Here are the BEST potato recipes for cooking up this great vegetable: fries, wedges, salad, soup, mashed, baked—and more!
One thing’s for sure: there aren’t many people who will turn down a potato recipe! There’s lots of room for disagreement on food, but there’s not many vegetables that are as well loved as potatoes. They’ve been nourishing our world for centuries (and they’re not so bad for you, either).
There’s so much to be done with a bag of potatoes. Make them into thin crispy fries, transform them into a fluffy mash, or bake ’em until golden and tender. Boil them up to go into salads, or cook them down into a creamy loaded potato soup. Ready to get cooking?
At the top of our best potato recipes: potato wedges! These Parmesan potatoes are truly extraordinary. There’s the crunchy exterior, oven roasted to perfection. The interior is velvety and tender. And you know how Parmesan cheese gets all crunchy and savory when you heat it up? Yeah, those little crunchy bits are all over these potatoes, making them all the more irresistible!
Why mash potatoes when you can roast them to a golden crisp? We’ve always been partial to a crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside potato. These are our favorite oven roasted red potatoes, baked until crispy with garlic powder, then showered with fresh herbs.
Of course, any list of potato recipes has to have fries! It's easy to make these crispy baked fries at home. The hot oven takes a russet potato and makes French fries that rival any restaurant fryer! They're crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. And they taste so good, you’ll prefer them to restaurant fries!
When it comes to side dishes, there’s nothing quite like the good old baked potato. Heck, it works as an easy dinner idea, too! Load it up with toppings and you’ve got a filling dinner. Here’s how to bake a potato in the oven so it comes out crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. We've also got a time-saving trick!
This loaded potato soup is easy, healthy and cozy: who could pass that up? It's impossibly creamy with intermittent potato chunks, using no heavy cream at all! Old Bay gives it an irresistible undertone. It’s so easy to make: you don’t even need a blender! And of course, the best part is the toppings.
Ever crave a skillet of perfectly browned fried potatoes? These thin potato rounds are browned in a skillet until they’re crispy and golden. And the seasoning is perfect: just the right amount of smoky, salty, and savory. With the hint of sweetness from the potatoes, there’s a lot going on with only a few ingredients. They work as breakfast potatoes, or an easy side dish for dinner.
Try these classic Steak Fries: perfect thick wedges that come out crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The traditional steak fry you’ll find in a restaurant is deep fried, but they’re easy to make at home baked in an oven. They’re even more delicious, in our opinion! Make up a quick honey mustard sauce and enjoy them as an easy side dish or tasty appetizer.
It can be hard to find a dinner idea that works for everyone, and here’s one we fall back on time and time again: the Loaded Baked Potato! Mix and match any variety of baked potato toppings and you’ve got a delicious dinner that works for almost any diet. There are endless ideas for customizing the meal and it lets every eater get creative.
Instead of watering the potatoes down to a lifeless puree, this garlic mashed potatoes recipe is flavored to perfection! The potato skins are left on for added nutrients and texture. It also means you don’t need to waste time peeling them! They’re flavored with a hefty amount of roasted garlic, which makes for an incredible savory pop.
Need a quick and easy side dish that goes with almost anything? Try these Perfect Boiled Potatoes! Gone are the days of bland or mushy potatoes. Here are all the tricks to getting that ideal creamy texture and sweet, buttery, salty flavor. It couldn’t be easier, once you master two things: the right variety of spud and the formula for how long to boil potatoes. Memorize that, and you’ll be making this recipe on repeat.
Here’s a lovely potato recipe that’s simple and flavor-filled: Garlic Butter Steamed Potatoes! This recipe is ideal with new potatoes or baby potatoes, those lovely small potatoes with a rich, buttery texture. Even better, use a potato medley for a variation in color of golden, bright red and bold purple. Throw them together with butter, garlic and parsley, and you’ve got a quick side dish that everyone will go crazy for.
Here’s a solution that’s a perfect dinner for a crowd: chili baked potatoes! Bake up some potatoes, top them with chili and all the fixin’s, and it’s an easy dinner everyone can enjoy. Chili is a hearty match for baked potatoes, and really: who doesn’t love a baked potato bar with all those fun toppings?
Did you know you can make hash browns…without the bag of frozen potatoes? Homemade hash brownsare incredibly tasty, and here’s the thing: they’re not much harder than cracking open a bag of frozen ones. These hash browns are browned and crispy, with flecks of tender moist shreds that combine into a texture that tastes like a cozy hug. Salt them to perfection with lots of black pepper, and you might not be able to put down your fork.
Here’s a simple side dish that’s always satisfying: Roasted Red Potatoes! These spuds come out crispy and savory, seasoned with garlic powder and salt. A bit of Parmesan cheese gives them even crispier roasty bits. Bake up a sheet pan of these little spuds, and each bite is a little bit of heaven! These disappeared in an instant over here.
Another classic in our potato recipes: potato salad! This one is the BEST classic American style potato salad: creamy, tangy, mixed with celery, green onion, and dill pickles. It skips the traditional mayo in favor of another tasty trick that gets rave reviews!
Here’s a creamy broccoli potato soup that will blow your mind. (We hope.) It’s impossibly creamy, whole food plant based (WFPB), and it tastes like the coziest bowl of comfort. And it’s 100% made of veggies! Blended potatoes help to give it a creamy body. It tastes like an elevated version of broccoli cheese soup from a can (you know the one).
Here's a showy potato recipe: smashed potatoes! First you boil the potatoes, then you'll place them on a baking sheet and smash them! Paint with olive oil and roast until they’re crisp! They turn out crunchy and salty, with a tender inside. If you're like, pair with the tangy sweet drizzle of balsamic reduction.
This dill potato salad is a knock-out. Think: tangy potatoes, drenched in a naturally creamy sauce made with olive oil and vinegar, punchy fresh herbs, and savory capers to round it out. Like a German or French potato salad, this one has no dairy to speak of, making it vegan and plant-based. And man is it flavorful!
Ever ordered truffle fries at a restaurant and wanted to recreate them at home? Try these Parmesan truffle fries! The flavor is every bit as good as restaurant fries, though they’re baked not fried. They have just the right subtle hint of earthy truffle using all-natural truffle oil. They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, perfectly salted and mixed with cheese to take them over the top.
One of the very best uses for an Instant Pot? Mashed potatoes. Yes, mashed potatoes are so much easier in a pressure cooker! You don’t have to worry about them boiling over on the stovetop, or keep testing them to see when they’re done. Nope, just throw them into the Instant Pot and press Go! It also gets that massive pot off the stove top make way for other things you might be cooking.
Shepherd's pie turns mashed potatoes into a main dish! Imagine: a creamy gravy filled with tender vegetables, lentils and scented with fennel and sage. Then a fluffy layer of Yukon gold potatoes, topped with fresh rosemary. It’s layered together in a baking dish and then baked until golden. It's truly stunning!
Out of all the vegetables imaginable: potatoes somehow always steal the show. Meet these perfect grilled potatoes! These little wedges are just how you’d want them: crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. They’re like the French fries of grilled vegetables, really. The outsides are just salty enough, seasoned with Old Bay to give them a hint of celery salt and paprika.
Need an easy potato side dish? Try Roasted Mini Potatoes! These tiny spuds roast up beautifully. Each bite is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Season them with a little garlic powder and smoked paprika, and they’re bursting with delicious flavor!
Sure you can eat French fries with ketchup…but what’s the fun in that? Here’s a unique way to dress up your fries, Mediterranean style. Make homemade Greek fries! These crispy Yukon gold taters are thin sliced and baked with a homemade seasoning blend starring oregano, garlic and dill. Out of the oven, they’re showered with feta cheese crumbles, fresh parsley and red onion, which add just the right Greek-style vibe.
Want a classic potato side dish that requires little effort? Try these Boiled Red Potatoes with Herbs! These tasty spuds might sound basic, but the flavor is anything but. They come out perfectly tender with a creamy flesh that’s ideal paired with fresh chives and butter. It’s a simple side dish that goes with just about anything, from chicken to seafood to vegetarian main dishes.
Last up in our potato recipes: tater tots! Love tater tots but not processed foods? Try these homemade tater tots, made simply with potatoes and olive oil and baked until crispy. To make them into a main dish, try Tater Tot Nachos (Totchos!), which tops them with black beans, sour cream and salsa.
Are potatoes healthy?
Potatoes have gotten a bad rap in the media for being unhealthy foods. But are they really that bad for you? Turns out: the bad part is the way you prepare them. If you eat loads of fried potatoes, then yes! Potatoes might contribute to weight gain. Eat potatoes in healthy ways like the recipes above, and they can be part of a nutritious diet. Here’s a breakdown on potatoes nutrition (source):
Potatoes have a good amount of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and other minerals and antioxidants. Many of the nutrients are contained in the outer skin, so recipes that peel the potato can remove some of these benefits.
Portion size and cooking methods have the most influence on the health effects of potatoes.
When enjoyed in moderation and cooked in a healthy way, potatoes can be part of a nutritious diet.
Chopped flat-leaf parsley, as a garnish (optional)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut the potatoes into wedges (see the video below!). Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until fully coated.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the wedges onto the sheet in a single layer, using your fingers to place some of the Parmesan cheese that falls off onto the top of the wedges (it doesn’t have to be perfect, just take a minute or so to do this).
Bake the potatoes for 18 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip the potatoes.
Reverse the baking sheet in the oven, and bake another 10 minutes until browned and crispy. Enjoy immediately!
*You can 1.5 or double the recipe if you have very hungry eaters. Just keep in mind that when you put two baking trays into the oven, the baking time will be affected because there is more surface area of food and more steam released. We’d recommend increasing the temperature to 450 degrees, and you’ll likely need a few more minutes in the oven to make sure the potatoes get crispy.