Crispy Bubble Potatoes


Inspired by a viral TikTok trend, these potatoes have a crispy exterior and an incredibly creamy inside. A combination of rice flour and potato starch ensures a crispy outside, while garlic powder and paprika add a boost of flavor. Serve these potatoes with a side of ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.

Crispy Bubble Potatoes
Photo: Photographer: Fred Hardy II, Food Stylist: Liv Dansky, Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 russet potatoes (about 1 pound total), scrubbed

  • 2 tablespoons mochiko (sweet rice flour)

  • 1 tablespoon potato starch

  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 3 cups canola oil for frying

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Chopped fresh chives for garnish

  • Paprika for garnish


  1. Prick potatoes all over with a fork and place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on High, flipping once, until tender and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes.

  2. Remove the skin from the potatoes; finely chop the skin and transfer to a large bowl. Mash the potato flesh using a potato masher (or press through a ricer); add to the bowl. Stir in mochiko, potato starch,garlic powder and pepper; knead the mixture until a dough forms.

  3. Add enough oil to equal a depth of 1 inch in a Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed pot. Heat over medium heat to 350°F. (Alternatively, see air-fryer instructions, below.)

  4. Meanwhile, shape the dough into a 1 1/2-inch wide log and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 20 pieces). Press a fork into each piece to create a crosshatch pattern. Add about one-third of the potatoes to the oil; cook, flipping often, until golden-brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate; sprinkle with salt. Repeat with the remaining 2 batches of potato pieces.

  5. Transfer the potatoes to a serving plate. Sprinkle with chives and paprika, if desired.


Deep-fry or candy thermometer

Air-Fryer Instructions

Prepare as directed through Step 2. Preheat air fryer to 375°F for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, shape the dough into a 1 1/2-inch wide log and cut into 3/4-inch pieces. Lightly coat the air-fryer basket with cooking spray. Add half of the potato pieces to the basket; cook, flipping once, until golden-brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate; sprinkle with salt. Repeat with the remaining potatoes. Continue with Step 5.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

239 Calories
14g Fat
27g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 5 pieces
Calories 239
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 3IU 0%
Vitamin C 7mg 8%
Vitamin E 3mg 18%
Folate 16mcg 4%
Vitamin K 13mcg 11%
Sodium 297mg 13%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 28mg 7%
Potassium 485mg 10%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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