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Best roast potatoes recipe

Best roast potatoes recipe

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For the best roast potatoes recipe, that's perfect every time, we've got you covered. With just a handful ingredients, these classic roasties keep it simple – serve with your favourite roast centrepiece, plenty of veg and lashings of gravy. They're crisp, golden and sure to fly off the plate. See method

  • Serves 8
  • 30 mins to prepare and 50 mins to cook
  • 382 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
  • Dairy-free


  • 2kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and halved or quartered if large
  • 2 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 100-200ml sunflower oil
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
If you haven't got any Maris Pipers, try using King Edward potatoes

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    21g 29%
  • Saturates

    2g 12%
  • Sugars

    2g 2%
  • Salt

    0.5g 9%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 46.5g Protein 5.4g Fibre 4.2g


  1. Put the potatoes and 1 tsp salt in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10-15 mins until a sharp knife easily pierces them. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C.
  2. Drain, then set aside to steam-dry. Put the oil in 1 or 2 large, shallow roasting trays – you'll need enough to cover the bases. Put in the oven for 5-10 mins to heat up, until the oil starts to shimmer.
  3. Tip the potatoes back into the warm saucepan. Sprinkle over the remaining 1 tsp salt and the flour. Cover the pan and firmly shake 3-4 times to coat the potatoes in the flour and rough up their edges.
  4. Use a large spoon to gently lower the potatoes into the hot oil on the trays, spacing them as far apart as possible. Baste well, then roast for 20 mins. Turn them and roast for a further 15-20 mins until golden, crunchy and fluffy in the middle.

Tip: Sunflower and vegetable oils are ideal as they have high smoke points and neutral flavour. Non-vegetarians can try goose fat for extra flavour and crispiness.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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