This Greek Roasted Potatoes (Roasted Mediterranean Potatoes) is the perfect side dish packed with delicious lemony oregano, garlic, and olive oil flavors. This recipe showcases the perfect combination of crispy exteriors and tender interiors, resulting in potatoes that are bursting with flavor. What's best is that they're super easy to make, and you don't even need to boil the potatoes!
The secret to achieving the tastiest Greek roasted potatoes lies in the perfect blend of herbs and spices that infuse the potatoes with a Mediterranean flair. Try this simple side dish the next time you’re craving something fresh, unique, and flavorful.
- What are Greek Roasted Potatoes?
- Why This Is The Best Greek Roasted Potatoes Recipe
- What You Need to Make Greek Roasted Potatoes At Home
- How to Make Lemon Oregano Mediterranean Potatoes (Step by Step)
- Tips For Making the Best Greek Roasted Potatoes Every Single Time
- Serving Suggestions
- Recipe Variation Ideas for Greek Roasted Potatoes
- Frequently Asked Questions
- How to Store Leftover Greek Roasted Potatoes
- Similar Recipes
Roasted Mediterranean potatoes are one of the easiest side dishes for dinner, with the added benefit of being healthy.
There's no need to complicate the recipe and use a ton of spices. Potatoes need just a little bit of simple seasoning to bring out the potato's natural deliciousness.
Roasted to perfection, these potatoes boast a golden-brown crust that is irresistible to the eye and the palate. Whether served as a side dish or the star of the meal, these Greek roasted potatoes are sure to impress even pickiest eaters!
Read on to learn exactly how to make this delicious Greek roasted potatoes recipe today!
What are Greek Roasted Potatoes?
Greek roasted potatoes are a traditional Greek dish made with potatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and various herbs and spices.
There are several reasons why this dish is considered delicious. Firstly, the combination of olive oil and lemon juice gives the potatoes a refreshing flavor. The acidity from the lemon juice helps to cut through the richness of the olive oil and adds brightness to the dish.
Secondly, the potatoes are roasted to perfection, resulting in a crispy exterior and a soft and fluffy interior. The roasting process allows the potatoes to develop a deep caramelized flavor and a slightly golden color.
Plus, the garlic and herbs used in the dish, such as oregano and parsley, infuse the potatoes with aromatic and savory notes, enhancing their overall taste.
Greek potatoes are versatile and can be served as a side dish with various main courses, such as grilled meats, chicken, or seafood. They complement a wide range of flavors and add a comforting and satisfying element to a meal.
These Mediterranean roasted potatoes are absolutely incredible and are loved for their delicious flavor, crispy texture, and ability to elevate any meal they are served with. Trust me, this is going to become your next go-to potato recipe!
Why This Is The Best Greek Roasted Potatoes Recipe
Easy to make: This recipe requires minimal preparation and effort, making it perfect for busy weeknight dinners or last-minute gatherings.
Simple seasonings and short prep time: The Mediterranean potatoes soak up the bright flavors of lemon, oregano, and pungent garlic, giving them new depth and character. In addition, a short prep time makes them this potato recipe perfect for a last-minute side dish idea.
Versatile: These potatoes can be easily customized with additional herbs and spices, allowing you to tailor the flavors to your liking or to compliment the main dish you are serving.
Delicious: The combination of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano creates a mouthwatering flavor that perfectly complements the crispy exterior and tender interior of the potatoes.
No boiling required: Here's a thing, parboiling the potatoes prior to baking is a good way to make sure the potatoes are evenly cooked and to give them an extra crispy interior. But in my opinion, cutting the potatoes to be the same size and stirring them halfway in the oven results in a delicious tender interior and a beautiful crispy exterior. No need to parboil.
Healthy: Potatoes contain plenty of nutrients, and it's worth including them in your diet. They're a good source of iron, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium as well as fiber that can help in lowering cholesterol.
Crowd-pleaser: Whether you are hosting a small family dinner or a large gathering, these Greek roasted potatoes are sure to be a hit with everyone. The crispy and flavorful potatoes are loved by both kids and adults alike.
What You Need to Make Greek Roasted Potatoes At Home
All you need are some incredibly simple, pantry-staple ingredients to make this delicious Greek lemon potatoes recipe at home.
Here's an overview of the specific ingredients for this recipe. For the exact ingredients and measurements, please scroll to the recipe card below.
Potatoes: You'll, of course, need some potatoes to make this delicious Mediterranean roasted potato recipe. You can make this recipe with any potatoes. Yukon Gold, Russet, or Red potatoes all work here. You can even use Fingerling potatoes. Just make sure to cut them evenly.
Garlic cloves: We will also need some garlic cloves. They will add a strong and aromatic taste, enhancing the overall flavor.
Dry oregano: Next, we will be needing dry oregano. It will give a savory and earthy flavor to the dish.
Extra virgin olive oil: We will also need some extra virgin olive oil. It will add a smooth and fruity taste, as well as help with the cooking process.
Lemon juice: Remember to add some lemon juice. It will give out a refreshing and tangy flavor, balancing the other ingredients. I recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice for this recipe. Bottled lemon juice usually contains other ingredients, and the roasted Mediterranean potatoes won't result in the same flavor.
Salt: We will also need some salt. It will enhance the flavors and bring out the natural taste of the dish.
Pepper: We will be adding some pepper as well. It will add a subtle kick and a hint of spiciness to the dish.
Parsley: Lastly, we will also need parsley which will provide a fresh and herb-like taste, complementing the other flavors in the recipe.
How to Make Lemon Oregano Mediterranean Potatoes (Step by Step)
Making this incredible Greek roasted potatoes recipe at home is super easy and will give you great results every single time. Here's how to make it step by step:
- Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). To do this, turn the oven on and adjust the temperature to 400 F. Allow the oven to preheat for about 10-15 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
- Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. This will prevent the potatoes from sticking to the pan and make clean-up easier. Make sure the parchment paper completely covers the bottom of the pan.
- Wash potatoes, and pat them dry with a paper towel. Dice into 1” cubes and add to a large bowl. You can make potato wedges or cubes, it's up to you. The most important thing to keep in mind is that all potatoes should be roughly the same size.
- Add minced garlic, and sprinkle with dried oregano, salt, and ground black pepper. Pour freshly squeezed lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil over the potatoes.
- Mix to combine and spread the potatoes evenly in a single layer on a baking dish.
- Roast for 20 minutes. Using a wooden spatula or spoon, carefully stir the potatoes and roast for another 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender when poked with a knife. Depending on the size or types of potatoes that you're using, you might need more or less than 40 minutes or roasting.
- Remove lemon Roasted Mediterranean Potatoes from the oven, sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, and serve immediately.
Your delicious Greek Roasted Potatoes are ready to be served!
Tips For Making the Best Greek Roasted Potatoes Every Single Time
Preheat the oven: Preheating the oven helps to make sure that it reaches the desired temperature before placing the potatoes inside. This helps with even cooking, and crispy potatoes.
Cut the potatoes into evenly sized pieces: Cutting the potatoes into uniform pieces guarantees that they cook evenly. This will prevent some potatoes from being overcooked while others are undercooked.
Toss the potatoes with olive oil and seasonings: Coating the potatoes in olive oil and seasonings helps to enhance their flavor and promotes browning during roasting. Be sure to evenly distribute the oil and seasonings for consistent flavor throughout.
Spread the potatoes in a single layer: Spreading the potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet allows for maximum surface area contact with the heat, resulting in crispy and evenly cooked potatoes.
Flip the potatoes halfway through cooking: Flipping the potatoes halfway through cooking helps to make sure that they brown evenly on both sides. This will result in a crispy exterior and tender interior.
- Serve as a side dish with grilled chicken, pork, lamb, or even a juicy steak. The crispy exterior and tender interior with a creamy center will complement the savory flavors of the meat perfectly.
- Pair the potatoes with a fresh Greek salad for a complete and balanced meal. The creamy feta cheese, juicy tomatoes, and crisp cucumbers will add a refreshing contrast to the rich and delicious potatoes.
- Use the roasted potatoes as a base for a Mediterranean-inspired bowl. Top them with grilled vegetables, olives, tzatziki sauce, and a sprinkle of fresh herbs for a healthy and satisfying vegetarian meal.
- Serve the potatoes as a tapas-style dish at a party or gathering. Cut them into bite-sized pieces and serve with a variety of dips, such as hummus, tzatziki, and roasted red pepper dip, for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.
- Enjoy the Greek roasted potatoes as a delicious and filling breakfast option. Serve them alongside eggs cooked to your preference, such as scrambled or poached, and a side of fresh fruit for a well-rounded morning meal.
- These Mediterranean Roast Potatoes with lemon and garlic also go great served alongside Mediterranean Asparagus, Muhammara Dip, and Baked Eggplant Steaks.
Recipe Variation Ideas for Greek Roasted Potatoes
This delicious Greek roasted potatoes recipe is so flavorful and easy to make, you'll want to try out some of these delicious variations! Here are some great ideas:
- Herbs: This recipe can also be upgraded with the addition of other spices and herbs like paprika, fresh thyme, or rosemary.
- Garnish: For a creative twist, I recommend serving these lemon and oregano Mediterranean potatoes with some Kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes on the side, and maybe some crumbled Feta cheese.
- Garlic Parmesan: Toss the potatoes with minced garlic and grated parmesan cheese before roasting to create a savory and cheesy flavor profile that's irresistible.
- Spicy: Sprinkle the potatoes with smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and a touch of chili powder for a spicy twist that will add an extra layer of heat to your meal.
- Mediterranean olive: Mix in a generous amount of sliced kalamata olives, feta cheese, and chopped fresh parsley to infuse the potatoes with the bold and tangy flavors of the Mediterranean region.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely. Roasted potatoes keep great in a refrigerator. Before serving I recommend reheating them in a the oven for about 10 minutes. This will help them crisp back up.
I don't see why not. They taste delicious at just about any time of the day!
Stirring halfway will ensure an even cooking.
Small potatoes are fine however they will need less time. Probably about 25 to 30 minutes total.
Yukon gold are considered the most popular for roasting. They have just enough starch to hold their shape in the oven and thin skin which makes them crisp up faster.
How to Store Leftover Greek Roasted Potatoes
Storage. To store leftovers, begin by first allowing them to cool completely at room temperature. Once cooled, transfer the potatoes to an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. Place the container or bag in the refrigerator and store for up to 4 days.
Reheating. When reheating the leftovers, you can either do so in the oven or on the stovetop. To reheat in the oven, preheat it to 400°F (205°C) and spread the potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. If reheating on the stovetop, heat a skillet over medium heat and add a small amount of oil or butter. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are heated through.
Freezing. Unfortunately, freezing the Greek roasted potatoes may not be the best idea. Potatoes have a high water content, which can cause them to become mushy and lose their texture when frozen and thawed.
Plus, freezing can also affect the flavor of the potatoes. Therefore, it is not recommended to freeze this dish. It is best to enjoy the leftovers within a few days of cooking.
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Roasted Mediterranean Potatoes With Lemon And Oregano
- Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a large rimmed baking pan with a parchment paper.
- Wash potatoes, pat them dry with a paper towel. Dice into 1” cubes and add to a large bowl. You can make potato wedges or potato cubes, it's up to you. Most important thing to keep in mind is that all potatoes should be roughly the same size.
- Add minced garlic, sprinkle with dried oregano, salt, ground black pepper. Pour freshly squeezed lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil over the potatoes.
- Mix to combine and spread the potatoes evenly in a single layer on a baking dish.
- Roast for 20 minutes. Using a wooden spatula or spoon, carefully stir the potatoes and roast for another 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender when poked with a knife.
- Remove Roasted Mediterranean Potatoes from the oven, sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley and serve immediately.
Iryna Bychkiv is the founder and writer of the culinary website Lavender & Macarons, where she shares clean, European-inspired recipes that are delicious, easy to prepare, and made with wholesome ingredients. Iryna loves creating meals that are simple yet healthy and unique, including vegan and vegetarian recipes.
Iryna is also a freelance writer for MSN and Associated Press Wire.