Turkey Cranberry Hash


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Turkey cranberry hash is a savory and satisfying side dish or breakfast recipe, and a delicious way to use up leftover turkey. The potatoes are buttery soft, the turkey is deliciously filling, and the cranberries add that perfectly balanced sweetness.

A plate of turkey cranberry hash with poached egg next to saute pan.

I adore hash recipes as they’re incredibly versatile and a great way to clean out your fridge or pantry with wholesome ingredients. My sweet potato breakfast hash is hearty and nourishing. But this turkey cranberry hash has all the flavors of fall and it’s great to serve up after Thanksgiving, if you’re looking for ideas on what to make with your leftover turkey.

If you’re not making this after Thanksgiving, simply make my no-fail turkey recipe and cube the meat into bite-sized pieces. Then whip up some crispy and buttery skillet breakfast potatoes, toss in a few other ingredients and you’re done!

Ingredients to make turkey cranberry hash on a table.

Turkey Cranberry Hash Ingredients

  • Potatoes: I prefer Yukon gold or new white potatoes for that perfect texture.
  • Green Onions: You’ll use both the green and white parts.
  • Garlic: Just a couple of minced garlic cloves enhances that savory flavor.
  • Cooked Turkey: Cube up white meat or dark meat, it’s up to you.
  • Dried Cranberries: Choose unsweetened, to not add any unnecessary sugar.
  • Thyme: I’m using fresh thyme (lots on hand after Thanksgiving), but you could use dried as well.

And if you’d like top this hash with eggs, which I highly recommend, just whip up some poached eggs or soft boiled eggs. Heck, you could even chop up some hard boiled eggs into the hash. Now do you see why I love hash recipes so much?

How to Make Turkey Cranberry Hash

This skillet recipe comes together quickly after the potatoes are peeled, sliced, and diced. Once that’s done, here’s what you do:

  • Boil the potatoes: Add the potatoes to a pot of cold water, bring it to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Crisp up the potatoes: Heat the oil in a pan and spread the potatoes into a flat layer. Cook them without flipping for 4-5 minutes to get that golden brown color on one side.
  • Add the onions and garlic: Add the sliced green onions to the pan along with the minced garlic, and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the turkey, cranberries, and seasoning: Add the remaining ingredients and saute for 5-10 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft and the turkey is warmed through.
  • Serve: You can serve this up as a side dish or as a main meal topped with eggs.

Boiling the diced potatoes in a pot of water.

Making the turkey cranberry hash in a saute pan.

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A serving of turkey cranberry hash on a plate, topped with a poached egg.

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Turkey Cranberry Hash

5 from 8 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Turkey cranberry hash is a savory and satisfying side dish or breakfast recipe, and a delicious way to use up leftover turkey!


  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, about 2 small or one large
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked turkey, small diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: eggs, top with poached eggs or soft boiled eggs


  • Peel and dice the potatoes into a small 1/2" dice.
    Peeling and dicing the potatoes.
  • Add the potatoes to a pot and cover with cold water. Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes for 5 minutes, then drain.
    Boiling the diced potatoes in a pot of water.
  • Heat the oil in a large cast-iron or non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the potatoes to the pan and try to get them in a single, flat layer. Cook without stirring for about 4-5 minutes, so that the bottom gets nice and golden.
    Sauteeing the potatoes in pan.
  • Add the green onion, and garlic, and stir for another 1-2 minutes.
    Adding green onions and other ingredients to the pan.
  • Add the diced chicken, dried cranberries, thyme, salt, and pepper. Saute for another 5-10 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft and the turkey is warmed through.
    Adding the turkey, cranberries, and seasonings to the pan.
  • You can serve the turkey cranberry hash as a side dish, or top it with an egg for a breakfast meal.
    Plating an individual serving of turkey cranberry hash with a poached egg.

Lisa's Tips

  • If you'd like to make this a little more buttery, feel free to stir in a tablespoon of butter at the very end.
  • If you've got a well seasoned cast iron pan your potatoes should not stick. If you find they're sticking, I'd recommend re-seasoning it. And make sure to let them completely crisp up on one side so they naturally release from the pan.
  • Recipe adapted from Epicurious. 


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 169IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast hash, turkey cranberry hash
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. I didn’t have any Yukon potatoes but I had a bunch of extra russet. Still came out delicious! Used cranberry sauce and topped a little bit of gravy over the poached eggs. Great recipe for thanksgiving leftovers, I may actually use of all of my turkey this year!5 stars

  2. Hi Lisa,

    I wanted to make this recipes but I realised there’s no metric system option to convert the measurements from US cups. Is there a possibility this will be updated in the future please? 

    Thank you so much! 

    1. Hi Anita – Thanks for pointing that out! Just updated the recipe card to include metric measurements :)

  3. Very tasty and easy to make. I used also chicken leftovers. Cranberries make it little different and bring to another level.
    Thank you5 stars

    1. Hi Krista – glad you enjoyed this cranberry hash! The cranberries add just the right amount of sweetness :)

  4. End up using left over chicken as it was what we had. This was so good and easy!!! will for sure keep making it.5 stars

  5. I can so use this recipe every time I have turkey leftovers. And because it can happen any time of the year (not just Thanksgiving), this recipe is so handy to keep!5 stars

    1. Absolutely! This has definitely works with anytime of the year, and you can also swap the turkey for chicken.