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Roasted Purple Potatoes

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These roasted purple potatoes with garlic and herbs are a flavorful and beautiful side dish. Purple potatoes are so fun to cook with because they keep their vibrant color even after roasting.

Purple potatoes cook similar to other potatoes and the last few minutes of broiling is going to give them a delicious, crispy exterior.

They taste like russet potatoes but are moister and have less starch, making them perfect for roasting. 

Roasted purple potatoes on a white platter topped with fresh herbs.

Why You'll Love These Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes

These potatoes are roasted to perfection, seasoned with dried herbs and garlic, and then topped with fresh herbs for serving.

This beautiful side dish is so simple to make and it goes with almost everything!

The best part is the skin is so tasty and gets so crispy under the broiler that there's no need to peel the potatoes.

Purple potatoes, herbs, garlic, olive oil, and spices.

Ingredients You'll Need

Purple Potatoes - You'll use 2 pounds of purple potatoes. You can use any variety you'd like but cut them into 1-inch pieces.

Garlic - You'll need 4 cloves of garlic that you'll mince.

Olive Oil - You'll use 2 tablespoons of olive oil or another neutral oil.

Seasoning - You'll need 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano.

Herbs - To top the potatoes, you'll need 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil.

A purple potato cut in half on a black cutting board next to a chef's knife.

Purple Potatoes FAQs

Is purple potato skin edible? Purple potato skin is edible (like other potatoes) and is very thin, similar to red potatoes, so there’s no need to peel them.

When are purple potatoes in season? Purple potatoes are generally available year-round but are at their peak in the fall. Depending on the type of potato they may harvest in early or late fall.

What types of purple potatoes are there? There are several types of potatoes that come in a variety of purple hues, the most popular include the All Blue, Adirondack Blue, Violette, Purple Majesty, Purple Viking, Michigan Blue, Brigus, Peter Wilcox, and Purple Eyes. If you find purple potatoes at the grocery store they are often the All Blue variety.

Where to buy purple potatoes? Purple potatoes can sometimes be found in large grocery stores and are usually available at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. You can also find them at the farmer's market.

Chopped purple potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Roasted purple potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet.

More Tasty Side Dish Recipes to Try

If you love these roasted potatoes, try some of our other favorite veggie side dishes or healthy side dishes.

Baked purple potatoes on a platter.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Cooking Tips - Make sure to add the fresh herbs after you roast the potatoes. The broiling process will burn them if they're added before roasting.

Recommended Tools - I highly recommend roasting the potatoes on parchment paper, it makes the cleanup process much easier.

Storing Tips - The potatoes can be saved in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Roasted Purple Potatoes

Roasted purple potatoes on a white platter topped with fresh herbs.

These roasted purple potatoes with garlic are a flavorful, beautiful side dish. Purple potatoes keep their vibrant color even after roasting.

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds small purple potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Toss the chopped potatoes, garlic cloves, olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, and oregano in a large bowl. 
  3. Lay the potatoes, skin side up, in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet or in a large cast-iron skillet, making sure there is no overlap. 
  4. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes until fork-tender.
  5. Turn the broiler on for 3 minutes, watching carefully to make sure the potatoes don’t burn. 
  6. Remove the potatoes from the oven and top with the chopped parsley and basil. Serve immediately. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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