steak fries dipped in ketchup

Oven Baked Steak Fries

By Rachel Tiemeyer
March 9, 2020

This steak fries recipe turns out perfectly crispy and seasoned, thanks to a few tricks including a secret ingredient. Plus, this oven baked method is healthier and less messy than frying!

steak fries dipped in ketchup

I’ve been making this steak fries recipe at home for many years. Not only do they taste like restaurant quality, but they are much healthier thanks to the oven baking method. If you love these, be sure to also try our Crispy Parmesan Potato Wedges!

Tips for Making Crispy Oven Baked Steak Fries

To make sure your oven baked fries turn out right, follow these tips to make them crispy:

1) Soak the cut potatoes in a bowl of water for 30 minutes or more. Then, drain and rinse them. This removes some of the starch from the potatoes.

potatoes cut into steak fries in a bowl of water

2) Dry the potatoes really well using a dish towel or paper towels.

potatoes cut into steak fries in a towel

3) Season with our secret ingredient in this recipe! Believe it or not, just a little bit of sugar in the seasoning mix helps the potatoes to caramelize in the oven and produces delicious flavor. Be sure to season these fries well before they go in the oven and after (to taste).

potatoes cut in the shape of steak fries on a sheet pan

4) Make sure the potato wedges don’t touch or over lap so they can get nice and crispy on both sides. Be sure to flip them halfway through the cook time. I’ve found that using parchment paper underneath makes for much easier flipping and clean up.

oven baked steak fries on a sheet pan

How to Make Crispy Oven Fries at Home

Making homemade steak fries is not only cheaper and healthier than eating out, but they really are easy to make. Once you’ve done this a time or two, it will become like second nature.

Here’s how to make Steak Fries in the Oven..

What to Serve with Oven Baked Steak Fries

Oven Baked Steak Fries are one of our favorite side dishes. They go well with some of these main dishes…

Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs

chicken burger on a bun with cheese on a plate

Pesto Burgers

Freezer friendly pesto burgers

Mini Wild Salmon Patties with Lemony Avocado Sauce

Steak Fries Recipe

Once you learn this method for making homemade steak fries, you may never have to make a trip to Red Robin for their fries again!

oven baked steak fries on a sheet pan
steak fries dipped in ketchup

Oven Baked Steak Fries

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 68 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Try your hand at these yummy, healthy oven steak fries. With just a bit of sugar added, you’ll amaze your friends and family with how good these taste.


  • 4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed clean (no need to peel them)
  • 12 tablespoons avocado oil (sub: olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (this addition makes a big taste difference!)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and then slice into steak fry wedges, about 1/4-1/2 inch wide each. (Just make sure they are all about the same size to ensure even cooking.)
  3. Soak the fries in a large bowl of water for about 30 minutes or until you’re ready to bake them. (This helps remove some of the starch and makes them crispier in the end.)
  4. Drain the potatoes in a colander and then pat them very dry with a dish towel. (This is a VERY important step! They must be really dry.)
  5. Rinse and dry out the large bowl and return the potatoes to it. Toss with enough oil to coat them, sea salt, a few cranks of fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, and sugar.
  6. Spread out the potatoes in a single layer on the two sheet pans. Make sure none of the fries touch, so they can get nice and crispy all around.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Then, flip the fries over with a spatula, and rotate the pans by moving the one on the top rack to the bottom and vice versa. We also recommend rotating the pans themselves 180 degrees, so the front is now in the back of the oven and vice versa. (Rotating the pans like this helps with even baking.) Bake another 10-20 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Keep an eye on them, so they don’t burn. 
  8. Sprinkle a little more salt and pepper, as desired. Serve while hot with ketchup or our Avocado Aioli.

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