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Simple Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


  • 2 pounds potatoes washed, dried & cut into equal size pieces if necessary
  • olive oil for coating potatoes
  • salt
  • spray olive oil for coating roasting pan


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • If necessary, prep the potatoes by cutting them into equal-sized pieces and then coat them with oil. Most recipes say to do this right in the roasting pan.
  • I prefer to transfer them to a bowl, add the oil, season with salt, and stir them. This way, I know I will get all of them coated.
  • I always feel I'm not getting them coated completely when I coat them in the pan.
  • Spray the bottom of your roasting pan with spray olive oil. You may think this is necessary, but we've found it prevents the potatoes from sticking even though they are coated with oil.
  • Place the roasting pan into the oven and roast for 20 to 30 minutes until the potatoes are done.
    Halfway through the cooking process, flip the potatoes using a sizeable heatproof spatula.


How will you know when the potatoes are done?
We test them by sticking a fork or wooden skewer into them and feeling for tenderness. If it goes in easy with little or no resistance, the potatoes are done.
You'll also notice some crispiness to them which makes all the difference in the world.
There's nothing like oven roasted potatoes that are perfectly cooked - tender on the inside, crisp on the outside. My wife serves these potatoes all the time because the kids love them. As do I.