No Count Tater Tots

‘Tater Tots’ were invented in 1953 as a way of using the excess potato shavings that came from making frozen French fries. They are usually deep-fried, but this No Count version uses an Airfryer.  (They can be baked in the oven but they’re not quite as good.) They are great for dipping or as an extra with a salad.

They are free on No Count and just 4 points for all of them, if tracking.  Share them between four of you for just 1 point each!


Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 125g potatoes (weight before peeling)
  • a tbsp fresh, chopped parsley
  • 50g Protein cheese (26g per person is free)
  • half an onion, blitzed in the food processor or 2 tsp onion granules.


  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into large chunks. Wash them to remove some of the starch.
  2. Parboil the potatoes for about 10/15 minutes before mashing.
  3. Add the parsley, cheese, onion and season to taste. Mix it all together.
  4. Shape the mixture into small cylindrical pieces and place in the Airfryer.
  5. I cooked them in the airfryer, on 190C, for about 15 minutes. (I’d cook them for 10 minutes and then check before putting in the additional time.)
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Served here with a pesto dip and gammon salad.

No Count Pesto Dip (serves 2) – 2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese, 1 tbsp low fat natural yogurt and 14g Tesco reduced fat red pesto (7g per person is free).

16 thoughts on “No Count Tater Tots”

  1. Just cooked these oh my goodness they are lovely, having some for lunch today and the rest for my lunch at work tomorrow as long as I can keep my husbands hands off them!

    1. Hi Julie, glad you like these 👍🏻💕 It’s a while since I’ve made them so really must try them again soon. Hope you manage to keep them away from hubby 😁💕 Helen xxxxx

  2. I made these this afternoon. I don’t have an air fryer so I put them in the oven. They needed a squirt on frylight but have turned out lovely. Am taking them to work tomorrow with salad to have for lunch. Love your recipes. You make no count rock! Xx

    1. Awwww thank you Julie! Really glad these worked ok in the oven for you – enjoy them with your salad tomorrow 😋😋💕 Helen xxx

    1. Hi Colette, I’m really glad you enjoyed these! I bet they would be good with bacon medallions too:-) Which air fryer did you go for? Helen xxx

        1. Glad you’re loving it Colette:-) I made roast potatoes in mine yesterday and they were brilliant! Wish I’d bought one sooner:-) Helen xxx

    1. Hi Joy, sorry – I’ve just amended the method on the recipe. Cook them for 10 mins to begin with, then check them and cook for a further 5 mins if needed. Hope you enjoy them, Helen xxx

  3. Hi helen…. Is 180 for the normal oven… If done in an air fryer how long dontheyvtake i am th inking if buying one at some point and these look great….

    1. Hi Ruth, yes it’s 180C for the oven – I can’t remember how long I left them in for but waited until they were a nice brown colour. The airfryer time can vary – anything from 10 – 20 mins. It depends on how much the potatoes were cooked when parboiled. I hope this helps! Helen xxx PS: I mention my airfryer in Saturday’s blog:-)

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