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Greek Lemon Potatoes

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Are you looking for the perfect potato side dish with a twist? Let’s dive into this tasty Greek-style potato recipe that will win everyone’s heart at the dinner table.

Whether you’re a fan of the classic baked potato or exploring new flavors, these roasted Greek lemon potatoes, with their soft, dense texture, are a game-changer.

greek style lemon potatoes roasted without crispy sides.

Greek Lemon Potatoes: A Delightful Side Dish!

When it comes to side dishes, nothing beats the versatile potato. The options are endless, from cold potato salad to crispy, large melting potatoes.

But these Greek lemon potatoes bring a delicious and slightly lemony flavor far from overpowering. Made with russet potatoes and baked to perfection, which offer a dense, creamy taste that complements various dishes like chicken and fish.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Russet potatoes
  • Vegetable oil
  • Lemons or fresh lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Dried oregano or rosemary
  • Ground black pepper
  • Chicken broth or chicken stock

Easy Slicing and Prepping Potatoes

To begin, take each potato and cut it in half. This will create two halves that can then be further cut into wedges. Each half can be divided into four equal-sized potato wedges.

By cutting the potatoes this way, you ensure they will all cook at the same rate, resulting in a perfectly tender and flavorful dish.

quarter cut potatoes.

Fresh Lemons or Lemon Juice?

If you find yourself reaching for bottled lemon juice more often than fresh lemons when cooking or baking, you might wonder if it’s possible to substitute one for the other without affecting the taste or outcome of your recipe.

The good news is that you certainly can! You can still achieve that delightful citrusy flavor in your dishes by substituting two tablespoons of bottled lemon juice for one lemon.

fresh lemons for a fresh lemony flavor.

How to Make Greek Lemon Potatoes.

  1. Preheat the Oven: Set the oven to 400 and grease a 9×13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the Potatoes: Cut each potato into wedges and place them in a mixing bowl. Add oil and spices, mixing well. Then, combine chicken broth and lemon juice.
tender soft greek style potatoes.
  1. Arrange and Bake: Place the potato wedges in a single layer in the baking dish, pouring the lemony broth on top. You must play with the potato wedges to get them in a single layer. It’s okay if some overlap slightly; do your best. Bake in a preheated oven on an oven rack for 45-55 minutes or until fork-tender.
  2. Serve: This Greek food dish is best served immediately. A spatula works great since it’ll be soft and delectable! Pour some delicious juices over the top before serving this Greek lemon potatoes recipe.
fully cooked and tender potatoes in a baking dish.

What potatoes work best? 

  1. Russet Potatoes: These are the go-to choice for many people when making Greek lemon potatoes. Russets are starchy and tend to become soft and fluffy when cooked. Their ability to absorb flavors makes them ideal for the lemony, garlicky marinade.
  2. Yukon Gold Potatoes: Yukon Golds are an excellent alternative, as they have a slightly buttery taste and a texture between waxy and starchy. They hold their shape well and absorb delicious lemon and herb flavors.
  3. Idaho Potatoes: Like Russet potatoes, Idaho potatoes have a high starch content and absorb fantastic flavor. They turn beautifully tender when cooked, making them suitable for Greek lemon potatoes.
russet baking potatoes.

Avoid using waxy potatoes like red potatoes or fingerling potatoes, as they don’t absorb flavors as well and can end up with a different texture that might not be as suitable for this specific dish.

Greek Potato Seasoning Options

If you’re a garlic lover, you can add fresh, minced garlic to the mix. Garlic adds a robust and slightly intense flavor to the dish, enhancing its overall taste profile.

The sharpness of the garlic works wonderfully with the earthy flavors of oregano, salt, and pepper, creating a deliciously fragrant aroma that will make your kitchen smell heavenly.

greek seasoning in a bowl.

Can you use fresh ingredients over Dried herbs?

Fresh oregano and cloves of garlic can be used in place of dried.

Do Greek Potatoes have a Crispy Shell?

This particular recipe for Greek-style potatoes does not have a crispy shell.

Greek-style potatoes are an amazing side dish that is bursting with Mediterranean flavors. However, one notable characteristic of this recipe is that it does not yield a crispy shell on the potatoes. This might surprise some, primarily since many potato recipes aim to achieve a crunchy exterior.

The result is a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture that perfectly complements the dish’s savory and tangy flavors.

Cooking Greek Lemon Potatoes for a Crowd

Prep two 9×13 pans, and you can easily serve 4-6 people. Remember, each potato gives you approximately eight wedges, so adjust as needed.

tender potato side dish.

What to serve with Lemon Potatoes.

Grilled or Oven Baked Chicken: Whether marinated with herbs or simply seasoned, chicken’s mild flavor pairs beautifully with the zest of Greek lemon potatoes.

Lamb: Grilled, roasted, or braised lamb is a traditional Greek meat that complements the flavors in Greek lemon potatoes, especially when cooked with Mediterranean herbs like rosemary and thyme.

Fish and Seafood: Grilled or baked fish like salmon, swordfish, or snapper are excellent with lemon potatoes. The citrusy notes in the potatoes bring out the freshness in seafood dishes.

Pork: Whether grilled pork chops, roasted pork tenderloin, or a slow-cooked shoulder, pork’s naturally sweet flavor contrasts nicely with the tangy, savory lemon potatoes.

Beef: Air Fryer Steak Bites or beef kebabs seasoned with Mediterranean herbs can be a hearty and satisfying accompaniment.

Can potatoes with green skin be eaten?

It’s best to avoid green parts, as they can contain solanine, which can be toxic in large amounts. Peeling or cutting off the green parts is advised.

More Delicious Potato Recipes

Looking for more ways to enjoy everyone’s favorite vegetable, the potato? Try one of my favorite side dish recipes and get creative with your meal!

simple sides
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Tender Greek Potatoes with Lemon


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Lemon-infused Greek-style potatoes are delicious soaked in broth, absorbing all its richness while being expertly oven-roasted. Simple to make yet irresistibly tasty, these herb-flavored potatoes are ideal served alongside a main chicken dish or any Mediterranean meal.

Ingredients
 

  • 4 russett potatoes cut into 8 wedges
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 fresh lemons juiced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth Chicken stock can be used as a substitution

Instructions

  • Start by Preheating the Oven: Turn it up to 400°F and then take a 9×13 baking pan, greasing it with nonstick cooking spray. Once that's done, set it aside for later.
  • Prepare the Potatoes: Grab each potato and cut it in half. Then take each half and slice it into 4 equal wedges. There will be 8 wedges total from each potato. Try to keep them even and uniform for on-time cooking.
  • Place your potato wedges into a mixing bowl. Add your preferred oil and all spices, mixing well to ensure they're evenly coated.
  • Mix chicken broth and lemon juice. This blend will give your potatoes a rich, tangy flavor.
  • Arrange the Potatoes: Carefully place the potatoes in a single layer in the greased baking dish. Pour the chicken broth mixture over the top, making sure the potatoes are sitting in the broth. You may need to play around with the wedges to get them just right. A little overlap is fine; just do your best to make it even.
  • Bake to Perfection: Put the lemon potatoes in the oven and bake them for 45-55 minutes. You'll know they're ready when they're fork-tender and smell incredible.
  • Final Touches: If you like, add a little extra cracked pepper and salt on top for added seasoning.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Dish up the potatoes hot, and if desired, drizzle a little extra broth on top for that final touch.

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Notes

TEXTURE: These are soft Greek or Mediterranean-style potatoes and do not include a crispy shell. They are a dense and deliciously soft potato side dish
SERVES: This recipe includes four potatoes, which break down into eight slices a piece. This is approximately 32 slices, which account for at least half a potato a person. If you need more than that, place it in a second casserole dish to cook and do not pile the potatoes on top.
Lemon potatoes go best with chicken, pork tenderloin, steak, or fish.

Nutrition

Serving: 5wedges | Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 0.4mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. Diana Martin says:

    I made these a couple of times and they were great. Then tonight, the potatoes would not get tender even after baking over an hour. I read that acid can stop the potato from breaking down and getting soft. Or maybe it was the Russet Norkotah variety that sometimes won’t get soft. This is the first time I ever had this problem but it was really weird.

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