Food & Drink

It's Time You Learned The Difference Between Hash Browns And Home Fries

Get your morning potatoes straight, people.

Breakfast potatoes might feel like an afterthought on your plate, but they are in fact a very important dish. They are the unsung warriors of your hearty morning meal. Simple, crisp and tender, they’re accepting of every other element on the plate. Sopping up the yolk from your runny eggs, cleansing your palate between your various bites of protein ... when they’re made right, you hardly even notice they’re there, and yet they are crucial to balancing out your plate. When made wrong, it’s just a travesty.

But just because we’re talking about breakfast potatoes as the ultimate morning hero, that does not mean that they are all the same. No, there are two main players when it comes to morning spuds and it’s time you got it straight because the two ― hash browns and home fries ― are not to be confused.

These are hash browns:

Hash browns sitting next to two eggs on a plate.
Hash browns sitting next to two eggs on a plate.

Hash browns are grated potatoes that have been cooked to be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. They are unapologetically greasy and will take over your plate when you let them.

These are home fries:

Hash browns on a flat top.
Hash browns on a flat top.

Home fries are cubed potatoes that are cooked in softened onions until crispy and browned on the outside, and soft on the inside. They’re often times paprika-spiced, too. They’re similar in flavor to roasted potatoes, but are infinitely better because they’re so often fried in a skillet.

Despite what some of our respected colleagues might think, both potato dishes hold a very special place in our hearts ― and bellies. How do you feel? Are you a hash brown person or do you fancy home fries?

Whichever you prefer, you need recipes to make these potatoes happen more frequently in your life. We have those for you right here:

1
Crispy Skillet Hash Browns
Simply Recipes
Get the Crispy Skillet Hash Browns recipe from Simply Recipes
2
Duck Fat Home Fries
Spicy Southern Kitchen
Get the Duck Fat Home Fries recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen
3
Zesty Baked Hash Browns
A Spicy Perspective
Get the Zesty Baked Hash Browns recipe from A Spicy Perspective
4
Classic Diner Home Fries
Macheesmo
Get the Classic Diner Home Fries recipe from Macheesmo
5
Ham And Cheese Hash Brown Waffles
Damn Delicious
Get the Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Waffles recipe from Damn Delicious
6
Waffle Iron Home Fries
Macheesmo
Get the Waffle Iron Home Fries recipe from Macheesmo
7
Sheet Pan Hash Browns
Macheesmo
Get the Sheet Pan Hash Browns recipe from Macheesmo