You asked, and we are answering! We get a variety of recipe requests through airfrying.net, but one of the most frequent suggestion is a post explaining how to cook hash browns in the air fryer. Some have even questioned whether or not it can be done. So let me put your fears to rest. It can be done, and we’re here to tell you how to air fry frozen hash browns.
Like most things, getting the hash browns right took some trial and error. So I will tell you what your challenges will be and how to avoid them. The main challenge is the strips of frozen hash browns sticking to the bottom of your basket (and yes, this will happen, despite your non-stick coating). The solution, however is an easy one. Place a parchment round for your air fryer in the bottom of the basket. Then, pour your hash browns on top.
Another challenge is even cooking. One of the tricks I have learned is to spritz the top of the hash browns with a bit of olive oil and salt. This achieves a crispy outer layer that will provide the texture you want. It will also serve as an edible adhesive, holding your hash browns together so that you can flip them over with a spatula halfway through the cooking process. Once you have flipped the hash brows, spritz the top layer once more with some olive or canola oil.
When the hash browns are finished, simply plate and remove the parchment round from your basket. Easy Peasy!
- 1/2 bag hash brown potatoes I used Ore Ida
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
Place a vented parchment round in the basket of your air fryer.
Add a thin layer of frozen hash browns, spritzing the top layer with oil.
Cook for around 7 minutes.
Flip hash browns over and spritz top with oil.
Cook for 7-8 minutes or until desired color and texture are achieved.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper before plating.