Learn how to make the crispiest steak fries in the oven with one simple hack!

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What are Steak Fries?

Steak fries are a type of thick French fry or potato wedges. Typically deep-fried they’re crisp on the outside yet soft and pillowy in the center.

However, for this recipe, we bake them using a hack that will make the most crispy fries without deep frying. Most often, you will find steak fries seasoned with salt, pepper, and savory herbs and spices. 

Why are they called steak fries?

There is not a clear answer as to how steak fries got their association with the popular meat. However, it is likely because they are typically served with large steaks at steakhouses whereas shoestring fries and French fries are often reserved for burgers

What You’ll Need to Make Steak Cut Fries:

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

ingredients for steak fries.
  • Potatoes: I like to use Russet or Yukon gold potatoes for homemade steak fries. Both types of potatoes crisp up nicely while remaining soft in the center. Yukon gold potatoes have a slightly more buttery flavor while Russet potatoes are milder and take on the flavor of the seasonings nicely. 
  • Olive Oil: I prefer the stronger flavor of olive oil for this steak fries recipe, but avocado oil also works well. 
  • Seasonings: I like to use homemade steak fries seasoning to add savory flavor with a hint of spice. See below for details, or use any seasonings you like best. 

Homemade Steak Fries Seasoning

You can usually find pre-made seasonings in the spice section of your local grocery store, but I much prefer to make my own! It allows you to control the flavor of your steak French fries and is often much more budget-friendly. 

The important thing is to use a blend with chunks of spices. They stick to the fires more easily, add little bursts of flavor and a bit of crunch. Here’s what you need: 

  • Smoked Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dried Parsley
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper

How to Make Steak Fries

You’ll need a rimmed baking sheet for this recipe. The recipe card below has all the details you need. 

tossed potato wedges with spices in a bowl.

Step 1: Toss potato wedges with spices.

raw potato wedges on a baking sheet.

Step 2: Add onto a hot baking sheet and bake until crisp and tender, flipping halfway.

How to Cut Steak Fries

For the best steak fries recipe, cut the potatoes into equal-sized pieces. This ensures they cook evenly. To do so: 

  1. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise. 
  2. Lay each cut side down, and slice again lengthwise, creating ¾-inch thick wedges. 
  3. Cut the wedges in half if they are long, creating smaller, bite-sized pieces. 

Serve Steak French Fries With:

This steak fries recipe makes for a great appetizer or snack with dipping sauces like ketchup, barbecue sauce, Ranch, aioli, Greek yogurt onion dip, or avocado dip

Or, enjoy it as a side dish with all your favorite main courses such as: 

close up of steak french fries.

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Steak French Fries

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  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Learn how to make the crispiest steak fries in the oven with a crispy exterior, soft center, and savory flavor in every bite!


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  • 2 lbs. Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  1. Place a rimmed baking sheet inside the oven on the middle rack and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with the baking sheet in it.
  2. Rinse and dry the potatoes. Feel free to leave the skin on or peel the potatoes. Cut potatoes lengthwise into 3/4-inch-thick wedges, then cut the wedges in half crosswise if they are long.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil and spices until well coated.
  4. Carefully remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and spray it with a non-stick spray. Do not cover with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  5. Spread the potatoes on the prepared sheet pan in a single layer with some space around each potato. Bake for 20 minutes then flip the potatoes and baking 12-15 minutes longer or until browned and crispy.
  6. Serve the steak fries hot, with your favorite dipping sauces such as ketchup, crema, aioli, or ranch dressing.


  • Leftovers: Store in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.


  • Serving Size: 4-6 ounces
  • Calories: 180
  • Sugar: 1.3 g
  • Sodium: 319.9 mg
  • Fat: 7.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.3 g
  • Protein: 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg