Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary

oven roasted potatoes with rosemary in a bowl

Roasted potatoes are a busy cook’s dream recipe. If I could only make one side dish for the rest of my life, it would have to be these crispy potatoes, everybody loves them and they go with everything!

oven roasted potatoes on a baking sheet

a perfectly roasted potato is a beautiful thing

They’re simple (the oven does all the work) and they’re delicious (who can resist a caramelized potato?) but there are a few key things you need to know to get that perfectly crisp exterior and that creamy interior we all love. I’ll break it down for you so you won’t have to think about it ever again.

This is one of those foolproof recipes every cook needs to know, you’ll rely on it over and over again for everyday meals. It’s also a fuss free side for the holidays ~ kind of perfect, eh?

crispy oven roasted potatoes with rosemary

the basics

What’s the best potato to use for oven roasting?

Waxy, thin skinned potatoes are best for roasting. They can be white, golden, or red. These potatoes are less starchy than russet (or baking) potatoes, and the flesh bakes up to a creamy softness. They’re also naturally sweeter, which means great caramelization in the oven! I’ve used standard yellow potatoes in this post, but waxy potatoes come in lots of varieties and colors, all of which are fabulous, so don’t hesitate to branch out in the produce aisle.

Do you peel potatoes before roasting?

I don’t, I think the peels add lots of great flavor and crispy texture. Just give the potatoes a quick wash and then dry them completely before using. You don’t want any moisture on them at all because that will interfere with the roasting process.

Do I have to cut my potatoes or can I leave them whole?

Unless you’re roasting tiny Pee Wee potatoes, I always recommend slicing them, either in half, quarters, or chunks, depending on size. This is because you’ll get the best browning, caramelization, and crispy texture when you expose the flesh of the potato to the high heat.

What kind of oil do you use?

I love to use a full flavored extra virgin olive oil. And even though the prevailing wisdom is not to use this type of oil for cooking, I think the flavor really comes through in the finished dish.

What temperature is best for roasting potatoes?

I go with 425F. It’s hot enough to crisp the potatoes, but not so hot that they’ll burn before they cook inside. An exception to this is when I am roasting very colorful potatoes. I will cook them at a lower temperature in an effort to preserve the brilliant color. In that case I’m willing to sacrifice some of that wonderful browning effect.

Pouring olive oil onto sliced potatoes.

the BIGGEST problem with roasted potatoes

They stick! Potatoes are naturally starchy, even thin skinned new potatoes, so when you slice them open to expose their flesh, they tend to stick to the pan as they roast. This can mean broken potatoes, burned pans, and a mess to clean up. But don’t worry, I’ve solved all that for you here.

Sliced potatoes and rosemary on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

so HOW do you keep potatoes from sticking to the pan?

It’s a four pronged approach:

  1. Use oil, and don’t skimp. Toss the sliced potatoes in olive oil so that all the surfaces get coated. Use about 1 tablespoons per pound. A little more is ok, but don’t use less.
  2. Use parchment paper (buy it in ready cut sheets and you’ll use it all the time.) This is a no fail solution, the potatoes will not stick. If you prefer to use a bare pan, then add oil to the pan as well as to the potatoes. Note: if you don’t use parchment paper, I like to stir the potatoes several times in the first 15 minutes of roasting. This helps them develop a ‘skin’ on their exposed sides that helps prevent sticking as they roast.
  3. Do not crowd your baking sheet or the potatoes will steam rather than roast. When in doubt, use another pan.
  4. Make sure your oven is at temperature (425F) and make sure you roast the potatoes long enough. The browning will happen towards the end of the roasting process.
a bowl of oven roasted potatoes with rosemary

roasting potatoes faqs

What other herbs can I use besides rosemary?

Hardy herbs are best for roasting, so I recommend thyme or tarragon. You will roast the potatoes with several large sprigs, and then discard them after roasting and sprinkle the potatoes with the fresh herb just before serving.

Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh?

Yes, that’s fine, there are lots of great herb blends on the market, so go with what you like.

Can I add garlic to roasted potatoes?

You can add garlic in the form of garlic powder or garlic salt. If you want to use fresh garlic I would add it during the last 30 minutes of cooking so it doesn’t burn and become bitter.

Can I roast baby potatoes?

Yes, tiny potatoes are great for roasting. You will leave them whole, and you can dispense with the parchment paper because they will not stick since the flesh of the potatoes won’t be exposed. You may not need the full cooking time, depending on how small your potatoes are. When they can be pierced easily with the tip of a sharp knife, they’re done.

Should I cover my potatoes with foil when they’re roasting?

No, foil will trap in the steam in and soften the potatoes. Leave them uncovered the entire time.

Can I make roasted potatoes ahead of time?

Yes. Let them cool completely on the pan ( and I mean completely.) Then transfer them to a container and refrigerate until needed.

How to reheat roasted potatoes?

Arrange the cold roasted potatoes on a baking sheet and put into a 400F oven, covered loosely with foil for about 10-15 minutes until they’re hot. Then remove the foil and let them re-crisp for another few minutes. If you’re making a big holiday meal you can reheat the potatoes while the turkey or other meat is resting.

potatoes don’t have to be boring!

Roasted potatoes on a baking sheet.
A bowl of roasted potatoes with rosemary.
4.88 from 8 votes

Oven Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes are a busy cook's dream recipe. If I could only make one side dish for the rest of my life, it would have to be these crispy potatoes. Everybody loves them and they go with everything!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Calories 178kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 standard baking sheets
  • parchment paper


  • 3 lbs potatoes, use any type except russet potatoes, which are too starchy. I like to use smaller red, white, or yellow new potatoes.
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil (a little bit more is ok as well)
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarse salt (more to taste)
  • 6 sprigs rosemary (about 1 ounce)
  • fresh cracked black pepper, optional


  • Preheat oven to 425F and line baking pans with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
  • Wash and thoroughly dry your potatoes. Slice them into 2 inch chunks or small wedges.
    potatoes cut in pieces for roasting
  • Toss the potatoes with the olive oil and salt and use your hands to ensure that all surfaces get covered in oil.
    tossing potatoes with oil
  • Divide the potatoes between the pans and spread out evenly, in one layer. You don't want to crowd the pans or the potatoes will steam instead of crisp up as they cook. Take a minute to arrange the potato pieces with a cut side down against the pan. Nestle in a couple of rosemary sprigs per pan.
    Potatoes and rosemary on a baking sheet.
  • Roast for about 1 hour, to 1 hour and 10 minutes, tossing or stirring once or twice during cooking to encourage even browning. Note: if you cut your potatoes into smaller or larger pieces, the cooking time will be different.
    Roasted potatoes on a baking sheet.
  • Remove from the oven and discard the rosemary sprigs. Check for seasoning, and serve tossed with a few fresh rosemary leaves. Add more salt if needed, and fresh cracked pepper if you love that.
    A bowl of roasted potatoes with rosemary.


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 717mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply
    October 24, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    5 stars
    Fantastic! The parchment made all the difference. We reheated the leftovers in a cast iron skillet in a little butter and those were great too.

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    Mary Anna
    October 24, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    5 stars
    I use a red fingerling potato that my husband grows called Amarosa. It has red skin and flesh and when it is roasted, the flesh looks completely different. My kids call them “pepperoni potatoes” because of the way the flesh looks when it is cooked! This is the easiest and most delicious way to cook potatoes and everyone loves them.

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    October 22, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    5 stars
    Sue, the directions don’t mention when to add the rosemary. Should it be added to the bowl that has the oil in it that was used for the potatoes? Or can the rosemary be roasted with the potatoes without being oiled?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      October 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm

      You’ll just add them onto the pan before roasting, but the roasted sprigs will get discarded after the potatoes come out of the oven and you can refresh with fresh rosemary.

  • Reply
    Isabelle Pfenninger
    October 22, 2021 at 11:59 am

    When I use fresh garlic i add it to the potatoes right at the beginning, but never peel them (this is called ail en chemise in french). Therefore it gives an amazing flavor to the dish, it doesn’t burn and the garlic inside its peel is soft and sweet

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    Lucy Chrisman
    October 22, 2021 at 11:33 am

    You forgot to mention that the rosemary is to be put on the pan to be roasted. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      October 22, 2021 at 1:01 pm

      Yes, the sprigs just get tossed onto the pan with the potatoes, but then will get discarded and replaced with fresh herbs for serving.

  • Reply
    October 22, 2021 at 9:04 am

    5 stars
    Wow we` have been making these for years,only we chop the rosemary and add 1 or 2 whole heads of garlic broken up and scattered around half way through cooking.Never thought of using parchment,what a good idea to aid in the tossing! Thanks for the pro tip!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      October 22, 2021 at 9:16 am

      I love to use whole garlic cloves, great thought!

  • Reply
    Lorna M Friedlein
    October 22, 2021 at 8:30 am

    4 stars
    I beg to differ when you state that this is American cuisine, I have lived on and off in the states since 1972 due to my husbands military service and whenever I make roast potatoes my American guests are amazed. I believe this is a British dish

  • Reply
    October 22, 2021 at 7:32 am

    5 stars
    I can only get white or red potatoes. Which are best for roasting?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      October 22, 2021 at 8:06 am

      Hi Judy, thin skinned red or white potatoes will both work equally well. Choose according to color preference, or which ones are the most uniform in shape, so when you cut them you’ll get even pieces all around for even roasting.

  • Reply
    October 22, 2021 at 7:28 am

    5 stars
    This recipe is exactly perfect. I know because it is precisely how I have prepared them these past thirty years. Not crowded when cooked is key!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      October 22, 2021 at 8:08 am

      So true, it’s tempting to load them onto one pan, especially when the oven is busy. Sometimes I’ll cook them in shifts and reheat the earlier pan, that works too.

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