Hash browns or hashed browns are a simple potato preparation in which potato pieces are pan-fried after being shredded, julienned, diced, or riced. Hash browns are a staple breakfast food at diners in North America, where they are often fried on a large common cooktop or griddle. While they are not traditional, they are often served in the UK as part of an English breakfast.
In some parts of the United States, hash browns strictly refer to shredded or riced, pan-fried potatoes, and are considered a breakfast food, while potatoes diced or cubed and pan-fried are also a side dish called country fried potatoes or home fries (though many variations of home fries are par-cooked before frying). They are commonly served with breakfast or as a side dish with steaks.