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How to make the BEST oven roasted potatoes!

Updated on June 2, 2013

Potatoes: Creation's Comfort Food

Ah...potatoes! Creation's comfort food. Whether mashed or baked, whether as French Fries or home fries, potatoes have universal appeal. My personal favorite potato dish is oven roasted potatoes. That rich and satisfying aroma that saturates the atmosphere of your cozy kitchen while they cook is only surpassed by the mouth-watering flavor and tasty texture that makes this recipe a classic. However, we all know, that not every recipe is created equal. Oven roasted potatoes can be over-cooked and end up mushy or under-cooked and be too firm. They can be too modestly seasoned and be bland, or too generously seasoned for even the most pucker-proof palate to approve. Been there...done that! The recipe I will now share is my time-tested attempt at perfection, a family favorite, and one I hope you will enjoy as well. Bon Appetit!


Here are the ingredients I use to make my oven roasted potatoes. The mix of spices is my personal preference and seems to work well, but some might want more or less depending on your tastes:

  • 7-8 Small Red potatoes. Not peeled. Cut into bite-sized chunks. Basically you want enough potatoes to completely cover the bottom of your baking dish.
  • 1/2 teaspoonful salt (I use Kosher salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoonful garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoonful basil
  • 1 teaspoonful oregano
  • 1 teaspoonful parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoonful red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoonful Weber Grill mix (got this at WalMart...great flavor)
  • 1 teaspooonful thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoonful ground red pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoonful ground black pepper
  • 1 cup coursely chopped onion
  • 4-5 whole garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup oil (extra virgin olive oil is what I use)


Follow these steps for the most perfect and delicious oven roasted potatoes:

1)  First, place your chopped potatoes in a pot of water and bring the water to a boil.  Once the water begins to boil, IMMEDIATELY removed from the heat and drain the water.  I have found this step provides a consistently "soft but not mushy" texture to these oven roasted potatoes.  The goal, in my opionion, is a potatoe that has just the slightest crunch on the surface with an almost pillowy softness underneath. 

2) Place the potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle the oil over them, stirring to coat completely.  We want the pieces to all have a nice coating...but we don't want a pool of oil at the bottom of the bowl.  Adjust the oil as needed for this, but 1/4 cup is about right.

3) Next, sprinkle the ingredients over the potatoes while stirring to try to evenly distribute the spices.  I suppose you could mix all the spices together first, then sprinkle the potatoes with this mixture, but I tend to just sprinkle them one at a time.  Remember the goal is to evenly distribute the spices.  They will stick nicely to the oil-coated potatoes.

4) Transfer the potatoes to a baking dish and cook for 20 minutes in a pre-heated 475 degree oven.  Stir every 5 minutes or so while baking.

5) Switch the oven to broil.  Leave the potatoes in for another 5-10 minutes, stiring them every 3 minutes or so to brown the surfaces nicely.  Watch closely so they don't get too dark.


Stand back and wait for the applause!

 Once finished in the oven, you can transfer them to a serving dish and enjoy!  They are best when served hot and fresh from the oven, but I find they also reheat nicely in the microwave also.


So that is my super not-so-secret recipe for oven roasted potatoes.  Hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we do!


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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great recipe. It looks delicious. Would it work for mini potatoes as well? Thanks for sharing.

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      Wayne G 2 years ago

      Turned out perfectly! Thanks for the instructions.

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      Peter Wilkinson 4 years ago

      Roast Potatoes.....tip from my mum an old time Yorkshire cook (and a Cordon Bleu too). Dust your roast spuds with a little white flour before putting them in for get a nicer crisp crust


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      Karen 5 years ago

      I tried your recipe this evening for our company and it was Delish!!!! thanks so much!!!!!!!!!

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      Meg 5 years ago

      Made these potatoes to go along with dinner tonight, a great find! Thank you for putting it up!

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      teresa 5 years ago

      Jus made these potatoes today, n it was quite delicious!

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      Jason Poquette 5 years ago from Whitinsville, MA


      I put in the cloves of garlic along with the other herbs, prior to the oven.

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      me 5 years ago

      when do we throw in the cloves?

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      talfonso 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      Sounds delicious! I might want to try it in place of french fries!

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      Galgoneglutenfree 5 years ago

      Love the trick for not ending up with mushy potatoes. Going to try these with my Easter grilled lamb tonight! Thanks so, Gal Gone Gluten Free

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      ThePelton 5 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

      I have got to try this.

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      byrd120 5 years ago

      This is the best oven roasted potatoe recipe ever!!

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      I believe I have finally found the best recipe for oven baked potato! I never thought of red pepper and will try the Weber mix. My husband loves potatoes so the oven alternative is much healthier.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      MMm another gem to bookmark into my best'recipes'slot.

      Thank you so much for sharing and I will let you know how I get on.

      I now look forward to reading many more of your hubs.

      Take care and enjoy your day.


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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I am salivating, nuff said trying it tonight!

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      This sounds delicious and I'm gonna bookmark this hub so I can make them this week. I make a lot of different potato recipes but have never made roasted. I make really nummy french fries that are fat-free. :-)

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      Katharine L Sparrow 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Sounds good, think I'll try it!

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      Jason Poquette 6 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Jen,

      Sorry. I usually slice the cloves up into 5-6 slivers each and mix them in. They are really good that way! Mmmm. Best wishes.

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      Jen 6 years ago

      This recipe sounds like it would de tasty!!! I had a question about the garlic cloves, you never said what to do with it, do you chop it? or just throw it in the pan?? i want to make this dis tomorrow afternoon! thanks soo much!!

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      Jason Poquette 6 years ago from Whitinsville, MA


      LOL - and a lot less expensive too!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Now this is a prescription to love!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Looks yummy. I've bookmarked the hub so I can return to get more info.

      BTW I linked my latest hub: Russian Tea Cakes to this one. Nice meeting you. Happy Holidays.

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      ss sneh 7 years ago from the Incredible India!

      Hi! Wow!...Tasty! Good Dish! Thanks for teaching

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      Jason Poquette 7 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi MarineandWife,

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe. Happy to share it.

      Take care!

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      MarineandWife 7 years ago

      We came across your wen page a few months ago and absolutely love this recipe! We have used it quite a few times now. Thank you very much for the tips!

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      Youngcurves19 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Yummy! thanks for sharing!

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      Jason Poquette 7 years ago from Whitinsville, MA


      Well, glad you could use this recipe. I owed you one anyway, since I borrowed your crepe recipe! Best wishes!

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      lauralolita 7 years ago from Florida

      This is such a convenient find! I've been looking for a recipe for oven roasted potatoes and voila! Sounds yummy!

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      MrSpock 7 years ago

      Those look very tasty.

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      Jason Poquette 7 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      Hi Chloe.rivera1980,

      You are very welcome! Hope you enjoy them.


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      chloe.rivera1980 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      will try this recipe! thanks for sharing!!


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      ThePartyAnimal 8 years ago

      Can I come to your house for dinner?