Fried Mashed Potatoes

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Fried mashed potatoes have a crispy outside and a soft, fluffy inside, making them delicious. This meal combines mashed potatoes with a fried crust for a delightful side or snack.

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Key Aspects of Fried Mashed Potatoes

This recipe’s appeal lies in its simplicity and universal love for mashed potatoes. It takes a familiar favorite and introduces a textural twist that elevates the dish. Each bite is satisfyingly rich due to the combination of the crisp exterior and the creamy interior.



Can I use any type of mashed potatoes?

Yes, both homemade and store-bought mashed potatoes work well in this recipe.

What’s the best way to ensure they don’t fall apart when frying?

Chilling the shaped potatoes before frying helps them maintain their shape

Overview of Ingredients

Mashed potatoes (homemade or store-bought)

Optional mix-ins: grated cheese, minced cooked bacon, fresh herbs (like chives or parsley)

Oil for frying (or use an air fryer for a healthier version)

Salt and pepper to taste

Chef’s Tips for Perfectly Fried Mashed Potatoes

Consistency is key. Ensure your mashed potatoes are not too runny; a firmer consistency will hold up better when frying.

Flavor Boost: Don’t shy away from adding spices or herbs to the mashed potatoes before frying. Garlic powder, paprika, and freshly ground black pepper can all add depth.

Even Sizes: When forming your mashed potatoes for frying, aim for uniform sizes to ensure even cooking.

Customizing Your Dish

The beauty of fried mashed potatoes lies in their versatility. Here are a few ideas to customize your dish:

Go Vegan: Use plant-based cheese and butter alternatives in your mashed potatoes.

Add Vegetables: Finely chopped spinach or kale can add color and nutrients.

Spice It Up: Incorporate chili flakes or Cajun seasoning for a spicy kick

Serving Suggestions for Fried Mashed Potatoes

Fried mashed potatoes are incredibly versatile.

As a Side: They pair wonderfully with a Beef Burrito Bowl, creating a meal that marries comfort with nutrition.

With Dips: Experiment with various dipping sauces for added flavor. Whether you’re in the mood for something tangy, spicy, or creamy, there’s a sauce that will complement these fried delights perfectly.

Nutritional Information for Fried Mashed Potatoes

Fried mashed potatoes, while a comfort food, can be part of a balanced diet when consumed in moderation and prepared with a focus on health. Here’s a closer look at the nutritional aspects:

Calories: Traditional frying methods increase the calorie count due to oil absorption. However, opting for air-frying or baking significantly reduces the calorie content, making it a lighter option.

Protein: Adding ingredients like cheese or bacon increases the protein content, which is essential for muscle repair and growth. For a plant-based boost, consider incorporating a mix of beans or lentils into the mashed potatoes before frying.

Fiber: Potatoes naturally contain fiber, which aids in digestion and helps you feel full longer. Including skins in your mashed potatoes or adding vegetables like kale or spinach can further increase the fiber content.

Vitamins and Minerals: Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium. Enhancing your dish with vegetables or using sweet potatoes can add vitamins A and E, along with antioxidants.

Fats: The type of oil used for frying impacts the fat content. Using oils with a higher smoke point and healthier fat profile, such as avocado or olive oil, can make the dish more heart-healthy. Air-frying minimizes oil use, further reducing the fat content.

Making Healthier Choices

To enjoy fried mashed potatoes in a healthier way, consider the following adjustments:

Use Air Frying: This method drastically reduces the amount of oil needed, lowering the overall fat and calorie content.

Incorporate Nutrient-Dense Ingredients: Adding vegetables, beans, or sweet potatoes can enhance the nutritional profile with more fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Opt for Healthy Fats: If you’re pan-frying, use a minimal amount of a healthy oil like olive or avocado oil.

Portion Control: Enjoying fried mashed potatoes as part of a meal with a balance of protein and vegetables can help maintain nutritional balance.


Fried mashed potatoes offer a creative and delicious way to enjoy a classic dish. With the right ingredients, a bit of preparation, and the perfect pairings, they can become a new favorite. For more culinary inspiration and recipes, visit Gabriela’s Recipes, where you’ll find a treasure trove of dishes designed to delight any palate.


Fried Mashed Potatoes

See how to create mashed potatoes that are crispy and fried by using this simple recipe. The ideal choice for a snack or a side dish!

  • Author: Gabriela cardenas
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Side Dish, Snack
  • Method: Frying (Traditional or Air Frying)
  • Cuisine: American


  • 3 cups of mashed potatoes (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 4 strips of cooked bacon, minced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs like chives or parsley, finely chopped
  • Oil for frying (enough for shallow frying, or less if using an air fryer)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. If using, mix the cheese, bacon, and herbs into the mashed potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Form the mixture into small patties.
  3. Chill the patties in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
  4. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry the patties for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.


  • Ensure the mashed potatoes are not too moist; add a little flour if needed to help the patties hold their shape.
  • For a healthier version, use an air fryer set at 200°C (approximately 400°F) for about 10-15 minutes or until crispy.
  • Serve with dipping sauces like sour cream, garlic aioli, or your favorite barbecue sauce.

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Fried Mashed Potatoes: A Crispy Twist on Your Comfort Food

  • Author: Gabriela cardenas
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: recipes


Chilled mashed potatoes

Seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder)

Coating (flour or breadcrumbs)

Neutral oil with a high smoke point (canola or vegetable)


1. Prepare Your Mashed Potatoes:

Start with chilled mashed potatoes to ensure they’re firm and easy to handle. If you’re using leftovers, this step is already done. Otherwise, prepare your mashed potatoes and allow them to cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour or until thoroughly chilled.

2. Season:

Season your chilled mashed potatoes to taste. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, or any other preferred spices. This is also the perfect time to mix in additional ingredients like grated cheese or finely minced cooked bacon for extra flavor.

3. Shape:

Using a spoon or scoop, shape the mashed potatoes into balls or patties. The size can vary depending on your preference, but typically, making them about the size of a golf ball or slightly larger works well for even cooking.

4. Coat:

Roll your shaped mashed potatoes in flour or breadcrumbs. This coating will help achieve a crispy exterior upon frying. Ensure each ball or patty is evenly coated to prevent sticking and ensure a uniform crunch.

5. Fry:

Heat a deep fryer or skillet with a generous amount of neutral oil (like canola or vegetable oil) to 375°F (190°C). Carefully place the coated mashed potato balls or patties into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan to maintain the oil temperature and ensure even cooking.

Fry until golden brown and crispy, typically about 3-4 minutes per side. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to flip them halfway through if using a skillet.

6. Drain:

Once fried to a golden crisp, remove the mashed potato creations from the oil and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

7. Serve:

Serve your crispy fried mashed potatoes hot. They can be enjoyed on their own or with dipping sauces like ketchup, aioli, or any sauce of your choice. They also make a perfect side to dishes like Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp Pasta or as part of a larger meal.


For an even lighter version, consider air frying your coated mashed potato balls or patties at 400°F (200°C) for about 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway through until golden and crispy.

Experiment with different seasonings and mix-ins to find your perfect flavor combination.

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