Mojo Potatoes

Mojo potatoes are wonderfully battered and deep-fried potatoes. You can make these easy crispy sliced potatoes at home.

Battered deep fried mojo potatoes served with sour cream and chives.
Mojo potatoes are battered potato slices that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. These are so easy to prepare, and you can whip up a batch of these for your game day, or these can be served as a side dish. These crispy fried potatoes were made popular by Shakey’s Pizza. Sadly, most of us can’t get to a Shakey’s pizza, but we can make these famous fried potatoes at home.

What’s the difference between Mojo potatoes and JoJo Potatoes?

The real difference between these two well-loved potatoes, how the potato is cut. Both are prepared in the same basic way. The potatoes are cut, battered, and then deep fried.

Mojo potatoes were popularized by Shakey’s Pizza. They basically thick sliced potatoes that are cut like scalloped potatoes. These crispy fried potatoes are battered and then fried to where the outsides are nice and crispy.

JoJo potatoes are potatoes that are quartered and sometimes cut into eights depending upon how big the potatoes are. In the South, you will often find these sold in places where you can purchase fried chicken.

What type of potatoes should you use?

I find that russet potatoes work very well. They are starchy and they hold the batter well. When cooked the inside almost becomes fluffy. I do not recommend using red potatoes, they are a little too waxy to come out well.

What can you dip these into?

I would recommend dipping these in sour cream, Red Robin Campfire Sauce, or even Raising Cane’s Dipping Sauce.

Different Ways to Season

You don’t need to follow my exact recipe. You may want to simply season with salt and pepper, but you could try barbecue seasoning, steak seasoning, or even Cajun spice mix. You are bound to find a new way to season these potatoes.

I hope you give these Mojo potatoes a try soon!

a plate of mojo potatoes and dipping sauce

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Battered deep fried mojo potatoes served with sour cream and chives.

Mojo Potatoes

Everyone loves Mojo Potatoes!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mojo Potatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 181kcal


  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 4 potatoes unpeeled, scrubbed, and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ranch dressing or sour cream


  • Preheat the oil in a deep fryer to 375°F.
  • Mix the flour, salt, and spices in a shallow dish.
  • Dip the potato slices into the beaten egg, then into the flour mixture.
  • Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Serve with ranch dressing or sour cream.


  • Do not let your grease get too hot or the potatoes will burn.
  • Shake off excess flour from the potatoes because too much flour may make the potatoes burn.
  • Cook the potatoes right away. If you do not, the potato slices may brown and look unappealing.


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 894mg | Potassium: 896mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin C: 24.3mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 7.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Kelly J.

    My mom was asking me about Mojos the other day and how they were made. I used to work at Shakey’s when I was in high school so I went looking for a copycat recipe. I don’t remember the flour mix ingredients, but I do know we didn’t give them an egg wash. The potatoes were sliced and kept in a large tub of water in the cooler next to the fryer. We would scoop them out, shake off the water and dust them in the flour mixture. I haven’t tried this recipe yet so I can’t tell you how close it is (plus I’m gluten free now).

    • Stephanie

      This won’t work in an air fryer, the flour will just brown become burnt. A friend of mine uses 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds and 3 tablespoons of water for 1 large egg.

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