Crispy Roasted Potatoes

I have finally perfected it. The perfect roasted potato. It’s a thing of beauty – crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and delicious through and through. My preschooler thinks they’re french fries. I think they’re even better than fries. They are certainly better for you – the reduced amounts of butter and oil still give the rich flavor without being too heavy. The fresh lemon gives a tangy bite at the beginning without overwhelming the salty wonderfulness.

Makes 4 servings


  • 3 large (baked potato sized) red potatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Iodized/table salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Clean potatoes, peel them if you prefer to do so.
  3. Cut potatoes into bite-sized chunks

    This is the size of potato we use when we can find them, with the desired chunk size and chef’s knife in the background to give an idea of the relative sizes.

  4. Toss with lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste
  5. In a large saucepan, heat oil and butter over medium heat until they sizzle a little.
  6. Dump in potatoes, stir to coat
  7. Cook potatoes until the outsides start to look blistered. You’ll see little bubbles starting to form. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking without burning.
  8. Pour potatoes into a baking dish (or two) in a single layer and transfer into the oven. Leave any extra oil/butter in the pan – don’t pour it into the baking dish.
  9. Bake until the tops of the potatoes start to brown. The bottoms will be much more brown, so don’t panic if only a couple of the potatoes are browned. This takes about a half hour, but keep an eye on it.
  10. Sprinkle with table salt immediately after removing, toss to coat.
  11. Let potatoes sit for a few minutes, if only to force yourself to wait until they are cool enough to eat. This gives the outsides a chance to finish crisping.

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