Homemade Tater Tots Recipe

Homemade Tater Tots
Heather Christo


  • 3 cups  mashed potatoes, chilled
  • eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup  flour
  •   Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 cups  panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 cups  vegetable oil
  •   Ketchup, for serving

While I made a big plate of these to eat by themselves in the middle of the day, these would be delicious in the summer with burgers or served with a hot slice of meatloaf on a cozy night! You add some eggs and flour to bind the potatoes and then they are rolled in crispy breadcrumbs before being deep-fried to a golden brown. These were unbelievably good.


In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the mashed potatoes and the beaten eggs. Mix in the flour and season with a little salt. Place the panko breadcrumbs in a bowl and drop the potato-egg mixture by the spoonful into the bowl. Gently press the panko into the soft potato "tots."

Place a sheet of waxed paper on a baking sheet. Transfer the tater tots to the baking sheet. Heat the vegetable oil in a small pot to 350-375 degrees. Gently drop the tater tots into the hot oil and fry for about 1-2 minutes until they are hot and golden.

Remove the tater tots from the hot oil with a strainer and gently place on a paper towel to drain. Season lightly with salt. Serve hot with ketchup and enjoy!


Calories per serving:

3,173 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Carb Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 309g 475%
  • Carbs 93g 31%
  • Saturated 26g 129%
  • Fiber 6g 23%
  • Trans 3g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Monounsaturated 215g
  • Polyunsaturated 51g
  • Protein 16g 32%
  • Cholesterol 147mg 49%
  • Sodium 1,285mg 54%
  • Calcium 187mg 19%
  • Magnesium 46mg 12%
  • Potassium 665mg 19%
  • Iron 2mg 11%
  • Zinc 1mg 8%
  • Phosphorus 183mg 26%
  • Vitamin A 133µg 15%
  • Vitamin C 13mg 21%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 15%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 15%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 27%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 38µg 9%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 7%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 65mg 324%
  • Vitamin K 4µg 5%
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