Perfect roast potatoes recipe | Waitrose

Crispy around the edges and fluffy inside – it's so easy when you know how!

  • Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 45-55 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Serves: 8


2kg floury potatoes, such as Red King Edward or Maris Piper,
peeled and cut into chunks

100g goose or duck fat (or 100ml sunflower or rapeseed oil)


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6 and heat up a large roasting tin.

2. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and parboil the potatoes for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and leave to steam for 5–10 minutes to lose some moisture. Meanwhile, put the goose or duck fat in the hot roasting tin and return to the oven.

3. Roughen the edges of the potatoes, either by scraping with a fork or tipping them back into the pan and giving them a bit of a shake.

4. Remove the tin from the oven, tip in the potatoes and turn them over carefully until evenly coated. Make sure they have plenty of space to brown properly.

5. Return to the oven and roast for 40-45 minutes until crisp and golden. Drain the potatoes on kitchen paper, season and serve.