Roasted lemon potatoes ( Πατάτες λεμονάτες στο φούρνου)

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Roasted Greek lemon potatoes

The best Greek roasted lemon potatoes!

When people think about Greek food, they tend to think about the big ones…the pastitsio, moussaka and spanakopita, foods that Greeks and non-Greeks often consider to be the quintessential staples of our cuisine.  These foods are revered, and the fact that many (erroneously) believe that they are next to impossible to prepare probably adds to their appeal.  But we think that there is another Greek food which should be added to the list of favourites, and that is roasted lemon potatoes.

Roasted Greek lemon potatoes

Ask anyone who has ever had good Greek food, and they will tell you about the potatoes.  They’ll wonder what makes them so delicious, why they are so addictive, and more importantly, how they can make them at home.  Read on, we have the answers to all these questions, and more.  The good news is, making these potatoes is as easy as falling in love with them.

Roasted Greek lemon potatoes

Helpful hints

We know that many recipes get pretty specific about the type of potatoes to use. There are so many varieties out there and some seem to be best suited for mashing, others for frying, and others for baking.  All we know is that for our parents, the best potatoes to use are the ones which are on sale.  Truly.  They tend to stick to yellow fleshed or red-skinned potatoes, but not exclusively.  And, their potatoes turn out perfectly ever time, whether they are making them solo as we are describing here, or as part of their roasted chicken and potato meal.

When our parents roast potatoes they almost always add a couple of carrots to the roasting pan.  We don’t think that the carrots add anything to the flavor of the potatoes, but they are delicious when they are slow-roasted this way.  The bit of orange colour also makes any photos you take of your meal that much prettier.  Speaking of which, if you do make this recipe (you should), take a photo and send it to us! 🙂

Roasted Greek lemon potatoes
Roasted Greek lemon potatoes

This recipe calls for a total of 2 cups oil (that’s 500 ml) !!! That’s A LOT of oil! Don’t balk at the amount however.  You will see that when the potatoes are done, and you remove them from the roasting pan, there is still plenty of oil left in there (so the potatoes don’t soak it all up).  In the spirit of waste nothing, our parents drain this oil and keep it in the refrigerator to be re-used the next time they make roasted potatoes, or another meal which calls for oil.

You will also notice that along with requiring a lot of oil, this recipe needs A LOT of time!  Not active time mind you, but roasting time.  We have seen recipes that say you must roast your potatoes for about 30 minutes.  We will assume that those potatoes are cut into really, really, really small wedges.  In our recipe which follows, the potatoes will roast for a total of about 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Don’t rush them.  Every minute helps transform the lowly root vegetable into a spud delicacy.  Trust us our folks.

The seasoning added to these potatoes is simple; salt, pepper, oregano and paprika.  Now, here’s a funny thing about the paprika; the brand you use, actually makes a difference.  We typically use the paprika found at Costco, but one day, one of us used a no name brand of paprika she found at the grocery store…and this was a mistake.  The paprika did not “dissolve”; instead paprika particles were seen in the oil after the potatoes were cooked and it turned the potatoes VERY dark, like almost black.  Lesson learned.  Don’t skimp on the paprika.

We love to have these potatoes be the star of the meal; accompanied by some cheese and olives, and some fresh bread, this is a perfect vegetarian lunch or light dinner.  But, if you want something more substantial, consider serving these potatoes with  pork tenderloin or some roasted chicken thighs.  Both, excellent choices, although you may find that the potatoes will remain the stars. 🙂

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Roasted Greek lemon potatoes
Roasted Greek lemon potatoes

Looking for some more recipes starring spuds? How about these:

French fries

Fried potatoes and eggs

Potato salad

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Roasted lemon potatoes

The best Greek roasted lemon potatoes!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: #greeklentenrecipes, Mia Kouppa vegan, roast potatoes, lemon potatoes, greek potatoes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Mia Kouppa


  • Roasting pan


  • 10-12 medium-large size potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges we like to use yellow flesh potatoes
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried Greek oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) olive oil see notes below
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) vegetable oil see notes below
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika (not smoked)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Mix all of the ingredients, except for the paprika, together in a large roasting pan. We use a 15-inch round roasting pan.
  • Place in the bottom rack of your oven and bake, uncovered for 1 hour.  Remove from oven and sprinkle the paprika on the potatoes and carrots.  Mix well.  If you find your pan is getting too dry, add a little more oil.  Return to oven
  • Bake for an additional 30 minutes, remove from oven, and check to make sure potatoes are done.  If not, return to oven for an additional 10 minutes or so, until they’re ready.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool somewhat.  Transfer to a serving platter carefully (you don’t want to break apart the potatoes) using a slotted spatula to help drain off any excess oil.
  • If this was the first time you used this oil you can drain it and reserve it in the refrigerator, to be used for future potato roasting, or in other dishes, such as Roast chicken and potatoes; or veal roast and potatoes, or other roasts.
  • Enjoy!


Note: if using 10 potatoes, 3/4 cup of each olive oil and vegetable oil is fine.  If using 12 potatoes, it’s best to use 1 cup (250 mL) of each oil. Also, we use a 15 inch round roasting pan;  if your pan is smaller, use less oil.

13 responses to “Roasted lemon potatoes ( Πατάτες λεμονάτες στο φούρνου)”

  1. marina Avatar

    My mouth is watering just looking at those pictures after having read the story. I love greek lemon potatoes in restaurants and always wondered how they get to be so good.

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      Now you know Marina! 😊😊😊 Hope you give this recipe a try! We think you’ll love it. 😊

  2. marina Avatar

    Hi, Just started this one off in my toaster oven. I halved the recipe and it will be the star of the meal – I love that expression. It is starting to smell nice in my home.

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      Oh wow!!! Never made these in a toaster oven! Please let us know how they turn out! They do smell great don’t they?? 😊

  3. marina Avatar

    Yes, the smell is truly delicious. I used yukon gold potatoes. Oddly, I had to add about 20minutes to get it cooked properly. Maybe cutting these big potatoes into 8 pieces instead of 4 will be a better idea next time. A real success that I will add to my repertoire of recipes to repeat. Thank you!

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      Super!! We love Yukon Gold potatoes too! Yes, sometimes cooking times need to be adjusted, especially for recipes such as this one, where the size of the potatoes makes a difference. So glad you loved them!

    2. miakouppa Avatar

      Wonder too if using the toaster oven didn’t cause the difference? Having never used one for roasted potatoes I don’t know for sure, but it’s possible. In any case…you seem to have figured it out!! 🙂

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  6. Maria Avatar

    I make this but I use cinnamon not paprika. It is very good.

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      That sounds like a great variation Maria!

  7. Brenda Avatar

    Delicious! I made them in my convection oven and they were as good as the lemon potatoes I ate in Greece. This time they were a side to barbecue ribs and kale salad. I saved the oil as you suggested for roasted chicken later this week. Your recipes are wonderful and bring back so many happy memories of my time in Greece!

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      We are thrilled that you loved our recipe for roasted lemon potatoes!! Your meal sounds fabulous!! The fact that are recipes bring back happy memories of your time in Greece really warms our hearts. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Let us know how you like the chicken and potatoes 🙂 xoxo Helen & Billie

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