Corned Beef Hash Recipe for Breakfast? Yes, Please! (2024)

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Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 30 mins

Total: 45 mins

Servings: 4to 6 servings

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Corned beef and cabbage is a comforting meal any time of year, but it's likely you've made a batch for a St. Patrick's Day feast. It's the kind of recipe that results in a good amount of leftovers and now you're looking for ways to use it all up. One of the easiest and tastiest? A hash!

This homemade corned beef hash is as simple as it gets. You'll need about apound of cooked corned beef, along withpotatoes, onions, and garlic.

You can also include chopped fresh bell peppers, scallions, or cooked carrots. In fact, if you prepared a classic boiled corned beef dinner, all of the vegetables can be chopped up and added to this recipe the next day.

The Origins of a Hash

The word hash itself comes from the French verbhacher, to chop. Indeed, the Old French wordfor "axe," hache,is where we get our word hatchet.

Nearly every culinary culture on earth has some version of hash, in which cooked meat is combined with some sort of starch—commonly potatoes—flavored with onions, and cooked together in a big jumble.

A written recipe for "hashed beef" appears as early as 1881, in a tome called The Household Cyclopedia.


The best potatoes to use are waxy potatoes like red, white, or Yukon golds. Starchy potatoes such as Russets won't hold up as well.

Corned Beef Hash Tips

  • To help ensure your hash doesn't dry out while you cook it, it's a good idea to store your leftover corned beef in the original cooking liquid. Moist corned beef means moist corned beef hash.
  • Don't have leftover corned beef, but still want to make this hash? Head to the deli counter at your supermarket and ask for a pound of unsliced corned beef.
  • Salt the water for boiling the potatoes to help them absorb some flavor.
  • Corned beef already has a lot of flavor, but if your hash tastes bland, salt at your discretion.
  • It may be tempting to check and see how the hash is doing once you place in in the skillet, but it's best to let it be! This allows the potatoes and corned beef to brown and crisp up nicely. But if they're cooking too quickly, lower the heat or flip to start cooking the other side.

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"This corned beef hash was very easy to make and filling as a breakfast-for-dinner dish. The key to getting it nice and crispy is letting the ingredients cook on the skillet without moving them around too much. Both the potatoes and corned beef came out nicely browned this way."—Patty Lee

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A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 1 pound small potatoes, such as white, red, or Yukon Gold, quartered

  • 1 pound cooked corned beef, chopped into 1/2-inch dice

  • 1/4 large onion, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Simmer potatoes in a large pot of salted waterfor about 15 minutes. Let cool.

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  3. Chop up cooked potatoes about same size as corned beef. In a bowl, combine with corned beef, onion, and garlic.

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  4. Season mixture with paprika, salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

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  5. Press corned beef hash onto a lightly oiled griddle or skillet and cook over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes or until bottom is nicely browned.

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  6. Flip hash with a long spatula and continue cooking until bottom is nicely browned, about another 15 minutes.

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  7. Serve right away with your favorite eggs.

Recipe Variations

  • The most common hash variations involve substituting different kinds of meat for the corned beef. Pastrami hash is a New York deli mainstay. Other variations include barbecued beef brisket, prime rib, braised beef short ribs, pulled pork, chorizo, and even roasted chicken or duck.
  • Roasted potatoes can work instead of boiled ones, but they can sometimes make the hash too dry.
  • Sweet potatoes can stand in for the regular potatoes.
  • Sliced, shredded, or chopped beets, sometimes pickled, also give hash a jolt of flavor and color.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
14g Fat
14g Carbs
15g Protein


Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4to 6
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g19%
Saturated Fat 5g24%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 794mg35%
Total Carbohydrate 14g5%
Dietary Fiber 1g5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 6mg30%
Calcium 19mg1%
Iron 2mg12%
Potassium 437mg9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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