Perfectly Crisp Oven Roasted Potatoes

We all have our idea of perfect comfort food and to me potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. Originally being from Ukraine, we could eat potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner forever, and never complain. These are a little different than what I grew up with, but I say, Parmesan, thyme and other herbs bring it up a notch if anything. What I love most of all in these potatoes, are the textural contrast of crispy (outside) and creamy inside. Delicious!

We all have our idea of perfect comfort food and to me potatoes are the ultimate comfort food


Perfectly Crisp Oven Roasted Potatoes

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Serves: 8 servings


  • 3 lbs potatoes, small Golden Yukon & Red Potatoes, split in half
  • 1½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced parsley
  • ¼ – ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese shredded


  1. Turn oven to 400F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Thoroughly wash the potatoes under running water. Cut each potato in half.
  3. Soak the potatoes in bowl of iced water for 30 minutes.
  4. Dry potatoes with paper towels.
  5. Place potatoes in a gallon ziplock bag (or in a bowl, then cover with plastic wrap) together with, salt, black pepper, thyme, minced garlic & olive oil. Shake vigorously until potatoes are evenly coated.
  6. Transfer the potatoes out of the bag to the baking sheet, cut side up.
  7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Turn each potato cut side down and bake for another 15-25 minutes, until the potatoes are golden and tender inside.
  9. Once the potatoes are roasted, transfer them to a bowl, add parsley and toss together.
  10. Now transfer the potatoes to the serving platter and sprinkle with shredded Parmesan.


Serve hot, right away.

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  • Your potatoes look perfectly crisp. Thank you for the great tips. I would love to try that.

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  • I never ate potatoes like this in a private home in Ukraine. We had lots of wonderful food but not this. I love it.

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    • Since potatoes are one of the staple foods in Ukraine, in our family we did eat oven roasted potatoes quite a bit, usually with a side of pickled herring & onion, oh how I still love this combination 😀 Sometimes we would roast the potatoes, without any oil, just cut into quarters and roasted right on the racks in the oven (without the sheet), then dip each piece into a combination of a little bit of oil (in a dish) with pressed garlic and salt, when it’s done roasting. These kind of potatoes, we ate with a salad, not even any kind of a protein.
      Potatoes are awesome, I say ))

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  • I can’t wait to try this recipe, I love crispy potatoes.

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    • Thanks for your comment! Let me know how you like it once you try it 🙂

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  • Tricia

    do you have rss feed?

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  • Yum! I love oven roasted potatoes, but they aren’t always perfectly crisp. I’ve never thought to soak them in ice water before. These look delish!

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    • Thank you 🙂 yeah, sometimes the simplest things change it from good to perfect 🙂

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  • Jarome

    Potatoes are one of my favorite. I can ate it in any forms and bases on what i saw on your post is exquisitely delicious. Good job!

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    • Thank you Jerome! I am the same way, I love potatoes!

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  • These look like perfection! I cannot wait to try them. Luckily I picked up some perfect roasting potatoes today!

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    • Thank you Lindsey! Let me know how you like them once you make them 😀

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  • Potatoes define comfort food for me – this recipe looks delicious! Love simple recipes too! Yum!

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  • Irina

    So interesting, I ve never seen a recipe say to put the potatoes in ice water. What does the ice water help achieve ?

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    • It helps the potatoes crisp up in the oven. I am not sure what it does on the chemical level though))

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