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How to make the perfect roast potatoes

This recipe makes the perfect roast potatoes! These roast potatoes, with fluffy middles and super crispy edges, are definitely the best ever.

A dish of crispy roast potatoes.

Firstly, I apologise for the slightly arrogant title! Obviously everyone has their own idea of what makes perfect roast potatoes, but in my opinion, this is it. Soft and fluffy inside, super crispy on the outside – absolutely perfect.

Now, I definitely don’t make roast potatoes this way every time – they’re a bit more labour-intensive than my usual method. I usually roast my potatoes the quickest way possible – just cut up some unpeeled potatoes, then stick them in the oven. They’re still great when they’re cooked the lazy way (it’s very hard to make a roast potato anything short of delicious), but they don’t even come close to these perfect ones.

A dish of crispy roast potatoes.

When I have a little more time on my hands, or I want to make something extra special, here’s how I make absolutely perfect roast potatoes:

How to make perfect roast potatoes

Making roast potatoes is really easy. There are a couple of steps, but none of it is remotely difficult.

Step 1: Wash and peel potatoes
Step 2: Boil potatoes until fluffy
Step 3: Roast potatoes in plenty of oil

That’s it! Very straightforward really.

Here’s a bit more detail!

What are the best potatoes for roasting?

Whichever variety of potato you use, you’re probably going to end up with a delicious roast potato. However, some varieties do work better than others.

Ideally, you want to use a type of fluffy potato, which will help your potatoes to fluff up around the edges. This means they get nice and crispy!

The best potatoes to use for roasting include:

  • Rooster potatoes
  • Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Maris Piper potatoes
  • King Edward potatoes

I generally use King Edward potatoes, which give a wonderfully fluffy centre. You can find out more about different varieties of potatoes here.

Crispy roast potatoes in a serving dish.

Should I peel my potatoes before roasting?

In short – yes.

As I said, I usually don’t bother peeling my potatoes. Potato skins actually contain a lot of nutrients, and it’s quicker not to peel them, which is always a plus for a lazy cook.

But – this isn’t a recipe for the most nutritious roast potatoes, or the laziest roast potatoes. It’s a recipe for the best tasting roast potatoes. So for these, you’re going to need to peel.

Peeling the potatoes allows the flesh to get nice and fluffy when boiled, which leads to the super crispy exterior when they roast (which we all know is the best bit). So peel away!

Fluffy boiled potatoes on a baking tray, ready for roasting.

Should I boil my potatoes before roasting?

Again, when I’m in a rush / feeling lazy, I usually don’t bother boiling.

But, boiling the potatoes before putting them in the oven is what creates the crispy bits on the outside, so it’s a must if you’re aiming to make perfect roast potatoes.

If you boil them until they’re nice and soft, the flesh will start to break down (especially if you give them a quick shake in the pan!), and will make lots of crumbly edges to crisp up. In all honesty, I probably over-boiled mine a little (they were very, very soft), but in the end it was a blessing in disguise, because I ended up with a tray full of crispy bits!

If you’d prefer your roast potatoes to keep their shape a bit more, just boil them until they’re nice and soft, but still holding together.

How much oil should I use on my roast potatoes?

I’ll say again: this is not a recipe for healthy roast potatoes. In other words, the more oil, the better!

Okay, perhaps you don’t want to use an entire bottle, but don’t be too stingy – you need every single piece of potato to be well coated in oil to give those nice crispy edges.

(I’m getting hungry just thinking about those nice crispy edges…)

In my opinion, roast potatoes are almost always the best part of a Christmas dinner (or any other roast dinner really), and with these perfect roast potatoes, there will be absolutely no chance of any leftovers!

Crispy roast potatoes on a baking tray.
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How to make the perfect roast potatoes

This recipe makes the perfect roast potatoes! These roast potatoes, with fluffy middles and super crispy edges, are definitely the best ever.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: British
Servings: 4
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 1 kg potatoes
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes, and cut them into chunks (depending on your preferred size).
  • Place the potatoes in a large pan of water, and boil until just soft. Drain the potatoes, and return them to the pan. Holding the lid on tightly, shake the pan to fluff up the edges of the potatoes. If your potatoes are very soft, make sure you don't shake too hard or they'll break up into mash! If they're firmer, you can shake pretty hard.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a baking tray, and toss in a generous amount of oil. Spread them out into a single layer if possible – use two trays if needed. Season generously with salt and black pepper.
  • Roast at 200°C (Gas Mark 6 / 400°F) for around 25 minutes, then turn each piece of potato over. Return to the oven for a further 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy.
Nutrition Facts
How to make the perfect roast potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 portion)
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 186
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.7g32%
Saturated Fat 2.7g14%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 54mg2%
Potassium 1018mg29%
Carbohydrates 39.3g13%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 2.9g3%
Protein 4.2g8%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/4 of the recipe.

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Samantha Skeens

Friday 20th of September 2019

What is the portion size for this nutritional information? Or is that the nutritional information for the entire recipe as a whole?

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Monday 30th of September 2019

It's for 1/4 of the recipe :)

Julie

Monday 12th of August 2019

What kind of potatoes

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Wednesday 14th of August 2019

Hi Julie, this is discussed in the blog post :) I used King Edward potatoes.

Ashley

Wednesday 17th of April 2019

Super simple and the family loves them!! Had made several times.

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Thursday 18th of April 2019

That's great, thanks so much Ashley!

Amanda

Sunday 20th of January 2019

These potatoes were delicious 😋. Made them at a family dinner everyone asked how I made them. Definitely using again.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Saturday 26th of January 2019

Awesome! Thank you! :)

Lee

Saturday 5th of January 2019

I found this recipe completely by accident today. I had made roasted potatoes before but using the traditional method, lots of oil, high heat etc. But I was never happy with them as even though they got crispy and nicely brown they started getting soft as soon as they came out of the oven ! So frustrating. Anyway I found this method on amuse-your-bouche and decided to give it a try this evening. My husband could NOT stop raving about these potatoes. And that's not like him. Usually its all about the meat. He just went on and on about these potatoes, and oh geez I wish we had more ! He made me promise we'd have them again...SOON ! They were so easy to make, even the extra step of peeling, and pre boiling the potatoes didn't seem so time consuming. They came out super crispy and brown and lovely soft inside, and best of all they stayed crispy through out dinner. Can't go wrong with this method !! I'm a fan for life...

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Tuesday 8th of January 2019

Amazing!!! That's such a lovely comment, thank you so much Lee! :D You've made my day. I always make extra roasties, and I never have any left haha

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