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Internet-Famous Crispy Potatoes

October 4, 2020 | By Jeremy Scheck | 92 Comments

These crispy potatoes have amassed almost 20 million views between the two times I posted them on TikTok. They really seem to have taken the internet by storm.

This is more about the technique than the particular seasonings, so feel free to explore with what you have on hand!

You don’t have to use Old Bay if you don’t have it. The main flavor it adds is actually from celery seeds. These crispy potatoes would also be amazing with Indian spices and cilantro.

This is a classic British technique that I first saw many years ago when Emily Blunt was a Guest on the Barefoot Contessa.

A similar recipe has been popularized by J. Kenji López-Alt, although I had personally never seen it until after people noted the similarity.

What makes this crispy potato recipe so good?

  1. Leave the peels on for a great crunch. Make sure to clean the outsides well, but the skin tastes so good and it’s a pain to peel. Why bother?
  2. Boiling the potatoes in very salty water helps the potatoes absorb some of the salt on the inside, enhancing the flavor throughout.
  3. Roughing up the potatoes after boiling increases the surface area, giving them more places to get crispy.
  4. The seasonings are totally flexible, so you can really change it up!
  5. Leaving the potatoes in the oven turned off at the end is my mom’s special trick to get them extra crispy. She discovered it by accident just from making them an hour or so before dinner and leaving them in so they didn’t get cold. We found they got so much crispier!

Video Tutorial

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Yield: As much as you make

Internet-Famous Crispy Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2-4 pounds Yukon gold or redskin potatoes
  • Large handful of kosher salt (for the water)
  • Olive Oil or Avocado Oil (or goose fat) -- to taste

Suggested seasonings

  • Fresh rosemary
  • Old Bay
  • Maldon Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper (a little)
  • Sweet Hungarian Paprika
  • Garlic Powder

Flavorful Garnish

  • Chopped fresh parsley or dill

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450° Farenheit.
  2. Clean and cut the potatoes into your desired size and place them in a pot of cold water. Add a handful of salt and bring to a boil. Cook 10-15 minutes, until they are almost fork-tender.
  3. Drain the potatoes and use a spoon to rough-up the edges of them. This increases the surface area, which will give them more places to get crispy.
  4. Transfer the potatoes onto a half-sheet pan. Drizzle with the oil and seasonings. Make sure everything is lightly but evenly coated in the oil and seasonings.
  5. Roast at 450° F 15-25 minutes (every oven is different so go by appearance not by a timer) and toss the potatoes around a couple times while they roast.
  6. When the potatoes look near perfectly crispy, turn off the oven and let them sit in the oven with it off for 10-15 minutes. My mom inadvertently found out that this gets them extra crispy when she originally just started doing it so she could prepare the potatoes in advance!
  7. Finish with fresh, tender herbs such as dill or parsley.

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  1. Potatoes are my favorite and Jeremy just made me love it moreee????????❤️❤️ I tried this for my family and they loved it???? the crispness is immaculate ❤️

  2. I sucked at making roast potatoes. Like, had a whole Pinterest board dedicated to trying to perfect them sucked. Tried this recipe ONCE and now it’s my go-to side dish to impress people. If you too have found yourself struggling to make an Instagram worthy crispy potato in the oven, definitely follow this recipe to the letter

  3. These are amazing! I loved learning the food science aspect of them, I will definitely make them again. This is the best roasted potato recipe I’ve ever followed

  4. I have made this several times because my fiancé loves them. They’re sososo crispy, tasty and easy to make.

  5. This recipe is absolutely amazing. If you don’t like these spices, it’s easy to mix them up and choose whatever flavor combonation you prefer. I like rosemary and salt. These potatoes always turn out crispy and perfect!

  6. These potatoes are the best roast potatoes I’ve ever made, so crispy and delicious, the recipe was so easy to follow and the tic tok video made it easy to visualise 10/10 recommend

  7. THESE POTATOES ARE SOOOO GOOD!!! My whole family loved them and they were so easy to make! Definitely recommend trying these out!!

  8. These are the best roasted potatoes I have ever had! They are perfectly seasoned and so crispy. My family is obsessed as well and I am convinced that this is the best way to cook potatoes.

  9. These roasted potatoes are always a hit!! Tried this recipe once with my fam and now they are a staple in our household. Definitely recommend trying at least once.. you’ll be hooked!

  10. These are hands down the best potatoes I have ever made. It’s a shame I have been eating subpar potatoes up until this point.

  11. Jeremy this is KING level potatoness.
    Thank u king for my new go-to side dish
    me and my family are obsessed
    The crisp is unREAL

  12. This is a family favorite! I’ve tried every recipe for potatoes and never could get them so crispy. Stumbled across this recipe on tik-tok and it was easy and delicious!

  13. i’d sell my first born child to eat these potatoes everyday of my life and never gain weight. crunchy potatoes? more like crack. i’m addicted.

  14. These are soo good! Super crispy and flavorful. Found them on Jeremy‘s tiktok, there are soo many good recipes on there!

  15. I’ve never been that big of a fan of roast potatoes because they either come out hard or too mushy, but this has such a great texture! Definitely a big fan of this recipe!!

  16. These are legit the best potatoes I’ve made. I get compliments on them when I make them and they’re a perfect side dish to a meal, make you look amazing, like you have your life together, and are super easy!! I’m so glad I don’t have to scroll through TikTok to remind myself how to make them now.

  17. Absolutely love these!! Totally worth the time to follow all the steps! They made a great side for dinner but were also amazing as breakfast potatoes with eggs!

  18. These potatoes are amazing! I make them with breakfast instead of hash browns, as a plant based taco filling and on the side when having burgers for dinner!

  19. The flavor and texture of these are amazing!! Old Bay is a must for these! Such a great step up from regular roasted potatoes!

  20. Best recipe ever! After seeing this on TikTok I made it everyday for a week ???? #obsessed. I like how crispy it is on the outside and soft on the inside and bursting with flavours.

  21. i make these all the time and they are my go to side dish! everyone who tries them falls in love and there is no better way to make potatoes!!

  22. SO GOOD! Everytime i cook this my family goes crazy and eats like 10 potatoes in 10 minutes, thaks for the recipe!

  23. I’ve made these potatoes a few times and they’re SO GOOD!! Definitely my favorite/go-to potato recipe now! The potatoes taste delicious and the texture is amazing. LOVE IT!

  24. A fellow college student here, just trying to make yummy food on a budget. These potatoes are so perfectly crispy. I made a whole sheet pan of these and ate them as a side with dinner for four nights. They heat back up in the oven wonderfully and keep the crispness. This will be my go-to roast potato recipe. ????????

  25. I’ve made these a couple times already and I can honestly say I just cant get enough. Boiling the potatos with A TON of salt makes all the difference!

  26. Love this recipe!!! I always struggled with getting the right amount/an equal distribution of crispiness and this recipe has helped me so much. The last 10/15 minutes of sitting in the oven while turned off is such a game changer!

  27. I made them tonight, first time, and my family loved it. It’s super easy to make, literally no one can go wrong! Much love from a student from humble New Zealand! (:

  28. I just made these potatoes yesterday and they were amazing! I burned my finger when turning the potatoes in the oven, but I didn’t even care because when I tasted them, I felt in heaven. I used less seasonings than the recipe says, but they were still awesome and very crispy!!

  29. I made these as part of brunch for my family today, and they turned out amazing! So crispy and so easy to make <3

  30. i made these 3 times in 48 hours. nothing to complain about, love that you can mix and change up the seasonings to what you have on hand. spectacular.

  31. I’ve never loved roasted potatoes, but these changed my mind. My husband loves them and now requests them all the time. The spice mixture plus leaving them in the oven after cooking really makes the dish.

  32. Made these the other night and loved them!! We don’t have an oven (I live on a boat!) so I made them on the stove top and it worked just fine- still crispy and delicious. I think next time though I’ll mix the seasonings together in a bowl then sprinkle on the potatoes… my cayenne was a bit uneven so some bites were way more spicy than others????

  33. I am not a particularly skilled cooked and my family was weary of letting me cook the side dish but I cooked them and they were fantastic! I got nothing but compliments so thank you Jeremy for the awesome easy to follow recipe!

  34. You really cant mess these up if you follow the technique in the recipe. These are now my go to roasted potatoes! My moms a wimp for spices so her dedicated batch only had salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, and she loved them! Play around with the spices and do what you love. Highly recommend!!

  35. Is there a good substitute for Old Bay? I know you can add whatever seasoning you want, but any recommendations? Thanks 🙂

  36. My husband and I made this to go with our coriander-crusted pork tenderloin, and it was perfection! In fact, we decided to make them again less than a week later.

  37. I tried these potatoes for Christmas dinner and they were sooooo yum!!! Thanks so much Jeremy for this awesome recipe it was a hit!!

  38. These turned out so well!!! I baked them along with some diced onion that caramelized and crisped perfectly with the potatoes.

  39. okay not even joking this was AMAZING like it was soooo good i made this last night it was incredibly easy and so crispy if you’re reading this go make them.

  40. Could these be premade a couple hours in advance and be left at room temperature? Recommendations on how to best reheat? I plan on bringing to a dinner party.

  41. I’m going to give these a tryright now. I can’t wait to see how they turn out, they looked so good on tv this morning. Thanks!!

  42. I love these potatoes! They’re easy to make (speaking as a teen who makes dinner for my family once a week) and extremely delicious, I never end up making enough! As someone who dislikes doing dishes, I am always slightly disappointed that these use a few extra dishes, but they are worth that little extra cleaning work! I have served them with burgers and cucumber salad, or fried veggie burger patties, rice, and green beans.

  43. These are the most delicious potatoes I’ve ever had! I eat them so often and everyone who has tried them has loved them. Very customizable with the seasonings and sooo crispy but fluffy on the inside if you follow instructions exactly. I don’t always like potatoes (even mashed potatoes- they taste too much like potatoes lol) but I LOVE these!!!

  44. These potatoes are famous for a reason – this boil and bake method is AMAZING. And wow – Roughing them up makes such a big difference in crispiness. I actually used my air fryer since using my oven makes my whole apartment sweltering hot. That helped make them EVEN crispier! (I cooked them for 15 on 370 and then let them sit for 10 minutes.) I just used what I had on hand (rosemary, garlic, paprika, cayenne, s&p) and they were OUT of this world.

  45. These are my favorite easy potato side dish. They’re simple enough to make while still impressing friends and family. They are my go to for so many types of meals!

  46. These were the best!!!!! I’ve never tasted roasted potatoes that taste as good as this. The spices were perfect the technique is life changing!! I love it ♥️

  47. Loved these so much along with my family, made maybe a couple months ago and continue to bake potatoes this way
    Loved the seasonings and love the website update thank u ????????????

    1. Thanks for your comment. Maybe Kenji was your first exposure to roast potatoes, but this is a classic food that he did not invent. In fact, the main thing that differentiates his recipe from others is the use of baking soda, which I don’t even use. I did not know who Kenji was until people noted the similarity, and I would never act like I invented roast potatoes, but don’t act like he did too.

  48. OMG, I made these potatoes last night, used fresh rosemary, fresh parsley, sweet paprika and a little garlic powder. Absolutely the best roasted potatoes I have EVER had!
    Thank you, Jeremy…your easy recipe is definitely a keeper!????

  49. WOW! Those potatoes look like the bomb! I would definitely make these. I love potatoes so much. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us! Keep sharing your recipe’s because you seem like you know what you’re dong. It helps when someone shares something so simple when you don’t have a lot of time to cook.

  50. I made these potatoes twice. The first time, I didn’t leave them in the oven afterwards thinking it wouldn’t have much of an effect. However, the second time, I left them in the oven after baking for about 20 minutes. It made a HUGE difference! My whole family loved them and wants to have them every Saturday night dinner!!

  51. These are internet favourite for a reason! A true labor of love. Having them in the oven while its off at the end for those extra few minutes really make sure these are crispy.

  52. Made this recipe for my family and it was a hit! Definitely going to be a regular side on our plates. so easy and delicious. I love the crispiness.

  53. hi jeremy!! i haven’t made this recipe yet, but i did make some baby potatoes for dinner tonight and followed your suggestion of leaving them in the oven for a few minutes after you turn it off so they crisp up, and you wouldn’t BELIEVE how crispy it made my tiny lil potatoes. thanks for the tip!

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