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If you’re after a side dish for your summer roast, look no further than my crispy garlic and lemon potatoes.

Zesty flavours combine with the glorious crunchy of roast potatoes to create this Greek-style, delicious side dish.

Traditionally these Greek lemon potatoes would be made with semolina but I’ve created my own version which is completely gluten free.

They’re perfect for pairing with roast meat, or even with grilled meat or fish, or as a side dish for a BBQ.

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The crispiest potatoes ever!

So what makes these crispy garlic and lemon potatoes so good?

To start with, you par-boil the peeled potatoes, then shake them in a colander to ensure they get lovely and crisp.

Next, tip them into hot oil and roast them for around 30 minutes, to begin getting those golden, crunchy edges.

Once they’ve roasted, we’re going to drench them in a zesty, herby, salty sauce which will soak into the potatoes as they continue to roast.

The second roast ensures they soak up the flavours and enhances that crunchy outer even more.

The result is a golden and crunchy roast potato, with a zesty, herby flavour and a deliciously fluffy inside.


Greek lemon potatoes marinade

The marinade for these crispy garlic and lemon potatoes is what will really make them pop.

It’s a simple combination which combines some of my favourite flavours.

There’s a full printable recipe card with the methods and ingredients below, but for the shopping list you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • The juice of two lemons
  • 150ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled and crushed)
  • A generous helping of salt and pepper.

There are loads of gluten free stock cubes out there – and this would work well with vegetable stock too if you want a vegetarian version.

Personally I prefer the taste of chicken stock which is why I’ve used this in my recipe.

To make the stock I used half a Knorr chicken stock cube (find a list of gluten free stocks in the UK here) mixed with 150ml boiling water.

The lemon juice could come from a bottle, though I much prefer the taste of fresh.

You could also use a garlic paste in a jar, or frozen chopped garlic, if you prefer – but I used two garlic cloves and crushed them.

Once you’ve mixed up the sauce, it’s ready to be poured over the potatoes when it reaches that half way point.


Is semolina gluten free?

Traditionally, most Greek-style roast potatoes which are similar to these would also have semolina in the sauce.

Unfortunately, I’ve had to omit this as semolina is not gluten free.

It’s made from wheat and therefore contains gluten and is not suitable for people with coeliac disease or on a gluten free diet.

When testing this recipe I did try it out with a fine-milled polenta which I found in a local grocery shop.

However I didn’t really feel it added much to it and it was just as good without.

To me, it made more sense to make these crispy garlic and lemon potatoes with as few ingredients as possible.

Plus I’d hate to send you out for a bag of fined milled polenta, for you to only use a tablespoon of it at a time!

So I have opted for a semolina-free Greek style roast potato which is gluten free – and also as an added benefit, dairy free too.

If you switch the chicken stock for veg stock too, these crispy garlic and lemon potatoes would also be vegan.


Which potatoes should I use?

Personally, as in my crispy roast potatoes recipe, I always use King Edward potatoes.

I know Maris Piper are also a popular (and good) option for roasties.

But for me, King Edward potatoes just always produce a consistently good roast potato every time I use them.

Either way, you want to ensure you have a floury potato, as this will give the best crisp edges and fluffy exterior.

When par-boiling, you want the potatoes so that you can just pierce the edge with a knife.

Be confident with this and ignore that little voice in your head telling you to ‘just give them a bit longer’.

If you leave them in a few minutes too long you’ll find they disintegrate when you rough them up in the colander.

While they may still taste fine, you’ll end up with more of a roasted mash potato than the crispy, garlic and lemon roast potatoes you were aiming for.


My crispy garlic and lemon potatoes recipe

Whatever you’re looking to pair with these potatoes, you’re going to absolutely LOVE this recipe.

I am also a huge advocate for cold, leftover roast potatoes and eating these the next day is an absolute treat.

This recipe makes enough crispy garlic and lemon potatoes to feed 2-4 people, depending on if it’s the main side dish or part of a BBQ or salad platter.

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Yield: 4

Crispy Garlic and Lemon Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

These crispy garlic and lemon potatoes are the perfect gluten free and dairy free side dish! Greek lemon potatoes with a zesty, herby flavour.


  • 1kg King Edward potatoes
  • 3-4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 lemons (juice only)
  • 150ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled and crushed)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Handful fresh parsley (chopped)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200'C / Fan 180'C / Gas Mark 6.
  2. Set a large pan of unsalted water on the hob to boil. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut the in halves (or quarters if they're particularly large - you want them around 2 x 2 inches in size).
  3. When the water is boiling, tip in the potatoes and boil for 5-7 minutes, until the surface just feels a little soft when poked with a dinner knife.
  4. Meanwhile, pour the oil into a large roasting tin and place in the hot oven to heat up - you want this in there for around 10-15 minutes so that it gets nice and hot.
  5. Drain the potatoes in a colander. Give them a gentle shake to rough up the edges.
  6. Carefully remove the roasting tin from the oven and pour the potatoes in - the oil should sizzle and spit. Use a slotted spoon to quickly turn them to coat them in oil, then as quickly as possible place back in the oven. Roast for 30 minutes.
  7. While the potatoes are roasting, mix together the lemon juice, stock, oregano, crushed garlic and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Set to one side until the potatoes are ready (it doesn't matter if it goes cold).
  8. When the potatoes have had 30 minutes, remove the tray from the oven and give them a shake to roll the potatoes round the tin. Pour over the lemon mixture, then shake again to ensure the potatoes are covered.
  9. Place back in the oven for another 30 minutes, turning the potatoes half way through. When done, they should be golden and crunchy and the marinade should have soaked into the potatoes completely.
  10. Pour into a serving dish, sprinkle over the fresh parsley and a pinch of sea salt flakes, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 629Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 163mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 8gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g

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Hi, I'm Sarah! Diagnosed with coeliac disease 20 years ago, I'm on a mission to create the best gluten free recipes since sliced bread. No fruit salads or dry brownies here.

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  1. I LOVE the idea of Lemon and Garlic Roasties!

    I have an older-model Tefal Actifry, so I’m going to try adapting this recipe a bit to see if it will work for me. I might need to cut the potatoes smaller – as I can’t control the temperature of the Actifry – but I’m sure they’ll still be delicious.

    Thank you, Sarah!