Roasted Red Potatoes

These roasted red potatoes are crispy and golden on the outside! They are buttery soft and creamy inside. This quick and easy recipe is great as an appetizer or side dish. Pair it with your favorite grilled meat, chicken, steak, seafood, and more!
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This is the best recipe for easy roasted red potatoes!  They are soft on the inside and golden crispy on the outside.  This is the perfect potato side dish to go with all proteins.  The oven makes them so flavorful.  They are great for serving as a side dish, appetizer, hearty snack, or meal prep.

Roasted red potatoes.

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For more potato recipes, try smashed potatoes and these easy potato skins. Another must-try is these healthy air fryer potatoes!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Roasted red potatoes are easy and quick to prepare in the oven.
  • It is a satisfying side dish made with simple ingredients.
  • These oven-roasted red potatoes are versatile.
  •  Serve them alongside various main dishes, such as air fryer chicken, grilled steak, or baked fish.
  • They also work well as a side for brunch or as a part of a vegetarian meal.
  • The roasting process brings out the natural sweetness of the red potatoes and enhances their flavor.
  • Combining olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper adds a savory taste. They are so delicious!
  • The base recipe for roasted red baby potatoes is delicious on its own.
  • It can easily be customized. Additional herbs and spices, like rosemary and thyme, are delicious with it.
  • Great for picky eaters, family gatherings, holidays, and dinner parties.
  • Roasted red potatoes are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. They are lower in starch compared to other potato varieties, making them a healthier option.
  • Minimal clean-up is required.
  • They are a healthier alternative to French fries. Serve alongside burgers for a kid-friendly meal!
  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and sugar-free.
  • Check out these Creamy Scalloped Potatoes for another side dish recipe!

Ingredients & Substitutes

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Baby red potatoes are a great choice for this recipe.  They have thin, delicate skin and a creamy texture when roasted. If baby red potatoes are unavailable, buy regular red potatoes and cut them into smaller pieces.

Olive oil adds a rich and flavorful coating to the potatoes while helping them crisp up during roasting.  Use extra-virgin olive oil for the best flavor.  If needed, use avocado oil.

Garlic powder brings a savory and aromatic element.  For a more robust garlic flavor, use freshly minced garlic cloves instead.

Salt and pepper add a slight flavor.

Fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or parsley can be added to the potatoes for fragrance and flavor. Chop the herbs and sprinkle them over the roasted potatoes just before serving.

Ingredients for roasted red potatoes.

Taste & Texture

Roasted red skin potatoes have a mild and slightly sweet flavor.  Their natural sweetness comes out during the roasting process.  The result is a delicious caramelization on the outer edges.  Their flavor is earthy and savory.  They have a buttery richness.

The seasonings add depth.  This enhances the overall taste of the potatoes.

Roasted red skin potatoes have a tender, crisp texture. Their skin becomes golden brown and develops a thin, crispy crust.

The middle stays soft and creamy.  The texture is buttery and smooth. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice potatoes in half or quarters.

Step 2

In a large bowl, add halved potatoes, oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.

Halved potatoes with oil and seasonings.

Step 3

Arrange the potatoes in an even layer on a rimmed baking pan.

Sliced veggie on pan.

Step 4

Bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Baked crispy starch on pan.

Step 5

Finally, remove from oven when the potatoes are fork tender. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.

Expert Tips for Success

Choose the right potatoes.  Look for fresh, firm, and smooth-skinned red potatoes.  The size should be relatively uniform to ensure even cooking.

Cut potatoes into even pieces. This promotes even cooking. Try to cut the potatoes into similar-sized pieces. This helps ensure that all the potatoes cook at the same rate.

Preheat the oven. Preheating the oven to a high temperature is essential before adding the potatoes.  A hot oven will help create a crispy exterior while keeping the inside of the potatoes soft and tender.

Space the potatoes out on the baking sheet.  This step prevents steaming and promotes an all-around crispy finish.  Do not overcrowd.

Use high-heat oil.  This will help achieve crispy skin and keep the potatoes from burning.

Season well. Sprinkle the potatoes with a generous amount of sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and other desired herbs or spices. The seasonings will enhance the flavor of the roasted red potatoes.

Cut them into evenly sized shapes and pieces.  This promotes even cooking.

Toss and coat.  After cutting the potatoes and adding the seasonings, toss them well in a bowl.  This will lead to evenly coated roasted red potatoes.

Red potatoes with chicken.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

After roasting, sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese and a mixture of fresh herbs like parsley, basil, and chives over the potatoes.  The cheese adds a rich and nutty taste.

For a smoky twist to the roasted red potatoes, add smoked paprika.  It adds a pop of pretty color too.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the roasted potatoes and sprinkle them with freshly chopped dill.

Toss the potatoes with caramelized onions after roasting for next-level potatoes.

Add a kick to roasted red potatoes by coating them with a Cajun spice blend.

Toss them with olive oil, minced garlic, dried oregano, lemon zest, and a sprinkle of feta cheese after roasting for a burst of Mediterranean flavors.

Drizzle the potatoes with maple syrup, melted butter, and a pinch of cinnamon before roasting. The combination of sweet and savory flavors adds a delightful twist.

How to Serve & Store

Roasted red potatoes in the oven go well as the hero side to a tasty protein.

They are perfect with this blackened chicken, grilled chicken, or pollo asado.

Serve them up with easy oven roasted steak and blender Bearnaise sauce.

To store leftover roasted red potatoes, allow them to cool completely first. Next, transfer them to an airtight container.  Place them in the refrigerator and consume them within 3 to 4 days.

Roasted red potatoes do not freeze well.  Freezing affects their texture and makes them mushy and grainy.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why do you soak potatoes before roasting?

Soaking potatoes before roasting helps remove excess starch.  The result is a crispier and more evenly cooked potato.  If you have time, soak these potatoes for 30 minutes beforehand. They will still come out delicious without soaking.

Are red potatoes good for roasting?

Yes, red potatoes are excellent for roasting due to their creamy texture and keeping their shape when cooked.

Can I make this in the air fryer?

Yes, roasted red potatoes in the air fryer work well. The cooking time will need to be adjusted. Air fry at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 to 20 minutes.

Should you peel red potatoes before roasting?

Leaving the skin on adds texture and nutrients while peeling yields a smoother and more uniform appearance.  This is personal preference, although I prefer skin on.

What seasonings are best for potatoes?

Popular seasonings for potatoes include salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, rosemary, and thyme. These roasted red baby potatoes are incredibly flavorful!

Extra crispy golden potato.

Equipment Needed

Rimmed Baking Pans: These rimmed baking pans are great for roasting potatoes and veggies.

Mixing Bowls: These glass mixing bowls are great for cooking and baking.

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