Learn more about red potato calories and nutritional value. Find links to our favorite red potato recipes, including Roasted Red Potatoes, Red, White and Blue Potato Salad and Mashed Red Potatoes.
Appearance: small to medium; round or slightly oblong; smooth, thin red skin; white flesh
Texture: waxy, moist and smooth; creamy
Flavor: Subtly sweet; mild medium sugar content
Preferred uses: Roasting, mashing, salads, soups/stews
Because of their waxy texture, the flesh of red potatoes stays firm throughout the cooking process, whether they are being roasted or cooked in a stew. Their thin yet vibrant red skin adds appealing color and texture to side dishes and salads. Reds are frequently used to make tender yet firm potato salad or add pizazz to soups and stews, as well as being served baked or mashed. Round reds are often referred to as “new potatoes,” but the term “new” technically refers to any type of potato that is harvested before reaching maturity. For more information, watch Potato Types and Tips: Red Potatoes below.
One red potato (5.2 ounces in size) has 110 calories and is an excellent source of potassium (more than a banana) and vitamin C. Reds are also a good source of vitamin B6 and are fat, sodium and cholesterol free.
For more recipe ideas, see our Red Potatoes Recipes.