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Crispy Roasted Potatoes

The best roasted potatoes recipe is a two-step affair, and you can use your steam oven to make the first step easy! Steamed then roasted, your potatoes will be impossibly tender inside and shatteringly crisp outside.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: best roasted potatoes, crispy roasted potatoes, roast potatoes, steam oven roast potatoes
Servings: 4
Calories: 246kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb potatoes floury, not waxy variety
  • 1/3 cup olive oil or duck fat
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt

Instructions

Steam the potatoes

  • Preheat your oven to 212°F/100°C, steam setting (100% humidity). If you don't have a steam oven, you can boil your potatoes in this step instead of steaming.
  • Peel your potatoes if you want to (although you certainly don't have to - I actually love a roasted potato with skin!). Depending on the size of your spuds, cut them in halves or quarters - you want each piece to be roughly 1.5-2 inches in diameter.
    1 lb potatoes
  • Put the potatoes in a single layer in a stainless steel pan and put the pan into your oven. Steam for 30 minutes, until they're tender when pierced with a knife (if boiling, they will only need around half this time).

Roast the potatoes

  • Remove the steamed potatoes from the oven and change the setting to 350°F/180°C, convection setting (no steam).
  • While the oven heats, drain the potatoes of any water and return them to the tray. Give them a good shake around to crush the edges slightly, this will help make them extra crispy later.
  • Pour the oil over the shaken-around potatoes and season with the salt. Toss to make sure the potatoes are well coated.
    1/3 cup olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
  • Return the pan to the hot oven and roast the potatoes for 45 minutes to an hour, until they're golden, crisp and crunchy on the outside. You can give them a stir towards the end of cooking, but don't be tempted to do so until they've formed a really good crust, or you'll lose all the crunchy bits to the bottom of the pan!
  • If you dare, season the potatoes with extra flaky salt, then pile them into a warmed bowl and serve.

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Notes

  1. These are quite forgiving when it comes to timing. If you're making other parts of a meal and your potatoes are done too early, just lower your oven temperature to 300°F/150°C and leave them there. They'll be fine for another 20-30 minutes while the rest of the meal comes together.
  2. Duck fat potatoes are a really special treat - if you can get some, use it in place of the olive oil for an amazing, savory depth of flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg