Smoky Oven Roasted Potatoes and Onions

We’ve heard from our community that sometimes the meal-time struggle you experience the most is actually what to serve along-side your favorite dinner recipes! This is one of our family’s go-to’s.  I pick up the 1.5lb bags of baby pototatoes on every grocery trip and have a variety of easy ways to prep and cook them.  These Smoky Oven Roasted Potatoes require only a few basic ingredients, are hands-off, and end up with amazing flavor and sweet caramelized onions.  Total winner!  (If they look familiar, it’s a riff on this long-time favorite for outdoor cooking, our Grilled Potatoes and Onions. Check that recipe out if you’re interested in a foil- packets version!)

Potatoes and caramelized onions in serving dish

Ingredients for Smoky Oven Roasted Potatoes

oven roasted potato ingredients

The name of the game here is EASY. This only takes minutes to prepare and then the oven does all the work!  I’ve written this recipe for 1 1/2 pounds of baby potatoes because these little 1.5lb bags are easily accessible in grocery stores. You can really use any variety, we love both the golden and the reds and I buy these on just about every grocery trip!  Aside from that, you’ll need a large sweet yellow onion, salt and pepper, and smoked paprika.

Prep your Potatoes and Onions

Potatoes and Onions

There’s no peeling potatoes here, I simply cut each one in half and add your sliced onion. While I’m working on this step, I place a large cast-iron dutch oven (or skillet, if you have a large cast iron one) on the stove top and preheat it.

Secret Ingredient for the best smoky flavor!

potatoes with smoked paprikaSmoked paprika is the main flavor agent in this recipe.  Aside from salt and pepper, you really don’t need anything else.  That’s how amazing this spice is. It’s not the same as regular paprika. If you don’t see it at your regular grocery store, you can always grab some from Amazon!  It adds beautiful color and the most amazing, deep but not overpowering, smokiness. Toss all of this together with a little olive oil to coat and then it all gets popped in that hot cast iron pan with a touch of butter.

Oven Roasting Potatoes and Onions

Potatoes and Onions in dutch oven

The pan goes straight into oven where I like to cook it with the lid on for the first half of cooking and the lid off for the second half.  The lid traps moisture and helps create that creamy potato texture and helps the onions cook down. When the lid comes off, you start getting some browning and caramelization.

Enjoy your Smoky Oven Roasted Potatoes and Caramelized Onions

Potatoes and caramelized onions in serving dish

The result is heavenly potatoes with the softest, creamiest texture and dreamy, deep golden caramelized onions that sort of disappear into the potatoes and add amazing flavor depth.  It’s an amazing, EASY side dish that goes so perfectly with so many things.  Try it along side your favorite chicken or beef dish!

potatoes with smoked paprika

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Smoked Potatoes and onions

Smoky Oven Roasted Potatoes and Onions

5 from 2 votes
SO simple and insanely delicious. Smoky, soft creamy potatoes with sweet caramelized onions and roasted hands-off in the oven!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1.5 lbs baby potatoes golden or red both work great
  • 1 large sweet onion sliced into 1/4" slices
  • 2 tabelspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place cast iron dutch oven on your stove top on medium-low heat.  Cut potatoes in half and place in a mixing bowl, add onions. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.  Use clean hands to toss together so everything is well coated.
  • Drop butter into your hot pan and immediately add potatoes and onions. Stir lightly to coat and then place lid on pan and place pan in pre-heated oven. Cook for 15 minutes  and then remove lid, stir potatoes, and return to oven for another 15-20 minutes until potatoes are soft and golden brown and onions are super soft and caramelized.  (You can stir occasionally if needed).
Course: Potatoes
Keyword: caramelized onions, potatoes, smoked paprika
Author: Sara Wells
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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    These potatoes were fabulous. My husband complimented them without my having to ask him what he thought. That’s saying a lot. It’s definitely going into our regular rotation.

    1. I’m not an expert in outdoor dutch oven cooking, but I imagine it would work just fin 🙂