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These incredible potato side dishes are ideal for accessorizing with any meal! Pick from roasted, mashed, wedges, fries and more.

Potato side dishes

When it comes to side dishes, the humble potato is by far the most popular veggie candidate. And for good reason: they’re versatile, irresistible, and healthy! Potatoes have gotten a bad rap in the past (thanks, French fries!). But eat potatoes in healthy ways like the recipes below, and they can be part of a nutritious diet! Here are our top Potato Side Dishes to round out any meal. From baked French fries to creamy mash, from crispy wedges to potato salad, there’s something to pair with nearly every meal.

Want sweet potato recipes? Go to 15 Top Sweet Potato Recipes.

And now…our top potato side dishes to try!

Are potatoes healthy?

Potatoes have gotten a bad rap in the media for being unhealthy foods. But turns out: the bad part is the way you prepare them. If you daily eat loads of potatoes fried in copious amounts of oil, then yes! Potatoes might contribute to weight gain. But eat potatoes in healthy ways like the recipes above, and they can be part of a nutritious diet. Here’s what to know about potatoes nutrition (source):

  • Potatoes have a good amount of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and other minerals and antioxidants. Many of the nutrients are contained in the outer skin, so recipes that peel the potato can remove some of these benefits.
  • Portion size and cooking methods have the most influence on the health effects of potatoes. So choose wisely!
  • Potatoes can be part of a nutritious diet when eaten in moderation and cooked in a healthy way.
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Roasted red potatoes

20 Potato Side Dishes: Roasted Potatoes & More!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This oven roasted potatoes recipe comes out crispy and seasoned to perfection! Red potatoes and fresh herbs make a classic pairing.


  • 2 pounds baby red potatoes (or chopped medium red potatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or lemon thyme
  • Optional: 1 clove fresh garlic, lemon wedges, shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash the potatoes, then slice them in half (for baby potatoes) or dice them into 1/2-inch cubes.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt, and several grinds of fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the potatoes in an even layer on the sheet cut and make sure they are side down. Roast for about 30 to 35 minutes without stirring until browned, depending on the size of the pieces. (To step up these potatoes, remove from the oven at 15 minutes and toss with ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese.)
  5. Remove the potatoes from the oven and toss with the fresh thyme. For a more forward garlic flavor, grate the fresh garlic onto the pan with another drizzle of olive oil and use a spoon to gently toss it all together (separating any grated garlic that clumps together). You can also spritz with lemon wedges for a tangy flavor.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Potato side dishes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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