Sweet Potato Hash Browns Recipe

Sweet potato hash browns recipe - Dr. Axe

Total Time

30 minutes




  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with a tablespoon of water)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee


  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the onions. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add in the garlic and sweet potatoes.
  3. Saute for 10-15 minutes until sweet potatoes are tender and onions are translucent.
  4. Transfer the sweet potato mixture to a baking pan and brush with the egg wash.
  5. Broil for 5 minutes or until potatoes have reached your desired crispiness. They should be just a little browned on top.

Though I tend to avoid starchy carbohydrates, sweet potatoes are one of my favorite exceptions. This orange root vegetable ranks low on the glycemic index, making it a viable option for diabetics and others watching their blood sugar levels. Not only that, but sweet potatoes are loaded with potassium, vitamins, and antioxidants — one sweet potato has more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin A value.

If your familiarity with sweet potatoes is limited to roasting them or eating them as a Thanksgiving side dish, you’re in for a treat with my sweet potato hash browns recipe. A delicious, healthy alternative to traditional greasy potato hash browns, these sweet potato hash browns are an excellent breakfast dish. Served solo or alongside eggs and beef or turkey bacon, it’s a tasty way to kick off your day with nutrients. Let’s do it!

Sweet potato hash browns step 1 - Dr. Axe

Start by peeling and grating 2 lbs. of sweet potatoes. If possible, check out your local farmer’s market for fresh, organic varieties.

Sweet potato hash browns step 2 - Dr. Axe

After peeling, grate up the potatoes into a large bowl. Look at that terrific orange color!Toss in your chopped onion and garlic cloves and, of course, those finely grated sweet potatoes into a heated skillet with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or ghee. Don’t forget to season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

Sweet potato hash browns step 3 - Dr. Axe

Saute all the fixings for 10 to 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and the onions are translucent.

Sweet potato hash browns step 4 - Dr. Axe

Transfer the mixture to a baking pan and brush with an egg wash. Pop it in the broiler for about 5 minutes or until the potatoes have reached your desired crispiness.

Sweet potato hash browns recipe - Dr. Axe

While this recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare, much of it is hands-off time. Try it on a leisurely weekend to enjoy with the family!

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  1. Elaine Kinney on

    Wish your recipes included nutritional information. As someone counting carbs a recipe without knowing the carb content is useless!!

  2. Kathy on

    I want to say THANK YOU Dr. Axe for all the beautiful recipes and beautiful pictures of your recipes your site offers so much for someone like myself that really needs help. I appreciate it, also I’ve made this recipe and it is very tasty along with the Macaroons which are also very tasty, I appreciate that your recipes use ingredients and cooking methods are readily available and easy to prepare along with being very tasty. Thank you.

  3. Kathryn on

    I thought I was clever making my own sweet potato hash a while back and then I see your recipe! Can’t wait to try your version. Love your work Dr Axe! Would love to meet you someday!

  4. Amelia on

    A broiler is another name for GRILL. I always say broiler and am not an American( U.S. that is . ) I am Canadian;

    Another meaning for broiler is a chicken for frying or “grilling’.

    I am rarely without sweet potatoes buy them in a big bag and bake, make fries, steam or boil them. Good in soup or stew but watch as they cook up faster than carrots and other root vegetables.

    • Keith A Greene on

      A broiler is the broiler setting on your oven. In an electric oven, there is a Brooke coil at the top on the inside of the oven. It’s used for toasting things and browning things. On a gas oven, it’s most likely UNDER the main oven…. A drawer type thing to slide your pan into to brown the items.

  5. Angelina Copenhaver on

    I think it’s pretty simple to count the carbs if you use the carb counting book from The Calorie King.
    My son has type 1 diabetes and this book is great for us. I’m going to help out with this as best I can.
    One clove of garlic is about 1 carb,
    one small onion about 7 carbs,
    1 medium sweet potato about 24 carbs.
    The book doesn’t have everything but it has allot including eating out which has been very helpful for our family, and we calculate insulin according to this and have always been spot on.
    Hope that helps:0)

  6. Nanny on

    I love sweet potatoes also. My favorite way to fix them is oven roasted. I cut sweet potatoes, onions, and zucchini into cubes and spread out on a 9 x 13 pan. I spray with coconut oil and a seasoning mixture. I bake at 400 for 30 – 40 minutes.

  7. Judy on

    There is a free health site called Sparkpeople that I find very helpful – you can enter recipes (don’t share others published work) and enter number of serving and bang all of the nutrition info is there for you – And if you save the recipe there, you’ll always be able to find it. Also if you decide to add ham one day just bring up the recipe do a quick modification and you get the new nutrient info

  8. Rychelle on

    I am wondering if I might use this recipe as a pie crust for a quiche…? I think I’ll give it a try! Your recipe looks golden delicious! Can’t wait to try!


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