Lemon Sage Roasted Potatoes

I believe strongly that flavour combinations can transform a good dish into a great dish. These potatoes are a wonderful example. Sure anyone can roast potatoes, but the addition of two fragrant flavour enhancers like sage and lemon zest make these potatoes come alive.

I have been looking in the local grocery stores for baby purple potatoes. I am so intrigued by them as their colour is so deep and it adds a wonderful accent to any dish. I finally found them but not on their own. They were in a bag with baby red and yellows.

Baby potatoes are tender and the mixture of colours provide an attractive accent on the plate. Purple potatoes are coloured right through but they taste mostly the same. They do, however, cook a bit more quickly than the other potatoes.

Fresh sage and lemon zest make a wonderful flavour combination.

Lemon Sage Roasted Potatoes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Steve Cylka


  • 2 pounds of baby potatoes
  • 1 bunch of sage
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Boil the baby potatoes until tender.
  • Chop the sage into thin slices.
  • Melt the butter and mix with the sage, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • In a large bowl toss the potatoes with the butter mixture ensuring that all the potatoes are coated in the butter. Dump the potatoes in a baking dish and sprinkle with the salt.
  • Bake at 375F for 20 minutes.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Lovely side dish! Who am I kidding, I would eat enough to make them a meal.

  2. Sage is one of my favorite herbs! Looks delicious.

  3. Looks fantastic! It is similar to a side I regularly order at a favorite restaurant. Yum!

  4. Wow this looks so delicious Steve, great photos!! 🙂

  5. Roger Grant - New Hamburg, ON.

    Guess what I am cooking up this evening, Steve? Yup, it’s “Lemon Sage Roasted Potatoes.” My stomach rolled in anticipation just reading your notes. Thanks so much!! P.S. I will be sure to give you the credit when my family inquires about the source of my culinary ambition.

  6. What a great side dish. So simple yet you can see how it would be so full of flavor. Also, I love your photos!

  7. These look so beautiful! Mmmm I am craving potatoes now 🙂

  8. I completely agree with you about the flavours. Sometimes, a dish looks so great, but when you taste it, it’s a complete disappointment. And sometimes, just those little touches make the simplest dish the tastiest – it looks like you’ve managed to achieve just that! 🙂

  9. I love that these are so simple, yet the combination is so good! Beautiful as well with the choice of potatoes!

  10. Steve these look gorgeous! I love the purple potatoes!

  11. I love fresh sage! I will have to try these. I bet these are great with a nice pork roast. Great job.

  12. Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!

  13. I never would have thought that lemon and potatoes are a harmonious combination, but the addition of sage would make this work. This is one for my fall dinner list. Thanks!



  14. I am eager to try this recipe. One of my favourite recipes is almost exactly the same, except instead of sage I use oregano and garlic. I will share you recipe. Thank you, and congrats on the Foodbuzz top 9!!!

  15. It’s a wonderful website I am looking for and surprising me everyday, thanks pastor Steve!
    The purple potatoes looks so delicious and nutritional, wondering where I can find it, can’t wait to try it!

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