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Crispy Roasted Red Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: American


Perfectly roasted red potatoes with an ultra-tender inside and golden crisp exterior. Brushed with garlic butter for the ultimate finish.


  • 1 pound small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 12 tablespoons fresh rosemary, removed from sprig and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Garlic butter

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 12 sprigs fresh rosemary


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Rinse the potatoes and cut them into halves or quarters depending on the size. The more exposed starchy surface area (non-skin side), the crispier potatoes will be.
  3. In a large pot, bring water to a boil over high heat. Add a big pinch of salt, vinegar, and red potatoes. Cover and return to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook until potatoes are barely tender, about 5 minutes. Potatoes should be met with some resistance when pierced with a paring knife.
  4. Strain all water and return the potatoes to the pot. Add olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Stir with a metal spoon to fully coat potatoes in oil and spices.
  5. Distribute potatoes evenly on a greased rimmed baking sheet. Ensure exposed potato flesh is facing down on the pan.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes and then rotate/flip potatoes to ensure additional sides are facing down. Bake another 15-20 minutes until potatoes are deep golden brown and thoroughly crisped.
  7. In the last 15 minutes of cooking, melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat with rosemary and garlic. Bring to a light simmer and turn the heat down low to prevent burning or browning. Keep on low for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Baste potatoes all over with garlic butter as soon as they come out of the oven and serve. 


Parboiling potatoes is the process of partially boiling potatoes in salted water. This process adds flavor and will result in roasted potatoes with a creamier finished texture. The flavor is better because the potatoes will absorb the salty water.

For the crispiest results, quarter the potatoes to increase the exposed starchy surface area. The skin on the potatoes will not form the same golden crust.

These can also be roasted in a cast iron skillet!


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 196
  • Sugar: 1.5g
  • Sodium: 30mg
  • Fat: 9.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.1g
  • Fiber: 3.6g
  • Protein: 3.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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