Crispy Homemade Seasoned Steak Fries (Easy Recipe)

Crispy Homemade Seasoned Steak Fries (Easy Recipe)

Learn how to make delicious steak fries at home. Crispy on the exterior, soft on the inside. These delicious fries are perfect for a family dinner alongside burgers, steak, ribs, chicken and more!

Seasoned steak fries offer a delightful departure from the usual potato suspects. 

These thick-cut fries boast a nice crispy outer layer and a tender, fluffy interior. 

Unlike mashed potatoes, they retain their satisfying bite. 

Unlike baked potatoes, they’re quicker to prepare. 

And unlike classic French fries or homemade potato chips, these thicker fries are generously seasoned with herbs and spices, elevating them to a flavor-packed indulgence. 

Whether as a side dish or a stand alone snack, seasoned steak fries are a savory delight that’ll keep you coming back for more!

What are steak fries?

Steak fries are thick wedges of potatoes that are either fried or oven-roasted to crispy perfection.

These hearty fries are similar to traditional French fries but with a twist.

Steak fries are thicker than regular French fries or even shoestring fries. Their substantial size gives them a satisfying bite.

Achieving the right balance between a crispy exterior and a soft, creamy center requires a little more finesse when making steak fries. 

You want that golden-brown crunch on the outside while maintaining a tender interior.

Four potatoes on a cloth napkin

What are the best potatoes for steak fries?

The best potatoes for making homemade fries depend on the texture and flavor you desire. 

Russet potatoes are the go-to spuds for classic steak fries.

Their starchy texture results in a crispy exterior and a fluffy, tender interior.

Plus, you don’t need to peel them. The skin becomes delightfully crispy during baking, and it’s where many of the nutrients reside.

If you’re looking for a twist, try using Yukon Gold potatoes.

Their thin skin allows you to cut them into wedges without peeling, and they crisp up beautifully in the oven.

The result is flavorful steak fries with a golden-brown crunch on the outside and a soft, fluffy center.

How to cut steak fries?

Choose Your Potato: Select a starchy potato like russet or Yukon Gold for the best results.

Wash and Peel: Wash the potatoes thoroughly. If using russet potatoes, you may wish to peel them. For Yukon Gold, you can leave the skin on.

Cut into Wedges: Slice large potatoes lengthwise into thick, even wedges. Aim for about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in thickness. Keep the wedges consistent in size to ensure even cooking.

Soak in Cold Water (Optional): Soaking the cut potatoes in a bowl of cold water for about 30 minutes helps remove excess starch and prevents them from sticking together during cooking.

Drain and Dry: After soaking, drain the potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels. 

Season and Oil: Toss the thick cut fries with your preferred seasonings. Common choices include salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Drizzle with olive oil or another high-heat oil to promote crispiness.

How to cook steak fries?

Oven-Baking: Arrange the seasoned wedges on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for 35 to 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Frying: Heat oil in a deep fryer or skillet to 350°F. Fry the wedges in batches until golden brown and crispy.

Air Fryer: Lightly spray the air fryer basket. Arrange the fresh steak fries in a single layer in the basket. Set the temperature to 400°F and cook for approximately 20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. The fries should be soft inside and crispy on the outside.

What are the best seasonings for steak fries?

When it comes to seasoning steak fries, you have a world of flavor possibilities. 

Stick to classic seasoning or chose a creative option to elevate your fries. 

I like to mix together 1/2 teaspoon of salt, onion and garlic powder, and paprika.

Here are some seasoning ideas:

Paprika: Adds a mild smokiness and vibrant color.

Sea Salt (or kosher salt): Enhances the natural potato flavor.

Garlic Powder: Infuses the fries with savory goodness.

Onion Powder: Provides a subtle onion flavor.

Black Pepper: Adds a touch of heat.

Montreal Steak Seasoning: A robust blend of garlic, pepper, and herbs.

Old Bay Seasoning: A taste of spiciness and zestiness. This is a flavorful blend of herbs and spices that has become synonymous with seafood.

Everything Bagel Seasoning: The classic mix of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, onion, and salt works surprisingly well on fries.

Zesty Lemon Pepper: A citrusy twist that pairs beautifully with crispy fries. The combination of lemon zest and black pepper adds brightness and depth.

How to serve steak fries?

Serve these tasty potato wedges hot and crispy straight from the oven or fryer.

Sprinkle with sea salt or your favorite seasoning blend.

Pair with ketchup, aioli or homemade ranch dressing for dipping.

Top the steak fries with shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend). For loaded steak fries, add cooked bacon bits, green onion, and a dollop of sour cream.

Get creative with dipping sauces: chipotle mayo, honey mustard, Sriracha mayo, or tzatziki sauce.

How to store leftover steak cut fries?

Generally, leftover steak fries are safe in the fridge for about three days if stored in an airtight container.

If you don’t plan to consume them within that time, consider freezing them instead.

To reheat the fries to maintain their crispiness reheat them in a 400°F oven or toaster oven for several minutes until hot, in an air fryer at 375°F for 5-10 minutes or in a hot skillet tossed with a little hot oil until they regain their crunchiness.

A bowl of steak fries with ketchup.

What to serve with steak fries

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Oven baked steak fries on a baking sheet.

Crispy Homemade Seasoned Steak Fries (Easy Recipe)

Ali Randall
Learn how to make delicious steak fries at home. Crispy on the exterior, soft on the inside. These delicious fries are perfect for a family dinner alongside burgers, steak, ribs, chicken and more!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp your favorite seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Scrub the potatoes and dry. Cut each potato into wedges. (Quarter the potato lengthwise, then slice each wedge 1/2 to 3/4 inches thick.)
  • Add the potato wedges to a large bowl with the oil and your favorite seasoning. Use a wooden spoon to toss the potato wedges until they are well coated.
  • Spread the seasoned oven fries on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the homemade steak fries are well browned and crispy. Flip the steak fries once, after about 15 minutes of baking.
Keyword Steak fries

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