Orange Lemon Potatoes (Island of Crete)

Everyone in Crete has orange and lemon trees in their backyard, front yard and courtyard. And more often than not, we make orange lemon potatoes. We have fresh oranges for breakfast, between meals or as a dessert after dinner.  This is true for most of the Mediterranean region and why you will find lemons and lemon juice in so many Mediterranean Diet recipes and even oranges where you might not expect them (such as my white bean soup with orange slices or orange cookies which uses both orange and lemon juice).   Sliced lemons are also used for many Mediterranean baked recipes such as this Salmon with yogurt, spinach, lemon and capers recipe or Moroccan tagine with lemons, peppers, and green olives.

Not only was there fresh lemon and oranges in our yard, but we also picked our own olives for the olive oil. We would also pick the fresh herbs and pull the potatoes right out of the ground just before we cooked them.  When we ate orange lemon potatoes as a child they simply couldn’t be any more delicious, fresh or nutritious (heart protective, cancer fighting, swimming in anti0xidants).

Even if you are a new cook, I think you will find this recipe easy to make and very satisfying.  It is one of my favorites and I think you will enjoy it as well!

Orange Lemon Potatoes from Crete


Orange Lemon Potatoes (Island of Crete)

Koula Barydakis
4.50 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 354 kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add all ingredients to a baking pan. Mix well with your hands. Salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until potatoes are golden brown.


Calories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 3gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gSodium: 67mgPotassium: 593mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 96IUVitamin C: 51mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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About the Author: Koula Barydakis
Koula Barydakis was born into a long tradition of eating and living Mediterranean on the Greek island of Crete. She is a chef who has worked in many of the top restaurants in Crete and in Greek Town in Toronto, Canada. Koula is the co-author of “Foods of Crete, Traditional Recipes of the Healthiest People in the World” and is currently completing her second cookbook. Koula teaches cooking classes to tourists in Crete and has been hired to teach classes in other countries as well.


  1. Claire December 22, 2022 at 7:21 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Great! Thank you

  2. Toriwa September 4, 2022 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Will be trying these tonight thank you for the creative idea

  3. Lisa Stewart August 5, 2019 at 12:59 am - Reply

    This recipe is one of the best I have ever tried. The potatoes were amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it.

    • George Zikos August 6, 2019 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      These are so good! I’m glad you liked them. Thanks for making them :)

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