Steakhouse Potato Salad and Tilapia

Potato Salad has been a recipe I have for sure made a dozen times. However, Tyler was very excited when I mentioned wanting to make a steakhouse potato salad. Incidentally, this recipe was so easy, was inexpensive to make and it turned out fantastic!

We like to have this steakhouse potato salad with a variety of meals like fish, burgers, steak, and more. Imagine bringing a huge bowl of potato salad, made from scratch, and that only cost a few dollars, to a family event. Just be prepared to be asked time-and-time again to be asked to bring this recipe with you!

Samuel next to a metal bowl with Steakhouse Potato Salad

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Cost to make Steakhouse Potato Salad

Our boys love to eat fish, and we have it about once a week. We try to avoid deep fried fish and choose to replace it with fresh or frozen. This honestly tastes awesome and is so much healthier. At the store, steakhouse potato salad can range in price from $5.99-$7.99 a pound. I made 3 pounds of Steakhouse Potato Salad for $3-$4 per pound!!

For our dinner we had tilapia, steamed broccoli, baked beans, and steakhouse potato salad. It cost us only $16.00 for our family. Cooking from scratch is one main reason our food cost is so low.

Tilapia Fillets $6.99
Potatoes $2.00
Cheddar Cheese $2.00
Mayo $0.30
Ranch $0.30
Bacon $4.30
Broccoli $1.00

The total cost to make 3-5 pounds of Steakhouse Potato Salad is $16.89. That is with cheese, bacon and broccoli. Per pound, the cost would be $3.37 to $5.99.

Steakhouse Potato Salad Recipe

Ingredients

1 onion
3 pounds potatoes
1/2 cup Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup ranch dressing (I have a recipe for homemade ranch but did not have any premade)
6 slices of bacon
8-ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp dried parsley flakes

Steakhouse Potato Salad ingredients

Steakhouse Potato Salad Directions

1. First mix the ranch and mayo in a medium-sized bowl until completely blended, then set aside.

ranch and mayo and a metal bowl on a cutting board

2. Shred 8-ounces of cheddar cheese then add it to the bowl with ranch and mayo mixture. Stir to combine with the dressing. Set into the fridge until needed. The best part about these nesting bowls, is they have lids for each! You can be sure that when you place the lid on it will be safe.

mayo and ranch mixed with cheddar cheese in a bowl

3. On a cutting board, dice the potatoes into inch cube pieces. I steam my potatoes with a steamer basket – the potatoes end up perfectly cooked and not waterlogged or mushy. Cook them on medium high until a fork can pierce them without resistance. You will notice these potatoes still have their skins on them as we enjoy the texture and added color to the recipe. If you choose, you can fully peel your potatoes. 

potatoes in a pot with a lid cooking

4. Time for bacon! Stack up the 6 pieces and then cut it into small pieces; around 1-2 inches. Cook for 10 minutes in a pan on the stove.

diced bacon cooking in a pan on the stove

5. On the cutting board, cut an onion in half and then peel the skin off. Then, dice the onion and add to the bacon. Folks… don’t swipe any out of the hot pan; you will want all of this deliciousness for later! Cook the bacon and onion until the onions are translucent. Transfer the bacon and onion to a plate with paper towel when done. Additionally, this lets the grease drip off the bacon.

onion cut and diced on white cutting board for Steakhouse Potato Salad

6. Cut the base of the broccoli off and slice the head into smaller chunks.  Then, place the broccoli chunks in a pot with a steamer basket under. Additionally, have enough water in the pan to reach just below the steamer basket, then cook with a lid on for 7-15 minutes depending on their size. When done, put them in a dish and dash a bit of salt on them for flavor. Then set aside to cool.

broccoli cut and in a pot cooking for Steakhouse Potato Salad

7. Spray a 9X13 pan with non-stick spray/Pam and then place frozen fish in the pan. Sprinkle with pepper, salt and if you want more flavor – garlic and onion seasonings. I like to add a small bit of butter on each fish. Additionally, doing this adds flavor and depth to the fish. Bake the fish at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the fish has no pink.

Tilapia in a baking pan with butter on top

8. When the potatoes are fully cooked, remove them from the steamer basket with a large spoon. Then, rest the potatoes to cool to room temperature before cooling in the fridge. Cooling in the fridge while still hot can alter the contents of your fridge and can put foods at risk from varying temperatures.
9. When the potatoes are cooled, combine them in a large bowl with the shredded cheese and dressing mix.
10. Remember those onions and bacon pieces?! When the bacon is fully cooled, transfer them from the plate into the bowl and mix it into the potatoes, then stir carefully to combine with a large spatula.

bacon cooking in a pan with diced onion for Steakhouse Potato Salad


11. Add salt and pepper to taste and then add dried parsley if using.
When tilapia is fully cooked, remove the pan from the oven and then let it rest for 2 minutes. Serve with potato salad and enjoy!
~Monica

Tilapia fully cooked in a baking pan

Steakhouse Potato Salad

Ingredients

3 pounds red potatoes
1/2 cup Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
1/4 cup ranch dressing (I have a recipe for homemade ranch but did not have any premade)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 diced onion
6 slices bacon

Steakhouse Potato Salad Directions

1. First mix the ranch and mayo in a medium-sized bowl until completely blended, then set aside.
2. Shred 8-ounces of cheddar cheese then add it to the ranch and mayo mixture. Stir to combine with the dressing. Set into the fridge until needed.
3. Dice the potatoes into inch cube pieces. I steam my potatoes with a steamer basket – the potatoes end up perfectly cooked and not waterlogged or mushy. Cook them on medium high until a fork can pierce them without resistance. You will notice these potatoes still have their skins on them as we enjoy the texture and added color to the recipe. If you choose, you can fully peel your potatoes. 
4. Time for bacon! Stack up the 6 pieces and then cut it into small pieces; around 1-2 inches. Cook for 10 minutes in a pan on the stove.
5. Cut an onion in half and then peel the skin off. Then, dice the onion and add to the bacon. Folks… don’t swipe any out of the hot pan; you will want all of this deliciousness for later! Cook the bacon and onion until the onions are translucent. When the bacon and onion are fully cooked, transfer it onto a paper towel lined plate to cool. Additionally, this lets the grease drip off the bacon.
6. Broccoli is added to this Steakhouse Potato Salad recipe. Cut the base of the broccoli off and slice the head into smaller chunks.  Then, place the broccoli chunks in a pot with a steamer basket under. Additionally, have enough water in the pan to reach just below the steamer basket, then cook with a lid on for 7-15 minutes depending on their size. When the broccoli pieces are done the color will be a vibrant green. When done, put them in a dish and dash a bit of salt on them for flavor. Then set aside to cool.
7. Spray a 9X13 pan with non-stick spray/Pam and then place frozen fish in the pan. Sprinkle with pepper, salt and if you want more flavor – garlic and onion seasonings. I like to add a small bit of butter on each fish. Additionally, doing this adds flavor and depth to the fish. Bake the fish at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the fish has no pink.
8. When the potatoes are fully cooked, remove them from the steamer basket with a large spoon. Then, rest the potatoes to cool to room temperature before cooling in the fridge. Cooling in the fridge while still hot can alter the contents of your fridge and can put foods at risk from varying temperatures. Make sure that anything you put into a fridge after being cooked is fully cool to room temperature.
9. When the potatoes are cooled, combine them in a large bowl with the shredded cheese and dressing mix.
10. Remember those onions and bacon pieces?! When the bacon is fully cooled, transfer them from the plate into the bowl and mix it into the potatoes, then stir carefully to combine with a large spatula.
11. Add salt and pepper to taste and then add dried parsley if using.
When tilapia is fully cooked, remove the pan from the oven and then rest for 2 minutes. Serve with potato salad and enjoy!

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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