One of the first posts I wrote was for Roasted Red Potatoes and we have enjoyed them and many other roasted potato recipes as regular side dishes with many of our meals. Over the past year, I’ve run across several tips for soaking the cut potatoes in ice water for 15-20 minutes prior to baking and I finally got around to trying it. It worked so well, I am posting this updated version to show what I did differently.
These soaked potatoes actually turned out both lighter and fluffier on the inside and crispier on the outside. These potatoes were so delicious, the kids have already asked for the “new” potatoes again. For a real treat, serve these with Homemade Ketchup!
Roasted Red Potato Re-Do
- 2 lbs red potatoes
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- any additional seasonings as desired
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub the potatoes well. Cut into wedges and then place in a large bowl filled with ice water. Let them soak for 15-20 minutes and then drizzle with olive oil and toss well to coat. Sprinkle in ½ tablespoon seasoning and toss to coat. On two large baking sheets, lined with silpat mats or greased with oil, spread out the fries. Sprinkle the remaining ½ tablespoon (or more to taste) of seasoning over the fries.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, turning the fries over halfway through the cooking time. Depending on your oven, you might also want to rotate the trays, top to bottom and bottom to top. Enjoy!
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I never heard of soaking red potatoes, but it sound easy. I love the photo with the ketchup, even though I hate the stuff!! 🙂
I love your tip about soaking the potatoes in ice water…I will try that with my next batch. I have a LOT of recipes to "re-do," mostly due to horrible photos…or in some cases, none of my own photos :/
Big Dude says
I've been wanting to try these and I just put my crop of red potatoes into storage. Thanks for the update and the new tip. If you get a chance, have a look at my adaptation of one of your recipes on 6/22/12 – we all thought it was very good.
Anisha Ranjit says
I had read par boiling potatoes helps in getting crispy roasted potatoes but didn't have any clue about soaking them in ice water… thanks for posting this, next time I'll try this.
'Le ricette dell'Amore Vero' di Claudia Annie says
che delizia, complimenti! Una ricettina davvero golosa! Buon weekend, un bacio 🙂
The Slow Roasted Italian says
These look fantastic Miss Mary! I usually soak in cold water, but I am going to up it to ice water and see how that helps. I am with you and Liz, I have learned so much since I started sharing my recipes, that I have a lot I would like to redo, new pictures and tips mostly.
Words Of Deliciousness says
Thanks for the great tip. I love roasted potatoes and will try soaking them in ice water before roasting them.
Really appreciate your tip on these roasted potatoes, never tried soaking them in ice water before roasting. Thanks!
That's a great tip! And probably why you're supposed to soak french fries before frying as well. We eat roasted potatoes all the time, so I'll have to try this at some point!
Nice! Can't have too many great tricks up your sleeve like that.
Raquel Ott says
I came across this recipe when searching for "soaking potatoes" as I just came across an old Spanish cookbook and every potato recipe seems to call for soaking the potatoes in cold water for 15 minutes. They know what's right 😉