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Tater Tots from Scratch

A favorite frozen potato treat made at home!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Author Tracy


  • 3 large russet potatoes peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 - 2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
  • Vegetable or Canola Oil for frying


  • Fill a small sauce pan with oil halfway. Heat oil to 375 degrees.
  • With a grater, shred the potatoes.
  • Line the potatoes on a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Squeeze out excess moisture.
  • Transfer potatoes to a bowl, add salt, and mix. Add egg and mix well. Then add flour and other spices and mix until everything is evenly incorporated.
  • Form potatoes into tot shapes
  • Fry in oil until crispy.
  • Cool on a paper towel lined plate and serve with your favorite condiment!
  • Notes
  • These guys are a little on the spicy side, but the best part of making them from scratch is that you can control what flavors you want! Add some oregano or thyme for a more savory tot or get crazy and add some nutritional yeast for a 'cheesy' tot!