Crispiest ever roast potatoes

Make soggy potatoes a thing of the past with this clever recipe. You'll end up with roasties that have a fluffy middle and golden, crisp exterior

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 25 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 233
  • fat 11g
  • saturates 4g
  • carbs 29g
  • sugars 1g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 3g
  • salt 0.1g


  • 4 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1½ kg Maris Piper potatoes, cut into quarters, peelings reserved
  • 50g butter
  • ½ bunch of lemon thyme
  • 6 garlic cloves, lightly bashed
  • 1 tbsp sea salt


  1. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 8. Add the oil to a large flameproof baking tray and put in the oven for the oil to heat up.

  2. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, tip in the potatoes and the peelings (to impart extra flavour) and simmer for 8-10 mins. Drain the potatoes and discard the peelings. Leave to steam-dry for 15 mins, then return the potatoes to the pan, put the lid on and gently shake to lightly rough up the edges. 

  3. Remove the tray from the oven and put directly on your hob over a medium heat. Add the butter to the hot oil and, using tongs, add the potatoes to the tray, one by one, carefully turning them in the fat, and leaving a little space between them. Reduce the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Nestle the lemon thyme in amongst the potatoes, along with the garlic. Sprinkle over the sea salt and return to the oven to roast for 1 hr, turning every once in a while, until golden and crisp.

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