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Tater Tots (Gluten Free)

Perfectly crispy golden brown on the outside and tender soft inside, these homemade Gluten Free Tater Tots will become your new favorite snack! These highly addictive tots will make you say goodbye to store-bought unhealthy tater tots!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 18 tots
Calories 158 kcal

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  • 5 medium russet potatoes, peeled
  • cup sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon GF flour blend with xanthan gum
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  • Bring a large pot with salted water to a boil. Add peeled and washed potatoes, cover with a lid, and cook for 5-6 minutes. The potatoes need to be par-boiled (partially boiled).
  • Pour out the water and let cool completely, then transfer to the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  • Grate the potatoes with a cheese grater into a large bowl. The potatoes should be ‘’medium’’ grated, not very thin (otherwise will turn into mashed potatoes) but not very thick either. Drain the excess water with a towel or fine mesh strainer or milk bag (Important!)
  • In the same bowl with potatoes add flour, cheese and spices. Mix gently.
  • Start shaping the potato mixture into cylinder ‘’tot’’ shapes. Tip: prepare a small bowl with water on the side to dip your fingers in it if the mixture gets too sticky.
  • In a large skillet with deep bottom, heat oil about (you should have about 3 inches of oil in the pan or use deep frying for this). Once the oil is sizzling hot (measure with a kitchen thermometer, oil should be at 375 F), lower tater tot, one by one into oil, making sure they’re not touching each other.
  • You’ll need to do it in batches. Fry the tots until golden brown on all sides, flipping them halfway through as needed. Transfer to a plate lined with paper napkins to remove the excess oil.
  • Serve warm with your choice of dipping sauces. I am easy, I like to use ketchup!



  • My Gluten free flour blend
  • Squeeze out the excess moisture -  after grating the potatoes, take time to drain the potatoes from the extra moisture. You can do that with paper towels, a milk bag for example.
  • Why do tater tots fall apart? The reasons for your tater tots falling apart are a ton. Not enough or too much ‘’par-boiled’’ potatoes, not enough flour, old or not good quality frying oil. Also when lowering the tots into frying pot/fryer make sure to do it slowly and apart from one another. Wait until the bottom will become firmer and golden brown and only then flip them over.
  • How long does it take to fry tater tots? For homemade tater tots, it is very quick. If using enough oil, and heated to 375 F, It shouldn’t take you more than 2 minutes for a perfectly golden brown and crispy tater tot. 



Calories: 158kcal
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