What to Do with Leftover Potatoes

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You’d be surprised what you can make with leftover baked potatoes. There are many budget-friendly and time-saving ways to transform leftovers into new meals that your family will love. As much as we love freshly baked potatoes, we love leftovers even more. Below are our favorite Leftover Baked Potato Recipes!

Good news: Leftover potatoes help to create memorable meals in a flash! They’ll reduce food waste and create endless opportunities to enjoy tasty and satisfying meals. 

Don’t be afraid to get creative! Try out new recipes and combinations to discover your own delicious creations.

You’d be surprised what you can make with leftover baked potatoes. It’s a budget-friendly and time-saving way to transform leftovers into new meals that your family will love. As much as we love freshly baked potatoes, we love leftovers even more. Below are our favorite Leftover Baked Potato Recipes!
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What to Do with Leftover Baked Potatoes: Reheat, Repurpose, or Freeze for Later

Our family loves baked potatoes or mashed potatoes as a classic side dish. It takes a bit of time to cook them, but they never disappoint. 

One of the biggest advantages of using leftover potatoes is that they cook so much faster. Here are a few choices for you when you have leftovers:

  • Reheating: A simple way to enjoy your leftover baked potatoes as a satisfying side dish again: If you’re in a rush, use your microwave to heat them in 30-second increments until they’re hot. A better way to reheat is to place your leftover potatoes on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F in the oven or Air Fryer for 15-20 minutes. This method will restore the crispy skin and tender texture.
  • Repurposing: A fun and tasty way to transform your leftover baked potatoes into new and exciting dishes. Get creative with our favorite leftover potato recipes below!
  • Freeze for Later? Cannot decide yet? So freeze them for future use then.

How Long Do Leftover Potatoes Last

First things first: Store them properly. 

  • Fridge: Let your leftover baked potatoes cool down completely. Store them in airtight containers or freezer bags, and refrigerate them, ideally within 2 hours. It’ll last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • Freezer: If you can’t use them in the next few days, freeze them for future use. Remember to label the containers with the date. They’ll last for 10-12 months in the freezer.

Baked Potato Soup Ideas from Leftovers

This might be the easiest way to use leftover baked potatoes. Diced or cubed potatoes are great additions to stews and soups for an extra dose of heartiness. They pair well with vegetables and meat.

  • Ham and Potato Soup: A comforting and flavorful soup for a cold winter night. Use leftover baked potatoes and ham for a budget-friendly meal.
  • Add leftover potatoes to any stew during the last 10-15 minutes and you’ll save quite a bit of time!
  • Pork Soup: This is a perfect soup on a budget, especially when you use leftovers!
  • Leftover Mashed Potato Leek Soup: This is a creamy soup with the perfect combination of potatoes and leeks. Simply mash your leftover potatoes first for this delicious soup.
  • Salmon Stew with Potatoes: Add leftover potatoes to your salmon stew for a complete meal. Again, you’ll save 15 minutes of cooking time if you use your leftover baked potatoes.
  • Sausage Soup: The sausages and potatoes are the perfect combination for a satisfying meal.

Leftover potatoes will elevate any soup or stew instantly: add them to turkey soup, fish soup, shrimp soup, and other soups for a more comforting meal.

Quick Potato Breakfast Recipes for Busy Morning

A great hack for busy mornings is to use leftover potatoes for your breakfast! Potatoes are a great addition to breakfast as they’ll keep you more filling.  

  • Dice your leftover potatoes, and toss them into a frittata.
  • Turn them into delicious hash browns with corned beef. Simply chop your leftover potatoes finely and cook them in a skillet with corned beef. This will keep everyone fueled up for the mornings.
  • Add them to your favorite omelet.
  • Whip up a quick potato and egg breakfast by sautéing diced leftover potatoes with eggs and any additional ingredients you prefer.

Transforming Leftover Baked Potatoes into New Casserole Meals

Truth be told, you can add leftover baked potatoes to almost any casserole dish for a hearty texture and flavor. Anything goes, and the possibilities are endless!

  • Breakfast Potato Hashbrown Casserole: Chop your leftover potatoes finely to replace the thawed hashbrown in this recipe.
  • Chicken and Potato Casserole: Simply add chopped leftover potatoes, chicken, seasonings, and cheese for a satisfying chicken and potato casserole. 
  • Ground Beef and Potato Casserole: This hamburger and potato casserole is one of my favorite meals for a delicious Sunday night dinner.
  • Twice Baked Potato Casserole: Your leftover potatoes are the star of this dish! 
  • Sausage Potato Casserole: Add sausage and leftover potatoes to a baking dish, top with shredded cheese, and then bake in the oven for a creative new dish!
  • Taco Potato Casserole: This is a fun twist to the classic taco casserole!

Mash Your Leftover Potatoes for a Delicious Meal Makeover Meal

Once you mash your leftover baked potatoes, you’ll be surprised at how many delicious recipes you can make with them. 

  • Fried Loaded Potato Balls: Cheesy and crispy, these fried mashed potatoes are loaded with delicious goodness!
  • Shepherd’s Pie: This is comfort food at its best. Mash your leftover potatoes and whip them up to spread on top of minced meat and veggies. Bake until golden!
  • Mashed Potato Pancakes: Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – try out these potato pancakes! With leftover potatoes, you don’t need to boil potatoes from scratch on a busy morning!
  • Potato Gnocchi: Use leftover potatoes to prepare homemade potato gnocchi for a delightful pasta dish.

Check out my Leftover Mashed Potatoes Recipes for more exciting ideas.

8 More Ways to Use Leftover Baked Potatoes

Potatoes are an important ingredient in many delicious dishes. When replacing them with leftover baked potatoes, you’ll cut the cooking time significantly!

  • Use them in your Southern potato salad recipe and you don’t need to cook your potatoes first!
  • Potato Skin: Cut down the cooking time by half when using leftover baked potatoes!
  • Add the leftover potatoes to your baked chicken for a more flavorful dish.
  • Add them to quiches for extra flavor and texture.
  • Simply add to your crawfish boil or low country boil and cut down the cooking time significantly.
  • Make a delicious au gratin with leftover potatoes.
  • Add them to your sheet pan dinners for a satisfying one-pan meal.
  • Add them to a crock pot beef roast during the final 10 minutes of cooking.

Tips: You can use the ideas above for oven-roasted potato wedges, boiled potatoes or grilled potatoes too!

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Leftover Potato Hash and Corned Beef Recipe

By: Izzy
A simple and easy way to turn leftover baked potatoes to the most amazing meal!
Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 leftover potatoes, cut into small cubes
  • 1 can corned beef
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Saute onions for about 5-7 minutes until they are slightly browned.
  • Add leftover potatoes and corned beef.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Saute until cooked through. Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Net Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate only and will vary based on ingredient brands and cooking methods used.

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I'm Izzy, a food lover and photographer. Here you’ll find a collection of simple recipes that are perfect for busy people. My blog aims to help you make and enjoy delicious and healthy food at home.

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