Oven Roasted Potatoes

These oven roasted potatoes are a delicious, easy side dish for any meal! They're crispy on the outside, creamy inside, and full of bright, bold flavor.

Roasted potatoes recipe

These oven roasted potatoes are a delicious, easy side dish.

They’re simple enough to make on weeknights and flavorful enough to add to a holiday dinner. No matter when you serve them, they’ll be a hit. Here’s why:

  1. Crispy outsides. The potato skins puff and crisp up in the oven.
  2. Creamy middles. The crispy skins give way to creamy centers, so each bite of these roasted potatoes has an amazing mix of textures.
  3. A zesty dressing. While they’re still warm, I toss the potatoes with a zingy vinaigrette made with lemon, Dijon mustard, and fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme. It fills the potatoes with bold flavor.

I don’t consider myself much of a potato person, but even I can’t help eating these roasted potatoes straight off the sheet pan. Trust me, you’ll love them too!

Roasted potatoes

What Type of Potatoes to Use

I like to use a mix of red potatoes and small Yukon Gold potatoes in this roasted potato recipe. Both varieties have an earthy flavor and creamy interior, which I love. Fingerling potatoes, German butterballs, and other yellow potatoes are good options too.

I don’t recommend using russet potatoes here. With their dry, chalky texture, they’re better suited to making baked potatoes and French fries.

How to Roast Potatoes

The first step in this roasted potatoes recipe is chopping the potatoes. Cut them into consistent 1-inch pieces so that they cook evenly. If your potatoes vary widely in size, you may not chop all of them the same way. For example, you may halve smaller potatoes and quarter larger ones.

No need to peel the potatoes. In fact, I suggest that you don’t! The potato skins help the outsides of the potatoes crisp up in the oven.

Potatoes in a bowl

Next, season the potatoes. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. (Tip: A pinch of garlic powder is tasty too!)

Arrange them in a single layer, leaving a little space between potatoes. Flip them so that they are cut side down.

Roast the potatoes in a 425°F oven until they’re tender and golden brown around the edges, 20 minutes to 30 minutes.

How to roast potatoes

Let them cool slightly, and then, while they’re still warm, toss them with the dressing. Season to taste, garnish with chopped parsley, and serve!

Lemon rosemary vinaigrette

Oven Roasted Potatoes Tips

  • Use convection bake if you have it. When an oven is on its convection setting, air circulates constantly throughout it, which is ideal for getting crisp, golden brown edges on roasted vegetables. If you use it, start checking your potatoes earlier than you would otherwise, as it often shortens cook times.
  • Don’t crowd the potatoes on the baking sheet. For the best results, spread the potatoes in a single layer with a little space around each one. If they’re too crowded, they’ll steam in the oven instead of becoming golden brown and crisp.
  • Place them cut side down so that they make direct, sustained contact with the hot pan. They’ll brown beautifully!
  • Dress them while they’re warm. The warm potatoes will soak up the rich, tangy flavors of the dressing, making for an extra-delicious final dish.

What to Serve with Roasted Potatoes

Crispy roasted potatoes are a delicious, easy side dish for any dinner!

Pair them with your favorite protein and a green salad for a simple weeknight meal. Or serve them for a holiday dinner alongside classics like stuffing and green bean casserole.

Oven roasted potatoes with fresh herbs and garlic

More Favorite Potato Recipes

If you love these oven roasted potatoes, try one of these delicious potato recipes next:

Craving more roasted veggies? Try my roasted broccoli, roasted Brussels sprouts, or roasted carrots!

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Oven Roasted Potatoes

rate this recipe:
5 from 139 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves 4
These oven roasted potatoes are one of our favorite easy side dishes! They're crispy outside, creamy inside, and full of bold, tangy flavor.


  • 2 pounds small potatoes, halved or quartered
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Finely chopped fresh parsley, for garnish



  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Toss the potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and spread evenly on the baking sheet. Roast 20 to 30 minutes, or until tender and golden brown around the edges. The timing will depend on the size and freshness of your potatoes.
  • Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, rosemary, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  • Drizzle the dressing onto the cooked potatoes and gently toss. You may not need all of the dressing. Season to taste with more salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.



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  1. Debi Wilkins

    5 stars
    Yummy!! I didn’t have a lemon so I used the fake stuff it was still really good! I’ll be making this again!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Debi, I’m so glad you loved them!

  2. Kathy

    5 stars
    I made this for a luncheon in March of 2024 with a group of friends and everyone (including me) lost their minds over this. It instantly became a family favorite and I made it four times throughout the following month!
    DELICIOUS recipe, and a total crowd pleaser. Highly recommend!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Kathy, I’m so glad they were such a hit!

  3. Donna

    5 stars
    Great for the potatoes…
    Thanks 🙂

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