These crispy vegan Spiral Potatoes (or Twister Potatoes, Tornado Potatoes) are a fun recipe to turn your ordinary spuds into tasty snacks, appetizers, or side dishes! A baked twisted potato treat made flavorful with herbs and spices and can be cooked in the oven, air fryer, or griller in just minutes!
Fun and Easy Vegan Spiral Potato Recipe
I am all for classic potato recipes like Potato Fries and Potato Wedges – They are yummy snacks that always satisfy my cravings for anything carb-loaded, savory, and crunchy! But there is something innately enjoyable about eating spiral potatoes off a stick! They are crunchy, delicious, and portable too! These plateless snacks are perfect for parties where guests can freely move around while enjoying one.
And they are easier to make than you think. You don’t need to use special equipment like a spiral slicer or twister; just a skewer and a knife. Slicing the potato into thin spirals will allow you to fill those nooks and crannies with your fave seasonings! Check out my instructions below – you will be a pro in no time!
What are Spiral Potatoes?
Also called Tornado Potatoes and Potato Twisters, these yummy street snacks are originally from South Korea. They are called such because of the way whole potatoes are cut into spirals on a skewer, creating a tornado or twister shape. They are seasoned with different herbs and spices before being deep-fried until crisp and golden.
This recipe, however, is healthier because I oven-baked them instead. This method still achieves the crispiness of deep-fried potatoes but is less greasy. You can also use your air-fryer and griller to make them. You will find the step-by-step instructions below for all three methods.
- Potatoes: always use potatoes with high starch content like Russet, Idaho, and Yukon gold potatoes when making your spiral potatoes. They absorb flavors really well and turn really crispy once cooked.
- Paprika powder: I used sweet paprika to give the potatoes a nice color and a sweet and peppery flavor.
- Italian herb mix: A mix of oregano, rosemary, basil, and thyme will give the spirals a savory and earthy yumminess.
- Garlic powder: or onion powder.
- Salt and pepper: to taste.
- Olive oil: or canola or sunflower oil.
How to make Spiral Potatoes
As always, I recommend checking out these step-by-step instructions first. Then you’ll find the full recipe with exact measurements in the recipe card below!
Step 1: Cut potatoes into spirals
Wash the potatoes and pat them dry. Next, run a wooden skewer through each potato and cut into a spiral by turning the potato around a small, sharp knife. Gently, loosen up the potato to create some space between the spiral’s wings and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Stir together all the ingredients for the marinade and brush the potatoes with it.
Tip: Alternatively, you can twist the potatoes through a spiral slicer or twister if you have any.
Step 2: Cook
- Oven method: Bake the spiral potatoes in the oven at 392 °F (200 °C) for 20 minutes. Then flip, brush with the remaining marinade and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until crispy.
- Air fryer method: Bake the tornado potatoes kn an air fryer at 392 °F (200 °C) für about 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
How to eat spiral potatoes?
Once your twisted potatoes are crispy, remove from oven and sprinkle with coarse sea salt and fresh herbs like parsley, basil, oregano, cilantro, and chives. You can enjoy them right from the stick for a treat on-the-go. However, you can also remove the stick from the crispy spiral potatoes and fan them out on a serving plate. It makes a perfect side dish to accompany the rest of your vegan meal!
Dipping sauce ideas
Anything you like to serve with roasted potatoes or french fries tastes great with spiral potatoes. Ketchup, vegan mayonnaise and aioli are classic choices. However, you could go with hummus, guacamole, herb garlic dip, baba ganoush, tzatziki or any other dips of your choice. Enjoy!
Recipe Variations to explore!
With recipes like these, there are such wide varieties to try! Here are some ideas that you can explore!
- Make them cheesy! A sprinkling of dairy-free parmesan or nutritional yeast will make every cheese lover happy!
- Spice them up! If you want to add a punch of heat to your spiral potatoes, adding chili powder or cayenne powder will do the trick nicely!
- Use a different spice mix. You can use whatever spice mix you fancy to marinate your potatoes. If you want a more Tex-Mex flair, use taco seasoning. In the mood for Cajun or Curry? Go ahead and sprinkle in whatever you like!
Tips when Making Spiral Potatoes
- If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before using them. This will ensure they do not burn in the oven, air fryer, or griller.
- To make your potatoes easier to slice, you can microwave them in 15-second increments to soften it slightly or boil them quickly. However, make sure you do not precook them too long, or they will turn mushy!
- Slicing the potatoes into thinner spirals will make them crispier. Slow and sure is the way to go.
- When pulling your twisted potato apart, do it gently so they do not break apart.
- Adjust the cooking time depending on how thick or thin your spirals are. Do not forget to flip them over for even cooking.
These baked twisted potatoes are best served and eaten right away to enjoy at their crispiest! However, if you have leftovers, you can place them in airtight containers and refrigerate them for up to 3 days. You can reheat using the oven or air fryer for a few minutes to bring some of the crunchiness back.
This crispy spiral potato recipe is:
- Easy to make
- The perfect snack or side dish for lunch, dinner, barbecue parties or movie nights!
More crispy baked potato recipes to try
If you like fries or baked potatoes, feel free to try the following recipes:
- Potato Fries
- Hasselback Potatoes
- Potato Wedges
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Smashed Potatoes
- Cheesy Potato Cakes
- Potato fritters
- Hash Browns
- … for a lowcarb version, you can try my Zucchini Fries!
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Tornado Potatoes (Twister Potatoes, Spiral Potatoes)Author:
- 6 medium potatoes e. g. Yukon gold or Russet
To serve (optional)
- coarse sea salt
- parsley or other herbs
- vegan mayonnaise
*Note: Check out the recipe video + step-by-step photos above!
- Preheat the oven (or an air fryer) to 392 °F (200 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash the potatoes and pat them dry. Then run a wooden skewer through each potato and cut into a spiral using a small, sharp knife (the thinner you cut the spirals, the crispier they will be). Alternatively, you can twist the potatoes through a spiral slicer.
- Then gently loosen up the potato to create some space between the spiral’s wings and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- In a bowl, stir together all the ingredients for the marinade and brush the potatoes with it.
- Bake the Tornado potatoes for 20 minutes. Then flip them over, brush with the remaining marinade and bake for another 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are crispy (in the air fryer, they only take about 15 minutes, flipping halfway through).
- You can also place the marinated twisted potatoes in a grill dish and cook them on the griller, or deep fry them in a deep fryer for a crispier result.
- More dip recipes: hummus, guacamole, herb garlic dip, baba ganoush or tzatziki.
- More information and helpful tips about the recipe are mentioned in the blog post above.
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