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Tater Tots in a frying basket

Delicious Home Made Tater Tots!

Making your own tater tots is super fun and gives you the tastiest tots ever!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Time to Boil the Potatoes and Cool Down With Ice Water 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • cheesecloth
  • box grater to grate the potatoes
  • Deep Fat Fryer


  • 3 lbs Russet potatoes peeled and kept whole
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 ts basil leaves
  • 1 ts garlic powder
  • 1/2 ts onion powder
  • 1 ts Jalapeno seasoning mix you can omit this or use cayenne for a spicy kick!
  • 1/2 ts black pepper
  • 2 ts salt reduce the amount if you are watching your salt


  • Prepare a large bowl with ice cold water. Peel the potatoes but keep them whole.
    Peeled Potatoes in a colander
  • Bring a large saucepan to the boil. Add a pinch of salt, and boil the peeled potatoes (kept whole) for 7 minutes. Drain and then add to the ice cold water for 3 minutes to cool the potatoes down.
    bowl with ice water and potatoes
  • Using a box grater, grate the potatoes. You may want to heat up your deep fat fryer to 300F at this time.
    Box grater with a whole peeled potato and grated potato
  • Place the grated potatoes into cheesecloth and squeeze to reduce the water content.
    grated potatoes on a cheesecloth
  • Mix the flour and all the seasonings together in a large mixing bowl. Add the grated potato to this mixture, and mix with your hands to ensure the grated potato is thoroughly incorporated into this mixture.
    various seasonings and all purpose flour
  • Take the potato mixture, and form it into tubes approximately 3/4" diameter. The use of wax paper may help make it easier to shape the potatoes.
    grated potato formed into a tube placed on wax paper
  • Cut into 1" pieces to make the form of a tater tot.
    grated potato cut into 1 inch pieces for tater tots
  • Deep fry the tots in batches, making sure not to overcrowd, approximately 5 minutes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels!
    tater tots frying in hot oil


Enjoy these tots straight out of the fryer for a most luxurious treat!  Add additional seasonings if you like or serve with condiments such as ketchup or mustard.  Great as is, or as a side dish!  Try to have strong willpower otherwise you'll need to prepare to make another batch.  :-)  
Keyword Potatoes, tater tots