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Roasted Russet Potatoes Base Recipe

Americans tend to eat their potatoes as French fries, but when deep-fried, most of the nutritional benefit of the potato is negated by the unhealthy preparation method. Roasting potatoes is a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy potatoes!
roasted russet potatoes in a white bowl

This is one of our base recipes. Did you know that the average American eats over 117 pounds of potatoes a year?! French fries and mashed potatoes are probably the most popular forms, but roasted potatoes are equally delicious – and far more nutritious! If you haven’t tried roasting as a preparation method, we highly recommend giving it a try. Roasted russet potatoes are a great addition to any meal! 

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Culinary Tips for the Best Oven Roasted Russet Potatoes

We use weight instead of volume for the potato because sizes can be highly variable. Weigh at the store or use a simple kitchen scale.

For best results when roasting, use our memorable acronym: ROAST WELL

Right Temp

Set your oven to a high cooking temperature to achieve optimal caramelization. In general, anywhere between 400ºF and 500ºF is considered a roasting temperature. 

Oil Generously

Don’t be afraid of oil! Healthy oils add nutrition, satiety, and great flavor to roasted vegetables. Make sure every piece is thoroughly coated with oil; it’s better to use a little too much than not enough. Use oils with high smoke points, such as canola or avocado oil. 

Alike Items

If you want to roast an assortment of vegetables at the same time, select ones that are similar and will cook in the same amount of time. Potatoes and carrots are both root vegetables that roast in about the same amount of time.

Skip Pan Liners

For best caramelization and browning, place the oil-coated vegetables directly onto the pan. Although parchment paper and foil make clean-up easier (we get it!), your vegetables won’t be quite as delicious. 

Traditional Sheet Pan

When roasting, be sure to use a traditional sheet pan, with no more than a 1-inch rim along the sides. Deeper dishes cause vegetables to steam rather than roast – not optimal when trying to make crispy veggies! A metal pan also ensures browning.

Wash and Dry

You should always wash fresh produce before eating or cooking, but another important step when roasting is to make sure your vegetables are dry. Water generates steam, and again, we want to avoid steam to ensure the vegetables turn brown and crispy. 

If you covered the potatoes in water for later use, be sure to drain them thoroughly and then dry them well with a dish towel or paper towel(s).

Even Cuts

It is important to make your pieces approximately the same size to ensure even cooking. Small pieces cook faster than large pieces. 

Leave Space

Spread the vegetables out on a sheet pan and leave plenty of space around each piece. If you overcrowd the pan, the vegetables will steam. Are you noticing a trend here? Steam is the enemy when trying to create crisp, roasted veggies!

When in doubt, use two pans. Yes, that might mean more dishes to clean, but we promise that it will be worth it!

Let them Cook!

Cooking requires patience. While it can be tempting to pull the vegetables from the oven once they are soft, make sure that they get that nice, brown exterior. You can stir the potatoes halfway through the cook time to brown on all sides, but it’s not totally necessary. 

Learn more about how to roast vegetables in this article!

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Russet Potatoes: substitute any variety of potato – Yukon gold, red, fingerling, etc. Just be sure to dice into similarly-sized pieces for even cooking.
  • Canola or Avocado Oil: substitute a lower-quality extra virgin olive oil.

Base Recipe Variations

Remember that this is a base recipe, so the goal is for you to customize it to your taste! Keep it simple or spice it up!

Use these additional ingredients for even more flavorful potatoes.

  • Garlic: substitute 1 teaspoon pre-minced garlic, 1 teaspoon garlic flakes, ½ teaspoon granulated garlic, or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Spices: use chili powder, paprika, cumin, turmeric, or your favorite spice blend for savory potatoes.
  • Parmesan: substitute grated asiago or pecorino romano cheese.
  • Fresh Herbs: add hearty or dried herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, or thyme at the beginning of cooking. Add delicate herbs such as parsley and cilantro after cooking.

Want some roasted potato recipe inspiration?

Use these recipe variations for inspiration, then have fun exploring other flavors and ingredients to YOUR taste!

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Health Benefits of Roasted Russet Potatoes

Americans tend to eat their potatoes as French fries, but when deep-fried, most of the nutritional benefit of the potato is negated by the unhealthy preparation method. Roasting potatoes is a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy potatoes!

Potatoes

Many people think that potatoes are unhealthy, and while we wouldn’t recommend eating only potatoes, they can certainly be a part of a healthy, balanced diet. The potatoes we need to eat less of are those that are highly processed, such as tater tots, french fries, chips, and modified potato starches (found in many packaged foods). Potatoes can provide a great source of important nutrients, such as potassium, Vitamin C, and fiber!

After being cooked and cooled, potatoes also develop something called resistant starch which acts similarly to fiber, slowing down digestion, keeping you full for longer, reducing your blood sugar spike, and feeding beneficial gut bacteria.

Canola or Avocado Oil

Canola and avocado oils contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They also have a high smoke point, making them ideal for high-heat cooking methods, such as roasting.

How to Serve Roasted Russet Potatoes 

Make a balanced plate by serving roasted russet potatoes with a green salad and a healthy protein, such as roasted fish or simple turkey meatballs. They also make a great substitute to fries and are perfect alongside one of our healthier burger options!

Storage Tips

Allow roasted russet potatoes to cool, then store in an airtight container.

Leftovers will last for up to 1 week in the refrigerator, but they will definitely lose some crispness as they sit! Reheat in the oven for best texture.

Want more roasted vegetable recipes?

Try out these flavorful favorites!

Roasted Diced Sweet Potatoes 

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Crispy Roasted Broccoli

roasted russet potatoes in a white bowl

Roasted Russet Potatoes Base Recipe

This is one of our base recipes. If you haven’t tried roasting as a preparation method, we highly recommend giving it a try. Roasted russet potatoes are a great addition to any meal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side, Vegetable
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium russet potato (~10-12 ounces)
  • ½ Tablespoon avocado or canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Additions to YOUR taste

  • 1 small garlic cloves, minced (~1 teaspoon)
  • ½-1 Tablespoon chopped fresh herbs
  • ¼-1 teaspoon spice(s)
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  • Clean and scrub potatoes well. Pat dry. Do not peel. Dice into ½-¾" cubes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, salt, and optional garlic, hearty herbs, and/or spices. Add diced potato. Using a spatula, toss to evenly coat.
  • Spread potatoes on a baking sheet in a single layer. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  • Roast 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are brown and crisp and easily pierced with a fork. Sprinkle with optional parmesan and/or chopped herbs. Enjoy!

Notes

We use weight instead of volume for the potato because sizes can be highly variable. Weigh at the store or use a simple kitchen scale.
 
If using heartier herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or oregano, add before cooking. If using delicate herbs, such as parsley or cilantro, add after cooking.
 
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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Tallon E.

    I’m not typically a potato fan, but the crispy exterior on these potatoes makes them irresistible!

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