How to Make Crispy Roasted Potatoes – with video

Don’t settle for soggy potatoes. Learn how to make crispy roasted potatoes – it’s SO easy! They’re irresistibly delicious.


Don't settle for soggy potatoes. Learn how to make crispy roasted potatoes - it's SO easy! They're irresistibly delicious. Recipe on - great for breakfast!

Crispy roasted potatoes vs. soggy roasted potatoes. One is a clear winner and one just isn’t worth the calories. It’s basically a fight between good and evil. Ben doesn’t love mashed potatoes or baked potatoes but he’s a huge fan of these little roasted guys. He always picks out the crispiest ones. As do I. That’s why it’s imperative that maximum crispiness is achieved. This is serious business, folks.

I might even venture to say they are better than fries? Especially with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of fresh chives. I could have eaten the entire sheet pan of these in one single sitting.

Don't settle for soggy potatoes. Learn how to make crispy roasted potatoes - it's SO easy! They're irresistibly delicious. Recipe on - great for breakfast!

I have four important tips for achieving crispy roasted potatoes so that there will be no soggy loners left on the pan. And these tips are completely doable…kind of fail-proof, actually.

  • SOAK your potato chunks in cold water. This removes some of the starch and helps get them super duper crispy.
  • DRY your potatoes. And then dry them a little more. Water = Steam = Soggy = BAD BAD BAD. I use a kitchen towel – but make sure you use one that doesn’t let off any lint.
  • Preheat the oven with your pan in the oven. That way it’s super hot when you add the potatoes and the crisping action starts immediately.
  • DO NOT OVERCROWD your pan. Just don’t do it. DON’T DO IT. If you do, they’ll steam instead of getting crispy. How many times have I said “crispy?” Crispy. Crispy. Crispy.


Don't settle for soggy potatoes. Learn how to make crispy roasted potatoes - it's SO easy! They're irresistibly delicious. Recipe on - great for breakfast! I like to add onions for flavor but you can make these without onions. I really do love the onions though but to each their own!Don't settle for soggy potatoes. Learn how to make crispy roasted potatoes - it's SO easy! They're irresistibly delicious. Recipe on - great for breakfast!

So there you have it. That’s how to make crispy roasted potatoes so that no one gets stuck eating soggy potatoes. They are easy steps to take but they yield a huge result. You’ll be happy you went the extra mile!

Don't settle for soggy potatoes. Learn how to make crispy roasted potatoes - it's SO easy! They're irresistibly delicious. Recipe on - great for breakfast!

Can’t get enough crispy potatoes? Make sure to try rosemary roasted potatoes and garlic roasted potatoes with paprika. Two of my favorites! 

How to Make Crispy Roasted Potatoes

How to Make Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Soaking Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Don’t settle for soggy potatoes. Learn how to make crispy roasted potatoes – it’s SO easy! They’re irresistibly delicious.


  • 5 cups diced red skin potatoes that have been scrubbed clean
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1 large onion, diced the same size as potatoes (optional)


  1. Soak diced potatoes in a bowl of cold water for at least 1 hour. Change water if it looks cloudy.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F with a rimmed baking sheet inside the oven.
  3. Drain potatoes and rinse with more cold water. Put potatoes in a towel (one that won’t let off fuzz) and dry thoroughly. Return to a dry bowl.
  4. Add oil, salt, pepper and onions. Stir to coat – or use your hands!
  5. Carefully remove hot pan from oven and add potato mixture. Spread to an even layer and return to the oven. Cook for 25 minutes. Stir and return for oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown and fork tender.


Note: Reheat potatoes in oven or toaster oven for best results. Microwaving will result in soggy potatoes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 cup diced potatoes
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Protein: 3g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
Verdict: I’m a little obsessed. Was it obvious?
Husband’s take: Basically the only way he likes potatoes.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy.

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  1. Sigh…followed everything to the letter but didn’t get ultra crispy potatoes… soooooo disappointed…

    The hunt continues

    • Sorry to hear that! You could try baking them a little longer next time. I have really good luck with the convection feature on my oven too, if your oven has one.

  2. Thanx for the tips to make them crispier cant get enough crispy ones BUT I LUV them with ITALIANO (frm Club House) SEASONING!!! Can also add some Garlic salt or powder if u like but really don’t need too! BUT 4 those who will miss the Garlic flavour by all means add it in! Just mix your potatoes in a bowl with your choice of oil 1st.( i use extra virgin olive oil) then add the italian seasoning! I also sprinkle a little extra on the potatoes once on the baking sheet to make sure they are completely covered with the seasoning. But next time i will def try your steps first! I usually just rinsed the potatoes off don’t soak them and pat dry! so really good tips that will prob make a huge diff 4 me! Thanx Again I’m sure these tips would work for cooking crispier fries as well!!

  3. Waiting for my potatoes to soak and my meatloaf to bake…I’m looking again at the site that copied your recipe…It isn’t really a copy. She seems to have copied certain “chunks” of your writing and mashed it up with other apparently copied chunks. The blog part doesn’t make any sense, and “her” recipe does not reflect what she has in the blog. So.. she obviously copied some of your writing, but didn’t really break the copyright.

    Looking forward to the crispy potatoes!

    • I know, isn’t that a strange thing to do? I’ve reached out to her multiple times about it, but she has ignored me. I’ve decided it’s not worth my energy, but it is unfortunate and I so appreciate you taking the time to let me know about it! I hope you love the recipe!

  4. Searching for this recipe, I found what appears to be your text with different photos at this site:

    Thanks for the tips they are spot on!

    • I know, isn’t that a strange thing to do? I’ve reached out to the “author” multiple times about it, but she has ignored me. I’ve decided it’s no longer worth my energy, but it is very unfortunate and I so appreciate you taking the time to let me know about it! I hope you love the recipe!

  5. Oh my goodness!! This is THE best recipe I have ever tried. The potatoes came out crispy! The pre-prep, I think is the key. Thanks so much. Love them!

  6. Easy and very tasty!

  7. I used garlic olive oil, black truffle salt, chives and black lava salt 

  8. Can I use russet potatoes?  Thanks 

  9. I have always wondered how to make my taters crispy…just made these for the first time.  Really yummy!  Although, I used gold potatoes and did leave them in about 4 minutes more at 425!  Perfect!  Thank you, Rachel!

  10. Hey there! Do you think I could use a large cast iron skillet instead of a baking sheet? I’m not making very many so in theory they should not be crowded. Thanks!

  11. These potatoes were super delicious!! I’m making them again tonight, thank you for the recipe and tips!!! YUM!!

  12. These are great. I tossed them in olive oil, Veggie Sesoning (green package in vegetable isle I think), Larry’s seasoned salt and baked as directed. They made excellent steak and potato burritos. Thank!

  13. A website called “layers of happiness” is using many of your captions for this recipe word for word. Since your recipe was posted months earlier, and her name and is Emily, I’m assuming the sites aren’t affiliated and she’s the one plagiarizing.  Just thought you should know. Here’s her recipe:

    • I know :(

      I appreciate you letting me know…I’ve reached out to the owners of that site multiple times with no response so I gave up and decided to put my energy elsewhere. I think it’s so sad that they would stoop to that level. (And strange!)

      Again I SO appreciate you letting me know! Thank you!

  14. I’m trying this method tomorrow for a big group. I’d like to prepare the potatoes early in the day. Should i soak all day in the fridge till i’m ready to dry and cook? If not, will they discolor after i dry them in the early afternoon (not cooking them until 6pm). Maybe toss them in the oil and let them ‘marinate’ for the afternoon to avoid discoloration?

  15. Great delicious potatoes.  So easy to make and we loved the delicious flavor!!

  16. Are you connected with [link removed]? Recipes are different but I thought it was weird to that almost the same intro/descriptions word-for-word. Just thought I’d give you a heads up.

    Otherwise, thank you for the recipe! Will be trying it out tonight :)

    • I am not! I’ve contacted them several times about the plagiarism there, but they never respond. I decided not to waste any more energy on it at this point…but it is very frustrating! I appreciate you letting me know about it…and I hope you loved the potatoes!

  17. Made these last night to accompany skirt steak.  Used mixed color marble potatoes, cut in half.  Absolutely fabulous, but they took nearly an hour to crisp—turned oven to convection 425 after twenty-five minutes.  Took another 25 min, but the result was worth the wait!

    • I’m so happy to hear that! It definitely depends on how large your potatoes are and some ovens can really vary. I’ve been loving convection for roasting vegetables and potatoes lately, it makes everything so crispy!

  18. I made these tonight!  Awesome recipe!  I did add some cilantro and thyme because I had it available, paired it with skillet cooked steak.  This is def a great dish and your instructions were on point.  Thank you!

    • Hi Will! I’m so glad you liked these potatoes! I love your additions…and they’re so perfect with steak! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a comment!

  19. I am wondering what temperature you used?  Maybe I missed that

  20. What is the temperature????  Thanks 

  21. I was surprised how well your recipe worked. I have Been trying for years to make crispy oven roasted potatoes, and failing. I followed your recipe and added herbs de Provence. My family loved it!  Thanks for your recipe.

  22. Love crispy potatoes – can they be reheated? Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Absolutely! I recommend reheating them in a toaster oven or the oven to re-crisp them. They’ll become soft in the microwave. You could also reheat them in a hot frying pan with a little oil, make sure to not stir them constantly, let them sit for a bit in one place to get crispy. I hope that helps!

  23. Can you use a non-stick spray to make clean-up easier?

  24. Forgot to rate it! oops!

  25. These were good! Really good! i bought the baby potatoes, cut them in half and followed your recipe, except i baked it at 400. OMG! They were absolutely delightful! Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. i added a teaspoon of dried rosemary and 2 cloves of minced garlic. Thank you so much.

  26. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical that they would actually be crispy as claimed but you made a believer out of me! I’ll never roast baby red potatoes another way! 

  27. Hi, I was looking for a recipe for crispy roasted potatoes. Your site came up and I read your blog and the recipe. I then searched a bit more and found another person’s blog who also had a recipe for roasted potatoes. What was so odd is that the blog is almost identical to yours. Changed a few words here and there, but for the most part, it is verbatim. The website is [link removed].

    Just thought this was so strange.
    JC Shetterley

    • Hi JC,
      I appreciate you reaching out! I’ve emailed the author of that site multiple times regarding that blatant theft, but surprise, surprise, I haven’t received a response and they haven’t taken any action. I removed the link from your comment only because I don’t want Google to think she has more authority on the subject of roasted potatoes due to a link from me to her. It’s so frustrating but unfortunately I can’t do much about it. I really really appreciate kind folks like you having my back, though! It means a lot. :)

  28. A sprinkling of flour makes them even crispier! Thanks for the cold water tip, didn’t know that.

  29. Thank you for this!! We did this last night and it was incredible. I made a few tweaks due to circumstance that I thought I’d share here to help others like me who may have only googled “how do I make crispy oven roasted potatoes” as they were in the kitchen, holding the knife over the potatoes.

    When I saw it said at least an hour I said some expletives but then put on my thinking cap :) What we did that worked was cut them fairly small, of course (well-scrubbed too), then put it in a large bowl of icy water to soak, stirring a bit, and then I dumped that, got a splash mesh screen, put it over the bowl, then put the bowl in the sink letting cold water run over it for about 5 min. This did the trick! I very carefully dried them using quilted paper towels (no lint) and proceeded.

    I would suggest flipping/stirring them in the oven at 15-20 min, not 25, because mine had already started to lightly burn on one part. I think that mid range would be better for uniform crispiness. I did not do onions but if I did, I’d add them at this time as well.

    This process will be our go-to. Future variations will include olive oil and dry ranch dressing mix, dill, plain old sea salt, garlic & pepper, and honey-sriracha-olive oil.

    The texture was great and flavor spectacular. Thanks Rachel!

  30. Just cooked this recipe today. 
    It does what it promises: oven potatoes ridiculously crispy and I don’t think I will ever use any other recipe.
    My onions were also burned but I suspect they added considerable flavour to the whole dish.
    This recipe also opens lots of chances to add your own seasoning or herbs. Rachel, have you ever tried some rosemary/thyme/etc?

    Wonderful, in any case.

  31. I have these potatoes in the oven RIGHT now. The smell is outstanding. If they taste ANYTHING like they smell, I’ll never use another roasted potato recipe!!! 3 more minutes on the timer and then they’re ready!!!

    I waited to post this until I actually tasted the potatoes so that I could give a rating. 

    The potatoes were definitely crispy! However, the onions were burned. I may use this recipe again in the future, but with modifications (lower temp so onions don’t burn and more spices to give more flavor).

    • Thanks for your feedback, Jennifer! I like the onions a little crispy (maybe I’m weird…I probably am!) but you could also cut the onions into larger pieces or add them partway through the cooking time to reduce the level of crispiness on those onions and still get the potatoes nice and crisp. Thanks again for taking the time to come back and leave feedback!

  32. These were amazing. Thank you!

  33. Soaking the potatoes is the key to making them extra crispy. It’s also helpful to cut them fairly small. These two things will give your potatoes the crispy roast that is so hard to come by!

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  35. omigosh ULTIMATE crispy goodness! and I love the onions!

  36. Love crispy potatoes, they’re so yummy, love all your tips :)

  37. great tips!!! Will try this next time!

  38. Oh yeah…these beat boring old mashed potatoes any day! Thanks for the tip about cold water soak, had no idea the difference it made.

  39. Is parchment paper a no-no here? Will it kill the crispy?

  40. yum–love ’em crispy, too

  41. Let’s say it one more time… crispy. :) These potatoes do look perfectly crispy! Can I have some for breakfast?

  42. What a perfect side dish recipe for Thanksgiving! Love how crispy these potatoes are!

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