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Golden outside, creamy inside, and utterly irresistible, these Oven Roasted Potatoes are the best side dish with just about anything. Learn to make the perfect batch with this easy recipe!

a sheet pan of crispy roasted potatoes baked in the oven

Why You’ll Love This Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes Recipe

  • The Perfect Texture. Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, these roasted potatoes are the ideal experience. Simple tricks (like turning your potatoes cut-side down before roasting) make a big difference in ensuring this is the best oven roasted potatoes recipe.
  • Super Easy. Unlike when you’re baking Homemade Fries, no soaking is required here (you don’t have to boil potatoes before roasting them either)!
  • Pairs Well with Almost Everything. From Breaded Pork Chops, to Braised Short Ribs, to Air Fryer Fried Chicken Breast, to Baked Salmon, roasted potatoes can be served with just about any protein.
  • Season to Taste. Salt, pepper, and olive oil are often all you need for simple but stellar roasted vegetables (like Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Broccoli, and Roasted Zucchini), but you can adapt this recipe to match any meal.
  • Works with Any Kind of Potato. While I love baby Yukon gold potatoes for their easy of prep and creamy interiors (what you see pictured here), you can use this same recipe and method to roast russet potatoes, regular Yukon gold potatoes, and Roasted Red Potatoes.

5 Star Review

“As advertised, crispy and delicious!”

— Joseph —
garlic Oven roasted vegetables on a sheet pan

How to Make Roasted Potatoes in the Oven

The Ingredients

  • Potatoes. The humble potato shines when it’s roasted in the oven. My favorites for roasting are baby Yukon golds.

Ingredient Tip

Baby Yukon golds will sometimes be labeled as “mini yellow potatoes.” You can often find them in 1 1/2- to 2-pound bags.

  • Garlic. While optional, roasting your potatoes with garlic is a scrumptious way to add flavor.
  • Olive Oil. Don’t skimp! Oil helps create the most crispy roasted potatoes.
  • Spices. Salt and pepper. Simple, classic, and a fan-favorite for a reason.
  • Herbs. A delicious addition that makes these potatoes feel extra special. We most often use rosemary, but thyme, sage, and parsley are all tasty too.

Playing Around

Change up the spices in this recipe for any of your favorites. See the “Seasoning Suggestions” section below for ideas.

The Directions

Chopped potatoes on a sheet pan with whole cloves of garlic
  1. Add the Potatoes and Garlic to a Baking Sheet. Make sure you line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
Oil and seasoning in a bowl for the best roasted potatoes
  1. Whisk the Oil Mixture Together. Pour it over the potatoes and garlic.
Potatoes and garlic on a sheet pan ready to roast in the oven
  1. Toss. Spread the potatoes into an even layer, turning them cut-side down.
Oven garlic roasted potatoes on a baking sheet
  1. Roast. Roast potatoes in the oven for 45 to 55 minutes at 400 degrees F. Finish with the remaining salt and DIG IN!

Recipe Variations

The options are endless! Choose whatever you prefer or matches your mood that night. Here are a few of my favorite choices:

  • Garlic Roasted Potatoes. I recommend garlic powder or whole, peeled, and smashed (not chopped) garlic cloves, which tend to burn less at high heat. Combine the garlic with some rosemary for a zesty, yet fresh combination. (For garlic Parmesan roasted potatoes, add a shower of Parmesan cheese too.)
  • Parmesan Roasted Potatoes. A few tablespoons of Parmesan cheese along with an herb like thyme or parsley adds further creamy richness for cheesy roasted potatoes. (Add thyme or parsley after roasting, though, so these delicate herbs don’t burn.)
  • Spicy Roasted Potatoes. Add 1 teaspoon chili powder or paprika for a spicy twist.
  • Ranch Roasted Potatoes. Potatoes and ranch are a match made in heaven. Season the potatoes before roasting with a few teaspoons of your favorite ranch seasoning to taste.
  • Italian Roasted Potatoes. Give your roasted spuds some Italian flair with a little basil, oregano, or Italian seasoning. (Crispy herb roasted potatoes are delicious with Chicken Cacciatore.)
  • Potato Wedges. Bake these Air Fryer Potato Wedges in your oven instead.
Oven roasted potatoes russet with herbs and garlic on a sheet pan

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store leftover potatoes in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. 
  • To Reheat. Rewarm potatoes on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F.
  • To Freeze. Do not freeze roasted potatoes, as they will become mealy once thawed.

Ways to Use Roasted Potatoes

  • As Fan-Favorite Side. The easiest way to enjoy herb-roasted potatoes is as a side to many different kinds of main dishes. You can combine them with other roasted vegetables for a vitamin-packed medley, like these oven Roasted Potatoes and Carrots and these Oven Roasted Vegetables.
  • In a Salad. Make a simple Arugula Salad more filling by tossing in some crispy roasted potatoes.
  • In a Scramble or Hash. Roasted potatoes can instantly become “breakfast” potatoes. So enjoy them with an over-easy egg on toast, add them to a savory hash like this Sweet Potato Hash, or dice them for a Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole.
  • With Fondue. Use roasted potatoes instead of bread with this Cheese Fondue. A great gluten-free option!
Yukon gold oven roasted potatoes with fresh herbs

More Ideas of What to Serve with Oven Roasted Potatoes

Crispy oven roasted potatoes on a sheet pan with garlic

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Cut the Potatoes into Evenly Sized Pieces. Potatoes with even surface area will roast at the same rate so that you avoid over-done or under-done slices. Cut larger potatoes into 1-inch cubes for best results.
  • Season, Season, Season. Add salt before roasting, then a pinch at the end to make their flavor pop.
  • Don’t Overcrowd the Pan. If your oven-roasted potatoes turn out too soft, you have likely crowded the baking sheet. The potatoes need room around them so the air can circulate.
  • Flip the Potatoes. With a quick flick of a spatula, it allows different sides of the potatoes to face the heat.
  • The Temperature Matters. The ideal temperature for roasting potatoes is 400 degrees F. Roast potatoes at 400 degrees F for 44 to 55 minutes. If you are cooking something else in your oven at the same time as the potatoes and need a different temperature, you can go slightly over (425 degrees F) or slightly under (375 degrees F) and still have good results.

Oven Roasted Potatoes

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How to make the best oven roasted potatoes that turn out perfectly crispy every time, plus all the best ways to season roasted potatoes.

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pounds waxy potatoes scrubbed with peels on, cut into 1-inch pieces, I like mini red or yellow (Yukon gold) potatoes, but russet potatoes work too
  • 6 whole cloves garlic peeled (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 tablespoon very finely chopped fresh rosemary (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking dish with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat for easy cleanup.
  • Place the potatoes and garlic cloves in the center of the baking sheet.
  • In a small mixing bowl or large liquid measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, black pepper, and rosemary. Pour over the potatoes and garlic.
  • Toss the potatoes and garlic until they are evenly coated. Spread into an even layer, placing the cut sides of the potatoes down against the baking sheet.
  • Roast for 45 to 55 minutes, tossing once and rotating the pan 180° halfway through, until the potatoes are dark golden and crisp (the time will vary based upon how crowded your pan is and the type of potatoes you use). Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Let cool a few minutes, then serve hot.

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Notes

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate leftover potatoes in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days. (I do not recommend freezing roasted potatoes, as they can become mealy once thawed.)
  • TO REHEAT: Rewarm potatoes on a baking sheet in the oven at 350°F.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPotassium: 734mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

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  1. I am shopping around for a good roasted potato recipe and I see some out there that call for soaking the potato wedges in cold water for an hour before baking. Apparently, that process removes starch. What is your take on soaking in cold water before roasting? Take it or leave it? I really like your recipes and trust your judgement.

    Thanks,
    Tricia

    1. Hi Tricia! I personally haven’t done this when roasting potatoes, I don’t think it’s needed. I do soak my potatoes in hot when I am making french fries. You can find my technique here and explanations about it in this blog post: https://www.wellplated.com/baked-fries/

  2. These were absolutely fantastic! I opted for the fresh rosemary and added large onion pieces. Delicious and simple! Even my daughter who doesnt like potatoes ate them!5 stars

  3. absolutely delicious. you can’t go wrong with this recipe! Having the leftovers with eggs today and very happy5 stars

  4. Me and my kids made it at home. We added a few of our own seasonings, and the flavor was delicious. The recipe was very easy to follow and didn’t require much time.5 stars

  5. I love that these roasted potatoes are so versatile. You can serve them with any meal, from roast chicken to steak to fish.5 stars

  6. I made half of the recipe and didn’t add salt at all since my husband is on a sodium restriction. Will be making again as this was so flavorful and easy to make. Thank you for the recipe.5 stars

  7. This will be my go to potato recipe now. Everyone in my family loved these potatoes! Easy. Great flavor. Loved how they turned out!5 stars

  8. The potatoes were good but didn’t need to bake for 45 min. Mine almost overcooked. I decided to take one out and try it and they had only been in the oven for 30 minutes. Could be the difference in the ovens. I am going to try it again and watch them a little closer.4 stars

    1. Hi Erma, so glad you enjoyed them! Yes, all ovens are different and some may run hotter or cooler than others. Good intuition based on your personal oven! Thanks!