These incredible potato side dishes are ideal for accessorizing with any meal! Pick from roasted, mashed, wedges, fries and more.
When it comes to side dishes, the humble potato is by far the most popular veggie candidate. And for good reason: they’re versatile, irresistible, and healthy! Potatoes have gotten a bad rap in the past (thanks, French fries!). But eat potatoes in healthy ways like the recipes below, and they can be part of a nutritious diet! Here are our top Potato Side Dishes to round out any meal. From baked French fries to creamy mash, from crispy wedges to potato salad, there’s something to pair with nearly every meal.
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. Here we’ll show you how to make our favorite potato side dish: Classic Roasted Potatoes! They're oven roasted red potatoes that are baked until crispy with garlic powder, then showered with fresh herbs.
These Parmesan potatoes are truly extraordinary. There’s the crunchy exterior, oven roasted to perfection. Of course the interior is velvety and tender. 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. It's the perfect potato side dish for any meal!
Craving fries? 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 dipping sauce and enjoy them as an easy side dish or tasty appetizer.
There are mashed potatoes, and then there are Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. These creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes are scented with the sweet aromatic flavor of roasted garlic. It’s milder and more luxurious than the typical pungent bite of the raw stuff. Mix it together with creamy Yukon gold potatoes and a bit of Parmesan cheese, and it’s a potato side dish that's truly magical.
Here’s a side dish that impresses every time: Hasselback Potatoes! This popular way to prepare the ubiquitous spud tastes just as good as it looks. Slice a whole potato into thin strips, then bake until the slices separate and form crispy, roasted slices. It’s a whole new way to love a potato!
Another perfect potato side dish? May we introduce this baked potato wedges recipe! Just like the shoes of the same name, this recipe will be your trusty side kick. It’s the perfect side dish for pairing with just about anything, from salmon to burgers. These babies are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and seasoned to perfection.
Want to make the best homemade fries you’ve ever had? Try these Baked French Fries! Yes, we can guarantee they’ll be the best (really). We’ve made made countless batches to get to this ultimate oven baked fries recipe. This recipe uses a few tricks to get the best crispy texture and just the right seasoning blend.
Here’s a lovely potato side dish 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 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.
Ever crave a skillet of perfectly browned fried potatoes? Introducing the Perfect 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.
Need a quick and easy potato 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 unique way to dress up your fries as a fun potato side dish: 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 Mediterranean vibe.
Smashed potatoes require a bit of prep time, but they're absolutely worth it for the incredible flavor! Boil then smash them, and roast them in the oven until crispy. The crunch of the crispy edges is magically! Here we've paired them with a balsamic drizzle to heighten the flavors.
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. Serve them with a dipping sauce and it’s hard to tear yourself away from the platter!
This Parmesan truffle fries recipe is one incredible potato side dish! The flavor is every bit as good as restaurant fries, with just the right subtle hint of earthy truffle. They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, perfectly salted and mixed with cheese to take them over the top. You’ll feel so fancy, you won’t know what to do with yourself! As major truffle fans, we were blown away.
When it comes to root vegetables, there’s nothing like fingerling potatoes. These finger-like slender potatoes have a buttery texture that’s unlike any other spud around! Roast them up until they’re crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and warm from the oven they’re an absolute delight.
Need an easy 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!
Need a healthy potato side dish? Try French potato salad! French potato salad is a vinegar-based salad, instead of creamy like the American version. While the ingredients can vary, it typically includes potatoes, vinegar and olive oil, fresh herbs like parsley or dill, onion, shallot or scallions, and sometimes capers. This one is full of zingy flavor and a great addition to any meal!
When it comes to potato side dishes, there’s nothing quite like the 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 exactly how to bake a potato in the oven: it comes out crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and ideal for loading with toppings of all kinds! The easiest way? Load on sour cream and chives.
This dill potato salad is a knock-out potato side dish! 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. Similar to German potato salad, this dill potato salad has no dairy to speak of, making it vegan and plant-based too.
Looking for a classic and tasty 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.
Want an easy grilled potato side dish? Try these Grilled Potatoesin Foil! You can truly “set it and forget it” with this one. Throw these potatoes and onions in a foil packet and concentrate on the rest of the meal. In 30 minutes, they’re done! Moist and creamy, they’re flavored with herbs and butter.
Are potatoes healthy?
Potatoes have gotten a bad rap in the media for being unhealthy foods. But turns out: the bad part is the way you prepare them. If you daily eat loads of potatoes fried in copious amounts of oil, then yes! Potatoes might contribute to weight gain. But eat potatoes in healthy ways like the recipes above, and they can be part of a nutritious diet. Here’s what to know about 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. So choose wisely!
Potatoes can be part of a nutritious diet when eaten in moderation and cooked in a healthy way.
Wash the potatoes, then slice them in half (for baby potatoes) or dice them into 1/2-inch cubes.
In a large bowl, stir together potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt, and several grinds of fresh ground black pepper.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the potatoes in an even layer on the sheet cut and make sure they are side down. Roast for about 30 to 35 minutes without stirring until browned, depending on the size of the pieces. (To step up these potatoes, remove from the oven at 15 minutes and toss with ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese.)
Remove the potatoes from the oven and toss with the fresh thyme. For a more forward garlic flavor, grate the fresh garlic onto the pan with another drizzle of olive oil and use a spoon to gently toss it all together (separating any grated garlic that clumps together). You can also spritz with lemon wedges for a tangy flavor.