Greek Lemon and Garlic Potatoes (recipe and video)

Are you passionate about potatoes and think you can’t eat them on a Mediterranean diet?  Think again!  Try one the most popular recipes from our Foods of Crete cookbook. This recipe uses a long cooking method, which results in potatoes with a crispy exterior and soft interior. The prep is fast and easy so you give just a little effort for great results! We’re sure these garlicky lemon potatoes will become a side dish favorite in your home.


Photo Credit: Christine Dutton

Mediterranean Diet: Lemon Potatoes

Greek Lemon and Garlic Potatoes (recipe and video)

Koula Barydakis
4.67 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 289 kcal


  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and quartered (about 4 medium sized russets)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Put everything in a large casserole dish and mix very well.
  • Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until potatoes are soft. Stir at about 30 minutes.


Calories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 153mgPotassium: 267mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 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. Jim Hallmark June 14, 2020 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Hi Koula,
    Do you have any recommendations on what would be good to serve with these?

  2. Gerry July 22, 2015 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    This dish is a real crowd pleaser. Everyone loves ’em and if you do have any leftovers, they are also amazing as a breakfast side dish.

  3. March 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Started eating these right out of the dish! The aroma and the lemony herbs are delicious and the texture was perfect–even with next day leftovers. This is my new favorite side dish, thank you!

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