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Easy Hasselback Potatoes with Thyme Butter

Easy hasselback potatoes, baked in the oven and finished with thyme butter. A delicious side dish that will work with any main course.

A bowl of hasselback potatoes with fresh thyme to the back.

I am always looking at ways to change up mealtimes and these hasselback baked potatoes are a great alternative to a traditional baked potato.

The cuts into the potato not only crisp up beautifully, but they can also hold all manner of flavour.

These fanned out potatoes look impressive with their crunchy layers. Our crispy hasselback potatoes are really simple to cook and this is one of those recipes you will return to again and again.

Hasselback potatoes originated in a restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, where they were created by one of their chefs. They really do look pretty on a plate and add a little more flair to any dinner dish.

What is a hasselback potato?

A hasselback potato has thin cuts running across the width and along the length of the potato (see images below). These cuts go deep into the potato, but not all the way through.

When baked in the oven these cuts open and the potato fans out. This makes them ideal for drizzling with flavoured oils and butters, herbs and spices.

How to make hasselback potatoes:

Using 2 chopsticks to stop a knife from cutting all the way through potatoes
  • Rinse the potatoes under cold water and dry with kitchen paper.
  • Using a sharp knife slice 3/4 way through the potatoes, taking care not to go all the way through.
  • Try and keep the slices thin as this will allow more heat into the potato and it will fan out more in the oven.
Potatoes sliced and seasoned with salt and pepper ready for the oven.
  • Place the potatoes in an oven proof dish, season with salt and pepper and drizzle over sunflower oil. Mix to combine.
  • Pop the dish into the oven at 180CFan/200C for 20 minutes.

How to make Thyme Butter:

A dish of butter with added salt and fresh thyme
  • To make the thyme butter, add thyme leaves to soft butter and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.
A mixture of homemade thyme butter
  • Stir the thyme leaves through the softened butter until well mixed through.
Added thyme butter to part baked hasselback potatoes.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and spread over the thyme butter and add some black pepper.
  • Pop the potatoes back into the oven for a further 20-25 minutes.
  • The potatoes will fan out and should be soft inside.
  • Serve with the melted butter poured over the top.

Our crispy hasselback potatoes can also be added to a traybake with other vegetables. We like to pop some hasselback potatoes into our Sticky Sausage & Vegetable Traybake, making this dish an entire meal in one tray.

Recipe ingredients and substitutions:

  • Potato, when selecting potatoes choose a variety of potato that is good for baking. We used baby new charlotte potatoes as they bake well and fan out in the oven.
  • Butter with plenty seasoning is the perfect accompaniment to potatoes. However, you can substitute with some oil if you would prefer or even some flavoured oil, like a herb or chilli oil.
  • Thyme is used to flavour the butter however you can substitute with other herbs, either fresh or dried. Italian dried herbs would work with the butter as would fresh tarragon, parsley.
  • Garlic works really well with herbs in any flavoured butter, so feel free to add this into your butter mix.
  • Spices can be added into any butter or oil that you are using to flavour the potatoes. Smoked paprika, ground cumin, Cajun or Taco spice blends would also work with oil or butter.

Useful hints and tips:

  1. Use a pair of chopsticks and set them either side of the potato. This allows you to slice the potato without going right through. The knife will only go as far as the chopsticks, keeping the bottom of the potato together and forming the “hasselback”.
  2. Our crispy hasselback potatoes are best made fresh otherwise you lose the crunch from the potato skin. However, you could prepare the herb butter ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to spread over the potatoes.
  3. Allergy advice replace the butter with a suitable dairy-free alternative if serving these potatoes to anyone with a dairy allergy or anyone following a vegan diet. You could also use a herb oil.

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Additional recipe suggestions:

If you like this recipe then try some of our other simple potato dishes:

If you are looking to change things up a bit, have a look at our 12 Best Potato Side Dishes post. It’s full of useful hints and tips, along with all our favourite potato sides.

Hasselback Potatoes with Thyme Butter

Easy hasselback potatoes, baked in the oven and finished with thyme butter. A delicious side dish that will work with any main course.
5 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 219kcal


  • 500 g new potatoes
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 50 g butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 10 g fresh thyme
  • salt & pepper (to season)


  • Preheat the oven to 180°CFan/200°C.
  • Rinse potatoes under cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice ¾ way through the potatoes, taking care not to go all the way through. You want to make the slices as close together as you can to allow more heat to reach the inside. See TOP TIP below.
  • Place the potatoes in an ovenproof dish in a single layer. Season well with salt and a drizzle of sunflower oil. Place the dish in the oven and roast for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile make the thyme butter. In a small bowl add the fresh thyme leaves, removed from the stalks to the soft butter. Mix well to combine.
  • After roasting for 20 minutes, remove the potatoes from the oven and add the thyme butter and some fresh black pepper. Give the potatoes a mix to coat them in the herb butter.
  • Place the dish back into the oven and continue to roast for a further 20-25 minutes until they are soft inside and a knife inserted in the potatoes comes out easily.
  • Remove from the oven and serve with the melted thyme butter drizzled over the potatoes.


TOP TIP: Use 2 chopsticks to sit either side of the potato as you slice. This stops the knife from going through the entire potato and allows the potato to stay together at the bottom therefore forming the “hasselback”.
Nutrition Facts
Hasselback Potatoes with Thyme Butter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 544mg16%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 434IU9%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Side Dish
Cuisine : British
Keyword : Potatoes
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Recipe Rating

5 from 11 votes (4 ratings without comment)

louise Gunstone

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Love hassleback potatoes, I've just doing them so will intro the thyme butter next time I do them - thanks.


Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Thank you Louise, the thyme butter adds a lovely buttery finish to the potatoes.

Rebecca Smith

Monday 5th of April 2021

I think these must be the tidiest most uniformed Hasselback potatoes I've ever seen, so pretty. Love the idea of a thyme infused butter, must give this a go to accompany dinner this week


Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Thank you Rebecca, they are so simple to prepare but really do look pretty on the plate. The trick with the chopsticks is a must, that's the only way I can get them this tidy.


Saturday 3rd of April 2021

These are absolutely delicious! I love their crispness and thyme is one of my favourite herbs to pair with potatoes. A favourite in my house!


Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Thank you Cat, a favourite in my house too. I agree, thyme is the perfect herb to pair with potatoes.


Saturday 3rd of April 2021

I really really really must have a go at making hasselback potatoes. I'm always put off by the faff factor, but they look so good, I'm sure it's worth the extra effort. And as for that thyme butter, what a very splendid idea.


Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Thank you Choclette, they really are very simple to prepare and the thyme butter really does finish them off.

Jacqui – Only Crumbs Remain:Recipes Made Easy

Thursday 1st of April 2021

Yes please. One of my favourite ways to cook potatoes these look perfect. The thyme butter is the perfect finish.


Thursday 1st of April 2021

Thank you Jacqui, I couldn't agree more. I love the crispy skin you get on the potatoes when cooked like this.

5 from 11 votes (4 ratings without comment)