Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Herb roasted fingerling potatoes

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
161 Calories
7g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 161
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 84mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 17mg 83%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 459mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Fingerling potatoes have a creamy, almost sweet flavor that makes them a nice alternative to ordinary white, yellow, or red potatoes. Their unusual elongated shape, which slightly resembles fingers, will give your plate a different look.

Fingerling Potato Characteristics

This variety is considered waxy potatoes (like red potatoes, white potatoes, and Yukon golds), which refers to the fact that they are relatively low in starch, making them great for roasting and boiling. When it comes to mashing, you're better off with starchy potatoes like Russets.

Fingerling potatoes are available in multiple colors, including yellow, orange, red, or even purple. Use a combination of colors or just one. The yellow ones, sometimes referred to as Russian banana potatoes, are probably the most common.

You can halve them lengthwise before roasting or roast them whole, depending on your preference and the size of the spuds. If they're on the larger side, halving might be best. Otherwise, roast them whole. You can also slice them crossways into rounds, which is useful if you're planning to sauté them. Think about who will be eating them. If you're cooking for little kids, they might enjoy picking up the smaller potatoes if left whole, but if they are very big, slice them in half.


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  • 1 bunch fresh herbs, rosemary, thyme, or sage

  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for roasted potatoes
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  2. Preheat your oven to 425 F

  3. Pluck the little leaves off of the stems of your fresh herbs until you have about a tablespoon of them. If you're using rosemary, make sure the leaves don't have any of the woody stem attached. If you're using sage, give the leaves a quick chop so that they're not too big.

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  4. Wash and pat dry the potatoes.

    Roasted fingerlings
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  5. Slice them into your preferred shape or leave them whole.

    Slice them
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  6. Place the taters in a mixing bowl, drizzle them with the olive oil, then toss them so they're fully coated with the oil.

  7. Sprinkle generously with the Kosher salt and toss again to distribute the salt evenly. Don't be afraid of using too much salt. Potatoes and salt are made for each other.

    Sprinkle with salt
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  8. Finally, add the fresh herbs and toss once again. The fingerlings should now be fully coated with the oil-salt-herb mixture.

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  9. Transfer the potatoes to a roasting pan and roast until a knife slides easily into one of the largest potatoes, usually about 20 to 25 minutes.

    Roasted in pan
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  10. Flip the potatoes every 10 minutes or so, to make sure the tops don't burn.

    Flip potatoes
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  11. Garnish with a sprig of your fresh herb.

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  12. Serve and enjoy!


  • Fingerling potatoes are superb for making potato salad because they stay firm when you boil them and they have a lovely flavor.
  • Think about creative ways to use fingerling potatoes. Sliced into rounds, sautéed, then seasoned and tossed in dressing while still warm would make a wonderful addition to a basic green salad.