How to roast potatoes

Learn how to make crispy roast potatoes the easy way with BBC Good Food’s cookery team. Perfect for your next Sunday lunch or Christmas dinner.

Points to remember

  • Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C and preheat your baking tray and fat (such as sunflower oil or duck/goose fat).
  • Peel and cut potatoes into halves or quarters, roughly the same size.
  • Place into a pan of cold water, bring to the boil and cook for 2 mins.
  • Drain into a colander, add a sprinkling of flour and salt and shake the colander to roughen the edges.
  • Tip onto the hot baking tray, coat the potatoes in the hot fat and roast for 1 hour or until golden and crispy. Turn the potatoes over once or twice during cooking.