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Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Perfectly Oven Crispy Roasted Potatoes are crispy on the outside and nice and creamy on the inside. Learn all the tricks to getting the crispest roasted potatoes!

Perfectly Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes are crispy on the outside and nice and creamy on the inside! Learn all the tricks to getting the crispest roasted potatoes!

Originally being from Ukraine, we could eat potatoes for breakfast, lunch, dinner forever, and never complain.

These oven baked to crispy perfection potatoes are a little different from what I grew up with, but Parmesan, thyme and other herbs bring it up a notch if anything. What I love most of all in these Yukon Gold potatoes, are the textural contrast of crispy and creamy.

How to clean the potatoes

Cleaning the potatoes is the first and very important step in this recipe. It is especially important if you’re not planning to peel the potatoes for this oven baked potato recipe. Scrubbing the potatoes under running water will get rid of any dirt and bacteria.

To clean the potatoes, use a scrubbing sponge, exfoliating bath gloves or a scrubbing brush dedicated to cleaning vegetables to scrub the potato in a circular motion. Do so under cool, running water until the potatoes are several shades lighter in color and no visible dirt is seen.

If there’re any sprouts, pull them off.

Soaking Potatoes

The additional step of allowing the peeled, washed and cut potatoes to soak in cold water removes excess potato starch from the outside. This will help with the crisping up of the potatoes when they bake or roast.

Soaking the potatoes in cold water also prevents the potatoes from browning too fast when cooking.
You can omit this step if pressed for time, but otherwise, I strongly recommend doing this.

Crispy Roasted Potatoes can be reheated in the air fryer or the oven.

Reheating the oven baked potatoes in the air fryer is a great way to save time and re-crisp the potatoes.

Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes

When choosing the potatoes for roasting I most commonly go with Yukon Gold potatoes. They tend to yield a very creamy center, while still having the crispy outside. Also, don’t be tempted to cut the potatoes too small. The smaller the size, the easier it is for them to dry out.

These Perfectly Crispy Roasted Potatoes are a great side dish to add to any of your meat dishes or even breakfast, instead of boring hash browns. Try it today and see why it’s been on the list of 10 most favorite recipes ever!

Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes with steak bites and asparagus.

Serving Suggestion – serve the roasted potatoes with steak bites, asparagus, and the creamy chimichurri sauce.

More Side Dish recipes to try:

Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes Recipe

5 from 9 votes

Perfectly Oven Crispy Roasted Potatoes are crispy on the outside and nice and creamy on the inside. Learn all the tricks to getting the crispest roasted potatoes!

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roasted potatoes
Calories: 161 kcal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


Ingredients for Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes

  • 3 lbs potatoes small Golden Yukon & Red Potatoes, split in half. Scrubbed clean. Peeling is optional.
  • tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced parsley
  • ¼ – ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese shredded


  1. Turn oven to 425°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, set aside.

  2. Thoroughly wash the potatoes under running water. Cut each potato in half for small potatoes or into wedges for big potatoes.

  3. Soak the potatoes in a bowl of iced water for 30 minutes. Dry potatoes with paper towels.

  4. In a large bowl or a gallon-sized ziplock toss together 3 lbs potatoes, tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, ½ tsp thyme, 4 minced garlic cloves & 1/4 cup olive oil. Shake vigorously until potatoes are evenly coated.

  5. Transfer the potatoes out of the bag to the baking sheet, cut side up.

How to bake Crispy Potatoes

  1. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. Turn each potato cut side down and bake for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are golden and tender inside.

  2. Once the potatoes are roasted, transfer them to a bowl, add 2 Tbsp minced parsley if desired and toss together. Now transfer the potatoes to the serving platter and sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese (optional).

Recipe Notes

Serve hot, right away.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Sodium 454mg20%
Potassium 713mg20%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 21.1mg26%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 5.7mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • donna cohen

    Cooked this last night. My yukon gold’s were no good so I used russets. My husband thought they were gold’s they were so creamy. Cooked them a lot longer, as i had them pretty close together in a small oven. Honestly the best ones I’ve made. I soaked my potatoes for FFs and i now I know to do it for roasted potatoes. Soaking is everything when cooked with potatoes.

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  • Irina

    So interesting, I ve never seen a recipe say to put the potatoes in ice water. What does the ice water help achieve ?

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    • It helps the potatoes crisp up in the oven. I am not sure what it does on the chemical level though))

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  • Ashley @CenterCutCook

    Potatoes define comfort food for me – this recipe looks delicious! Love simple recipes too! Yum!

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  • Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    These look like perfection! I cannot wait to try them. Luckily I picked up some perfect roasting potatoes today!

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    • Thank you Lindsey! Let me know how you like them once you make them 😀

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  • Jarome

    Potatoes are one of my favorite. I can ate it in any forms and bases on what i saw on your post is exquisitely delicious. Good job!

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    • Thank you Jerome! I am the same way, I love potatoes!

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  • Mrs. Herb

    Yum! I love oven roasted potatoes, but they aren’t always perfectly crisp. I’ve never thought to soak them in ice water before. These look delish!

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    • Thank you 🙂 yeah, sometimes the simplest things change it from good to perfect 🙂

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  • Tricia

    do you have rss feed?

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  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I can’t wait to try this recipe, I love crispy potatoes.

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    • Thanks for your comment! Let me know how you like it once you try it 🙂

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    • Thank you! I’ll check it out.

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  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I never ate potatoes like this in a private home in Ukraine. We had lots of wonderful food but not this. I love it.

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    • Since potatoes are one of the staple foods in Ukraine, in our family we did eat oven roasted potatoes quite a bit, usually with a side of pickled herring & onion, oh how I still love this combination 😀 Sometimes we would roast the potatoes, without any oil, just cut into quarters and roasted right on the racks in the oven (without the sheet), then dip each piece into a combination of a little bit of oil (in a dish) with pressed garlic and salt, when it’s done roasting. These kind of potatoes, we ate with a salad, not even any kind of a protein.
      Potatoes are awesome, I say ))

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  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness

    Your potatoes look perfectly crisp. Thank you for the great tips. I would love to try that.

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