Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes

Fool Proof Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes | Fork Knife Swoon

The overanalyzer in me often hesitates to write about classic recipes like this.

Herb roasted potatoes are just so… simple. Almost absurdly so. That ever-nagging voice in my head inevitably chimes in.

“Just… potatoes?”

Well, really good potatoes.


It’s long and drawn out, complete with an affected teenage impatience and heavy eye roll.

There aren’t any trendy ingredients in this short recipe. Not a drop of salted caramel or coconut oil or any ramen or kale (or is cauliflower the new kale?) to be found. Just some nubby new potatoes, roasted to perfection.

Fool Proof Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes | Fork Knife SwoonFool Proof Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes | Fork Knife SwoonFool Proof Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes | Fork Knife Swoon

For every one novel/exciting/complicated/experimental/trendy recipe I cook, I probably have ten go-to, fool proof classics in my repertoire that I’ve whittled down to perfection. The simple, everyday recipes that I can make with my eyes closed, no measurements or written directions required. In fact, despite that nagging voice, those back pocket recipes tend to be my very favorite. I know they are spot on. This is one of those.

The new potatoes are tossed with good olive oil, fresh garlic, and a liberal amount of salt. High heat is key; A hot oven almost fries these babies – rendering the wrinkly potato outsides crispy and caramelized, while the insides stay nice and tender. As soon as the potatoes come out of the oven they are dusted with fresh herbs, and another sprinkling of flaky sea salt.  The result is nothing short of transformative: Crispy, flavorful potato perfection.

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Fool Proof Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes | Fork Knife Swoon

Fool Proof Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes

  • Author: Fork Knife Swoon
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings 1x


  • 13/4 to 2 lbs small new potatoes (I used baby Dutch Yellows here)
  • 11/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (stems removed), minced
  • 23 sprigs fresh thyme (stems removed), minced
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Scrub the potatoes clean, then dry thoroughly. Cut into halves or quarters, depending on size. Mince the rosemary and thyme, and set aside.
  2. Combine the olive oil and garlic in a large mixing bowl. Toss with the potatoes until well coated, then place in an even layer on a nonstick or parchment paper lined sheet pan. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for 20-25 minutes, turning a few times (cooking tongs work best for this). You’ll know the potatoes are ready when they turn golden brown with wrinkly skins, and can be pierced easily with a fork.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the oven and while still warm, toss with the fresh herbs. Season with more salt and pepper, if needed. Serve warm.


  • Serving Size: 110g
  • Calories: 104g,
  • Fat: 2.5g,
  • Carbohydrates: 20.5g,
  • Fiber: 2.75g,
  • Protein: 2.75g

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  1. 10.17.14

    Nothing wrong with the simple things in life. I hear you though, sometimes I think, is this TOO simple? But of course, the simple recipes — like you said– are often the most perfect. And these are perfect.

  2. 10.16.14

    I love herb roasted potatoes! Thanks for reminding me how delicious they are – definitely need to make a batch to accompany dinner soon. I bet your kitchen smelt amazing after these too!

  3. 10.16.14

    Nothing beats a good, simple, insanely yummy looking potato recipe (like this one, duh)! These pictures are making my stomach growwwwwl.

  4. 10.16.14
    Kelly said:

    I love back pocket recipes. These potatoes look so good!

  5. 10.16.14

    Gotta love the classics. Screw trendy… this is timeless!

  6. 10.15.14

    I love roasted potatoes like this. So yummy.

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