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

Front view of crispy roasted potatoes in shallow round white bowl, garnished with sour cream and chopped chives. On brown striped cloth with fork.

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 eat the entire sheet pan of these in one single sitting.

Overhead of roasting pan with potatoes.

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.

Closeup of diced raw potatoes wrapped in white dish towel.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!Closeup front view of shallow white bowl containing potatoes garnished with sour cream and chopped chives.

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!

Closeup of potatoes in white dish.

Can’t get enough crispy potatoes? Make sure to try rosemary roasted potatoes and garlic roasted potatoes with paprika. I also love oven roasted smashed potatoes and easy loaded potato skins.

Have you tried your air fryer yet for crispy potatoes? Try Air Fryer French Fries or Air Fryer Potatoes which are crispy with hardly any oil!

Closeup front view of shallow white bowl containing crispy roasted potatoes garnished with sour cream and chives.

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 lint) 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.


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: 188Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

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