Ultimate roast potatoes

Ultimate roast potatoes

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Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4

This foolproof recipe will ensure even first timers get crispy skins and fluffy insides. Make sure your potatoes are perfect for Sunday lunch or even Christmas dinner

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (using olive oil)

  • kcal391
  • fat23g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.42g
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  • 1kg Maris Piper potato



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 100g duck or goose fat fat (for a luxurious taste), or 100ml/3½fl oz olive oil
  • 2 tsp flour



    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • Maldon salt, to serve


  1. Put a roasting tin in the oven (one big enough to take the potatoes in a single layer) and heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Peel the potatoes and cut each into 4 even-sized pieces if they are medium size, 2-3 if smaller (5cm pieces). Drop the potatoes into a large pan and pour in enough water to barely cover them. Add salt, then wait for the water to boil. As soon as the water reaches a full rolling boil, lower the heat, put your timer on and simmer the potatoes uncovered, reasonably vigorously, for 2 mins. Meanwhile, put your choice of fat into the hot roasting tin and heat it in the oven for a few mins, so it’s really hot.

  2. Drain the potatoes in a colander. Now it’s time to rough them up a bit – shake the colander back and forth a few times to fluff up the outsides. Sprinkle with the flour, and give another shake or two so they are evenly and thinly coated. Carefully put the potatoes into the hot fat – they will sizzle as they go in – then turn and roll them around so they are coated all over. Spread them in a single layer making sure they have plenty of room.

  3. Roast the potatoes for 15 mins, then take them out of the oven and turn them over. Roast for another 15 mins and turn them over again. Put them back in the oven for another 10-20 mins, or however long it takes to get them really golden and crisp. The colouring will be uneven, which is what you want. Scatter with salt and serve straight away.

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Comments (108)

LadyDee's picture

Yummy!!! I made these yesterday with what I had in my cupboards... Coconut oil! I boiled the potatoes for 5mins rather than 2mins. I also added thyme and crushed garlic to the roasting tin. My mister is still talking about these potatoes today and I still can't believe how gorgeous they were! My official recipe now :-)

Kerricupit's picture

Good idea to use coconut oil, I'll be trying this as it's a healthier oil to use to cook with

nmise's picture

Best potatoes ever! We did them yesterday and today! Today we didn't have enough fat so we used oil. It was good but definitely better with fat. All in all, star of the lunch!

paulo7555's picture

Oh my family have found god...in me as I tried this for my roasties and now its got to be done every time I do a roast for them .
I have done a bit of a twist I floured then give them a coat of hunny which I have done to my parsnips and carrots ..oh there are gorgeous.

pcansick's picture

Nice and easy recipe to follow I used olive oil and lamb juices and the result was the most perfect and crispiest potatoes, cheers thanks alot will highly recommend this.

scarlet99's picture

Great roasties. The flour adds the extra crispness. Lovely and easy.

ciaraheffron's picture

Perfect and easy!

loopyloo20's picture

Great even without the flour just in olive oil and roughed up in the colander, boiled for 8-10 minutes and roasted for about 40-45 minutes. Beautiful. My boyfriend loved them :)

gjayanikasa's picture

Delicious! Added thyme and 5 unpeeled, crushed, whole garlic cloves for extra flavour.

redlipstick's picture

Without a doubt, the best roast potatoes I've ever eaten. I will never make roast potatoes any differently ever again! I par-boiled them for around 4 mins instead of the 2 mins advised as I felt this would not be enough time. Used goose fat for the first time and I'm now a convert. Wouldn't cook potatoes again without. Made them so delicious and crispy.

lib9700's picture

The best roast potatoes! My family won't accept any alternatives now

kurczaczek10's picture

easy and scrumptious!

mmebutterfly's picture

These came out fantastic. I used olive oil. However, I made them too in advance (about 4hours) and they didn't look as great. The recipe states they should be served strait away, and I second that!

despinamina's picture

The ultimate roast potatoes!!

juicebanger1's picture

I use olive oil. a jar of goose fat is £3.50! i par boil for 5-6 mins, agitate in collander, place in bowl, pour oil over and toss until coated, sprinkle flour over, pour oil onto tray, heat tray and pour spuds onto the hot oil / tray. yum yum.

witchwind3's picture

I will always use this recipe it is so good it comes out so nice and fluffy
and i always Use Goos fat it adds that real good bit of flaver!!!***

dracula1's picture

Made these to accompany a Beef Wellington and everybody commented on how good the roasties were! They were absolutely delicious, nice and fluffy on the inside & crispy on the outside. Made mine with goose fat for an extra luxurious taste but next time will try with olive oil as comparison. This will definitely be my 'go to' recipe for roast potatoes from now on!

dbkrantz's picture

I love this recipe.

I've made it twice before and I currently have a batch in the oven!

I usually make it with olive oil and goose/duck fat is also great. Ideally, I think I would mix duck/goose fat with olive oil. That could be good.

These potatoes always turn out crispy and fluffy and light in the inside and they are a favourite in the household with my husband often asking for me to make them.

I usually boil them for about 5 minutes instead of two and leave them in the oven 30 minutes or so.
They are absolutely fantastic each time!

One thing: for those of you who are counting calories, you could use a bit less olive oil then what they ask for.

queeniep's picture

Really really good roast potatoes! Just needs a little bit more flavor, but other than that, tasty and very easy to make.

abu_amprayil's picture

Just great, made mine with butter... tasted soo good :)


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