Savoring Tradition: Crafting Perfect Greek Lemon Potatoes

Roasted in a heavenly savory lemon broth, these Greek Lemon Potatoes are irresistible and the perfect side dish.

potatoes with lemon in a white bowl

When it comes to Mediterranean cuisine, Greek lemon potatoes stand out as a timeless and flavorful dish that perfectly captures the essence of Greek flavors.

Yukon Gold Potatoes are roasted in two batches. First, an initial roast to par cook them, then a second roast in a savory, lemony broth.

Whether enjoyed as a side dish or the star of the meal, Greek lemon potatoes are sure to transport your taste buds to Greece.

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Pair these delicious potatoes with Greek-style meatballs, Ina Garten’s Osso Bucco, other roasted vegetables, roasted chicken, and more.

Origins of Greek Lemon Potatoes

The origins of Greek lemon potatoes can be traced back to the heart of Greek home cooking, where the combination of simple, locally-sourced ingredients created amazing flavors. Rooted in the agricultural abundance of the region, potatoes were embraced as a versatile canvas for culinary creativity. This led to the creation of various potato dishes, and among them, this beautiful vegetable dish emerged as a standout favorite.

A Marriage of Flavors

The beauty of Greek lemon potatoes lies in their ability to transform humble ingredients into beautiful flavors. The marriage of tangy lemon, savory broth, and earthy potatoes is a testament to Greek flavors. The lemon not only infuses the potatoes with its citrusy brightness but also tenderizes and elevates the overall dish.

roasted potatoes with lemon

A Dish of Tradition and Celebration

Greek lemon potatoes often find their place at the center of gatherings and celebrations. From family dinners to festive occasions, these potatoes are pure comfort and joy. Passed down through generations, the recipe for this delicious dish carries the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and cooks who have lovingly prepared and served this dish as a cherished tradition.

A Culinary Voyage from Greece to Global Tables

As Greek cuisine gained recognition on the global culinary stage, so did the fame of this dish. Today, you can find variations of this dish in restaurants worldwide. Each adds its own unique twist while staying true to the core flavors that make it an irresistible favorite.

Preserving Tradition While Embracing Change

While the essence of Greek lemon potatoes remains firmly rooted in tradition, modern cooks have embraced this dish. You can experiment with different potato varieties, roasting methods, or incorporating modern cooking tools. The heart of this simple side dish remains unchanged—a tribute to the simplicity and authenticity that define Greek cooking.

cutting potatoes into quarters

How to Make Greek Lemon Potatoes: A Step-by-Step Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (storebought or try this recipe)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh oregano or parsley leaves for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a sheet pan, toss the potatoes in half ¼ cup of olive oil.
  3. Season potatoes with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano. Toss to coat.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes. (They will only be partially cooked at this point).
  5. Remove from the oven and turn potatoes over. Pour in the broth, lemon juice, and remaining olive oil.
  6. Next, return to oven and roast for 40 – 60 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated and the potatoes are tender.
  7. Remove potatoes from oven and place in a serving platter. Drizzle any remaining liquid over potatoes. (That liquid is gold!)

Serve them hot as a delightful side dish. Pair them with your favorite protein for a complete and satisfying meal.

Greek lemon potatoes are a huge step up from your standard roasted potatoes, but still so easy.

With just a few ingredients, you can bring vibrant Mediterranean flavors to your own kitchen.

These oven-roasted delights, infused with the zest of lemon and the depth of garlic, will quickly become a household favorite.

Greek Lemon Potatoes

Author: Maddy & JD – Them Bites
Roasted in a heavenly savory lemon broth, these Greek Lemon Potatoes are a delicious kick up from your standard roasted potatoes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Greek
Servings 6 people
Calories 170 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 8 – 10 Yukon gold potatoes, cut into quarters and peeled
  • salt and pepper

Recipe Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. In a sheet pan, toss the potatoes in half ¼ cup of olive oil.
  • Season potatoes with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano. Toss to coat.
  • Roast potatoes for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and turn potatoes over. Pour in the broth, lemon juice, and remaining olive oil.
  • Return to oven and roast for 40 – 60 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated and the potatoes are tender.
  • Remove potatoes from oven and place in a serving platter. Drizzle any remaining liquid over potatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 0.4gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.2mg
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