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Roasted Potatoes: the best-ever recipe for the perfect oven-roasted spuds

Total time: 50 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist

Oven-roasted potatoes are an effortless, super versatile side dish that goes with just about anything. The best roasted potatoes are beautifully golden brown and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

You might be surprised to know they're not hard to make, which is why they're such a great side dish for any occasion. Customize them with fresh or dried herbs, spices, and a dash of olive oil, pop them in the oven, and you're ready to go.

Whether you're preparing roasted potatoes for a cozy weeknight dinner, Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving, or a hearty homecooked meal with your loved ones, these easy-to-make oven-roasted potatoes will go with whatever you prepare!

What are the Best Potatoes for Roasting?

Starchy potatoes are excellent for roasting – they wind up perfectly fluffy on the inside and crispy golden brown on the outside. Look for Yukon golds and russets (for the U.S.) and Maris Piper, or King Edward (for the U.K.). You can use baby potatoes or red potatoes, but as a general rule, starchy potatoes tend to work best for roasting.

How to Roast Potatoes

Making these amazing roasted potatoes couldn't be easier. You don't need to peel them (unless you want to) or parboil them before you season them and put them in the oven. That said, parboiling does make potatoes extra crispy – you can boil them for 5 to 10 minutes, then drain them and let them dry out for several minutes more if you want ultra-crispy roasted potatoes. Either way, chop the potatoes into medium-sized chunks and set them on a tray lined with parchment paper.

Pour the olive oil over the potatoes, followed by the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and chopped rosemary. Toss the potatoes well to coat them with the seasonings, then lay them out in a single layer. Cook them for 20 to 25 minutes at 425F or until golden brown and fork tender, flipping once halfway. It may take a little longer depending on your oven. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed, and serve.


How Long to Roast Potatoes?

Exactly how long to roast your potatoes depends on a few things. If you cook the potatoes at a lower temperature or if you cut them into large chunks, you'll need to cook them longer.

  • At 350F, cook them for 45 to 50 minutes;
  • At 375F aim for 35 to 40 minutes.
  • If you're cooking your potatoes at 400F, they'll need about 30 minutes.
  • At 425F, the potatoes should take about 20 to 25 minutes.

Tips for Making the Best Roasted Potatoes

You can either peel the potatoes or leave the skin on. The skin is full of nutrients, so many folks prefer to leave the skin on the potatoes, but it's a matter of personal preference.

You can make your oven-roasted potatoes up to two days ahead of time.

Make sure the potatoes are in a single layer on the baking tray. This helps them to cook evenly.

The potatoes are done cooking when they're fork-tender.

Leave out the herbs or use different herbs. Thyme, rosemary, parsley, sage, tarragon, cilantro, and basil are all delicious with roasted potatoes.

Other tasty seasonings to sprinkle over your potatoes include paprika, seasoned salt, Creole mix, taco seasoning, garam masala, onion powder, Old Bay, and lemon pepper.

For extra flavor, use bacon fat, duck fat, or goose fat instead of olive oil to roast your potatoes.

If you have leftover roasted potatoes, you can add them to other dishes like frittatas, casseroles, wraps, burritos, or savory pies.


What to Serve with Oven-Roasted Potatoes

The real question here is what doesn't go with roasted potatoes. You can serve your oven-roasted potatoes as a side dish with just about anything. They're particularly delicious with pot roast, stews, meatloaf, roast chicken, salmon, slow cooker lamb, braised ribs, pork chops, cauliflower steak – the list goes on!

How to Store and Reheat Roasted Potatoes

Keep your potatoes in an airtight container and put them in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat them in the oven at 400F for about 15 to 20 minutes, or put them in the microwave and zap them until heated through. you can also heat them in a skillet for several minutes.

Can You Freeze Roasted Potatoes?

Of course! If you happen to have any leftover oven-roasted potatoes, you can let them cool down then put them in an airtight container and pop them in your freezer for up to one whole year! The texture may change a tiny bit, but they'll still be as tasty. To reheat frozen potatoes, bake them at 425F for about 20 minutes, or until heated through.

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rosemary, chopped
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salt to taste
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Preheat your oven to 425F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Cut the potatoes into medium-sized chunks. Put them on the tray.

Pour the olive oil over the potatoes.

Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Add chopped rosemary.

Toss to combine. Lay the potatoes in a single layer.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown, flipping once halfway.

Season with additional salt and pepper if needed, and serve.


If you don't have fresh herbs, use dried herbs instead.

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