Roasted Baby Potatoes

Roasted Baby Potatoes

Roasted baby potatoes is a great recipe for a dinner party or a crowd. Once the potatoes are in the oven, there is nothing to do. It is so simple, yet they are truly delicious!

overhead view of roasted baby potatoes in a dish.

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Why Roasted Baby Potatoes Are the Perfect Quick and Easy Side Dish

Potatoes go with just about everything, and baking them in the oven, is not only a great way to cook them, but it leaves plenty of free time for other dishes.

Although baby potatoes may cost a bit more per pound than regular potatoes, their sweeter flavor, easier prep, and sheer uniqueness make serving the tiny treasures worth it. 

Why You Should Try This Recipe for Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes 

It doesn’t get any easier than this recipe. If you want to fancy things up a little, check out the Recipe Variations section at the bottom.

Ingredients For Crispy Roasted Baby Potatoes

To make these baby potatoes, you’ll need:

  • Baby potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper

See below for information about choosing the right type of potatoes for this dish.

This recipe uses standard olive oil, not the more flavorful extra-virgin olive oil that tends to burn when cooking with high heat. 

Ingredients

roasted baby potatoes ingredients on a tray.

What Types of Baby Potatoes Can You Use?

Just about any young potato will work in this recipe. While new potatoes will do, what you really want is something even smaller.

Sometimes producers market these tiny potatoes as creamers. The name “creamers” is not a particular type of potato but describes any potato harvested very early. Most creamers are about an inch to an inch-and-a-half in size and are available in many varieties, from baby Yukon Golds to tiny Red Bliss potatoes. 

You can find creamers in some grocery stores or online

Tips for Buying and Storing Baby Potatoes

  • Baby potatoes are young waxy potatoes, you should be able to scrape off the skin of the potato with your thumb.
  • Baby potatoes can be stored at room temperature, but they do not last as long as standard sizes of potatoes.
  • If you store baby potatoes in the refrigerator they will begin to break down into starch and they will become sweet.

How To Make Baby Roasted Potatoes in the Oven 

To prepare roasted baby potatoes in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Rinse off the potatoes and pat dry thoroughly with a clean kitchen towel.
  3. Put the potatoes into a roasting pan. If the potatoes are slightly larger than regular baby potatoes, you can cut them in half lengthwise to allow them to cook.
  4. Add the salt, ground black pepper, and olive oil. Toss the potatoes to coat. 
seasoned and oiled baby potatoes in a dish before baking.
  1. Bake the potatoes in the oven until fork tender, about 30 to 45 minutes. The high heat crisps up the skin of the potatoes wonderfully. However, to prevent the center of slightly large potatoes from not cooking thoroughly, lower the heat to 400°F and add 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time.

If you need your potatoes done in a jiffy, be sure to cut them into smaller pieces. The smaller the pieces, the more quickly they will cook.

roasted baby potatoes in a blue baking dish.

Baby Potato Recipe Variations

Here are two easy ways to add even more flavor to your oven roasted baby potatoes:

  • Garlic Roasted Potatoes. Add about a bulb’s worth of garlic cloves to the olive oil and roast with the baby potatoes. 
  • Herb Roasted Potatoes. Pick one sprig each of thyme and rosemary. Roughly chop the leaves and add the fresh herbs to the oil before coating the potatoes. 

What To Serve With Crispy Roasted Baby Potatoes 

Serve Roasted Baby Potatoes with any grilled, roasted, or smoked meat. Alternatively, let the potatoes cool and chill them to use as ingredients in a wonderful potato salad.

How To Store the Leftovers 

Let the oven roasted baby potatoes cool before transferring them to an airtight container. Keep them in the fridge for up to five days. 

What’s the Best Way to Reheat Baby Roasted Potatoes 

You can easily reheat potatoes in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Place the roasted potatoes on a rimmed baking tray. Spray the potatoes with cooking oil and cover them try with aluminum foil. 
  3. Reheat for about 15 minutes or until they are hot. 
closeup of roasted baby potatoes in a serving dish.

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Roasted Baby Potatoes

Roasted baby potatoes are a super easy side dish to make. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baby potatoes, New Potatoes, Potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 146kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds baby potatoes (aka new potatoes)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 
  • You can use as many potatoes as desired, if they are small I generally have at least 3 per person. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Wash potatoes, pierce and place in a long oblong dish (I like glass the best but you can use aluminum). 
  • Coat potatoes with a good quality olive oil and turn potatoes to distribute, make sure there is some excess in the bottom of the pan also. Spread kosher salt over all and roast potatoes, turning occasionally for 30 to 45 minutes.

Notes

Special thanks to Shelley Menninger for this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 477mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin C: 22.4mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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