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Fried mashed potato cakes in a long serving dish with salad and a BBQ sauce dip.

Easy Mashed Potato Cakes

Super easy potato cakes flavoured with spring onions, parsley and chives. Make them using leftover mashed potato or from scratch!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine English
Diet Vegan
Keyword mashed potato, potato cakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 44kcal


  • 400 g potatoes Maris Piper, Russet or any mashing potato. Or use leftover mashed potato from your fridge.
  • 75 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon butter Not needed if you have ready made mash.
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil for frying


To Make Mashed Potato (skip if you have leftover mash ready to use)

  • Peel the potatoes and chop them into big chunks.
  • Put them into a pan filled with enough cold water to cover the potatoes.
  • Drain and leave to steam for a minute or two. Return to the pan or a large bowl, add butter and mash with a potato masher or a fork. 
  • Leave to cool.

To Make Potato Cakes

  • Add the flour to the mashed potato and stir to combine.
  • Add the chopped fresh herbs, salt and pepper and mix in well.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and rolling pin.
  • Form the potato mixture into one large ball and turn onto the floured surface.
  • Roll out to about 1cm/½ inch thick.
  • Cut into circles or novelty shapes using lightly floured cookie cutters or the rim of a glass.
  • Re-roll the leftover potato and cut out more shapes until all the potato is used.
  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the potato cakes for about 2 minutes on each side until browned. You may need to do this in batches.
  • Drain on kitchen roll or a clean tea towel to remove any excess oil.


Nutritional information is only an approximate guideline. Calculations will vary according to the ingredients you use and your cooking methods.
Do read my post for additional tips and tricks to ensure success!


Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg