Crispy garlic and rosemary hasselback potatoes make the perfect side dish. Potatoes thinly sliced, almost all the way through, and then roasted to crispy perfection. You will never look at roast potatoes the same way again. An easy way to make a roast dinner a little more special.
These are our favourite way to eat potatoes, and they feel far more fancy than they actually are. Hasselback Potatoes are like a cross between a baked potato and a roast potato and you can season them so many different ways.
These are so easy to make, with their perfectly crispy skin and something a little bit special, making them perfect for serving up to guests.
If you want some other side dishes that feel a little bit more special than the norm, then why not give these a try. Parmesan Truffle Fries, Gigantes Plaki, Balsamic and Garlic Roasted Cauliflower, Crispy Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Celeriac Chips or Canarian Potatoes.
Why you will love them
- A delicious side dish - We can never have too many side dishes in our life and this one is super easy to make too.
- Makes a change from roast or baked potatoes - We love a roast or baked potato, but we can get a little bored of them. This is an easy way to change things up a bit.
- Can be made in advance - You can prepare these in advance and then keep them in the fridge until you are ready to put them in the oven.
- Easy to adapt - We love garlic and rosemary on ours, as they are the perfect roast potato seasoning, however you can adapt then to use different woody herbs and even add a spicy kick with some red chilli flakes or some sweetness with honey.
- Potatoes - You need to use floury potatoes for these hasselback potatoes, as that is what gives the crispy edges. Maris Piper or King Edwards are best.
- Butter - We used this instead of oil to coat the potatoes and make them perfectly crispy. We used unsalted butter.
- Herbs - The fresh herbs add a lovely flavour. You can swap rosemary for fresh thyme if you prefer and parsley could be swapped for coriander.
- Garlic - Potatoes and garlic are a delicious combination. We have crushed the garlic in to the butter. You could use pre-crushed garlic in a jar if you prefer.
- Salt and Pepper - We use sea salt and black pepper.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
Step by step
One: Preheat your oven to 220°C/430°F/Gas 7. Melt the butter and add the chopped herbs and crushed garlic. Mix well and set aside.
Two: Using a thin, sharp knife (or a hasselback cutter), make slices three quarters of the way through each potato. Try to get them as close together as possible (about 2-3mm) and make sure you don't cut all the way through.
Three: Put the potatoes in a baking dish and season. Slowly pour over the herb butter mix, making sure it goes into as many of the slices as possible.
Four: Put in oven for 60 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes).
Health benefits of potatoes
White potatoes have so many nutrients in them, they really shouldn't get a bad reputation. They are low in fat, sodium and cholesterol, they have nearly half of your daily vitamin C and they are a great source of potassium - even more than a banana.
They are full of fibre and magnesium, and they are filling too. On top of this, they are also suitable for almost any diet, from vegan to gluten free. I am not sure what more you could want?
What potatoes to use
When it comes to the perfect hasselback potato, the type of potatoes that you use are important. Maris Pipers, Desiree and King Edwards are the best as they are floury potatoes. The floury edges are what give you all those crispy bits. Basically, avoid anything waxy as they just don't work very well for these potatoes.
But, standard white baking potatoes will work too if that is all you have, and using them will make this a budget friendly potato side dish.
How to cut hasselback potatoes
This recipe might take a little bit of practise, but don't let that put you off. Even if you don't cut them perfectly the first time (or second or third), they will still be delicious, just maybe not as crispy.
The key to the perfect hasselback potatoes is using a very sharp knife, and cutting them very fine. It is a preference thing, however the thiner the slices are, the crispier the edges are.
You want to slice in to the potato, from one side to the other, but not all the way through. Cut about three-quarters of the way through and stop just before you would slice through. To help with this, you can put the potato on a slotted spoon or a wooden spoon, so the knife would hit the spoon and stop it going all the way through. You could also put a skewer all the way through the potato, toward the bottom, and the knife would hit that instead of cutting all the way through the potato.
What to serve them with
Crispy potatoes are a must with any roast dinner, and these make a nice change from the usual Roast Potatoes. If you are looking for some sides and mains that will compliment these hasselback potatoes perfectly, then here are our favourites:
- Perfect Roast Chicken
- Slow Cooker Green Beans
- Balsamic and Garlic Roasted Cauliflower
- Slow Cooker Roast Beef
- Easy Cauliflower Cheese
- Slow Cooker Red Cabbage
- Mustard and Honey Roasted Parsnips
- Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Garlic and Parsley Roasted Carrots
Frequently Asked Questions
Hasselback Potatoes are a type of baked potato that was first created in a little restaurant in Sweden called Hasselbacken. Since then, they have become popular all over the world with various toppings and add-ins.
Yes, you can use sweet potatoes in this recipe too. They won't get quite as crispy and cooking times may vary.
Yes, you can make these in the air fryer. You could be better off using baby potatoes and they would take around 10-15 minutes to cook. Take a look at our Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes recipe.
Yes, you can do all the prep for these in advance. Slice them up and add the garlic and herb butter and then you can keep them in the fridge until you are ready to bake. You may need to cook them a little longer if they have come straight out of the fridge.
Leftover roast potatoes can be kept in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat them, just put them in a pan with a little oil and heat through, or you can heat them up in the air fryer for 4-5 minutes.
We would happily eat them straight out of the fridge as a snack. However, we love chopping them up and adding them to a frittata.
No, we keep the skin on because there is lots of fibre in them and also they help to get the potatoes nice and crispy once roasted.
Yes, you can use baby potatoes to make these and you will get mini hasselback potatoes.
No, there is no need to par boil the potatoes first, as these are exactly like baked potatoes where everything is cooked in the oven.
The cooking time will depend on your oven and the temperature that you cook it at (and also the size of your potatoes). However, you will know your potatoes are cooked when they are tender when you put a fork through them and they are perfectly crispy on the outside.
• You can make mini versions of this by using baby potatoes.
• If you don't love rosemary, then you can swap it for fresh thyme.
• You can make sweet potato hasselback potatoes, but they won't get quite as crispy.
• You need to make sure you are putting these in a very hot oven. This helps to get them really crispy.
• If you want to make these hasselback potatoes a little more indulgent, then 10 minutes before the potatoes have finished cooking, add some slices of mature cheese in between the slices of potato.
More potato recipes
Easy Hasselback Potatoes
- 800 g Potato - about 5-8cm/2-3in each
- 100 g Butter - melted
- 3 Garlic clove - crushed
- 2 g Fresh rosemary - finely chopped
- 5 g Fresh parsley - finely chopped
- 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 220°C/430°F/Gas 7.
- Melt the butter and add the chopped herbs and crushed garlic. Mix well and set aside.
- Using a thin, sharp knife, make slices three quarters of the way through each potato. Try to get them as close together as possible (about 2-3mm) and make sure you don't cut all the way through.800 g Potato
- Put the potatoes in a baking dish and season. Slowly pour over the herb butter mix, making sure it goes into as many of the slices as possible.
- Put in oven for 60 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes).
- You can make mini versions of this by using baby potatoes.
- If you don't love rosemary, then you can swap it for fresh thyme.
- You can make sweet potato hasselback potatoes, but they won't get quite as crispy.
- You need to make sure you are putting these in a very hot oven. This helps to get them really crispy.
- If you want to make these hasselback potatoes a little more indulgent, then 10 minutes before the potatoes have finished cooking, add some slices of mature cheese in between the slices of potato.