These lemon pepper potatoes are a delicious side dish recipe that combines the very popular lemon pepper seasoning, along with other spices, then baked until the potatoes are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Potatoes are a classic side dish, and lemon is a classic flavor. So I decided to put them together to create these delicious potatoes. The results? Pure deliciousness. I first started making these potatoes about a year ago, and since I first made them, I find that I whip up this recipe quite often. These potatoes are perfect with pork, chicken, beef, and even fish, so they’re never a bad choice. Heck, I even brought them to both our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and they practically disappeared. They’re an all-purpose side that’s easy to make and always a winner.
Lemon Pepper Potatoes
This potato side dish is loaded with flavor, not effort. Just a few ingredients and a few minutes are all it takes, and I really love that. When you’re finished roasting these delicious spuds, you end up with a side dish that has perfectly cooked potatoes that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside and loaded with the flavors of lemon, garlic, and onion. Every bite has the perfect texture and flavor for any meal, and they’re always gone in a flash.
Why You’ll Love These Lemon Pepper Potatoes
- Because they pair well with just about any meat, they’re the perfect side dish.
- They have the perfect roasted texture. They’re crispy on the outside and fluffy and tender on the inside.
- They are super easy to make, using only a few ingredients.
Lemon Pepper Potatoes Ingredients
This recipe only takes a few simple ingredients to make. You might even have them all in your kitchen already.
- Yukon gold baby potatoes
- Lemon pepper seasoning
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Parsley flakes
How to Make Lemon Pepper Potatoes
It only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps to make these delicious potatoes. They’re as easy as they are tasty.
Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Then, spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray like olive oil spray.
Step 2: Prepare the Potatoes
Wash and cut the potatoes into quarters, ensuring that they’re all similarly sized. Then, place the potatoes in a bowl of water and soak for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Season the Potatoes
Drain the potatoes and add them to a large bowl. Toss them with oil and then sprinkle with seasonings, Mix to coat evenly.
Step 4: Roast
Spread the seasoned potatoes evenly onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until tender, turning the potatoes over halfway through cooking.
Tips and Variations
I have a few tips here to make this simple recipe even easier and tastier. I also have some variations that I think you’re going to love.
- Cut the potatoes into uniform pieces for uniform cooking.
- Place the potatoes in water as you cut them to start the soaking process and to prevent them from turning brown.
- Be sure you turn the potatoes halfway through the cooking process so that they brown uniformly.
- Try adding parmesan cheese for a cheesy kick.
- Add red pepper flakes for some heat.
- Lemon zest is a delicious addition for even more lemony flavor.
- You can use russet potatoes for this recipe, as well.
Lemon Pepper Potatoes FAQ
If you have questions about these potatoes, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about roasted potatoes.
What are the best potatoes for roasting?
The best potato for roasting is the Yukon Gold. It has enough waxiness to hold its shape and caramelize but enough starch to make the inside creamy and fluffy. Russets are second on the list. They are more starchy, so their interior is very fluffy. However, they won’t get as crispy as Yukon Golds.
Can I use other potatoes for roasting?
Technically, you can roast any potato, but Yukon and russets are best. Other potatoes will taste okay, but they won’t be as fantastic as the Yukon or russet.
What is lemon pepper used for?
This seasoning is a sort of all-purpose spice mix. It’s used frequently with fish and chicken, but you can find it used on pork, and occasionally, on beef. It’s also often used with potatoes, as with this recipe.
Do you have to parboil potatoes before roasting?
No. Most people think that parboiling is the only way to get a nice, crispy skin, but if you soak your potatoes in water for 10 to 30 minutes, you’ll achieve the same result.
How long does it take to parboil potatoes?
It takes about 10 minutes, depending on their size. when the outside of the potato is soft but the inside is still raw, it’s perfectly parboiled.
Why do you soak potatoes before roasting them?
Soaking potatoes helps rinse off excess starch and promotes a crispy, brown skin when roasting.
Storing and Reheating Lemon Pepper Potatoes
Store your leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat the potatoes, place them on a baking sheet lined with foil and cover them with more foil. Then, bake them for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
Try These Delicious Lemon Pepper Potatoes Today
These potatoes are absolutely loaded with flavor, but they won’t have you stuck in the kitchen for hours. A few minutes of prep and some baking are all it takes to make these delicious potatoes. Give them a try, and I know you’ll love them as much as I do. They’re so good and so perfect with main course!
More Delicious Potato Side Dishes You’ll Enjoy
Cheesy Garlic Scalloped Potatoes – This scalloped potato recipe is loaded with three different types of cheese, garlic, and sour cream. They are a delicious side dish recipe that is creamy, flavorful and absolutely delicious.
Loaded Baked Potato Casserole – This delicious casserole is packed with tender bite-size chunks of potatoes, creamy sour cream, lots of cheddar cheese, green onions and crispy bacon.
Cheesy Breakfast Potatoes with Crispy Bacon – These breakfast potatoes are the perfect addition to the breakfast menu and are loaded with lots of cheese and crispy bacon.
And, here is a delicious Cheesy Funeral Potatoes recipe, from Deliciously Seasoned, that you will enjoy as well.
Lemon Pepper Potatoes
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray foil with a nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Wash and cut potatoes into quarters. Try to cut each potato into similar size pieces for even cooking.
- In a large bowl, add in potatoes and oil. Toss to coat evenly with oil and then sprinkle with seasonings. Mix well to coat evenly.
- Place potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out into a single layer.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until tender, turning over halfway through cooking.
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