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Mini Tornado Potatoes

February 20, 2018 (Last Updated: August 26, 2022) by Chris Collins

These Mini Tornado Potatoes are such good fun to make. Most importantly they taste absolutely delicious too!

I know, could these potatoes be any more ‘extra’ if they tried? Like, can we not just eat normal potatoes anymore? The answer is no, no we cannot. I want potatoes that look like slinkies and I want them now… But seriously, look how cute they are!

overhead close up shot of hand holding mini tornado potato

Tornado Potatoes

You must have seen those giant tornado potatoes out and about? Also known as ‘Spiral Potatoes’. I actually first came across them at a market, huge things they were! Dipped in a deep fat fryer and slathered in a powdery seasoning.

Anywho, even if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re looking at a mini, much healthier and tastier version (eek, am I allowed to say that?). I did wonder at first how these tornado potatoes were made, but after a little experimenting and some common sense, I realised how easy it was.

Tips for making Tornado Potatoes

  • Type of Potato – Because these are ‘mini’ we’re going to use baby potatoes. Try and use potatoes that are all a similar size, just so they cook at an even rate.
  • Wooden Skewer – You’ll be using a skewer to spiralize the potatoes, and I recommend using wooden ones over metal. Metal just gets way too hot and getting the potatoes off the skewers once they’re cooked is a nightmare. Plus you’ll scratch the metal with the knife as you spiralize the potatoes.
  • Small Sharp Knife – Trying to make mini tornado potatoes with a giant knife is tricky. A small sharp knife will do the trick.
  • Gently does it – As you pierce the potatoes and push them down the skewer, you might find gently twisting them down will work easier. Also just be gentle when you spread out the potatoes before baking, just so they don’t tear.

Process shots: pierce potato and twist to bottom of skewer (photo 1), start at the tip and slice in a downward spiral (photo 2), gently spread out a little (photo 3), repeat until skewer is full (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make mini tornado potatoes

Cooking Tornado Potatoes

As I mentioned, the great thing about mini tornado potatoes is that you can bake them instead of deep frying them; and they still come out super crispy!

Tornado Potato Seasoning

You can really season them however you fancy. Here I use a simple combo of garlic powder, salt and black pepper. I recommend mixing in the seasoning and oil, then using a brush to coat the potatoes, just so you can cover all the inside of the potato, not just the outside.

Process shots: space skewers out on a baking tray and brush with seasoning/oil (photo 1), bake until deep golden & crispy (photo 2).

2 step by step photos showing how to cook mini tornado potatoes

close up shot of tornado potatoes in basket garnished with fresh parsley

Serving Mini Tornado Potatoes

I love these served as Finger Food with a Dip, but they work great as a Side for a Dinner too. Here are some of my favourite dips to go alongside:

Dips for Tornado Potatoes

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these mini tornado potatoes shall we?!

hand mini tornado fry into small white pot of dip

How To Make Mini Tornado Potatoes (Full Recipe & Video)

hand dipping tornado fry into small white pot of dip

Mini Tornado Fries

These Mini Tornado Potatoes are such good fun to make. Most importantly they taste absolutely delicious too!
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Appetizer / Side Dish
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Calories per serving: 171kcal
Cost per serving: £1.50 / $2


  • 5 Wooden Skewers
  • Small Sharp Knife
  • Large Baking Tray
  • Small Pot & Brush

Ingredients (check list):

  • 20 Baby Potatoes, (approx 1.4lb/650g)
  • 1.5 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp EACH: Salt, Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper


  • Preheat oven to 200C/400F.
  • Pierce a potato and push it down to the bottom of the skewer (you might find this easiest by twisting the potato down instead of forcefully pushing). Starting at the tip, begin slicing in a downward spiral, making sure the blade of the knife stays touching the skewer at all times. Repeat with 3 more potatoes on the same skewer, leaving a small gap between each potato. Gently spread the potatoes apart a little, whilst making sure they don't tear. Repeat with the remaining 4 skewers.
  • In a small pot combine 1.5 tbsp olive oil with 1/4 tsp salt & garlic powder and 1/8 tsp black pepper.
  • Space out the skewers on a baking tray and brush them all over with the oil. Place in the oven for around 35mins, or until deep golden and crispy, turning once halfway. Timings will depend on the size of the potatoes, so just be vigilant.
  • When cool enough to handle, gently push the potatoes off of the skewers. Serve up and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Skewers - Be careful when initially pushing the skewer through each potato. As mentioned in the recipe, you'll get a better result by gently twisting it instead of forcing it through.
b) Uniformed sizing - Try and get similar-sized potatoes so they cook at an even rate. If there are some discrepancies in size at least make sure each skewer has similar-sized potatoes. That way you can take out the skewers that cook quicker.
c) Seasoning - You can really season them however you fancy, I'm just keeping it fairly simple here!
d) Serving - I love these served as Finger Food with a Dip, but they work great as a Side for a Dinner too.
e) Calories - Based on one serving with no dip.

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Nutrition Facts
Mini Tornado Fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.23g8%
Saturated Fat 0.745g4%
Trans Fat 0.002g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.605g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.707g
Sodium 155mg6%
Potassium 688mg20%
Carbohydrates 28.6g10%
Fiber 3.6g14%
Sugar 1.27g1%
Protein 3.33g7%
Vitamin A 4IU0%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.32mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    August 7, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Do you boil the potatoes before cutting and skewering them?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 7, 2022 at 5:11 pm

      Nope 🙂

  • Reply
    February 21, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Oh dear god I need to stuff my face with these

    • Reply
      February 21, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Haha! Same!!

  • Reply
    February 21, 2018 at 4:01 am

    5 stars
    I love the shape of these fries and they look absolutely delicious. Fries are my snacking weakness. I need to make a batch of these soon.

    • Reply
      February 21, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Fries as my weakness too! (as you can probably tell). Enjoy, Marie!! 🙂

  • Reply
    February 21, 2018 at 12:26 am

    5 stars
    Oh my heck! I love this, especially the video, which was very helpful because I couldn’t picture how to cut the potatoes. I’m definitely going to make these, thank you!

    • Reply
      February 21, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Great to know you found the video useful! Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  • Reply
    February 21, 2018 at 12:12 am

    wow looks so good and must taste even better! photography is amazing!!

    • Reply
      February 21, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Reply
    February 20, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    5 stars
    I need to try this my kids loves potato fries, these are so cute, Great with dipping and perfect as party snack.

    • Reply
      February 21, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Yup! Perfect party snack! Thanks Swathi 🙂

  • Reply
    Sandhya Ramakrishnan
    February 20, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    5 stars
    OMG! Those fries look absolutely marvelous and I would not be sharing any with my family. What a brilliant idea to use the mini potatoes. I am going to buy some when I go shopping next time and give it a try!

    • Reply
      February 21, 2018 at 9:53 am

      ‘I would not be sharing any with my family’ – too relatable haha.

  • Reply
    February 20, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    5 stars
    Those look so good!

    • Reply
      February 21, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Thanks, Kaitlyn! 🙂

  • Reply
    February 20, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    5 stars
    These look AMAZING! Fries are definitely a weakness of mine and these look perfect for dipping. Trying this real soon 🙂

    • Reply
      February 20, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      Ugh, I know what you mean. Fries have always been my weakness!! Awesome, enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    February 20, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    5 stars
    Oh wow.. These are so cute. My kids would love these.. Oh they would be perfect to serve for weekend parties in summer ! SO pretty! Saving for later.

    • Reply
      February 20, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks, Veena! Weekend summer parties are the vibes I’m feeling too!! 🙂