Deliciously crispy vegan roast potatoes with garlic and rosemary. So easy to make with perfect results every time! Prepare or freeze ahead for hassle-free roasties.
🍴Why you will love this recipe
These crispy roast potatoes are absolutely foolproof - follow the step-by-step photos for perfect results every time.
The cooking oil is gently infused with garlic and rosemary, for maximum flavour with no extra hassle.
You can easily prepare ahead - either par-boil the potatoes and leave in the fridge overnight ready for your roast dinner, or even freeze the par-boiled potatoes so you can start your preparations well in advance!
📝 What you need
Potatoes obviously! Go for a floury variety for the best 'fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside' experience - something like a King Edward, Desirée or Maris Piper would be perfect.
Garlic Don't be alarmed by 6 cloves between 4 servings... the garlic cloves roast in their skins so you get a gentle garlicky flavour infusing the oil they are cooked in, rather than chunks of garlic on your potatoes.
If you're making a vegan gravy to serve with your meal, these roasted garlic cloves are a beautifully sweet addition. Just squeeze out the soft flesh from the skins into your gravy as it cooks.
Oil I've suggested rapeseed or olive oil - I usually go for rapeseed as it is almost flavourless, but use whatever oil you prefer. I don't like coconut as I find the taste quite strong and not something I want flavouring roast potatoes, but I know a lot of people use nothing else for cooking so it's up to you!
👩🏽🍳 How to make your Vegan Roast Potatoes
For a full, printable recipe with ingredients and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this page 👇🏼.
Peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. Par-boil them for 8 minutes, then drain and leave to cool and dry in a colander.
Preheat the oven and put in your baking tray with oil, garlic cloves (unpeeled) and rosemary stalks. When the oil is hot, add the potatoes, toss to cover in oil, season with plenty of salt and pepper, then roast for 35-45 minutes turning occasionally, until crisp and golden.
👩🏽🍳 Top Tips & FAQs
Heat the oil in the oven before adding the potatoes. This means that the potatoes start to form a crisp crust as soon as they hit the pan, and will make all the difference to beautifully crispy roasties.
Once you have par-boiled the potatoes, make sure they are really thoroughly dry before you roast them. I do this by leaving them for a while in their sieve or colander whilst the oven heats up, but if you're in a rush you can tip them into a clean tea towel to soak up any excess moisture. This also guarantees a really golden and crisp potatoes.
Keep your potato peelings, tie them into a square of muslin and add to the saucepan whilst you are par-boiling the potatoes. This really adds to the flavour.
To prepare ahead, you can do the peeling and par-boiling the day before, and keep the potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge overnight. Y
Yes, this is a great way of making extra-crispy potatoes. Peel and par-boil them, then lay on a baking tray and once they are cool put the baking tray in the freezer. Transfer to an airtight tub or bag. You can then toss the frozen potatoes in oil and roast with garlic and rosemary, with great results.
Roast potatoes are always at their crispiest and most delicious cooked from fresh. However you can freeze and reheat them and they still make a good side-dish. I lay them out on a baking tray to freeze them, then transfer them to an airtight box or bag once they are fully frozen. You can cook them straight from frozen for about 20-25 minutes.
🥔 Roast Potato Variations
Sometimes I like to play around with the flavours and textures of roast potatoes depending on what I'm serving them with. How about:
- Polenta Toss your par-boiled potatoes in polenta before putting them in the hot oil - this takes them to a whole new level of crispiness
- Vegan parmesan When they are finished roasting and completely soft inside, grate over some vegan parmesan (my go-to is Violife's Prosociano, available in most supermarkets), toss to coat all the potatoes, then return to the oven for a few more minutes until it crisps up.
- Paprika gives a lovely smoky spice to roasties - toss a few teaspoons through the par-boiled potatoes just before putting them into the oil.
- Lemon Grate the zest of 1 lemon over the potatoes just 5 mintues before they have finished cooking. Delicious!
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Vegan Roast Potatoes with garlic & rosemary
- 800 g floury potatoes (see advice above)
- 3 tablespoon rapeseed or olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves
- 4 stalks rosemary
- Peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters.
- Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, then add the potatoes and cook for 8 minutes to par-boil them. Drain, then let the potatoes sit in a colander or sieve over the saucepan for a while until they have completely dried and are fairly cool. If you don't have time to wait, tip them into a clean tea towel to soak up any excess moisture - this will guarantee a really crispy skin.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Put the olive oil into a roasting tin along with the garlic and rosemary stalks, and place in the oven whilst it is heating up. This will heat the oil and help the garlic and rosemary to infuse their flavours into the oil.
- When the oven is hot enough, remove the roasting tin and carefully place the potatoes into it. Season generously with salt and black pepper, then stir well until all the potatoes are fully coated in hot oil.
- Roast the potatoes for 35-45 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are golden brown and crispy, and cooked through to the centre, (test some of the largest ones with a sharp knife). Discard the garlic cloves and rosemary, then serve.
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Or for a different style of potatoes to go with your Sunday roast, how about trying these recipes from blogging friends:
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- Stacey's Vegan Scalloped Potatoes Florentine from Stacey Homemaker
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