Crispy Coated Roast Potatoes

This is my version of a roast potato coating that can be bought from that supermarket which boasts “not just any……”.  Why pay good money for something that costs just a few pennies to make at home I thought and so I came up with this mixture which gives the potatoes a lovely savoury crispy coating.  Once you’ve tried these I don’t think you’ll want a plain roast spud ever again!

Bash the potatoes about with the lid on until they look fluffy around the edges.

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Crispy Coated Roast Potatoes
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Fluffed up, par-boiled potatoes roasted in a savoury, crispy semolina coating.
Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 4
  • Potatoes, peeled and quartered or halved
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 heaped tbsp Semolina
  • ¼ tsp Castor Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Onion granules
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Ground pepper
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (or the temp of your roast joint).
  2. Put the oil in an enamel roasting tray and put in the oven.
  3. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the potatoes for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile mix all the dry ingredients together.
  5. Drain the potatoes and shake in the pan vigorously with the lid on until fluffed up.
  6. Sprinkle the semolina mixture over the potatoes and shake the pan again with the lid on until well coated.
  7. Put the potatoes in the oiled tray and turn until thoroughly coated.
  8. Cook for about 45 minutes turning once or twice during cooking.
  9. Serve with your favourite roast.


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  1. plasterer bristol

    these sound amazing. Thanks for putting up this recipe. Simon

  2. Paul

    Trying this today on my 25 residents..

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Paul, hope they enjoy them:-)

  3. Kavey

    Never tried those coating mixes, but I’m intrigued… will suggest to household cook!

    1. Camilla

      I’ve not seem them since so no idea if M&S still sell this product?

  4. Paul Wilson

    Can’t beat nice roast potatoes.

  5. Sarah Cooper

    I must try these

  6. Susan Joyce Rogers

    Thanks for this,shall definitely try

    1. Camilla

      Fab, I’m sure you’ll love them:-)

  7. Maddy

    I bet a sprinkle of paprika would liven them up too!

    1. Camilla

      Yes you can add whatever suits your taste:-)

  8. Paul Wilson

    Roast potatoes are an essential for Christmas lunch.

  9. Ursula Hunt

    great roast potatoes

  10. gouldie7

    Looks good – wife always insists on doing roasties in dripping though. Mind you, they taste great even if it’s not overly healthy!

  11. Brooke

    So happy I found this! We brought some of the roast potato seasoning back to the US from England a few months ago and I tried to figure out how to make it myself but I sucked. Will give this a try!

    1. Camilla

      Excellent, glad you found the post:-)

  12. bev

    Ooooooooh, they do look nice and crispy!

  13. Carolin

    This will certainly be part of my next roast dinner 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Oh good, hope you enjoy them:-)

  14. Ursula Hunt

    A Sunday roast is not compete iothout a good couple of roasted potatoes

    1. Camilla


  15. Ursula Hunt

    Crispy roasts with a sprinkling of salt – yum

  16. Carolyn Clapham

    Great – they look good enough to eat 🙂

  17. Paul Wilson

    Love nice, crispy roast potatoes.

  18. Leona S Fisher

    Oh wow they look so tasty!

    1. Camilla

      Yes they really are, I think I can make them in my sleep now:-)

  19. Ursula Hunt

    I use this method, perfect crispy roasts

  20. Beverley

    I can’t wait to try these – I can never get mine looking as crispy and delish as those!

  21. Amelia Kennedy

    I never would have thought to use semolina – I’ll have to give these a try!

  22. Laura Wilce

    I must try these! My other half is usually in charge of the roast potatoes, but I bet he’d love to give these a go, too.

    1. Camilla

      Making these is second nature now LOL:-)

  23. Paul Wilson

    I’ve not tried the mix like that before, have to give it a go.

    1. Camilla

      We don’t eat our roast potatoes any other way:)

  24. Maya Russell

    I’ll definitely try the mix – just need to get onion powder – they look great!

    1. Camilla

      You could do it without in the meantime it’s just tastier with:-)

  25. Lisa Williams

    Delicious I love a crispy roast potato 🙂

  26. Christina

    These look amazing! Have to try these soon!!

    1. Camilla

      Great, they are really tasty and crispy:-)

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