Accordion Potatoes are a huge TikTok craze and for good reason! When baked, they have a crispy outer layer flavored with savory garlic butter and fresh herbs! They are much easier to make than they look! Try it for yourself with this step-by-step recipe! Dip them in our Creamy Chipotle Sauce, Avocado Crema, or Siracha Ketchup!

close up overhead image of potato skewers with additional accordion potato skewers in the background, chopped parsley in top left corner, sriracha ketchup in bottom right corner

Accordion Potato Skewers are the best! They are essentially part waffle fries, part hassleback fries, and have a simple lattice look. They are super crispy on the outside and tender on the inside! Honestly, I love potatoes in any shape, form, or fashion, but having them stretched out, revealing a seemingly intricate pattern, makes them even more enjoyable!

overhead image of accordion potato skewers with sriracha curry ketchup

Accordion potatoes are perfect if you want to elevate your normal potato side dish! With such an eye-catching shape, they are perfect for an impressive dish to wow your guest! And get this, they are SUPER easy to make!

It took me a couple of tries to get into the groove of slicing the potatoes, but once I did, I was able to make the perfect accordion shape each time! So here is a step-by-step recipe walk-through so you can make them perfectly! I promise you, it’s much easier to make than it looks!

image of a raw sliced potato on a stick to show accordion pattern

What You Need To Make Accordion Potato Skewers:

Potatoes: You can use whatever potatoes you prefer. I used russet potatoes. Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes also work well for this recipe.

Garlic Butter Mixture: The garlic herb mixture coats the potatoes and provides a ton of flavor. You can use vegan butter if you prefer, or you can swap out the butter and use olive oil.

Skewers: The skewers help to serve as a base for cutting the potatoes so that you can make the accordion pattern. You also pierce the potatoes with the skewers, then stretch the potatoes and curve them to create the complete accordion look. (If you have time, soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before using to prevent them from burning while in the oven.)

four large russet potatoes

What Type Of Potatoes To Use

  • Russet Potatoes
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes

How To Cut Accordion Potatoes Shape

STEP 1: Use a potato peeler to remove the skin of the potato. Then, cut the round ends off the potato. Cut the potato lengthwise into 1/4 – 3/8 inch slices. Do not cut larger than 1/2 inch. 

slicing vertical lines into potato

STEP 2: Place the potato horizontally. Place the skewer on both sides of the potato. Use skewers as a base so that you do not cut through the potato and cut vertical lines, about .0625 inches (1/16″) apart. Keep the lines close to each other so you make the accordion shape.

STEP 3: Flip the potato over, keeping the wooden skewers on the sides, and cut diagonal lines.

cut accordion potato on a skewer

STEP 4: Push the skewer through the potato. (I find it best to leave the potato on the cutting board, place my hand over the potato to hold it down, and gently push the skewer through the center of the potato. Please be careful so that you do not pierce yourself with the skewer.)  Gently stretch out the potato, starting with the bottom and work towards the middle. 

accordion potatoes in a bowl of water

STEP 5: While slicing the potatoes, keep the potatoes that you have already cut in cold water. This helps to keep the potatoes from turning brown. This also helps to break down the excess starch which will help make delicious crispy potatoes when they are baked

brushing garlic butter onto potatoes

STEP 6: IN a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the garlic butter mixture Then, brush the garlic-herb butter onto both sides of the potatoes.

accordion potatoes before baking

STEP 7: Place the potatoes in a pre-heated oven at 425°F for about 40 minutes flipping gently halfway through. Depending on the size you cut the potatoes, they may need more time (+5 minutes or so) in the oven to get crispy.

STEP 8: Enjoy! The potatoes are done once they have crispy edges and are golden brown on the outside. Allow the potatoes to cool for a few minutes before serving.

close up overhead image of potato skewers with additional accordion potato skewers in the background, chopped parsley in top left corner, sriracha ketchup in bottom right corner

Tips To Make The Perfect Accordion Potatoes

  • Choose large, long potatoes for the best results. Ones that are at least 6-8 inches work well
  • You can leave the skin on or peel the potatoes. The choice is yours!
  • When slicing the potatoes, make sure not to slice them all the way through. Use the skewers as a base to prevent slicing through the potatoes.
  • Slice the potatoes thick enough to pierce the skewer, but not too thick that they break the skewer. Larger slices are slightly harder to manipulate and also do not get as crispy when baked.
  • Make sure your oven is hot and preheated before placing the potatoes in to bake. A hot oven is necessary to make crispy baked potatoes.

How to Make Accordion Potatoes in the Air Fryer

Follow the same direction as above. When ready to cook your accordion potatoes place them in the air fryer at 375°F for 15-17 minutes, gently flipping halfway through. (do not overcrowd the skewers) Repeat until all the skewers are fully cooked.

Toppings For Your Accordion Potatoes

  • Ketchup: You can use regular ketchup or spice your ketchup a bit by adding Sriracha and curry power. Simply mix together: 3 tbsp ketchup, with 3 tbsp Sriracha, and 1/2 tsp curry powder! It’s delicious!
  • Cheese: Add shredded cheddar or parmesan cheese for additional flavor. You can also use vegan cheese or mix nutritional yeast into the garlic butter mixture.
  • Ranch Dressing: Yes, some people dip their potatoes in ranch dressing! You can use regular ranch dressing. or try my Hemp Seed Ranch for a nutrient-dense tasty ranch option.
  • More Sauces: You can dip your potatoes in whatever you fancy. Try BBQ sauce, mustard, hot sauce, or avocado crema.
overhead image of accordion potato skewers with sriracha curry ketchup

FAQs

Can You Make These Accordion Potato Skewers Ahead?

Most definitely! If you would like to make this dish ahead, simply slice the potatoes, cover them with water in a large bowl, and place keep the bowl in the fridge. You can leave the potatoes covered in water in the fridge for up to 3 days.

How To Store Leftover Potato Skewers?

Store any leftover potatoes in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The best way to rewarm the potato skewers is in the oven. Place them in a pre-heated oven at 350°F for 5 minutes, or until heated through. They will be just as crispy and delicious as when you first made them!

overhead image of accordion potato skewers with sriracha curry ketchup

 I hope you enjoy this Accordion Potatoes Recipe!

If you try it, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you! 

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Accordion Potatoes | Tiktok New Craze

Accordion Potatoes are the new Tik Tok craze and for good reason! When baked, they have a crispy outer layer flavored with savory garlic butter and fresh herbs! Accordion Potatoes are a lot easier to make than they look! Try them for yourself with this easy recipe!
4.93 from 41 votes
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Course: Dinner, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Potatoes

Garlic Herb Butter

  • 1/4 cup Butter, melted (dairy or vegan butter)
  • 2 tbsp Parsley, chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 425°F
  • First, thoroughly clean and peel the potatoes.
  • Peel the potatoes. Then, cut the ends of the potatoes. Cut the potato lengthwise into 1/4 – 3/8 inch slices. Do not cut larger than 1/2 inch. Larger slices are harder to manipulate and also do not get as crispy when baked.
  • Place the potato horizontally. Place the skewer on both sides of the potato. Use skewers as a base and cut vertical lines.
  • Flip the potato over and cut diagonal lines.
  • Push the skewer through the potato.  Gently stretch out the potato, starting with the bottom and work towards the middle.
  • While you are slicing the potatoes, keep the potatoes that you have already cut in cold water. This helps to keep the potatoes from turning brown. This also helps to break down the excess starch which will help make delicious crispy potatoes when they are baked.
  • Arrange the potato skewers on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the garlic-herb butter onto both sides of the potatoes.
  • Place the potatoes in the oven for 30-40 minutes, flipping gently halfway through. Once they are done the potatoes will have crispy edges and a golden brown center.
  • Allow the potato skewers to cool for 5 minutes. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Video

YouTube video

Notes

How to Make Accordion Potatoes in the Air Fryer
Follow the same direction as above. When ready to cook your accordion potatoes place them in the air fryer at 375°F for 15-17 minutes.
Tips to Making The Best Accordion Potatoes:
  • Slice the potatoes relatively thin for easy manipulation and helps to get crispy potatoes when baked. 3/8-1/4 inch or smaller works best.
  • When flipping the potato skewers, be gentle.
  • Allow the skewers to cool before enjoying (about 5 minutes). This helps to maintain their shape. 
  • Rewarm any leftover potato skewers in the oven for best results. 
Substitutions
  • Can Sub Vegan Butter or Olive Oil for regular butter.
  • Can sub Rosemary for parsley if you would like to make accordion potatoes with rosemary and garlic butter/oil.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal

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64 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is such a fun idea! We love potatoes, so I’m always looking for new ways to make them. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my god these were fabulous and such a showstopper!! The garlic butter got into all the crevices and flavored the entire potato so well. Definitely a must when entertaining!

    1. I made these and they looked easy. NOT! They tasted good but fell apart while skewering them.

  3. 5 stars
    These accordion Potatoes were so much fun to make. My daughter and I enjoyed making these together and had even more fun eating them. We made the Hemp Seed Ranch to dip the potatoes in and it was great!

  4. 5 stars
    These potatoes were SO good. I was really surprised at how crispy they got being cooked in the oven instead of fried. Will definitely make these again!

  5. 5 stars
    I can’t believe how good these turned out! I was nervous to make them because they looked intimidating, but they were super easy! Thanks for the detailed instructions! My accordion potatoes turned out PERFECT!

  6. 5 stars
    So so so good! Thanks for the recipe! These accordion potatoes were so much fun to make! The kiddos loved the cool shape and loved dipping them in your avocado crema recipe! What a treat!

  7. 5 stars
    I’m not much of a cook but with your video and instructions I was able to make these and they turned out so good! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness these potatoes were delicious! My kids showed me your recipe, and I knew we had to try! The garlic butter took them to a different level of delicious too! We’ll definitely be making these again soon!

  9. 5 stars
    I’m not up to speed with what all the young, cool kids are doing on tik-tok but man am I glad that I found this recipe on your blog. These were so fun and easy to make and they came out SO CRISPY!!! I’m always disappointed with my oven baked fries so I think I’ll just be doing this from now on. Thank you!!!

  10. 5 stars
    Thank you SO much for the step-by-step instructions that made these accordion potatoes so easy to make. They were a hit with my family who was super impressed.

  11. 5 stars
    Making these accordion potatoes was so much fun! Oh, not to mention the taste! My whole family loved them, healthy and delicious!

  12. 5 stars
    I made these as a fun side dish for dinner one night and my husband was so impressed. He didn’t even realize how easy they were!

  13. 5 stars
    I’m not on Tik Tok so thank you for introducing me to this trend. It’s now my favorite way to eat potatoes and your recipe is so easy!

  14. 5 stars
    My boyfriend and I had a blast making and eating these this weekend! You’re right — they’re way easier than they look! But the best part is that garlic-herb butter! OMG I couldn’t stop eating them! Thanks for showing us how to make this fun trend!

  15. 5 stars
    I knew I had to try these potatoes the second I saw this Pinterst pin! They were so fun to make an absolutely delicious. Your method made them turn out perfect.

  16. 4 stars
    This recipe LOOKS amazing, but how did everyone get the skewers through so easily?! I attempted 5 and had to give up because i either could not get it through all the way, or broke the potatoes in half in the process. I am so upset because this is such a fun recipe! Someone help!

    1. Hi MJ! In the recipe tips and instruction written in the blog post I share tips on how to get the skewer through the potato:

      I find it best to leave the potato on the cutting board, place my hand over the potato to hold it down, and gently push the skewer through the center of the potato. Please be careful so that you do not pierce yourself with the skewer.

      You can also try slicing the potatoes closer to the 1/2 inch size if you still find it challenging to get the potato through the skewer. Hope that helps!

      1. 3 stars
        My son and I had this same issue of being unable to skewer. It took way to much effort to get the wooden skewer through the potato. It just didn’t want to go through at all after about an inch. Standard russet potato, about 5 inches long, about a bit more than 1/4 inch thick slices. We finally gave up after 20 minutes of trying various techniques so I came here to see what others experienced.
        (We googled and watched a video but laughed when all it showed was pushing the skewer in about an inch…then moved on to show the whole skewer finished…we wondered how many long minutes were cut.)
        My son plans to continue the experimenting but I just got out a bag of Tater Tots and called it a day for that meal.
        I like the recipe concept a lot, just wondering how others are being successful at it.

        1. Hi Bh, it is unfortunate that you rated the recipe poorly because you were unable to successfully do it. I’d love to offer tips to help if you want to try again. I found that when making these potatoes, cutting them into thicker slices helped. Also, when pushing the skewer through, try to keep the potato as compact as possible; do not stretch out the potato yet. Also, try holding the potato down with your palm on a cutting board for stability and push the skewer through the center, starting with the thickest side. Good luck to you and your son if you try to make them again.

  17. 5 stars
    For my first attempt at these fancy spuds, I am super proud of my knife skills!

    The crunch and texture made for such a unique potato experience. I honestly wouldn’t mind eating these weekly!!

    I put these in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

    Kids thought they were really fancy, and husband said he wished there were even more to go around!

    Thanks for the idea!!

  18. 5 stars
    Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

  19. 5 stars
    You make it look so easy!! I actually got it after a couple tries! Holding the potato down on the cutting board to push the skewer in really helped so they didn’t break apart. I can’t wait to make these again!

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