Paleo Hash Browns {with Spaghetti Squash}

This recipe is like clean underwear…

Yes, that statement does need explanation, so here you go:

You know when you’ve gone through all your clean underwear and you really need to do laundry so you have some for tomorrow but you just really don’t want to do laundry? (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this!) And you know that jubilant surge of joy when you find a pair of panties hiding in the back corner of your underwear drawer so you can put of laundry for one more day?

Well, I just found the below recipe for Paleo Hash Browns, complete with edited pictures, all ready to go in my Posts Folder.  It made me feel as elated as finding that hidden pair of undies and it meant I could procrastinate on writing a new post for one more day.

The Secret to Perfect Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns


spaghetti squash hash brownsSpaghetti squash hash browns seem lovely in theory. The squash fits into SCD, GAPS and Paleo diets and it saves your knuckles from the peril of the grater. Unfortunately, visions of crispy, alternative hash browns are often dashed to the ground when the squash refuses to properly crust.

Don’t blame the spaghetti squash–the culprit is actually excess water. The solution? Simply wring out the excess moisture in a kitchen towel. I use the same trouble-shooting step in my cauliflower wraps to ensure a cohesive and tender end product.

Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns (GAPS, Paleo)

1 serving (easily multiply ingredients for more)


  • (Ingredients for 1 serving. Multiply as needed)
  • 1 cup spagetti squash threads from a roasted spaghetti squash
  • 1 Tbs. butter, ghee, lard (real lard), or coconut oil
  • Sea salt, to taste


  1. Place the spaghetti squash threads in a clean kitchen towel and wring out as much water as possible over the sink. The squash will shrink in volume by about half.
  2. Heat the oil/fat over medium-high heat in a sturdy skillet. Add the drained squash and compress with a spatula into an even layer over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the top with sea salt. Cook until golden brown, then flip. Sauté on the other side until crispy. Sprinkle with more salt and serve.
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  1. Melita Bevington says

    That’s it! This may be the one way I might enjoy squash outside of a baked good. (Sensory issues…maybe it’s the skin.) Let me know when you are back in my neck of the woods, and we’ll arrange a day-long canning tutorial at my house. Your healing kitchen needs home canned, shelf stable items!

    • says

      I will take you up on that canning tutorial as soon as we plan a visit back! Miss you! Hope the school year and holiday season is going well for you and your family!

  2. says

    I’ve pinned this to try soon. I’ve only prepared spegetti squash with garlic butter or pasta sauce. This sounds like a new wonderful way to serve it!

  3. Nicole says

    I found a hashbrown recipes where you combine eggs, hashbrowns and cheese and bake them in mini muffin tins….I wonder if this would work instead of hashbrowns?

    • says

      Mmmm… that sounds delicious! And yes, I think these would work perfectly in place of the hash browns (which, I’m assuming, are uncooked before baking). Just be sure to wring the moisture out of the spaghetti squash threads like I explain here.

      • Nicole says

        Thanks for the reply! Yep, the hashbrowns are uncooked before baking. I may try them this week and see how they turn out! I’ll let you know!!

  4. Anonymous says

    I’m not putting my name while admitting to being a laundry-procrastination sympathizer. But for me, the issue is nursing bras. I get away with pushing my steamed cauliflower through my juicer so I don’t have to clean an extra towel, but I don’t think that would work for the spaghetti squash. :/

    • says

      I’m glad somebody can sympathize with my laundry procrastination! That is very interesting about using a juicer to remove moisture from steamed cauliflower–I don’t have a juicer yet, but when I get one, I’ll try that technique for my cauliflower wraps!

  5. Milliann Johnson says

    did this added dehydrated oinion & garlic…a really good sub for hashbrowns…partial to sweet tater hash though :)

  6. krystal says

    Haha! I totally understand the underwear scenario. It is time to do laundry when I’m left with my ugly pink undies! This recipe caught my eye, not ever really been a fan of spaghetti squash. You usually only see spaghetti squash with sauce and no mater how hard I wring it out, it still waters down the sauce. This looks great, gonna give it a try. Thanks!

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  10. Julie says

    Just wanted to add my two cents here. Had an annoying amount of spaghetti squash leftover from a previous evening’s dinner, and I was looking for something new to do with it. This was perfect! We really enjoyed these. My family actually didn’t realize they weren’t potato hashbrowns until I mentioned it. Haha! Thanks.

  11. says

    OMGosh! I’m so glad you figured this one out. I can see a lot of variations to this recipe in my future. Adding leftover cooked onion and/or other veggies (after wringing them out of course), bacon, ham …

  12. Marilyn says

    I always salt and drain my spiralized zucchini before using it or cucumbers before making salads, … and I’m wondering if this wouldn’t also work for the squash in this instance.. will have to give that a try… thanks for the recipe…

    • Marilyn says

      Also, forgot to mention that, after salting and draining, I rinse the salt off, drain and then put in a kitchen towel to get the rest of the moisture removed…

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