I love these easy Hasselback potatoes with herbs as a unique way of baking potatoes.  It must be my Scandinavian heritage as this method originated in Sweden, but I think these are so fun and oh-so delicious.  

Originally, Hasselback potatoes were topped with butter, nuts, and breadcrumbs, but I like mine topped with olive oil, herbs, and vegan parmesan cheese.  Give these a try, I think you will enjoy them.

Hasselback Potatoes served on a white plate

Why you’ll love these easy Hasselback potatoes 

  • Crispy edges: Hasselback potatoes are known to be irresistibly crispy, with golden-brown edges. They are absolute perfection in my mind.
  • Impressive presentation: The distinctive cuts make Hasselback potatoes visually stunning. This method is such an easy way to elevate the humble potato.
  • Infused flavor: By adding herbs, garlic, lemon zest, and salt between the slices, you infuse each bite with a burst of flavor.
  • Versatility: Hasselback potatoes go well with a wide range of main dishes.
  • Customizable ingredients: You can personalize the recipe by choosing your favorite herbs and adjusting the seasonings to match your taste preferences.
  • Simple preparation: While they appear fancy, Hasselback potatoes are surprisingly easy to make.
  • Family favorite: This dish is a crowd-pleaser loved by adults and children alike, making it an excellent option for family dinners or gatherings.
  • Time efficiency: Despite their elegant appearance, Hasselback potatoes require minimal hands-on time.
  • Memorable occasions: Hasselback potatoes are perfect for special occasions, holidays, and celebrations, adding a touch of elegance to your table.

Ingredients and substitution notes

  • Oil: Use olive oil for a rich and slightly fruity flavor. The oil helps crisp the potato edges and allows the seasoning to adhere.
  • Fresh herbs: Dill, parsley, rosemary, thyme, etc. These add freshness, aroma, and flavor to the potatoes. Depending on your taste, you can use a single herb or a combination.
  • Garlic: Garlic is a classic addition to Hasselback potatoes.
  • Lemon zest adds a zesty, citrusy aroma and brightness to the dish. It complements the richness of the potatoes and herbs.

Recipe variations and add-ins

  • Vegan pesto Hasselback potatoes: Before roasting, spread a layer of vegan pesto (basil or sun-dried tomato) between the slices for a burst of herbal and nutty flavors.
  • Stuffed Hasselback potatoes: Carefully stuff the slices with ingredients like sautéed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, or artichoke hearts for a delightful stuffed potato.
  • Mediterranean inspired:. Add sliced Kalamata olives, diced tomatoes, and vegan feta cheese between the slices before roasting.
  • Taco-seasoned Hasselback potatoes: Sprinkle a taco seasoning blend over the potatoes, then add diced tomatoes, black beans, and vegan cheese sauce between the slices. Top with chopped cilantro after roasting.
  • Smoky paprika: Season the potatoes with smoked paprika and add finely diced red bell pepper and corn between the slices. Top with fresh chives.
  • Mushroom and onion topping: – Sautéed mushrooms and onions with garlic and thyme create a delicious topping for your potatoes.

Top tips

Here are some of my top tips for making perfect Hasselback potatoes:

  • Select the right potatoes: Choose waxy or all-purpose potatoes, such as Yukon Gold potatoes, as it holds its shape well and has a creamy texture. Avoid using russet potatoes, which tend to crumble.
  • Consistent slicing: Make precise and even cuts when slicing the potatoes, ensuring that you don’t cut all the way through. To achieve this, place the potato between two chopsticks or on a wooden spoon handle to guide your knife.
  • Thin slices: Thin slices are key to achieving the iconic accordion-like appearance and ensuring that the potatoes cook evenly and become crispy. Aim for slices about 1/8 inch (3mm) apart.
  • Oil and seasoning between slices: Drizzle oil and sprinkle seasonings between the slices to infuse flavor throughout the potato. Use a brush to ensure even distribution.
  • Cover with foil: Cover the potatoes with foil for the first half of the cooking time. This prevents the exposed slices from overcooking while allowing the inside to become tender.
  • Remove foil for crisping: About halfway through the cooking time, remove the foil to expose the slices. This step is crucial for achieving that signature crispy texture.
  • Herb and seasoning selection: Experiment with different herbs and seasonings to create unique flavor profiles. Consider the flavor profile you desire, whether Mediterranean, Tex-Mex, Italian, or another cuisine.

Make ahead of instructions and storage for hasselback potatoes

Making ahead of time:

Prepare the potatoes by washing, slicing, and adding the desired seasonings per your recipe. Stop just short of roasting them.

Place the prepped Hasselback potatoes in an airtight container or on a baking sheet covered with plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator. Make sure they are well covered to prevent moisture loss.

Add a splash of lemon juice or white vinegar to the container to prevent the potatoes from browning. Alternatively, place a damp paper towel on the potatoes before sealing the container.


If you have leftover cooked Hasselback potatoes, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be stored for up to 3-4 days.

Serving suggestions 

These Hasselback potatoes make the most delicious side to pretty much anything. Serve it alongside my vegan roast turkey or this plant-based holiday roast.

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Hasselback Potatoes served on a white plate

Hasselback Potatoes with Herbs

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  • Author: Chef Ani


I love these easy Hasselback potatoes with herbs as a unique way of baking potatoes.  It must be my Scandinavian heritage as this method originated in Sweden, but I think these are so fun and oh-so delicious.  


  • 4 potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 24 tablespoons minced fresh herbs (dill, parsley, rosemary, thyme, etc…)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • lemon zest (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • vegan parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. In a bowl mix together the oil, chopped fresh herbs, minced garlic, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Cut thin slices in the potatoes until it resembles an accordion. Use a wooden spoon or chopsticks on either side of the potato, to accurately measure the depth of cut in each potato.
  4. Brush the cut potatoes with the herb oil. Try to get some of the herbs in-between the layers too.
  5. Roast for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden and cooked through. Sprinkle with extra vegan parmesan if desired.

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