Roasted Potatoes With Garlic, Dill, Meyer Lemon, & Olives

By Erin Harris | Recipes

Apr 20
Roasted potatoes with garlic, dill, lemons, and olives

Crispy potatoes roasted with garlic in a luscious lemon sauce and topped with fresh dill and olives. These roasted potatoes are the ultimate Mediterranean side dish.

Read on or scroll to the bottom to go straight to the recipe!

I’ve been growing Meyer lemons in my house in Wisconsin.

From July (when I got my lemon tree) through October, it produced white blossoms like jasmine flowers that exuded the scent of heaven.

Through the winter — including the polar vortex of January and months of incessant snowstorms — my lemon tree quietly soaked up all the sun it could, and slowly yielded baby yellow fruits.

Now in April, these tiny lemons smell like sweetness and they’re ready for picking.

There’s something very sacred about them, as anything is when you grow it yourself, but with these there’s an extra sense of specialness because they’re so small and so evocative of the kinda kinder climate that’s been calling me.

Meyer lemons and regular lemons
My Meyers are on the left and right, with a regular lemon in the middle for scale

I harvested this puppy last week and made some luscious lemon bars with it.

Today I decided to roast some potatoes, and it occurred to me to use my second lemon in the recipe. (Still deciding what to do with the third…)

So without further ado, here’s how to make roasted potatoes with garlic, dill, olives, and homegrown (or not) Meyer (or regular) lemons!

Line a skillet with quartered Yukon Gold potatoes and cloves of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, squeeze the juice of a lemon on top, and roast for 35 minutes in a hot oven. Then turn the potatoes over, add some olives, and roast for 10 minutes more.

If you’re vegan, stop there. Your potatoes will be crisp and the sweetness of the Meyer lemon will take you to heaven.

If you’re not vegan, take this to the next level. A tablespoon of butter and a reduction of Marsala wine will lift your taste buds to a higher realm.

Roasted potatoes with garlic, dill, lemons, and olives

Here’s exactly how to make these potatoes:

Roasted Potatoes With Garlic, Dill, Lemon, and Olives

Crispy potatoes roasted with garlic in a lusciously lemony sauce, topped with fresh dill and olives.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 2
Author: Erin Harris


  • 5 Yukon Gold potatoes quartered
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, halved and juiced reserve the halves
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and whole
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 12 olives
  • 1 tablespoon butter optional
  • 1/4 cup Marsala wine optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Scrub, dry, then quarter the potatoes.
  • Arrange them in a cast iron skillet or on a baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice over the potatoes, then arrange the lemon halves on top of the potatoes (for added flavor plus visual appeal).
  • Add salt, pepper, and half the dill, then drizzle everything with olive oil.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until the bottoms of the potatoes are nice and crisp.
  • Remove from oven and turn the potatoes over. 
  • Add the olives and return the pan to the oven to roast for 10 more minutes.
  • Optional: Remove potatoes from skillet, put the skillet on medium-high heat on the stovetop, and add a tablespoon of butter. Next, quickly add the Marsala wine. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer until the alcohol evaporates and the sauce reduces by half, about two minutes.
  • Toss everything together and garnish with the remaining dill.


So if you don’t live in a citrus climate, are you gonna get your own lemon tree anyway?

You should! Cuz you could grow it in Antartica if you’d like. And make all kinds of stuff with the fruits. 🍋


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