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.
This quick baked potatoes recipe shows you how to cook them in half the time! The easy trick will become your go-to for a perfect potato in just 30 minutes (it tastes better, too). Large potatoes can take 1 hour or more to bake, but in this quick and easy method the potatoes bake in about 30 minutes. Dinnertime win!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.