28 Potato Recipes for Dinner That You’ll Eat Right Up

Photographs: Daniel Gritzer

The humble potato can take on many forms—mashed, fried, baked, smashed—and still manage to satisfy us. They particularly work well at dinnertime, either next to mains like steak and roasted chicken or where they take the stage as a main course. From chewy gnocchi and fluffy mashed potatoes to a savory soup and roasted options, these are our favorite potato recipes for dinner.

The Best Crispy Roast Potatoes Ever

The best crispy roast potatoes ever in a bowl on a blue background.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

These are the most flavorful crispy roast potatoes you’ll ever make—and they just happen to be gluten-free and vegan (if you use oil) to boot.

The Best Potato-Leek Soup

Potato leek soup
Serious Eats / Eric Kleinberg

This easy potato-leek soup takes no shortcuts to deliver the best flavor and texture possible.

Hasselback Potato Gratin

Browned hasselback potatoes in a blue stoneware baking dish on a linen tablecloth.
Diana Chistruga

Hasselback potato gratin has all the creamy decadence of a classic potato gratin but with more crispy edges.

Gamja Bokkeum (Korean Sweet Soy-Glazed Potatoes)

Vicky Wasik

This is a simple glazed potato banchan you won’t be able to stop making, or eating.

Pommes Aligot (Cheesy Mashed Potatoes)

Vicky Wasik

Rich, stretchy, smooth, and silky French mashed potatoes—this is pommes aligot in all its glory.

Ultra-Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

A bowl of fluffy mashed potatoes sits on a table. It's topped with a pat of melting butter and a grinding of fresh black pepper.
[Image: Vicky Wasik]

For the fluffiest and lightest mashed potatoes, use Russets and rinse off excess potato starch before and after cooking.

Pommes de Terre Fondantes (Fondant Potatoes)

Closeup of a serving platter of fondant potatoes with a ramekin of flaky sea salt on the side.
Vicky Wasik

For the best French melting potatoes, cook them like meat.

The Ultimate Baked Potato

Photograph and video: Vicky Wasik

Here’s how to get the crispest skin, the creamiest, fluffiest flesh, and how to work the very best flavor into every last bite of your next baked potato.

Patates Lemonates (Greek Lemon Potatoes)

Closeup of a serving plate of Greek lemon potatoes.
Vicky Wasik

These Greek lemon potatoes are a side dish that easily upstages any main.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Golden brown crispy smashed potatoes on an oval white plate on a dark textured background.
Serious Eats / Eric Kleinberg

Golden brown and unbelievably crispy, with a great creamy center—you’ll want these crispy smashed potatoes on the table for dinner tonight.

Classic Rich and Silky Potato Gratin (Scalloped Potatoes)

Vicky Wasik

After rounds and rounds of testing, we’ve finally landed on the perfect classic potato gratin (scalloped potatoes), one that’s creamy, silky, and loaded with flavor.

Pommes Duchesse (Duchess Potatoes)

Duchess potatoes served in a dish.
Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

Pommes duchesse are the fanciest, fussiest mashed potatoes around (but they’re totally worth it!).


A cast iron skillet full to the brim with melted and browned soft-rind cheese.
[Image: Vicky Wasik]

This gooey, creamy baked casserole of potatoes, cream, cheese, bacon, and onions is true French mountain food.

Suanla Tudousi (Hot-and-Sour Sichuan Stir-Fried Potatoes)

A plate of very thin strands of stir-fried potato and red and green pepper; the potato looks softened but not limp, and is a beige color that hints at the sauce it absorbed in the wok.
[Image: Vicky Wasik]

Acidity, crisp-tender texture, and a tingle of numbing heat is what makes these stir-fried potatoes so delicious.

Potato and Cheese Pierogi

Serving plate of pan-fried pierogi with ramekins of sour cream and cooked onion on the side.
Vicky Wasik

Pierogis are creamy, crispy Eastern European potato dumplings that you’ll easily devour.

Aloo Gobi

Overhead view of aloo gobi in a serving bowl
Vicky Wasik

Creamy potatoes and tender cauliflower come together in a spiced tomato-based sauce.

Aloo Tikki

Aloo tikki on a plate with a dipper of tamarind chutney alongside
Vicky Wasik

These salty, spiced potato patties are inspired by the iconic Punjabi Deli in the East Village of New York City.

Causa (Peruvian Cold Mashed Potato Casserole With Tuna or Chicken)


Causa is everything Americans love—mashed potatoes, tuna (or chicken) salad, and potato salad—all compressed into one easy make-ahead Peruvian casserole.

Salchipapa (Peruvian Hot Dogs and French Fries)

A large platter of salchipapa (french fries with sliced hot dogs piled on top) and a few dipping sauces alongside
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Peru’s irresistible platter of hot dogs and French fries pulls no punches.

Tater Tot Casserole (Hotdish)

Vicky Wasik

The Tater Tot hotdish is, hands down, the most epic version of a one-pot wonder.

Easy Vegan Pan Pizza With Potato, Onion, and Rosemary

Potato pan pizza on a wooden surface.
Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

Thin slices of potato shingled on top of a moist pizza bianca dough, strewn with onions, and drizzled with olive oil—what more could we ask for?

Skillet Potatoes With Cajun Blackening Spices and Buttermilk-Herb Sauce

Morgan Eisenberg

These Cajun-spiced baby potatoes—first boiled until creamy, then crisped in a skillet, and finally topped with a cooling buttermilk-herb dressing—have some serious star power.

Gaeng Garee Makheua Yao (Thai Yellow Curry with Eggplant)

Vicky Wasik

Yes, a 100% vegetarian Thai curry can be delicious!

Aloo Samosa (Samosa Stuffed With Spiced Potato and Peas)

Samosas on a serving plate with a ramekin of herb chutney alongside
Andrew Janjigian

A classic savory samosa, one stuffed with spiced potatoes and peas, is easy to make at home.

Classic, Savory Shepherd’s Pie (With Beef and/or Lamb)

Vicky Wasik

Britain’s mashed-potato-topped meat and vegetable casserole is everything you want in a dinner.

Fully Loaded Vegan Baked Potato Soup

Three bowls of fully loaded vegan baked potato soup.
Serious Eats / Qi Ai

Creamy, rich, packed with cheesy flavor, and 100% vegan—these is a potato soup you’ll eat right up.

Gnocchi Alla Bava (Potato Gnocchi With Fontina Cheese Sauce)

Daniel Gritzer

Gnocchi alla bava features tender and lightly sweet potato gnocchi in a rich and creamy Fontina cheese sauce, flavored with a touch of black pepper and nutmeg.

Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina (Baked Gnocchi With Tomato and Mozzarella)

Daniel Gritzer

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina is a Southern Italian baked pasta starring plump potato gnocchi. The secret to success is to get each component right, from the tomato sauce to the mozzarella, and to use homemade gnocchi that hold their shape but remain tender.