Rosemary Roasted Potatoes – Easy Side Dish

These rosemary roasted potatoes are a quick and easy side dish that my whole family loves. Sure they take some time in the oven, but the prep is as easy as it gets – you don’t even have to peel the potatoes.

roasted potatoes in bowl
For this batch I used peeled yellow potatoes with a dusting of paprika.

Also Read: Chili Cheese Seasoned Roasted Potato Slices, Make-Ahead Freezer Mashed Potatoes, Cauliflower & Potato Curry

Whether you harvest your rosemary yourself or you buy it at the store, the flavor of rosemary is perfect with roasted potatoes. You could also use pre-made finishing salts. The rosemary salt is my favorite for potatoes, but nobody’s saying you couldn’t try the lemon pepper or chili lime salt.

rosemary roasted potatoes
For this batch, I used red wax potatoes, peel on.

We enjoy these with pork chops, frittata, fish or chicken.

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes Recipe

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5 from 3 votes

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

A perfect side dish that's very easy to prepare and cooks while you're finishing everything else. Rosemary and potatoes are a match made in heaven!
Prep : 10 mins
Cook : 45 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 5-6 red or yellow wax potatoes 2 lbs
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary sprigs (2 tsp dried) stripped off stem and chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Wash and remove any blemishes from potatoes - peeling optional.
  • Cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Toss potatoes with oil, rosemary and salt.
  • Place on large baking sheet ensuring there's space between potato pieces to crisp on the outside rather than steam.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring once at about 20 minutes.
  • When finished roasting, sprinkle with paprika.

Notes

Little potatoes, especially the tri-colored potatoes cut in half add another touch of colour, perfect for special occasions.
Change it up and use your favorite herbs. Be sure to coat the herbs in oil too. Rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage are hardy and can take the heat and can be added at the beginning but add tender herbs like parsley, cilantro, basil and chives just before serving - they don't like the heat.
Try seasoning blends like chili cheese, lemon herb, cajun seasoning, Italian Seasoning.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ovenroasted, potatoes, rosemary
roasted potatoes in bowl
Crispy on the outside soft and tender on the inside – before the paprika.

Tips for Roasted Potatoes

A Touch of Colour – A tip from my mom

Whenever something needed a little color boost, my mom would add either parsley or paprika. These potatoes are perfect for a dusting of paprika when they come out of the oven. You get a mild flavor and terrific color. Be sure to wait until the end so the paprika doesn’t burn.

Par-Boil Potatoes – A Tip form Serious Eats

If you want to get the potatoes even crispier, the folks at Serious Eats suggest parboiling the potatoes for 5 minutes and then jostling them around to roughen up their edges. The roughed up edges lead to more crispy edges when they’re roasted in the oven. I tried this extra step once. It may have made the potatoes a little more crispy, but the difference wasn’t significant for me to go through all the trouble and wash an extra pot. You know what I mean?

High Heat & Fat – A Tip from me

Use high heat and oil, butter, bacon fat or some sort of fat to coat the potatoes. Both of these will give you a nice crispy edge. I went through a phase where I used minimal fat in my cooking, it can be done – but these potatoes look and taste better when you add fat.

Super Tip – If you pour off the fat when frying bacon – use that to coat these potatoes. Melt it, drizzle on and rub to coat potatoes.

rosemary roasted potatoes
Give each potato piece a little space so they bake up crispy rather than steaming.

Change the Seasoning – A tip from everyone

In this recipe, I’m all about rosemary and salt. But don’t let that hold you back – use your favourite herbs and spices.  Here are some of our homemade seasoning blends we use for oven roasted potatoes.

Lemon Herb Seasoning 

Cajun Seasoning 

Steak Seasoning 

Chili Cheese Seasoning

BBQ Seasoning

Love the crispy outer edge most of all? Try roasting sliced potatoes like in these Chili cheese seasoned roasted potato slices.

Do you make oven roasted potatoes? What is your favorite way of seasoning them?

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2 Comments

  1. Just made your Chive Biscuts!!!! They just melt in your mouth – they are absolutely fabulous.
    Bev

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Bev! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. My family goes ga ga over them too.

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