Oven Baked Steak Fries:
Crispy, crave-worthy, delicious steak fries that are baked, not fried. They have a nice crispy outer layer and the inside is melt in your mouth soft and delicious. This method is super easy, and produces great, crisp, delicious fries every time! And they are baked, not fried, for a slightly better for you side dish.
Oven Baked Steak Fries
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When I was growing up my dad would make fries or potato wedges. And they were my favorite.
He would clean and chop up potatoes, and cook them up in oil with some yummy seasonings. We would dip them in ketchup and fry sauce. And we loved them. I still love fries. I try to avoid them because of the whole white potatoes not being that great for you, and the extra carbs, and oil, and fat, etc. but sometimes I really just want fries! I’m human. I admit it.
But if I am going to eat fries, then I really want them to be good. I want thick cut, steak fries, with a nice crispy outside, and that pillowy soft, melt in your mouth, almost mashed potato like inside. And that is what these are. The perfect thick wedges of potatoes, you want to serve alongside a Grilled Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki Burger!
But, to cut back on some of the bad, I decided to make fries that are baked instead of fried. Not fried, fries. I realize how silly that is, and how it kind of defeats the purpose. But they are really…really…good. Especially with dip!
What is the difference between steak fries and French fries?
The main difference between steak fries and French fries is the size and shape of the potato slices. Steak fries are thicker and larger than French fries, and they have a more oblong or wedge-like shape. This makes them ideal for serving as a side dish with Sirloin Steak, Steak with Chimichurri or other protein, as the name suggests.
These aren’t oil free, as I do toss them in olive oil with seasoning. But if you want to lighten up on the oil, you can just spray them with a cooking spray. Sprayed oil helps them to get that crispy outside. I buy coconut oil cooking spray off Amazon and at Trader Joe’s, and it seems to work really well, but any cooking spray will do. I would season them after spraying them, because it helps the seasoning stick, and then bake the potato wedges.
So let’s talk about the seasoning for a second: I was making them with a friend over, and she was super skeptical as to whether or not it would be enough seasoning. It is. I use Lawry’s Seasoned Salt: Find it here.
The high heat gives them a nice crispy crust on the outside, with a soft middle. And that subtle salt really brings out a lot of flavor. Of course, feel free to add more salt if you want. Either way, crispy, soft, and oh so tasty. Yum! Just the way I like steak fries to be. Enjoy!
Best Potatoes for Potato Wedges and Steak Fries
When making steak fries, whether you are baking or frying them, it is best to use starchy potatoes such as Russet or Idaho potatoes.
These types of potatoes have a high starch content and a low moisture content, which makes them ideal for fries because they crisp up nicely and don’t absorb too much oil.
They also have a fluffy texture when cooked, which is perfect for steak fries.
You can also use waxy potatoes like red potatoes, or Yukon Gold, but they may not get as crispy and may not hold their shape as well when baked or fried.
Tips for making Oven Baked Steak Fries:
- First of all, do not rinse your potatoes. A lot of people suggest soaking your potatoes in a large bowl of water before cooking. I do NOT recommend this. Cut them up and toss and season right away. If you rinse off that starchy outside they won’t get nearly as crispy.
- Also, cook on a silicone baking mat like the one pictured above for easier clean up. Find one here: Silicone Baking Mat
- In addition, use a high quality olive oil, or a coconut oil cooking spray to help them get that nice crispy exterior.
- And add the oil, then the Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, so that the salt will stick to the exterior of the potatoes.
- Then, flip the fries after 30 minutes. They need about 40 total, so don’t flip them half way, flip them 3/4 the way through to get the crispy outside. Adjust time as needed if your fries are bigger. You want that nice browned exterior.
- Finally! Eat them right away, and dip them in something delicious.
Variations and Seasoning Ideas for Steak Fries
Steak fries can be seasoned in a variety of ways, depending on personal preference. Some common seasonings for steak fries include salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and dried herbs such as thyme or rosemary. You can also experiment with different spice blends or hot sauces to add more flavor to your steak fries. To season the fries, simply toss them in a bowl with the seasonings of your choice before cooking, or sprinkle the seasonings over the fries after they have been cooked.
Here are some ideas for seasonings that you can use to add flavor to your steak fries:
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Dried thyme
- Dried rosemary
- Dried oregano
- Dried parsley
- Chili powder
- Curry powder
- Herbes de Provence
- Italian seasoning
- Ranch seasoning
- BBQ seasoning
- Old Bay seasoning
- Lemon pepper
- Lime juice and zest
- Hot sauce
- Garlic butter
- Parmesan cheese
- Truffle oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Olive oil and vinegar
You can use any combination of these seasonings to create a unique flavor for your steak fries. You can also add other ingredients such as chopped herbs, grated Parmesan cheese, or diced onions to add more flavor and texture to your fries.
Make these fries to accompany:
- Grilled Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki Burgers
- Classic Animal Style Burgers
- French Dip Sandwiches
- Cheesy Ham and Garlic Sandwich Bake
- Baked Chicken Parm Sandwiches
Oven Baked Steak Fries
- 4-6 large baking potatoes
- 2-3 Tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp seasoning salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Cut potatoes into wedges
- Mix seasoning with olive oil and toss with the potatoes
- Place on a baking sheet spread out so that they aren't touching
- Bake for 40 minutes to an hour until they brown up
- After 30 minutes, flip the potatoes over, and keep baking so they brown evenly
- Serve hot with favorite dipping sauce.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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