hash Browns 

Hashbrown potatoes will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days when stored in an airtight container. Allow them to cool fully before placing them in the refrigerator.

To reheat hash browns in the air fryer, preheat the fryer to 390°F and cook for a few minutes until the shreds regain their crispy texture.

close up: crispy shredded hash browns on wooden spatula

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plate of crispy hash browns and fried eggs

frozen hashbrowns in air fryer

Easy Frozen Hash Browns in Air Fryer

Donna Elick
Make Hash Browns in the Air Fryer for a delicious breakfast side! Frozen hash browns are easy to make and ready in under half an hour!
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Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 2



  • 14 ounces frozen shredded hash browns
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat the air fryer to 390°F.
  • Place hash browns in a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil, salt, and pepper; toss to coat.
  • Spread shredded potatoes into a single layer in the bottom of the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, then open the basket. Using a wide spatula, flip hash browns in four sections, one at a time. Close the air fryer and continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes, or until hash browns are golden brown.
  • Remove from the air fryer and serve warm.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 545cal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 1260mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 6g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published December 2022, updated and republished January 2024

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