Who needs a little comfort food these days? Yeah, me too. I had some leftover russet potatoes the other day and I knew exactly what I was going to make with them. Thick cut, perfect for dipping and dunking, oven baked steak fries. These tasty potato wedges get surprisingly crispy in the oven without any extra steps, like soaking or drying, making them an incredibly simple side dish. …Or main dish, if you’re like me. 😅
What Are Steak Fries?
Simply put, steak fries thick potato wedges. Usually they’re deep fried like French fries, but I don’t like dealing with all that scary hot grease, so I baked them instead. They were still surprisingly crispy, and wayyyyy easier than dealing with getting (and keeping) a vat of hot oil to the proper temperature, and dodging splattering oil that is trying to kill you.
What is “Steak Seasoning”?
My steak fries have an extra “steak” element to them—steak seasoning. Steak seasoning, a.k.a. Montreal steak seasoning, is one of my new favorite seasoning blends. It’s a chunky blend of salt, pepper, red pepper, garlic, and sometimes other spices. The chunky nature of this blend gives you little pops of flavor as you eat the fries and also adds a little bit of delicious crunch. I love this stuff!
Where to Buy Steak Seasoning
You can get this at any major grocery store. It’s usually in the spice aisle near the other seasoning blends or grill seasoning blends. McCormick brand makes one, and that brand is in most major U.S. supermarkets. The one I used today was purchased at Aldi. You can see a photo of the bottle if you scroll down to the step by step photos section of the post.
How Are the Leftovers?
Like most types of fries, these Steak Fries are definitely best right out of the oven. The will get less crispy the longer they sit, and if kept in the refrigerator overnight the texture will be more along the lines of baked potato. Did that stop me from devouring the leftovers? Absolutely not. They were delicious dipped into some comeback sauce (recipe coming soon).
Oven Baked Steak Fries
- 1 lb. russet potatoes ($0.60)
- 1 Tbsp cooking oil ($0.04)
- 1/2 Tbsp paprika ($0.15)
- 1/2 Tbsp steak seasoning ($0.15)
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Wash the potatoes well. Cut each potato into wedges, approximately 12 wedges per potato. (Quarter the potato lengthwise, then slice each quarter into three wedges.)
- Add the potato wedges to a bowl with the cooking oil, paprika, and steak seasoning. Toss the potato wedges until they are well coated.
- Spread the seasoned potato wedges out over a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure they're in a single layer. Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes, or until they are well browned and crispy. Flip the steak fries once, after about 20 minutes of baking.
- Serve immediately.
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Try These Other Homemade Fry Recipes:
- Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
- Smoky Garlic Oven Fries
- Baked Zucchini Fries
- Sweet Potato Fries with Peanut Lime Dressing
How to Make Steak Fries – Step by Step Photos
Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Start with one pound of russet potatoes (this is two 1/2 lb. potatoes). Wash your potatoes well, because they grow under ground. In the dirt. You get the point. Cut each potato into 12 wedges. To do this I began by cutting each potato into quarters, lengthwise. Then cut each quarter into 3 wedges.
Add the potato wedges to a bowl with 1 Tbsp cooking oil, ½ Tbsp paprika, and ½ Tbsp steak seasoning.
This is the steak seasoning I used. I got this at Aldi, but McCormick brand can be found in most grocery stores. It’s just a chunky mix of salt, pepper, garlic, red pepper, and maybe a small amount of other spices.
Toss the potato wedges until they’re well coated in oil and spices.
Spread the potato wedges out onto a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure they’re in a single layer.
Bake the steak fries in the preheated 425ºF oven for about 35 minutes, or until they’re well browned and crispy. Make sure to flip them once during baking, after about 20 minutes.
Serve with your favorite sauces! Shown with: ketchup, ranch, and comeback sauce.