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You’re in for a treat with these homemade steak fries. You’ll love the seasonings on them — they taste like they are from a steakhouse! But to be honest, my favorite part is that these big, chunky fries are faster to cut than my thinner garlic parmesan fries or air fryer fries. 😉
They are the perfect easy side dish to some juicy burgers or a simple steak. Plus, I tested two ways to cook this steak fries recipe — your air fryer for the quickest option, or in case you don’t have one, your oven.
Why You’ll Love This Steak Fries Recipe
- Crispy perfection on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside
- Savory seasoning blend for major flavor
- Only 7 simple ingredients
- 2 cooking methods — air fryer or oven!
- Healthier than deep frying
- Perfect as a side dish, great for dipping, and family-friendly
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for homemade steak fries, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Potatoes – The best potatoes for steak cut fries are Russet potatoes because of their starchy texture, but if you need to, you can also use Yukon Gold potatoes or red potatoes instead.
- Olive Oil – Helps the spices stick to the fries, promotes browning, and helps them get crispy. You could also use avocado oil.
- Seasonings – The classic spices to use for steak fries seasoning are paprika, sea salt (or kosher salt also work), garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. You could also add a sprinkle of dried herbs, like thyme, oregano, or parsley, or more bold spices, like cumin or chili powder.
How To Make Steak Fries
This section shows how to make steak cut fries, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
Cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. (You can peel them if you like, but I prefer to leave the skin on.)
Soak the wedges in cold water, drain, and pat dry. Next, toss the fries in a large bowl with the olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, and black pepper to evenly coat them.
Air Fryer Steak Fries:
In a preheated air fryer, cook the steak fries in a single layer, until they’re golden and crispy. You will likely need to work in batches, and flip halfway through. If needed, pop all the fries back in for a few minutes at the end to reheat and crisp them up again.
Baked Steak Fries:
Arrange the steak fries on a rack set over a baking sheet (this set is perfect) in a single layer. Bake, flipping halfway, until they’re soft inside and crispy outside.
- Soaking the potatoes is key to crispy results. Water draws out excess starch on the outside of the fries, so they cook up crispier. Longer soaking creates a more crispy texture.
- For the oven method, use a rack if you can. You can certainly bake steak fries on a baking sheet by itself, but cooking on a rack like this allows for more air flow. And that means they get crispy on all sides!
- Don’t crowd the pan or basket. Ensure that the fries are in a single layer, without touching each other. Again, it’s all about air flow!
- Line the sheet pan for easier cleanup. If you’re using the oven method, placing a sheet of parchment paper or foil underneath the rack will make cleanup a breeze. Avoid baking the fries directly on parchment paper though, because this reduces browning.
- Store: Keep leftover steak cut fries in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.
- Meal prep: Slice and soak the potato wedges in a bowl of cold water overnight for best results.
- Reheat: Spread steak fries on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, or toss them in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 2-4 minutes for a quick, crispy refresh.
- Freeze: Cook as usual and cool completely. Spread in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and freeze to make them solid before bagging. (This will keep them from sticking together.) They’ll keep for up to 6 months in the freezer, and can be baked or air fried straight from frozen.
What To Serve With Steak Fries
Not sure what to pair with these crispy fries? Here are some ideas that go with them perfectly:
- Dipping Sauce – You can’t have classic steak fries without something to dip them in. Ketchup is a classic, but I also love them with homemade ranch dressing.
- Burgers – French fries are a classic side to a juicy burger, or for a lighter alternative, try turkey burgers.
- Kid Favorites – Try these steak fries with homemade coconut chicken tenders, chicken nuggets, or bacon wrapped hot dogs.
- Steak – You can’t go wrong with a classic sirloin for a casual dinner, but a tomahawk steak, ribeye, or filet mignon makes for an elegant “steak frites” experience.
- Vegetables – You know I can’t serve potatoes as a side dish without having some veggies in my meal! Try a simple salad with romaine, parmesan cheese, and Caesar dressing, or roast broccoli and cauliflower.
More Easy Potato Recipes
Can’t go wrong with potatoes! If you enjoy this steak fries recipe, you’ll also love these easy potato recipes:
My Go-To Tools For This Recipe
- Sheet Pan & Rack – This set is perfect for baking crispy steak fries. The rack helps circulate air, and the non-stick surface makes cleanup a breeze. Plus, it’s just the right size for a big batch.
- Air Fryer – This air fryer is awesome! The large basket lets you make big batches, and it’s still pretty compact on the counter.
Steak Fries (Air Fryer or Oven)
Make perfect steak fries with this easy recipe! Potatoes, olive oil, and spices cook fast in your air fryer or oven for a crispy side dish.
Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut those halves into 1/2 inch thick wedges.
Fill a large bowl with cold water. Add the fries and soak for at least 20 minutes (or up to overnight if you want to cook later). Drain and pat dry.
Add the fries, olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and black pepper to a large bowl. Toss to coat.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C).
Place an oven safe rack onto a large baking sheet (this set is perfect). Arrange the fries in a single layer on the rack.
Bake steak fries in the oven for 45-55 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the fries are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
Air Fryer Method:
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C) for 2 minutes.
Place the steak fries in the air fryer basket in a single layer. (Work in batches – do not crowd the basket.)
Air fry for 16-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden and crispy.
Optional: Once the batches are finished, place all the fries back into the air fryer for 2-3 minutes, to reheat and crisp up again.
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