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Homemade Tater Tots

Homemade Tater Tots

Tater Tots are a classic way to enjoy potatoes - crispy and savory! Start making them right in the comfort of your home with this easy recipe!

Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Tater Tots
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 cups
Calories 298 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 4 pounds russet potatoes peeled
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup vegetable oil


  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves chopped


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by about 1-2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook until parboiled, about 6-7 minutes. Drain well, remove the potatoes from the pot, place on a cutting board in one single layer and let cool.
  2. Use a box grater, to finely shred the cooled potatoes. Next, use a clean dish towel to drain potatoes completely, by pressing onto them to remove as much water as possible.
  3. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl and stir in flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, and dried parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. The mixture should be workable but dry, if needed add a bit more flour.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Form potatoes into tots and place them onto the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Heat vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
  7. Add the tots, about 6 at a time, depending on how large is the pot. Cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with the others.
  8. Serve hot, garnished with parsley.

To Freeze:

  1. Method 1: Freeze them before frying. After you formed the tots and placed them onto the baking sheet, transfer them to the freezer. Once frozen, transfer them into Ziploc bags. You can later fry them, without thawing.
  2. Method 2: Freee after frying. Let the tots fully cool. Transfer them to an airtight container. Freeze up to 1 month. To bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bake until heated through, for about 15-17 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Tater Tots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 1299mg37%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.