A Reference Guide To Potato Sizes For Cooking

Potatoes Of Varying Sizes and Shapes
Potatoes Of Varying Sizes and Shapes

Recently, I was experimenting with an old recipe and the only gains it gave for the amount of potatoes to use was one large potato. This got me to thinking, what constitutes a large potato or medium potato for that matter.  Potatoes are variable in size and when you add to that the fact that everyone may peel a potato a little differently he gets a little difficult to know exactly how much usable food potato will be remaining once you peeled. So, please keep in mind there will always be some variability in that the guidelines provided in this post are essentially averages for the most common outcome.

Table Potato sizes

Even amongst the general weight category, potato will vary in weight, length, girth and general shape. That said, however, here is a helpful guide to provide reasonable consistency when purchasing potatoes and using potatoes for cooking.

Quantity

Size

Measurements

Weight

1

Small

1.75”
to 2″ in diameter

4-5oz
(113-140g)

1

Medium

2 to
3″ in diameter

5-8oz
(140-225g)

1

Large

3 to
4.25″ in diameter

8-12oz
(225-340g)

1

Pound

3 – 4
Medium Potatoes

16oz
(453g)

Diced potatoes
Diced potatoes

Table of Potato Preparation Equivalents

Some recipes don’t call for just a larger, medium or small potato; sometimes, recipe will call for it in measures of diced, mashed, peeled or even instant potato flakes, which you may be wanting to replace with fresh potatoes from your vegetable garden or local grocer.

Quantity

Size

Instant Potato Flakes

Peeled And Sliced

Shredded

Diced

Mashed

1

Small

¼ cup

¾ cup

¾ cup

½ cup

¼ cup

1

Medium

1/3 cup

1 cup

1 cup

¾ cup

½ cup

1

Large

½ cup

1 ¼
cups

1 ¼
cups

1 cup

¾ cup

1

Pound

1 1/3
cups

3 cups

3 cups

2 ¼
cups

1 ½
cups

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