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Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes

Crispy oven roasted potatoes are soft and creamy inside, crispy and golden outside. The two step cooking method takes a bit longer, but it’s worth it. They’re that good!

These oven roasted potatoes are truly exceptional.

pile of roasted potatoes on white plate

How are these different from the usual oven roasted potatoes?  

It’s all in the cooking method.

  1. You boil and rough up the potatoes first
  2. Add butter and oil
  3. Then roast the potatoes in a very hot oven.

The end result is a roasted potato that’s creamy on the inside with a crispy exterior. Almost like a fried potato.

I can assure you, there will be no leftovers. I think it’s my favorite potato recipe πŸ™‚

Important Tips

To peel or not to peel

  • If I use Yukon gold potatoes, yellow potatoes or red potatoes, I don’t bother peeling them. The skins are thin and there is extra nutrition in the skins. I do, however, discard any skins that get separated from the potato chunks after boiling. These will just get burned. If you are using Russet potatoes (more fluffy than creamy), peel the potatoes first.

Size of potato chunks

  • Cutting your potatoes into bigger chunks (2-3″) will give you more of the creamier insides. Smaller chunks like 1-inch cubes give you more of the crispy surfaces. I find 1 1/2 – 2 inches (3.8-5 cm) perfect. Whatever you choose, try to cut the potatoes more or less the same size for even cooking.

Add a pinch of baking soda

  • Serious Eats chef Kenji Lopez-Alt adds a pinch of baking soda to the water (in this case a 1/2 tsp) when boiling the potatoes. Apparently it creates a rougher surface to the potato to increase browning. I always forget and my potatoes come out brown and crisp anyways as you can see in the pictures. It might be worth a try though.

Dry out your boiled potatoes

  • After draining the boiled potatoes, put them back in the pot to dry them out. Heat the stove to medium and give the pot a few good shakes for 30 seconds. This also roughs up the surface of the potatoes for better browning.

Line the pan

  • Line the pan with foil and spray well with oil. This will ensure no sticking and easy clean up. Parchment won’t work as well.

Single layer of potatoes only

  • Make sure your potatoes are in a single layer in the pan when roasting. Don’t overcrowd the pan or they will steam, not brown. Use two pans if needed.

Use some butter if you can

  • If you can manage to use at least part butter in the roasting stage, the extra flavor is amazing. If you can’t, don’t worry. Oil is great too.

Step by step instructions

potatoes butter oil rosemary salt pepper
Yukon gold potatoes, butter, oil, rosemary, salt and pepper.
potatoes on cutting board cut into chunks
Cut potatoes into even chunks, about 1 1/2-2 inches.
boiled potatoes draining in sieve
Boil potatoes in salted water until tender but not too soft. Drain,
butter, oil, seasonings added to boiled potatoes in pot
Place drained potatoes back in pot and shake over heat on stove to dry out. Add butter, oil and seasonings.
seasoned boiled potatoes in single layer on pan
Spread potatoes on pan lined with foil or parchment paper in a single layer. Don’t overcrowd.
roasted potatoes on pan
Roast in preheated oven 20 minutes, flip potatoes, then roast another 10-20 minutes longer until brown with crispy edges.
Sprinkle with fresh herbs if you like and serve immediately.
roasted potatoes piled on plate

Tailor To Your Taste

  • You can use any combination of oil and butter you like. Butter does add great extra flavor if you’re wondering. I use half butter and half oil.
  • Instead of butter and olive oil, try duck fat, goose fat, or beef fat – depending on what you’re serving.
  • Try sprinkling the potatoes lightly with garlic powder and/or rosemary before roasting if you like. 
  • Serve the potatoes with a dip or sauce on the side. Traditionalists will stick to ketchup (which is just fine), but you can also try roasted red pepper sauce or 5 minute herb sauce or a gremolata.

How many potatoes do you need per person?

  • Figure 1/3 to 1/2 lb (151-227 g) of potatoes per person.  I use at least 1/2 lb (227g) per person, especially with these potatoes – about 1 medium potato.

What to serve with roasted potatoes

Crispy oven roasted potatoes are great no matter what you serve them with. Even on their own as the main event or a breakfast potatoes. But I do love them as a delicious side dish with Marinated Flank Steak , Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings, Juicy Grilled Pork Chops, Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy and Lemon Garlic Herb Chicken.

Make Ahead

  • Complete the dish, roasting them for slightly less time. The potatoes can sit on the counter until you’re ready. Reheat them at 450F  for the final 7-10 minutes to crisp them up again.
  • Alternatively, make the recipe up to the point of putting them into the oven to roast. I do this all the time. About 45-50 minutes before serving, roast the potatoes.

Salt is king when it comes to flavor enhancers. Check out our article on what experts say about the best salt for cooking (and what you should know).

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Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes

Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes are soft and creamy inside, crispy and golden outside. The two step cooking method takes a bit longer, but it's worth it. They're that good!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 3
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound potatoes, Note 1, about 3-4 potatoes I prefer Yukon Gold/yellow potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (optional) Note 2
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter (if using salted butter, cut down on salt)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • cooking oil spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary or more (optional) or 1/2 tsp dried rosemary or thyme

Instructions

  • HEAT OVEN TO 450F/232C. Line a large sheet pan with aluminum foil (sprayed will with oil) or parchment paper. Note that parchment paper may brown on edges at this high temperature.
  • CUT AND BOIL POTATOES: Peel potatoes if desired (Note 3) and cut potatoes into 1.5 – 2 inch pieces (Note 4). Place potatoes in a medium-large pot of cold water with a tablespoon salt. Heat to boiling, then lower to medium and gently boil, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes until tender, but not too soft. Drain well in a colander or sieve.
  • PREPARE POTATOES FOR ROASTING: Put potatoes back the pot on medium-high heat and give them a good shake. This will dry out the potatoes and rough them up, allowing them to absorb the oil and butter better – and avoid soggy potatoes. Turn off the heat. Add butter and oil (use any combination of butter and oil as preferred to equal 5-6 tablespoons), rosemary (if using), salt and pepper. Stir gently to coat the potatoes well. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  • ROAST POTATOES: Transfer potatoes to the prepared baking sheet, spreading them out in a single layer. Don't crowd the pan. Use two pans if needed. Roast for 20 minutes, turn them over, then roast for another 10-20 minutes until golden brown with crispy edges. Bake a little longer for extra crispy potatoes if you like. Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. Which potatoes are best to use: Yukon Gold are my #1 choice. They have thin skins, creamy insides and they brown and crisp up beautifully.Β  Russet are good too (more fluffy than creamy). They don’t get quite as crispy.Β  I often use creamy red potatoes too. Here’s a good article on the different types of potatoes and how to cook them if you’re interested.
  2. Baking Soda: Serious Eats chef Kenji Lopez-Alt adds a pinch of baking soda (in this case a 1 tsp)Β  to the water used for boiling the potatoes. Apparently it creates a rougher surface to the potato to increase browning. I always forget and my potatoes come out brown and crisp anyways as you can see in the pictures. It might be worth a try though.
  3. Peel potatoes or not? If I use Yukon gold (yellow potatoes) or red, I don’t bother peeling them. The skins are thin and there is extra nutrition in the skins. I do, however, discard any skins that get separated from the potato chunks after boiling. These will just get burned. If you are using Russet potatoes, peel the potatoes first.
  4. Size of cut potatoes: Cutting your potatoes into bigger chunks (2-3″) will give you creamier insides. Smaller chunks give you more crispy surfaces. I find 1 1/2- 2 inches perfect. Whatever you choose, try to cut the potatoes more or less the same size for even cooking.
  5. Make Ahead: Two options
    • Make the entire recipe, but roast the potatoes for slightly less time. Remove them from the oven and let them sit on the counter. Before serving, finish roasting at 450F for the final 7-10 minutes.
    • Alternatively, make the recipe up to the point of putting them into the oven to roast. I do this all the time. About 45-50 minutes before serving, roast the potatoes
Nutrition values are estimates based on 1/2 lb/227 grams raw potatoes per person (typical portions are 1/3-1/2 lb/151-227 grams per person)

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 955mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg
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This crispy oven potatoes recipe, originally posted in 2016, has been updated with new information and pictures. And no change in deliciousness:)

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  1. 5 stars
    These potatoes are AMAZING!! I added sliced lemon wheels (very thin) and shallots. The lemons were carmalized and roasted to perfection and complimented the rosemary. The shallots added a bit of sweet but savory flavor!!! Awesome!!!

  2. 5 stars
    I hardly ever leave reviews, but I want to let people know, these are DELICIOUS! The recipe is simple, but great. I honestly thought I boiled the potatoes too long because they looked a bit ragged after I dumped them. I carried through with the olive oil/butter/seasoning in baking. WOW! These potatoes came out so crispy on the outside, but still so soft & creamy inside! Maybe it was the baking soda, it made all the difference! My family loved & ate every last potato cube! Thank you!!!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is so easy to make and even easier to change to your preferences. I’ve tried them many ways since I found this recipe. My latest I used Italian seasoning, added smoked salt and onion powder but the best thing I did was put shredded parmesan the very last minute of cooking. Yummy!