How to make roast potatoes

How to make roast potatoes

We think you’ll agree when we say there’s not much better than a crispy, fluffy, piping-hot roast potato on your plate.

Spuds are an essential part of any roast and getting them right can make or break the meal (especially when it comes to Christmas dinner)!

With this in mind we thought it would be a good idea to have a look at a few tips on how to make perfect and delicious roast potatoes. This guide is essential for the Christmas dinner!


Put on the oven, whack on some music and let’s get roasting!

It all starts with the spud

The type of potato you use will have an impact on the final result so it’s worth making sure you’ve selected the right spud for the job. For instance, salad or boiling potatoes will be too dense to dry out properly in the oven, so you’ll want to use fluffy potatoes to get that lovely lightness inside. We recommend using Maris Pipers or King Edwards, which will help you make the roast with the most.

 Parboil for perfection

Boiling your potatoes for a little bit before roasting helps make sure that you get that beautiful crisp crust on the outside. If you don’t parboil your spuds, the outside skin will remain quite tough, meaning that whatever fat you use will not be able to get inside the cracks. To parboil your potatoes to perfection, cut them into large chunks and put them in a pot of boiling water for around ten minutes, depending on the size. Once the outside is soft but the inside still raw and firm, you’re ready to roast!

The shake ‘n dry

Make sure your potatoes are really dry before roasting, to ensure the skin is ready to be cracked and crisp. It also helps to give them a bit of a shake in whatever container they are in, to roughen up the soft surfaces more and create space for the fat to get in and crisp them up! 

Add the fat

Whether you’re using sunflower, vegetable, rapeseed oil, goose fat or low-fat alternatives, make sure that all your spuds have a good coating before putting to roast, which is key to making the final result crunchy and crispy.

The timings

This all depends on the sizes and how long you have parboiled for, but as a general rule of thumb it’s around 40 minutes, or until they appear golden brown and crunchy. Overall timings depend on the efficiency and heat of your oven, but make sure to toss the potatoes over once or twice during cooking to make sure they are all ready and roasted.

So there you go! Crispy, crunchy fluffy and delicious roast potatoes! For more details on the specifics, check out our fool proof roast potato recipe.

For more information on roast potatoes, take a look at our all about those roast potatoes article.

Other roast inspiration

Lamb mini roast with rosemary butter

Roast King Edwards with Lamb, Paprika, Peppers, Onions and Olives

One pan Mediterranean Roast Chicken

As far as cooking skills go, boiling potatoes is not perhaps the most adventurous, but what they lack in glamour they more than make up for in versatility and usefulness! Whether you’re boiling some up for a salad or serving as a simple side-dish with garlic butter, you’ll want to make sure you get them just right! 

There’s nothing quite like enjoying crisp and crunchy jacket potato with fluffy insides loaded with tasty fillings. Also known as a baked potato, you can whip one up in the oven or microwave for a delicious, satisfying and filling meal. It may not be rocket science but we want your spud to be splendid so here are some tips on how to make jacket potatoes perfect every time!

Whether they are served up with sausages or mixed up with cheese and spinach, mashed potatoes are a spud staple that are super versatile and delicious. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the texture – some prefer it smooth and buttery whilst others prefer it rustic and chunky. Whatever your preference, we just want you to get them right!

That’s why we thought we would share some tips on how to make mashed potatoes and get them perfect every time!