Roasted Red Potatoes are a simple side dish that’s packed with flavor. Lightly seasoned and roasted in the oven to get those amazingly crisp edges, these crispy roasted potatoes are your new go-to side!
Side dishes are the star of any meal and these potatoes go with any of your favorite entrees, from Baked Chicken to Pork Chops to Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs!-Is it necessary to boil potatoes before roasting?
Are red potatoes good for roasting?
This roasted red potato recipe are simple to make, require just a few pantry ingredients and minimal effort. They have a thin skin (no peeling required!) and are lower in starch so they hold their shape really well. They have a rich, earthy flavor that is great in soups, boiled for potato salad or diced and roasted.
How to Roast Red Potatoes
- Rinse potatoes and scrub clean. Don’t peel your potatoes – the peel is where all those good health benefits are.
- Chop potatoes into evenly sized chunks. Get them as even as possible so they will all cook the same.
- Toss potatoes in a large bowl with olive oil and seasonings. I use paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and salt and pepper as my go-to seasoning blend, and it’s fantastic on these roasted red potatoes. I also added some dried parsley.
- Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat or just spray it with cooking spray. Spread the potatoes in a single layer and roast for 20-30 minutes. Stir and flip potatoes over and roast for another 10-20 minutes and slide the sheet pan back into the oven. They are done when the largest piece can easily be pierced with a fork.
- To serve, toss with some fresh parsley if you like and serve them hot.
Tips and Tricks
- Thoroughly wash and dry the potatoes. Get all the dirt off and make sure they are dry so the olive oil and seasonings will stick.
- Feel free to play around with the seasonings. Roasted Red Potatoes are great with just salt and pepper too.
- If they don’t come out crispy enough once they’re fully cooked, turn on the broiler and let them roast that way for a few more minutes to crisp them up.
- You can use less oil if you’re conscious about that, or even an oil spray like avocado or olive oil. Using too much oil, though, may have an adverse affect and keep them from crisping up.
How do you make roast potatoes crispy?
The key to getting super crispy potatoes is making sure they are dry. Wet potatoes will steam them instead of getting that crispy exterior you’re looking for.
After washing, peeling and dicing them, lay them on out a flat surface for 10-20 minutes so they can dry. Then you can toss them in the olive oil and seasonings.
Why won’t my potatoes soften?
This generally happens when the cooking temperature isn’t high enough to soften the potatoes, or they aren’t cooked for long enough. This can happen if the boiling water isn’t actually boiling, or if your oven temperature is a little off. You may want to calibrate the temperature on your oven using a super inexpensive and handy tool.
Another possibility is that you waited too long after cooking to add a sauce (or butter, cream, etc) and the chunks of potato flesh developed a starchy coating. Rule of thumb is to not let cooked potatoes sit for too long without finishing them.
- Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables are an obvious choice because they both cook at the same temperature and for about the same amount of time. Keep it simple!
- Sauteed Mushrooms – super easy to make on the stovetop while your potatoes roast I the oven.
- Garlic Butter Frozen Vegetables – An easy way to make frozen mixed vegetable super palatable and delicious.
- Baked Chicken Drumsticks – These two dishes share similar flavor profiles so they are a perfect match.
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin – So easy to roast in the oven at the same temperature. Just put the roasted potatoes in first, then the tenderloin about 20 minutes later.
- Juicy Grilled Hamburgers – skip the fries and class up your burgers with some crispy roasted red potatoes.
- BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs – this is one of my favorite dinnertime pairing, so we eat it a lot!
If you have a favorite flavor profile that you like to cook with often, potatoes are pretty much a blank slate to try different things. I like to just use my simple all-purpose seasoning blend but you can shake things up and try:
- Cajun seasoning
- Fajita or Taco seasoning
- Marinate in a lemon pepper seasoning, maybe with some paprika.
- Add lots salt of pepper for a really basic but incredibly delicious seasoning.
- Use different oil like avocado or coconut oil.
- Add some grated parmesan
More delicious potato recipes
- Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
- Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- Bacon Ranch Red Potato Salad
- Easy Breakfast Potatoes
- Perfect Baked Potatoes
Roasted Red Potatoes
- 2 pounds red potatoes scrubbed clean (6-8 medium sized red potatoes)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Fresh minced parsley for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil or parchment paper. Combine garlic, onion, paprika, dried parsley, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Chop potatoes into 1-inch chunks, as evenly as possible. Place into a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss. Sprinkle with the seasoning blend and toss until well coated. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
- Roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, toss gently with a spatula and again arrange in a single layer. Roast for an additional 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender and golden.
- Garnish with fresh minced parsley and serve hot.