Homemade Potato Tots


These homemade potato tots are even better than what you can buy in the store or order at a diner. Keep these tots on hand for breakfast or an easy side dish!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Cool Time:
15 mins
Fry Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 13 mins
72 potato pieces


  • 3 pound russet potatoes (about 8 medium)

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • Peanut or vegetable oil

  • Kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Scrub potatoes thoroughly with a brush; pat dry. Prick potatoes with a fork and place in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a paring knife inserts easily but resists toward the center.

  2. Cool for 20 minutes. Peel away and discard the skin. Coarsely shred potatoes using a box grater or food processor. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and onion powder. Using your hands, mix well. Divide mixture in half. Transfer each half of the mixture to a piece of waxed paper. Firmly pat each into a 6x6-inch square about 3/4-inch thick. Using a large sharp knife, cut each into 36 squares.

  3. Fill a deep 3-quart saucepan or deep-fat fryer half full with oil; heat oil to 350°F. Working in batches of 8 (oil will bubble up as pieces are added), fry potato pieces in hot oil for 3 minutes or until golden brown, stirring gently occasionally. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with additional salt while warm.


To Freeze:

Cool fried potato pieces and place in an airtight freezer container. Freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, arrange pieces in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a 400°F oven for 15 minutes or until heated through and crisp.

Spice it up:

Replace the salt and onion powder with 1 to 2 tablespoons of Taco Seasoning, Prairie Seasoning, Pacific Seasoning, Everyday Seasoning, Citrus Seasoning, or Fajita Seasoning. If using Italian or Greek Seasoning, add 1 teaspoon kosher salt. (Seasoning recipes listed on page XX).

Rosemary-Smoked Black Pepper

Omit onion powder. Add 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon smoked black pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
18g Fat
25g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 287mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 7.3mg 37%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Potassium 537mg 11%
Folate, total 21.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*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.

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