Our 15 Best Potato Side Dish Recipes of All Time Will Pair Well With Every Meal You Make

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham in a white bowl over a green and white dish towel
Photo: Culinary Envy

Potato lovers rejoice! The delicious, comforting taste of potatoes makes every meal better. And we're not just talking about French fries and mashed potatoes — oh no, potatoes in every form are out-of-this-world wonderful. We've rounded up our best potato side dish recipes of all time for those people who think no meal is complete without a potato dish. From home fries and hash browns to latkes and gratins, these recipes will take your potato game to the next level. Scroll through to find our top-rated recipes.

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Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes
Allrecipes Magazine

Potatoes are baked and then loaded up with a mixture of sour cream, butter, cheese, and potato flesh before — you guessed it — baked again. The inside will be creamy and cheesy and still have the baked potato flavor you love.

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes Secret Recipe

Garlic Mashed Potatoes Secret Recipe in a white bowl

These garlicky potatoes are so easy to make with just six simple ingredients. Reviewers like to use roasted garlic because it easily mashes into the potato mixture, but roasting can actually sweeten and mellow the garlic flavor so plan accordingly.

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Oven Roasted Potatoes

Oven roasted potatoes
Jenny Nguyen

Use your favorite type of potato to make this simple 45-minute recipe. Reviewers like to use Yukon Gold or red potatoes because you can leave the skin on to save time. And if you place the potatoes in a sealed bag before seasoning you can simply shake the bag to coat them — this will save you from the mess of stirring and give you perfectly seasoned potatoes.

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Mom's Potato Latkes

Mom's Potato Latkes
Mom's Potato Latkes | Photo by Holiday Baker.

Latkes may be a Hanukkah tradition, but this recipe is so good you'll want to make it all year-round. These potato pancakes are lightly fried to get crispy on the outside and are delicious topped with sour cream and applesauce. To save time, reviewers like to use a bag of pre-shredded potatoes.

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Chef John's French Fries

homemade french fries in a fry basket

The secret to Chef John's perfect French fries is frying the potatoes twice. "The first frying is done at a lower temperature, which softens the potato and prepares the starchy surface for the second frying's crispification," says Chef John.

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Perfect Baked Potato

Perfect Baked Potato

What makes this baked potato perfect is the lightly salted, crispy skin paired with the fluffy, buttery, cheesy interior. While these potatoes are best cooked in the oven, reviewers say you can also make them in the microwave or on the grill.

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O'Brian's Potato Casserole

O'Brian's Potato Casserole
Deb C

This easy-to-make casserole has hash browns, cream of chicken soup, American cheese, sour cream, and cornflakes cereal to create the ultimate comfort dish. "This recipe is so simple and delicious it is insane! I have made it 3 times now and to each meal it has been perfect. It is an inexpensive, easy addition to a meal," says reviewer ramona620.

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Cheese and Bacon Potato Rounds

potato rounds topped with cheese and bacon on a white plate

This five-ingredient side is too easy not to make. It has all the tasty flavors of potato skins — like bacon, Cheddar cheese, and green onion — but in a perfect bite-sized package that's so quick to throw together. Serve with sour cream, ranch, or whatever else you like for dipping.

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Oven Fresh Seasoned Potato Wedges

Oven Fresh Seasoned Potato Wedges with ketchup on a white plate
Holiday Baker

If you prefer potato wedges to classic French fries, this 30-minute recipe is for you. These potato wedges are generously seasoned with Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper and baked for a perfectly crispy fry with a tender inside.

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham in a white bowl over a green and white dish towel
Culinary Envy

This cheesy scalloped potatoes dish is packed with flavor from the cheesy creamy sauce, ham, and peas. Reviewers say this dish is delicious with any kind of meat — like bacon, Spam, and even pulled pork — and you can make it in the slow cooker for an extra easy prep.

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Sally's Spinach Mashed Potatoes

white casserole dish of Sally's Spinach Mashed Potatoes
Allrecipes Magazine

Even the pickiest eaters will love these spinach mashed potatoes — and it's a great way to sneak some veggies into the kids. With potatoes, butter, sour cream, and cheese, no one would dare to object to the spinach!

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Quick and Easy Home Fries

Quick and Easy Home Fries on turquoise dish

With just three ingredients, you'll be making these home fries for every meal. "Finally a fool-proof home fries recipe! We used red bliss potatoes with rosemary, then threw in some minced garlic for the second 10 minutes. They came out perfect. Great with any meal. Almost impossible to mess these up," says home cook HotMamaFish.

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Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin

Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin on a white dish with parsley garnish

All you need is a muffin tin and a handful of simple ingredients to make this quick and easy side. Reviewers recommend layering the potatoes and cheese sauce so you'll have nice cheesy potatoes in every bite.

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Classic Hash Browns

Classic Hash Browns
Classic Hash Browns.

Chef John's five-ingredient hash browns are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside — just like you'd find at your favorite diner. They only take 20 minutes to make and they're perfectly spiced with cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, and pepper.

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Bada Bing Bada Banged Potatoes

baby potatoes with herbs and Parmesan

"These potatoes are easy to prepare and are a great crowd-pleaser. The herbs and cheese really bump up the flavor. You can prep them ahead then finish them on the grill or oven. The name of the dish makes people laugh — until they taste them. Then all you'll hear is oooh's and aaah's," says recipe contributor CJ McD.

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Mom's Scalloped Potato Gratin
Mom's Scalloped Potato Gratin. Chef John
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