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!
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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 —
How to Make Roasted Potatoes in the Oven
- Potatoes. The humble potato shines when it’s roasted in the oven. My favorites for roasting are baby Yukon golds.
- 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.
- Add the Potatoes and Garlic to a Baking Sheet. Make sure you line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk the Oil Mixture Together. Pour it over the potatoes and garlic.
- Toss. Spread the potatoes into an even layer, turning them cut-side down.
- Roast. Roast potatoes in the oven for 45 to 55 minutes at 400 degrees F. Finish with the remaining salt and DIG IN!
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.
- 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!
More Ideas of What to Serve with Oven Roasted Potatoes
- Pork or Steak. There is a reason “meat and potatoes” is classic and beloved! Try Baked Pork Tenderloin or Air Fryer Steak.
- Sandwiches and Burgers. Instead of Sweet Potato Fries serve your next Air Fryer Grilled Cheese, BLT, Shrimp Burger, or Vegan Burger with roasted potatoes in the oven.
- Chicken and Turkey. Roast Turkey, Turkey Meatloaf, and Grilled Chicken Thighs are excellent options. Or, try this Air Fryer Whole Chicken for a homestyle dinner.
- Fish. Hearty, meaty fish like Pan Seared Salmon and Grilled Swordfish taste delicious with crispy, creamy potatoes.
- Hearty, Saucy Dishes. Gravy-like beef dishes like Beef Bourguignon are a roasted potatoes match made in comfort food heaven.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Baking Sheet. The must-have kitchen tool for making roasted potatoes in the oven.
- Fish Spatula. You’ll love this tool for so many recipes.
- Sharp Chef’s Knife. Ideal for chopping potatoes.
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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
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