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?
- 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?
- Boiling the potatoes in very salty water helps the potatoes absorb some of the salt on the inside, enhancing the flavor throughout.
- Roughing up the potatoes after boiling increases the surface area, giving them more places to get crispy.
- The seasonings are totally flexible, so you can really change it up!
- 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!
- 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
- Fresh rosemary
- Old Bay
- Maldon Salt
- Black Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper (a little)
- Sweet Hungarian Paprika
- Garlic Powder
- Chopped fresh parsley or dill
- Preheat your oven to 450° Farenheit.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Finish with fresh, tender herbs such as dill or parsley.
Jeremy is a student at Cornell University double majoring in Spanish and Italian with significant coursework in classes such as nutrition, food science and culinary science. He has years of experience as a home cook, working at a local bakery, and teaching cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma. After starting a TikTok account in March 2020 while quarantined in his childhood home, Jeremy’s presence grew to over 1.5 million followers in the first 6 months. During that time, he was featured in People Magazine, Fox News, BBC Radio, BuzzFeed, Tasty, Spoon University, and USA Today, among other media outlets.