Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Fried Mashed Potato Balls

5 from 1 vote
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

These fried mashed potato balls are a simple and tasty appetiser. Great for packing into your kids’ lunchboxes or for whipping up as an after-school snack.

So, I created this recipe when I had some leftover mashed potato in the refrigerator that I just did not know what to do with.

Sometimes I find that mashed potatoes can often be a bit tasteless on their own, but I made sure to add spices and herbs to ensure that the potato filling is packed with flavour.

For making this mashed potato balls recipe, you must make the mashed potato mixture chilled. This will make it so much easier to shape the balls and they will hold their shape much better when they are fried.

Try to make even-sized balls as this will make sure that they cook at the same time. I find that using an ice cream scoop helps to make everything look all uniform.

Once I have formed the balls, I prepare the breadcrumbs. Although I haven’t mentioned this in the recipe card as it isn’t essential, sometimes I like to season my breadcrumbs with herbs and spices to give everything that extra oomph of flavour.

For the breadcrumbs, I always use panko breadcrumbs. Panko breadcrumbs are a type of Japanese breadcrumbs that are lighter and crispier than regular breadcrumbs.

This makes them perfect for coating these mashed potato balls. They will give the potato balls a delicious and crispy texture.

Once ready to fry, it is very important that you make sure the oil temperature is correct and that you maintain this temperature.

Too hot and the breadcrumbs will burn too quickly. Too cold and the balls will fall apart.

The best way to check the oil temperature is with a kitchen thermometer. For frying these mashed potato balls, the temperature of the oil should be maintained at approximately 350°F (175°C).

To maintain the oil temperature is very important that the mashed potatoes are fried in small batches.

To reheat any leftover mashed potato balls it is best to avoid the microwave as this will make the balls soggy instead of crispy. No one wants soggy potato balls.

Instead, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the potato balls on a baking sheet. Heat them for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until they are hot and crispy again.

Ever so crispy and delicious, these fried mashed potato balls are an absolute must-try.

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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 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetiser, Snack
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 4
Calories 226 kcal



  • 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: 600mgFiber: 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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