What’s fancier and more full of taste than a fry, but still more portable than smashed or baked potato? These fun and tasty Tornado Potato Skewers! After all, we can’t get enough of new and exciting ways to enjoy those dependable spuds, and the more flavorful they are, the better. We’ve always loved the combination of herbs, butter and cheese on our potatoes – our Parmesan Potato Stacks and Herb Smashed Potatoes are prime examples of that love! – and we’ve always wanted to be able to walk around with them at our parties and barbecues. Our Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries came closest to fulfilling that need, but we still wanted a little more WOW factor. That’s when we discovered the tornado spiral! These Tornado Potato Skewers look so cool, but aren’t too difficult to make. Plus, they’re baked, not fried, so they’re a little more guilt-free, and their special spiral cut means every bite is just full of that melted garlic herb butter flavor. Watch how they come together, then read on to learn how you can add these spiraling potatoes to your repertoire!

Follow us on Pinterest >> Tip Hero


Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 4 small-to-medium Yukon gold potatoes
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). Soak 4 wooden skewers in water for 10 minutes.
  2. Carefully, push a soaked wooden skewer through the center of each potato. Place a paring knife, positioned at an angle, at one end of the potato. Start cutting toward the opposite end, turning the potato as you cut thin slices around the skewer until the whole potato has been sliced like a corkscrew.
  3. Gently, stretch the potato apart on the skewer. Rest the skewers over a baking dish so that the ends are resting on the edge of the dish and the potatoes are sitting just above the pan.
    Place tornado skewered potatoes on baking dishTipHero
  4. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Brush each potato skewer with the herb and garlic butter.
    Brushing tornado potato skewer with melted garlic herb butterTipHero
  6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through and the edges are crispy.
  7. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
Skewer potato in tornado spiral on black backgroundTipHero

Fun and delicious! You can eat these straight off the skewers for portable, hands-on eating. Of course, if you’re feeling a little fancier, you can also slide each potato off the skewer and onto the plate to make your guests wonder how you got such pretty, perfectly-cooked potatoes in a spiral! Either way, you’ll get a great mouthful of baked potato taste combined with that delicious herbed butter and Parmesan. Fantastic!

What do you think of these Tornado Potato Skewers? Will you give them a try? What other spices, cheeses or other toppings would you use in this recipe to make it your own? Have you ever made anything similar? Tell us if you take this recipe for a spin and how it turns out for you!

P.S. Need even more potato ideas? Lucky for you, we’ve got just the list! Check it out here: 22 Fun Ways To Eat Potatoes

Recipe adapted from Veg Food Videos