Tasty oven steak fries are seasoned with olive oil and Cajun seasoning. Microwaving the potatoes first speeds up the process without giving up the crispiness.
In this easy recipe, I coat thick wedges of potatoes with spicy Cajun seasoning. I then liberally spray them with olive oil, and bake until crispy on the outside and wonderfully creamy on the inside.
Microwaving the potatoes first helps speed up the process without giving up the crispiness that only an oven can provide. The result: Delightful fries, crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and very flavorful thanks to the Cajun seasoning.
What are steak fries?
They are thick wedges of potatoes, fried or roasted until crispy. They are thicker than French fries.
So to make sure they end up creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside, I like to partially cook them in the microwave before roasting them in the oven.
Not everyone likes them, some preferring thinner and crispier French fries, but I really do. They are more substantial than regular fries, and particularly in this recipe, their seasoning is phenomenal.
The ingredients you'll need
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make these flavorful steak fries (find the exact measurements in the recipe card below):
For the Cajun seasoning: Kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, dried oregano, paprika (or smoked paprika), and cayenne pepper. You can use store-bought Cajun seasoning if you'd like. And if you like your food spicy, you should probably double the amount of cayenne pepper that I use.
Potato: I like to use a Russet potato in this recipe. I haven't experimented with other potato varieties.
Olive oil spray: I love cooking with this delicious oil. But if you'd rather use an oil with a higher smoke point, you can use avocado oil instead. Melted butter is another tasty option.
How to make oven steak fries
It's so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
1. Start by slicing the potato into thick wedges. I use a large potato and get twelve wedges out of it. You can watch the video below to see how I cut the potato.
2. Partially cook the potato wedges in the microwave. This should take about 5 minutes.
3. Brush the potato wedges with oil (or spray them with oil spray). Sprinkle them all over with the Cajun seasoning.
4. Arrange the potatoes on a rimmed parchment-lined baking sheet, in a single layer. Give them another quick spray of oil. Bake them until tender, about 8 minutes per side in a 450°F oven.
Should I peel the potato?
No. The skin becomes wonderfully crispy and is definitely an important part of the fun of eating these tasty fries. Just make sure to clean it well prior to using.
A tip for making this recipe a success
It's best to oil the potato wedges and season them on a cutting board, before arranging them on the baking sheet. If you season them when they're already on the pan, some of the spices will get to the bottom of the pan and might burn while you bake the potatoes.
What to serve with steak fries?
I like to serve them with a main dish that I can bake in the same 450°F oven. So I often serve them with one of the following main dishes:
What about leftovers?
You can keep the leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 4 days. Reheat them in the microwave on 50% power. Keep in mind that just like all potato recipes, leftover steak fries won't be as good as the freshly made dish.
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Oven Steak Fries
- 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons paprika or smoked paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper use ¼ teaspoon for more heat
- 1 large Russet potato, about 15 oz, unpeeled
- Olive oil spray or 1 TBS oil
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. In a small bowl, whisk together the Cajun seasoning ingredients.
- Scrub the potato clean, then slice it into twelve thick wedges, as shown in the video.
- Place the potato wedges on a microwave-safe plate and microwave them, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
- On a cutting board, spray the potatoes with olive oil, then sprinkle them with the seasoning, coating them all over.
- Transfer the potatoes to a rimmed parchment-lined baking sheet. Arrange them on the baking sheet in a single layer and give them another quick spray of oil.
- Bake the potatoes for 8 minutes. Carefully turn each wedge to the other side, lightly spray again, and bake until fork-tender, about 8 more minutes.