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Everyone will want seconds of these rosemary roasted potatoes! Bake them until crispy with lemon slices and herbs for a deliciously healthy side dish.

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Here’s an impressive and healthy side dish that works any time of year: rosemary roasted potatoes! Everyone will want seconds of these, because here’s the thing: the flavor is knock-out good. The secret? Fresh rosemary and lemon slices. Roast up these potatoes with lemon slices instead of lemon juice. It infuses the entire batch with beautiful tangy flavor. Rosemary adds just the right herby undertone. These are fancy enough for a dinner party, but easy enough for a weeknight. And they’re cozy enough for fall and winter, but they work in the summer when rosemary abounds. Really, they couldn’t be more versatile.

Ingredients for rosemary roasted potatoes

You only need a handful of ingredients for these roasted potatoes! They take about 35 to 40 minutes to roast, so they’re not a quick recipe. But they’re easy to whip up and mostly hands off, leaving you free to make the rest of your meal. Here’s what you’ll need for these potatoes:

  • Red potatoes, or any type of waxy potato (see below)
  • Fresh or dried rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
Rosemary roasted potatoes

Use any type of waxy potato

What type of potatoes to use for these rosemary roasted potatoes? We like using red potatoes, but you can use any type of waxy potato. Popular types of waxy potatoes are red potatoes, baby potatoes, or fingerling potatoes.

  • What’s a waxy potato? A waxy potato has less starch content than a starchy potato. Starchy potatoes are like a Russet potato, which is fluffier and holds its shape less than a waxy potato.
  • How to tell if a potato is waxy potato? Waxy potatoes have thin skin! If the skin feels like you could scratch off a piece with your finger, it’s probably a waxy potato.

The secret: roast with fresh lemon slices!

Here’s the secret to these rosemary roasted potatoes: fresh lemon slices! Most roasted potatoes recipes mix the potatoes with lemon before roasting. This infuses a subtle lemon flavor, but many times it’s barely perceptible. Here’s the way to make the lemon flavor much more pronounced: roast the potatoes with lemon slices on top! It infuses the best tangy flavor because the lemons give off juice throughout the roasting time.

Love lemony flavor? This recipe calls for ½ lemon. If you love tangy flavor, you can use a whole lemon! Just keep in mind the flavor will be pretty tart (we like it that way, too!).

How to make rosemary roasted potatoes

Use fresh or dried rosemary

These rosemary roasted potatoes are best with fresh rosemary! The fresh herb has the most developed, pine-like flavor. But you can use dried if that’s all you have! Keep in mind that dried rosemary has a little more intense flavor, and it can have a hard texture even after roasting. For that reason, fresh is best here.

How to make rosemary roasted potatoes: basic method!

The basic method for rosemary roasted potatoes is very simple. While they take a bit of time to roast, it’s almost completely hands off. Use that time to clean up and make the rest of the meal! Here’s what to know about these potatoes:

  • Chop them into about 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch chunks. The thinner you chop them, the faster they’ll cook.
  • Mix with oil and spices, then top with lemon slices and rosemary. Place the lemon slices right on top: they’ll add juice throughout the roasting time.
  • Bake at high heat (450) until crisp, about 30 to 40 minutes. Flip once during this time. The longer you have the surface of potato touching the pan, the browner it gets.
Roasted potatoes with rosemary

Ways to serve rosemary roasted potatoes

The best part about these potatoes? They’re highly versatile and as a vegan side dish, they go with lots of different main dishes. Here are some ideas on how to pair them:

This rosemary roasted potatoes recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x
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Everyone will want seconds of these rosemary roasted potatoes! Bake them until crispy with lemon slices and herbs for a deliciously healthy side dish.


  • 2 pounds red potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 tablespoon dried), plus more to garnish
  • 1/2 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash the potatoes, then dice them into ½ to ¾ inch cubes. Finely chop the rosemary. Thinly slice the half lemon.
  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 or aluminum foil. Spread the potatoes in an even layer on the sheet. Top with the lemon slices and sprinkle with rosemary. Roast for about 30 to 40 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through and browned, stirring once (the exact timing depends on how thick the pieces are). If desired, garnish with another 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

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  • Parmesan Potato Wedges The best side dish ever? This Parmesan potato wedges recipe will have your friends and family singing your praises.
  • Perfect Boiled Potatoes These potatoes are tender and buttery: the ideal easy side dish!
  • French Potato Salad An adaptation of Julia Child’s classic recipe, this French potato salad is a favorite! It features zingy red potatoes, capers, and parsley.
  • Home Fries This tasty breakfast or brunch side tastes diner-style.
  • Spanish Tortilla A potato and egg omelette that is a tasty Spanish dinner or tapas recipe.
  • Pan Fried Potatoes The best fried potatoes: perfectly seasoned and browned to perfection! They’re great as breakfast potatoes or an easy dinner side dish.

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 and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Charles Davis says:

    I tried my first recipe of yours. Rosemary potatoes…I substituted Sweet Potatoes. A simple and great recipe. I will keep trying your stuff. Thanks

  2. Andrew L. Mays says:

    Wonderful recipe that is tasty, nutritious and easy to prepare. I omit the salt, throw in several fresh garlic buttons, sprinkle sweet leaf and parsley flakes, then circle the mixture with thinly sliced potatoes that will become rosemary flavored potato chips!! Any leftovers taste even better the following day.😇