Fried Mashed Potato Balls
Fried Mashed Potato Balls
5 from 3 votes
These fried mashed potato balls are made with creamy potatoes, breadcrumbs, and an array of spices. Perfect all on their own, these potato balls are so easy to experiment with so feel free to add your own twist.
Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Welcome to a crispy, comforting delight – Fried Mashed Potato Balls! Originating from the heart of comfort food culture, this recipe is a delicious twist on traditional mashed potatoes, offering a crispy exterior with a creamy, flavorful interior.

Whether you’re looking for a unique appetizer to impress guests or a cozy snack to enjoy on a lazy evening, these potato balls are sure to hit the spot.

Crafted with simple ingredients found in most kitchens, this recipe strikes the perfect balance between ease and indulgence. From the first bite, you’ll be greeted with the familiar warmth of mashed potatoes infused with a medley of savory spices, all encased in a satisfyingly crunchy shell.

The process of shaping and frying these delightful bites is not only fun but also an excellent opportunity to get creative in the kitchen.

While the idea of frying mashed potatoes might seem unconventional, trust me, it’s a game-changer. The crispy coating gives way to a velvety interior, creating a textural symphony that will keep you coming back for more.

Whether you’re a novice cook or a seasoned pro, this recipe is approachable yet impressive, making it perfect for any occasion.

Expert Tip: To prevent the potato balls from falling apart during frying, make sure the mashed potato mixture is well-combined and compacted before shaping into balls.


Potatoes: Potatoes form the base of this recipe, providing a creamy texture and mild flavor that serves as the perfect canvas for the spices and seasonings.

Salt: Salt enhances the natural flavor of the potatoes and balances the overall taste of the dish.

Black Pepper: Black pepper adds a subtle warmth and depth to the potato mixture, complementing the other spices.

Garlic Powder: Garlic powder lends a savory, aromatic flavor to the mashed potatoes, infusing them with a hint of garlic goodness.

Onion Powder: Onion powder contributes a sweet and savory flavor to the mixture, enhancing its complexity.

Paprika: Paprika adds a touch of smokiness and mild heat, elevating the flavor profile of the potato balls.

Plain Flour: Plain flour helps bind the ingredients together, resulting in a cohesive mixture that is easy to shape into balls.

Egg: Beaten egg serves as a binding agent, helping the breadcrumbs adhere to the potato balls during the frying process.

Breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs create a crispy, golden-brown crust around the mashed potato balls, adding texture and visual appeal.

Oil: Oil is used for frying the potato balls, ensuring they cook evenly and develop a crunchy exterior.

Expert Tip: To save time, you can use leftover mashed potatoes instead of boiling and mashing fresh potatoes.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the fried mashed potato balls as an appetizer at your next gathering, accompanied by a variety of dipping sauces such as marinara, garlic aioli, or chipotle mayo.
  • Enjoy the potato balls as a delicious snack on their own, sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt for extra flavor.
  • Pair the potato balls with a fresh green salad for a satisfying lunch or light dinner option.
  • Serve the potato balls alongside grilled meats or roasted vegetables for a hearty and flavorful meal.

Expert Tip: For extra flavor, you can add grated cheese or cooked bacon bits to the mashed potato mixture before shaping into balls.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I store leftover potato balls?

Leftover potato balls can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. To reheat, simply place them on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

Can I freeze the potato balls before frying?

Yes, you can freeze the shaped potato balls on a baking sheet until firm, then transfer them to a freezer bag or container for long-term storage. When ready to fry, simply thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before proceeding with the recipe as directed.

Can I use different spices or seasonings in the potato mixture?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize the spices and seasonings according to your taste preferences. You can experiment with additions such as dried herbs, chili flakes, or grated cheese to create your own unique flavor combinations.

Can I bake the potato balls instead of frying them?

Yes, if you prefer a healthier alternative, you can bake the potato balls in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and crispy, flipping halfway through the baking time.

How can I ensure the potato balls are evenly cooked and crispy?

To achieve perfectly crispy potato balls, make sure the oil is hot enough before frying. Fry the potato balls in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan, which can lower the oil temperature and result in soggy balls. Additionally, allow the fried potato balls to drain on paper towels after frying to remove excess oil.

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Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Fried Mashed Potato Balls

by Nabeela Kauser
These fried mashed potato balls are made with creamy potatoes, breadcrumbs, and an array of spices. Perfect all on their own, these potato balls are so easy to experiment with so feel free to add your own twist.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetiser, Snack
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 4
Calories 226 kcal


  • 500 g Potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 1 Egg Beaten
  • 100 g Breadcrumbs
  • Oil For frying


  • Begin by peeling and washing the potatoes, then cutting them into small pieces. Place the pieces in a pot of boiling water and let them cook for around 15 minutes, or until they become soft.
  • Once the potatoes are ready, drain them and transfer them to a mixing bowl. Use a potato masher or fork to mash them until they become smooth.
  • To the mashed potatoes, add a combination of salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika powder, and all-purpose flour. Mix everything together thoroughly until it’s evenly combined.
  • Using a tablespoon, scoop out portions of the potato mixture and shape them into balls. You should be able to make around 12-15 balls.
  • After shaping the balls, dip each one into beaten egg and then coat them in breadcrumbs.
  • Heat up some vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry the potato balls in batches for around 2-3 minutes, or until they turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the potato balls from the pan, and then transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels. This will help to absorb any excess oil.
  • Finally, serve the potato balls hot with your favourite dip or sauce.


Feel free to add different herbs or spices to the potato mixture based on your personal preference.
If you want to prepare the potato balls ahead of time, you can shape them and keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to fry them.
Remember that these potato balls are best served hot and crispy, so it’s important to serve them immediately after frying.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 8gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 497mgPotassium: 600mgFibre: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 72IUVitamin C: 25mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 69mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Aloo, Finger Food, Food, Fried, Kids Snacks, Party Food, Potato, Recipe, Snack
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