20+ Potato Side Dishes (Perfect for Any Occasion!)

Potato side dishes are perfect pairings for many meals, in any season. They are versatile, and can be flavored in so many different ways!

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We Love All Things Potato!!

Potatoes are amazing to have in your pantry. They can take on a variety of flavor profiles and are a great served with a variety of main dishes.

Let me tell you why we love these sides:

  • Cooking methods. Potatoes can be roasted, grilled, boiled, baked, slow-cooked, fried (pan or air fryer), and more.  
  • Cutting methods. They can be mashed, cubed, shredded, sliced, or remain whole.
  • Any time of day. They are served as a side, or the main dish, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, and snacks.
  • Versatile. They pair well with just about everything! Is there a better marriage than meat & potatoes – perhaps cheesy casseroles or savory soups? 
  • Vitamin-rich. They are packed full of vitamins such as vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron. 

Potatoes can shine as a main dish or win best supporting character as a side dish. Get your sweet or Idaho spud on with these tasty recipes!

Homemade mashed potatoes in white serving dish.

Types of Potatoes

Here are our most commonly used:

  • Russet potatoes are probably the most common U.S. potato and are great for baking, roasting, and mashing. The skin is a little tougher and is often peeled away unless you want the extra texture. 
  • Red potatoes are more waxy and hold their shape well. Their skins are thin and are not usually peeled. 
  • White potatoes have thinner skin like red potatoes but the inside texture of a russet and are a good choice for mashing, roasting, frying, and boiling.
  • Fingerling potatoes have a taste and waxy texture similar to red potatoes. Fingerlings come in a variety of colors, are not typically peeled, and are usually only halved or quartered. They are great for roasting, baking, and frying.
  • Yellow/Yukon gold potatoes have a thin skin, natural buttery flavor, and are as common as Russets. They are great for frying, roasting, boiling, and mashing.  
Parmesan potatoes served in a bowl.

Potato Prepping Tips

  • Soaking potatoes. Usually used with Russet potatoes to remove the starch when frying and roasting. Cut, then rinse or soak in water for 30 minutes, or overnight. Drain and pat dry. 
    • Do not soak potatoes when the starch will help create a creamier dish, like in scalloped potatoes and casseroles.
  • To peel or not to peel. In general, starchy potatoes like Russets are peeled, unless you want a crisp skin. Waxier potatoes like red potatoes don’t need to be peeled. 
  • Side dish serving suggestions:
    • mashed potatoes: ½ pound of raw potatoes per person
    • baked potatoes: 1 medium-large potato per person
    • potato dish: 6-8 ounces per person
    • fries: ½-1 medium potato per person

Best Potato Sides

We are huge fans of all potato recipes, we just love potatoes. But here are some of our most used/best-loved dishes that we know you’ll love too!

1 Funeral Potatoes Recipe

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Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 50 minutes

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2 Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish
Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 55 minutes

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3 Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish
Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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4 Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe

Side Dish
Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe

Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

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Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

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6 Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Side Dish
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Total Time: 48 minutes

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7 Baked Parmesan Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish
Baked Parmesan Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 30 minutes

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8 Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe

Main Course, Side Dish
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes


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9 Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe

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Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 35 minutes

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10 Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

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Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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Easy Potato Side Dishes

Each of these delicious potato sides are easily made, but don’t skimp on flavor! They are the perfect pairings for anything from a weeknight dinner to a holiday party.

11 Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

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Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Total Time: 55 minutes

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12 Twice Baked Potato Casserole Recipe

Side Dish
Twice Baked Potato Casserole Recipe

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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13 Red Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish
Red Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 30 minutes


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14 Parmesan Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish
Parmesan Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 30 minutes


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15 Hasselback Potato Recipe

Main Course, Side Dish
Hasselback Potato Recipe

Total Time: 32 minutes


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16 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Breakfast, Side Dish
Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Total Time: 25 minutes


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17 Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 18 minutes

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18 Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish
Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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19 Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

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20 Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe

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Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe

Total Time: 55 minutes

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Sweet Potato Side Dishes

These all feature my favorite – sweet potatoes! They are packed with flavor, and all are delicious. Any of these would make a perfect side dish!

21 Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes


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22 Sweet Potato Fries recipe

Side Dish
Sweet Potato Fries recipe

Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes


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23 Hasselback Sweet Potato Recipe

Main Course, Side Dish
Hasselback Sweet Potato Recipe

Total Time: 32 minutes


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24 Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows Recipe

Side Dish
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows Recipe

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


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25 Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

Side Dish
Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

Total Time: 55 minutes


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A Favorite Side!

Potato side dishes are always very popular at our family get-togethers and this list has some of our tried and true favorites!

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