These Homemade Tater Tots are a healthy baked side dish. Freeze for later and pop them straight into the oven.
There's just something about Homemade Tater Tots that screams comfort food. They're the perfect side dish to veggie burgers or Vegan Mac and Cheese with Tofu.
After making some Broccoli Tots awhile back, I knew I had to make some vegan tater tots as well. Those extra Yukon Gold potatoes that I bought for the Broccoli Tot recipe were calling my name.
I made a bunch for that day and a batch in the freezer for later. These healthy tater tots are baked so you can feel good about eating them.
Zucchini Tots are a fun way to switch up your tots game as well.
This is an overview of the ingredients. To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Potatoes: I used Yukon Gold potatoes. You could also use Russet potatoes.
- Nutritional yeast or parsley: Adds a cheesy flavor. You could leave it out.
- Olive oil: Helps the tots stay together and helps the tots get crispy.
- Salt and pepper: Enhances flavors and adds flavor.
Do I Need The Nutritional Yeast?
I made these both with and without nutritional yeast. While I prefer the taste of the tater tots with nutritional yeast, it is not necessary.
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Place Yukon Gold potatoes in a pan with cold water. You want to add the potatoes to cold water and bring both to a boil so that the potatoes cook evenly.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until tender. Drain the water and let cool.
Peel cooled potatoes. Using the largest setting on a box grater, grate potatoes.
In a large bowl mix grated potatoes, nutritional yeast, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Form potato mixture into cylinders.
Place tots on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until crispy, about 30 minutes.
❄️ Can I Freeze Them?
Yes you can! After you form the Tater Tots, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer.
After they are frozen, put them in a freezer bag. You can keep tater tots in the freezer 4-6 months, but flavors in the freezer start to fade after a couple of months.
You can either bake them or fry them. For both ways, they can be cooked straight from the freezer. I personally had better success baking them.
They didn't cook as evenly when frying them and they were on the verge of falling apart.
To Bake frozen Tater Tots (recommended way of cooking them): Place frozen tater tots on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cook at 400° for 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown.
To Fry Tater Tots: Heat ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil in a pan. Oil should be 375°. If you don't have a thermometer, you can test oil with a wooden spoon. The oil will start bubbling around the spoon.
You can also test your oil by sprinkling a few drops of water in the pan. If they sizzle, your pan is ready.
Fry 3-4 minutes on both sides until golden brown.
Homemade Tater Tots
- Box grater
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Place whole potatoes in a pan with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and boil potatoes until they are tender, about 12-15 minutes. Let cool.
- Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel, then grate potatoes in a bowl on the the largest setting of a box grater.
- Add nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Using your hands, make tots. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes, or until crispy, flipping halfway through.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.