Roast potatoes scattered with salt in a baking tin

Ultimate roast potatoes

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(215 ratings)

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 usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 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.

  2. Peel the 1kg potatoes and cut each into 4 even-sized pieces if they are medium size, 2-3 if smaller (5cm pieces).

  3. Drop the potatoes into a large pan and pour in enough water to barely cover them.

  4. 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.

  5. Meanwhile, put 100g duck or goose fat or 100ml olive oil into the hot roasting tin and heat it in the oven for a few mins, so it’s really hot.

  6. Drain the potatoes in a colander then shake the colander back and forth a few times to fluff up the outsides.

  7. Sprinkle with 2 tsp flour and give another shake or two so they are evenly and thinly coated. 

  8. 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.

  9. Spread them in a single layer making sure they have plenty of room.

  10. Roast the potatoes for 15 mins, then take them out of the oven and turn them over.

  11. 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.

  12. Scatter with Maldon salt and serve straight away.

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21st Sep, 2017
Cannot say enough good about this recipe - absolutely foolproof. I make mine with oil and butter and they come out fab every time.
20th Jun, 2017
Very crispy and tasty. A bit too 'clean' compare to how I like my roasties, but a foolproof recipe.
16th May, 2017
Lovely - this is why I saved the goose fat!! These roast potatoes are SO good!
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15th Nov, 2016
I did this on Sunday for my roast. I boiled the potatoes for 10 mins, I heated up the oil (veg oil) in an over tray while that potatoes was cooking. Then added the potatoes to the oiled tray pan (be careful not to burn your self) I mixed the potatoes around to get them all oilly added some salt and left for 20 minutes then turned them and then another 20 mins. Then done was so nice :) Definitely going to try other ones iv seen on here. Coconut oil and flour added to it is another choice for me. Adding rosemary and theme is also a lush idea
16th Oct, 2016
Fantastic recipe! My first attempt at home roasties, really impressed. I would probably say you need to leave them in for a bit longer so maybe 1 hour cooking time in total. I'll definitely be doing these again.
9th Oct, 2016
This is my go to recipe for roasties! Crsipy, perfect amount of salt and oil and my whole family loves them; can't keep up with how many times I've made these!
Helen P
17th Sep, 2016
I made roast potatoes for the first time ever this week and used this recipe. I found it really easy to follow and the potatoes came out lovely and crispy. I couldn't find goose/duck fat in my supermarket so I used beef dripping instead and it worked fine. I roasted mine for an hour.
6th May, 2016
I made these, first time ever, they turned out great. and I made enough to last 4 days ;-)
3rd Apr, 2016
Works every time. Really good roast potatoes. I do, however bring mine to the boil and leave them bubbling for 8 minutes. Then rough them up gently in the pan, sprinkle with flour, and toss them about again.
3rd Jan, 2016
I made these for Christmas Day, they were simply divine! Five stars. (Why won't let me rate?)


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