Crispy Cheesy Hash Browns in a Cast Iron Skillet

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These crispy and Cheesy Hash Browns are one of those breakfast side dishes that really bring the whole spread together! This hash browns recipe works best when cooked in a very well-seasoned cast-iron skillet, and will be on the table in around 30 minutes. Serve up with bacon and eggs for a delicious cooked breakfast or brunch!

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Cheesy Hash Browns

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

Hash browns are a yummy side for breakfast and brunch and traditionally they are made with shredded/grated potato and onion that is seasoned, shaped into patties and fried.

But add cheese to them and that takes this breakfast food to a whole other level!

These crispy cheesy hash browns are so good, your family are going to want you to make them every weekend!

Pair them with eggs, bacon, and sausage for a tasty and filling meal to start your day.

Ingredients for Hash Browns

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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  • Fresh ProducePotatoes, Onions.
  • Cheddar Jack Cheesefor my non-American readers see my notes below.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Rosemary you can use fresh rosemary if you prefer.
  • Seasoned Skilletthis is the cast iron cookware used to develop this recipe, but any large well-seasoned cast-iron skillet will work. You could also use a large non-stick frying pan to make the hash browns.

Monterey Jack, sometimes shortened to Jack, is an American white, semi-hard cheese made using cow’s milk. It is noted for its mild flavor and slight sweetness. In addition to being eaten by itself, it is frequently marbled with Colby to produce Colby-Jack, or with yellow cheddar to produce Cheddar-Jack.


If you can’t find Cheddar-Jack or Monterey Jack, then you can the following cheeses as a substitute – Cheddar, Gouda, Edam or Havarti – as these cheese melt well.

Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog. I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. You can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never mix imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, litres, etc.,).

Eggs with Crispy Cheesy Hash Browns

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Recipe Tips

  • Because of the cheese, this recipe works best with a very well-seasoned cast-iron skillet. Even though new cast iron pieces are often marketed as “pre-seasoned,” the cheese may still stick if the skillet hasn’t had time to develop additional layers of seasoning.
  • Here are some tips to prevent sticking with cast iron cookware.

How Do I Make Cheesy Hash Browns?

Just check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Recipe for Cheesy Hash Browns

Crispy Cheesy Cast Iron Hash Browns

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These crispy and Cheesy Hash Browns are one of those breakfast side dishes that really bring the whole spread together!


  • 3 cups shredded potatoes
  • ½ cup shredded white onion
  • 1 cup cheddar jack cheese, finely shredded
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary (or 1½ tsp fresh, finely chopped)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (+ more if needed)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter


  1. Place the shredded potatoes and onions in a muslin or kitchen towel and squeeze all of the liquid from them. To get crispy hash browns you need the potatoes to be as free from moisture as possible.
  2. Add the potatoes, onion, cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.

  3. Heat olive oil and butter in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until the butter is melted. Carefully swirl the skillet to ensure the bottom is evenly covered.
  4. Working in batches, add the potatoes to the skillet and shape them into patties. Cook for 4-5 minutes until golden brown before flipping. Cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

  5. Remove hash browns from skillet and keep warm. Repeat Step #3 with the remaining potato mixture. Add more olive oil to the skillet, as needed.
  6. Remove from heat and transfer hash browns to individual serving plates. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

    Recipe for Cheesy Hash Browns

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 740Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 35gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 1284mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g

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