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Greek Lemon Potatoes

Greek lemon potatoes

This Greek lemon potatoes recipe is one of my favorite side dish recipes.

They are SO tasty, so easy to make and they go with so many main course dishes that I make them often.

Of course, being a Greek recipe these lemon potatoes are delicious with roast leg of lamb or almost any roasted or baked lamb recipe. They also taste fabulous with chicken or beef.

Potatoes are very nutritious and very low cost, a great combination. I love putting potatoes on the table several nights a week in various ways. And this is one of my favorites.

Once you learn how to make Greek potatoes you will see that they are so easy to make and so delicious, you will want them on your dinner table at least once a week.

These lemon potatoes cook low and slow. Well, relatively low compared with some recipes. Some recipes recommend that you set the oven to 400ºF or more for a shorter period of time. This lemon potato recipe cooks the potatoes at a much lower temperature, 350ºF, for about 2 hours. That gives the flavor mixture that you add to the potatoes time to cook right into the potatoes and impart that amazing lemon and garlic flavor.

How To Make Greek Potatoes

Our Greek lemon potatoes are so easy to make.

First of all, peel your potatoes, then cut them lengthwise (or crosswise if you want!) into wedges. The wedges don’t have to be an exact size but you should try to get them pretty much the same thickness so they cook evenly and are ready at the same time.

I cut the potatoes into wedges that are about 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick. That thickness ensures that the potatoes will be well cooked and fork tender at the end of the cooking time. Once the potatoes are washed, peeled and cut place the wedges into a 9″x13″ casserole or baking dish.

Glass, enamel or ceramic all work well, although I have found that the potatoes cook a bit better in a non-glass pan. I used glass baking dishes for years and still do, but some things work better in enamel covered metal and this seems to be one of those times.

For the liquid that the potatoes cook in, just mix together lemon juice, olive oil, dried oregano, salt and pepper (the exact amounts are in the recipe below). Pour this over the potatoes and stir it all together to make sure the potatoes are well coated with the lemon garlic mixture.

Then just bake it in the preheated oven. Check them once in a while to make sure they are not drying out. I stir them around a couple of times during the baking period.

A Healthy Greek Lemon Potatoes Recipe

This recipe for Greek potatoes is not only budget friendly and really delicious, it’s also very healthy for us. Potatoes are a surprisingly healthy food. Most of us just think of white potatoes as bringers of carbs, but they have lots of nutritional benefits for us and in my opinion shouldn’t be shunned.

This recipe makes the best of potatoes natural nutrition while adding in other healthy ingredients to the broth that the potatoes are cooked in.

Lemon juice is of course a very healthy food and one that I try to incorporate into my diet in as many ways as I can and as often as I can.

This recipe originally called for the 1/2 cup of lemon juice and that was it. I added the zest from one of the lemons that you juice because lemon zest is not only healthy, it adds tremendous flavor to the garlic/lemon water that the potatoes cook in. Adding the zest is certainly optional, but I would suggest you try it. The zest is like a huge flavor bomb added to the other ingredients.

To zest a lemon, if you haven’t done that before, use a grater or microplane to remove just the yellow outer part of the lemon rind. Make sure you just get the lemon rind, not the white pith underneath. The white skin is just bitter and won’t add great flavor to your recipes at all. Here is a picture of what it should look like.

This recipe also calls for 3 cloves of crushed garlic. Garlic is SO healthy for us, it’s a great idea to always have fresh garlic on hand in your fridge. Fresh garlic (not just garlic powder and certainly not garlic salt – too much salt) will not only give you the best garlic taste, but also all the health benefits of garlic.

Use garlic powder to top up your garlic flavors in your recipe, but I always start with the real thing.

Your Greek Lemon Potatoes ready to serve:

Lemon Potatoes

Well now you are ready to make these lovely potatoes. I hope you enjoy them. Please use the comments section below the recipe (and below any recipe on the site) to let me and others in the community how you liked them and what variations you may have made.


Greek Lemon Potatoes

Greek Lemon Potatoes Recipe

An authentic recipe for Greek lemon potatoes, with lemon juice, garlic and oregano.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
Servings 8
Calories 266 kcal


  • 1 9"x13" baking dish


  • 4 pounds potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon (optional)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 2 teaspoons oregano, dried
  • 1 cup water


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Cut the potatoes lengthwise into fairly thick wedges (1/2" to 3/4" thick). Place them in a 9"x 13" casserole dish.
  • Whisk together the water, lemon juice, oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the potatoes, turning to coat them evenly.
  • Bake in a 350ºF oven, uncovered, turning occasionally, to keep the potatoes well moistened. Bake for two hours, or until the potatoes are tender and most of liquid has evaporated.
  • Makes 8 servings.


Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 606mgPotassium: 986mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 16IUVitamin C: 51mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 2mg
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If you love our Greek lemon potatoes and want to try another flavorful Greek recipe, try this pastitsio. It’s wonderful too.

These lovely lemon potatoes are also delicious with roasted lamb. You will find a good recipe here.

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