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​​These Easy Roasted Potatoes are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and lightly seasoned with rosemary and garlic. They pair perfectly as a side dish with just about any menu, but I wouldn’t blame you if you made them for a snack!

crispy roasted potatoes on a plate with rosemary seasoning

Why You’ll Love these Easy Roasted Potatoes

Like most of you, I am always looking for easy side dishes! A lot of times you put in a ton of time and effort on the main dish and then realize, “oh yeah I need a side dish, but I’m tired of cooking,” and the rest of the meal falls by the wayside. Thankfully these easy roasted potatoes will solve that problem!

They are a no-brainer in terms of ease and flavor, and as long as you don’t crowd your pan with potatoes and cook them in a hot oven, you will get awesomely crispy potatoes. They’re the perfect addition to any meal, especially pot roast, pork chops, turkey…need I go on?

Or, hear me out, pair these potatoes with Lemon Parmesan Roasted Broccoli and Chinese Lemon Chicken and you have an insanely delicious, well-rounded, and EASY weeknight meal! Let me know what you think about these easy roasted potatoes in the comments and share what you paired them with! 

roasted potatoes on a plate with more in the background

Simple Ingredients for Roasted Potatoes

Super simple: Yukon potatoes, olive oil, and seasonings. In this recipe I have added garlic powder and fresh rosemary because that is how I usually make these potatoes – they are my go-to! However, feel free to add whatever herbs and spices you like to take this crispy starch to the next level! 

The only things I suggest not changing about this recipe are the oven temperature, the oil-to potato ratio, and the spacing of the potatoes on your sheet pan. There’s a delicate balance here, and overcrowding may lead to more steaming which means less crunch!

Otherwise, be creative and use the seasonings that complement your dish, but most importantly, the seasonings you enjoy!

Why Yukon Potatoes are Best for Roasting

I know it seems crazy to most that there are so many different types of potatoes and they all lend themselves to different types of recipes, but it’s true! There are super starchy potatoes, super waxy potatoes, and then the golden child, Yukon Gold

They have a deliciously smooth center, and their skin is perfect for crisping! I suppose you could use any potato for this recipe if you’re in a pinch, but they definitely wouldn’t come out with the crispiness of Yukon.

aerial shot of crispy roasted potatoes

Step-By-Step Instructions for Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Step 1: Preheat, Wash, and Chop

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F while you’re washing and scrubbing your potatoes. Then, chop them into 1-inch pieces. 

Step 2: Toss with Seasonings

Place the chopped potatoes in a large bowl and then toss them with the olive oil and seasonings of your choice. 

Step 3: Bake

Spread the seasoned potatoes evenly on a baking sheet. Make sure they’re spaced well and have enough room to cook without steaming. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden, stirring them twice throughout.

Easy Homemade Fries

Remember when I said earlier that I wouldn’t blame you if you just made these potatoes as a snack? I mean they’re basically french fries, so why not slice them into the appropriate shape and dip them in something yummy? They’d be a great after-school snack or appetizer! 

You can try dipping them in homemade buttermilk ranch, Kansas City style BBQ sauce, Texas BBQ sauce, or get cheesy with this Chile Con Queso Dip!

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Easy Roasted Potatoes

Course: Side Dish
Easy Roasted Potatoes -crispy potatoes with simple seasonings that will go great with any meal!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Countryside Cravings
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  • 3 pounds red potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt I usually use season salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Wash and scrub potatoes then cut into 1 inch pieces. Place in a large bowl and toss with remaining ingredients. Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden stirring twice.
close up photo of roasted potatoes

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