Herb Roasted Melting Potatoes

Melting potatoes are a side dish that goes with just about everything. Easy to make and they just melt in your mouth. These potatoes are drenched in herbs and butter. These will be one of your favorite side dishes after you get a taste. 

When I first heard of melting potatoes I had a much different idea in mind than when I actually ate them. These potatoes literally just melt in your mouth when you eat them. If you have not tried this before you are certainly in for a treat. This side dish is guaranteed to be a hit, especially since they are smothered in herbs, garlic and butter. I have even made them for breakfast instead of my standard roasted breakfast potatoes. Be ready for these little gems to steal the show next time you serve them. 

In this recipe

One of the reasons this recipe works well is that is doesn’t use a lot of ingredients. The main ingredients you need are potatoes, butter, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and garlic. That is really all it takes to make this incredible side dish. On of the things that will want to make sure is that the butter is clarified before you use it. While this recipe uses thyme and parsley other herbs are fair game as well. Feel free to use sage, rosemary, tarragon, chervil, or chives to make the perfect version for you. 

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Making clarified butter

When putting butter in the oven you want to make sure that you clarify it first. Clarifying is the process of removing the milk solids form the milkfat. This is important because the milk solids will scorch when they are placed in the oven, especially at the temperature needed for this recipe.

The great thing about clarifying butter is that it is really easy to do. Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove. Once the butter is melted there will be a very thin layer of white milk solids on the top. Use a spoon to remove that and then only use the yellow milkfat. Discard the milk solids that are at the bottom. 

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Slice them up

One of the things that is important when making these potatoes is that you want an nice thick slice. The potatoes should be about an inch thick when you cut them. This is important for a couple of reasons. The first being that the thickness plays a role in getting that soft pillowy potato that melts in your mouth. The other is due to the length of time and method of cooking. If they are too thin when you add the broth they could start to break apart. A Yukon gold potato is a great potato since it holds up well to this type of cooking. 

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Why are they melting potatoes?

The reason these little gems are called melting potatoes is that once you bite into them they just melt in your mouth. This happens because they are first roasted and then steamed. By first roasting the potatoes you create a nice firm outer layer and interior will start to cook. When you take them out to add the broth the potatoes should still be very firm.

Then you will add the broth with the garlic and cook them again. The his temperature of the oven will quickly create steam and the potatoes will absorb the rest making them soft on the inside. It is important that you do not open the oven door until you are ready to remove the potatoes since that will release all of the steam. 

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Herb Roasted Melting Potatoes

Soft and pillowy potato medallions in a garlic and herb butter sauce.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 283 kcal


  • Sheet pan
  • Mixing Bowl


  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon pepper
  • 6 tablespoons butter clarified
  • ½ tablespoon thyme fresh, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon parsley fresh, chopped
  • cup chicken broth vegetable broth alternative
  • 4 cloves garlic minced


  • Preheat oven to 450°F, 230°C or gas mark 8.
  • Slice the potatoes into rounds about an inch in thickness. Pour the butter, salt, pepper, and thyme potatoes and mix to coat evenly.
  • Place all of the potatoes cut side down in a single layer on a sheet pan and place in the oven.
  • Roast the potatoes for 20 minutes the remove from the oven flip them over and roast for another 15 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to 400°F, 200°C or gas make 6.
  • Remove potatoes from oven and flip them over again. Pour the broth over the potatoes and sprinkle the parsley and garlic on the potatoes. Bake for another 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a platter or serving bowl. Pour over any remaining liquid and top with additional herbs if desired.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 283kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 303mgPotassium: 987mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 414IUVitamin C: 47mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer*
Keyword Butter, Creamy, Roasted Potatoes
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16 thoughts on “Herb Roasted Melting Potatoes”

  1. 5 stars
    These potatoes look incredibly delicious! My family loves roasted potatoes and this is going to be a perfect recipe for them. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    Herb potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes and this recipe for them looks really tasty and super crispy as well.

  3. 5 stars
    I think I need to try these! I’ve heard about melting potatoes for so long but haven’t gotten around to making them. Yours came out beautifully!

  4. 5 stars
    These potatoes are so incredibly flavorful! I served them with grilled chicken, my first barbecued meal of the season. After the last baking step, I gave them a quick sear on the grill, just to make them extra crunchy. Everyone loved them and wished I’d made more!

  5. Wow, these melting potatoes are absolutely heavenly! They truly live up to their name by melting in your mouth with every bite. I can already tell that this will become a staple side dish in my kitchen.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this recipe yesterday as a side dish and it came out amazing! The potatoes were perfectly crispy outside and creamy inside. Going to make it again this weekend for a family dinner.

  7. 5 stars
    This potato dish looks so yummy! The softness makes this so enticing and tempting! The herb butter sauce adds great flavor and taste to this! Loved it!

  8. 5 stars
    These potatoes made for a great side dish! They came out very tasty and crispy, which was perfect! Thanks for the recipe share!

  9. 5 stars
    I am always on the lookout for new potato recipes to try. These turned out great! I did make them in the air fryer, to make them extra crispy!

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