Garlic Herb Slow Cooker Potatoes

By Alexandra Caspero on September 12, 2021
A lifesaver when the oven is filled! The best potatoes, great weeknight sidedish. 
Serves 6

Garlic Herb Slow Cooker Potatoes. These potatoes are a game changer! A must-save for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any event where you don’t want to use your stove/oven to cook potatoes. 

I’ve cracked the code on a simple fall side dish. These tender potatoes, thrown into a slow-cooker with a dash of olive oil and herbs and… that’s it. Yup. Couldn’t be easier. Especially for my friends who don’t love to cook cook, these are for you.

I admit I was a little skeptical that potatoes would taste this good in a slow-cooker. I wanted to come up with a simple side dish that would get us through the following months. A potato recipe for times where we don’t really want to cook, times when the stove and oven will be packed with other items, like Thanksgiving, and times when we want to use our slow-cooker, but not for soup.

These crockpot potatoes do double, triple duty. All of the above and customizable for whatever flavor profile you’d like. I’m partial to herbs and garlic so that’s what we are going for. These would also taste fantastic with curry powder, paprika or chili powder. If it will taste good on a potato, it will work in this dish.

Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Potatoes

Which potatoes work best?

I choose fingerling potatoes for this recipe, but any small potato will work. Fingerling potatoes are one of my favorite potato varieties with its delicate yellow skin and warm yellow center.

This varietal delivers a rich and authentic potato flavor – earthy with a natural nutty finish. The taste is full and sumptuous, requiring little seasoning or embellishment. Perfect for these slow cooker potatoes! They really don’t need much.

Instead of fingerling potatoes, red potatoes or gold potatoes will work.

Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Potatoes

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Potatoes

Simple and easy to prepare, these crockpot potatoes only require a handful of ingredients. 

  • Fingerling Potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Dried herbs, like oregano, basil and dill
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh lemon juice

Instructions for Crockpot Potatoes

To prevent sticking, lightly coat the inside of a slow cooker with nonstick spray. Place the potatoes, olive oil, garlic, herbs and salt/pepper into the pot. For a richer taste, you can substitute melted butter, regular or non-dairy, instead of olive oil. 

Stir together, then cover and cook on low heat for 4 to 5 hours or on high heat for 2 to 3 hours, until potatoes are fork-tender. 

Just before serving, add lemon juice and toss until combined. For an extra hit of umami flavor, my husband loves to sprinkle parmesan cheese on these potatoes while warm. Dairy-free parmesan cheese can also be used.

thanksgiving potatoes in slow cooker

Can I use fresh herbs?

Dried herbs are move convenient and cost-effective, which is why I call for them here. However, you can substitute fresh herbs if you’d like. You can also swap in different herbs, like rosemary or Italian seasoning, if you’d like.

Stove Top Directions

These potatoes are best suited for a slow cooker, but can be made on the stove top as well. Because they’ll need more moisture, you’ll need to add vegetable broth to the potatoes. 

Combine all ingredients as directed along with a cup of vegetable broth. Cover and simmer over low heat until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. As needed, add more broth to prevent the potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the pain.

Can I make these in the Instant Pot?

These herb potatoes don’t work as well in the Instant Pot as they get too mushy. For Instant Pot potatoes, I recommend my Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes instead. Ready in just 15 minutes!

the little potato company fingerling potatoes

Make these crockpot potatoes for Thanksgiving or Christmas

Highly recommend saving this recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas. They are the perfect holiday food because you don’t need to make extra room on the stove or in the oven for potatoes! 

Save room and make these slow-cooker potatoes instead.

What to serve with these crockpot potatoes:

Almost everything pairs well with potatoes, but I especially love them with:

Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Blackened Tofu Caesar Salad
Italian Chopped Salad
Marinated White Bean Salad
Vegan Thanksgiving Meatballs

More Vegan Side Dish Recipes:

Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup
Healthy Vegan Creamed Spinach
Fresh Green Bean Casserole
The Best Vegan Stuffing
Roasted Cranberry and Wild Rice Salad

I can’t wait to hear what you think about these potatoes! Hard to believe they get a crispy crust in the slow-cooker, but the magic is true. Enjoy!

If you make these slow cooker garlic herb potatoes, make sure to come back to leave a comment and rate it. Your feedback helps other readers and seeing you make my recipes makes my day. 

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Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Potatoes

Slow-Cooker Garlic Herb Potatoes

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: slow cooker, crock pot, side dish
  • Method: slow cooker, crock pot, side dish
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Potatoes. These potatoes are a game changer! A must-save for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any event where you don’t want to use your stove/oven to cook potatoes.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: slow cooker, crock pot, side dish
  • Method: slow cooker, crock pot, side dish
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: slow cooker, crock pot, side dish
  • Method: slow cooker, crock pot, side dish
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Fingerling Potatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon each: dried oregano, dried basil, dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Approximately 1/2 a lemon, juiced

Instructions

  1. Lightly coat the inside of a slow cooker with nonstick spray. Place potatoes, olive oil, garlic, herbs and salt/pepper into the slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 4-5 hours or high heat for 2-3 hours, or until tender.
  3. Just before serving, add lemon juice and toss until combined. Serve immediately.

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This recipe was first publish in 2018 but updated in 2021. 

 

Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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    1. Leola
      July 10, 2022 AT 5:52 pm

      Who’d have known potatoes this good can be made in my second-hand crockpot! I didn’t have fingerling potatoes so I just cut the larger potatoes I had in roughly the cube size volume of 1/2 fingerlings (keeping the thicker potato skin on). No need to coat with cooking spray – just put the oil in the bottom before tossing the potatoes herbs, salt (I always put less than a recipe says) and pepper in. Stir the potatoes and stuff around so all sides of the potatoes are coated. I used the high setting and it only took about 2 1/4 hrs I think.

      Bf said people would be pleased if they ate these potatoes in a fine French restaurant. Nice recipe, thank you!

    2. Cynthia Browne
      March 10, 2021 AT 5:03 pm

      Can I quadruple the recipe for a large 7 quart slow cooker? I didn’t see a size for your recipe.

    3. Evie
      April 9, 2019 AT 5:37 pm

      If I make this the day before and refrigerate, what do you recommend for reheating?

      1. Alex
        April 10, 2019 AT 9:56 am

        Hi Evie, I would place them in a baking dish, cover with foil and reheat on warm in the oven.

    4. Nancy
      October 8, 2018 AT 9:09 am

      I made this recipe with baby Yukon Gold potatoes to take to a friend’s house for dinner. Not only did the potatoes smell heavenly while cooking for 3 hours on high, they tasted just as heavenly when served! She wanted to keep some of the leftovers, so I knew it was a hit. Thank you for this recipe, I’ll be making this again!

      1. Alex
        October 8, 2018 AT 1:24 pm

        Awesome! So glad you liked it, thanks Nancy!