What is the best way to cook potato wedges?
Potato wedges are a type of fried potato.
They are made by slicing potatoes into thin, long pieces and then deep-frying them in oil or baking them in the oven.
I think the best way to cook potato wedges is to bake or roast them in the oven, if you use my favorite hack to make them crispy.
You can also make them in the air fryer!
Why should you make oven baked potato wedges?
Potato wedges baked in the oven are a healthier alternative to fried potato wedges. They are also easier to cook and less messy.
1) Oven baked potato wedges may be healthier than deep fried ones because they use less oil.
2) Oven baked potato wedges take less hands on time, since you don't have to babysit them like deep fried ones. You can cook them while working on other parts of your meal.
3) Oven baked potato wedges do not get as messy as deep fried ones because the oil does not splash out of the pan and onto your stove top or kitchen countertops.
4) Because you aren’t using a deep-fat-fryer and your potato wedges are baked in the oven there is much less risk of kitchen fires, making baking potato wedges in your oven safer.
Why should you make deep fried potato wedges?
Deep fried potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
They have a delicious flavor that makes them perfect for any meal. They can be more work than oven baked potato wedges, unless you have a deep fat fryer ready to go.
The same recipe will work to make deep fried potato wedges, but you’ll just fry them instead of baking them in the oven.
How to make potato wedges oven baked?
Making oven baked potato wedges that are seasoned and crisp really is as easy as slicing potatoes, tossing them with oil and seasoned flour, and then lining them up on a pan and roasting them until crisp.
You don't have to make it harder than that. There are lots of tips and tricks to make the best crispy seasoned potato wedges baked in an oven, so keep reading for all the tried and true hacks and secrets to the perfect seasoned potato wedge recipe.
What ingredients do you need to make potato wedges oven baked?
To make oven baked potato wedges you'll need:
- Baking Potatoes
- Oil- any neutral flavored oil will work, or oil with a flavor you enjoy. Olive oil is fabulous! Sunflower, canola, vegetable oil, or refined coconut oil are also great.
- Gluten-free flour or cornstarch- the secret to getting them perfectly crispy
- Salt and Pepper
- Seasoning, I used cajun seasoning but you can use anything you like! Lemon pepper is next on my list to try, and even just garlic salt would be delicious. Be sure to add a little paprika so your roasted potato wedges have great color.
How do you slice potato wedges to bake in the oven?
First, slice your potatoes in half lengthwise.
Then cut each half into 4-6 wedges, depending on the size of your potatoes and how big you want your potato wedges to be.
You want all of your wedges to be about the same size, so they'll cook evenly. This means you may cut more wedges out of one potato than another, so they are all about the same thickness.
How to make oven baked fries crispy?
Oven baked fries or potato wedges are a healthier alternative to the traditional deep fried fries.
The key to these oven baked fries is to make sure that they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
A common mistake people make when making oven baked fries is that they don't use enough oil in their baking sheet.
This means that the potatoes will not crisp up and will instead be too dry.
To avoid this, you should use a baking sheet with a good amount of oil or even add some more oil before putting them in the oven.
Another mistake people make is not flipping them halfway through cooking time, which results in soggy bottoms and burnt tops.
To avoid this, you should flip them halfway through cooking time so both sides can cook evenly without one side burning while the other side.
To make them extra crispy, you can bake your potato wedges on a rack so they have air circulating on all sides. This makes it less likely you’ll have soggy spots on your fries.
My secret weapon when making crispy oven baked potato wedges is to lightly dust the fries in some gluten free flour or cornstarch before adding the oil.
This helps them to bake light and crispy, without using as much oil. It also adds great color and flavor!
Healthy Potato Wedges Oven Baked
Try this wedge fries recipe for a healthier version of your favorite food. “Healthy” means different things to different people, so it is a word I use sparingly. But this is an easy way to make the crispiest oven-baked french fries that are the perfect side or snack.
This recipe for oven-baked potatoes is a healthy alternative to the traditional deep-fried version.
One benefit of this dish is that it's baked instead of fried and it can be made with very few ingredients.
The only ingredients needed are potatoes, olive oil, salt, gluten-free flour or cornstarch, and any spices or seasonings you’d like.
Instead of deep-fried, these healthy potato wedges are coated in seasoned gluten-free flour or cornstarch which will quickly get crisp in an oven or air fryer.
That means less oil is needed to get the perfect wedge fries. Bake them in the oven for a crispy outer crust and a tender center, or make them in an air fryer for an even healthier alternative.
Why should you coat your oven baked potato wedges in flour?
The flour isn't a bad thing, it is actually creates truly amazing results.
The flour enables you to get that crispy coating that you crave, without heating up a big pan of oil. That means your wedges will be healthier and lots easier to make.
Instead of babysitting a pan of flaming hot oil for an hour you just throw them in the oven and forget about them. So easy!
How to coat potato wedges in flour?
There are two methods of coating potato wedges in flour or cornstarch, which creates the perfect seasoned potato wedge baked in the oven.
- The first method is to place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl and toss in the oil to coat. Sprinkle with the flour, seasonings, salt and pepper, and toss to coat again. Then spread your potato wedges on the pan and bake as directed.
- The second method is instead of tossing in oil and then coating with the flour and seasonings, you can directly toss your potato wedges in the seasoned flour and then spread them on your baking sheet. Spritz or spray with oil (I'll use olive oil cooking spray) and then bake as directed. This can result in even less oil being used while still having very crisp fried potato wedges.
Spices for Baking Potatoes
We know that spices and seasonings can take your dish to the next level, but what are the best ones?
You can use any seasonings you'd like for your oven-baked potato wedges. I used Cajun seasoning but you can also use a combination of paprika, garlic, and onion powder or whatever your favorite seasonings are.
We’ve got your back with some of our favorite mixes for the perfectly seasoned oven-roasted potato wedges.
- Cajun Seasoning
- Garlic Salt
- Paprika or Smoked Paprika
- Old Bay
- Montreal Steak Seasoning
I only used probably 1 ½ teaspoons of cajun seasoning the first time I made these, they are so much better with a little extra spice. I used more the second time I made a batch (did I mention it was later the same afternoon?) So good!
You can EASILY make more wedges. Just slice up as many potatoes as you think you'll need to feed your crowd and adjust the flour and seasonings proportionately. You'll need a few baking sheets, if you over-crowd the pan they will take forever to cook and won't get nearly as crispy. Yup, I did that.
- 4 large baking potatoes
- 3 tablespoons Oil
- 3 tablespoons gluten free flour or cornstarch
- 1 tablespoons cajun seasoning* see note
- 2 teaspoons salt
- pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with tin foil for easy clean-up.
- Wash the potatoes and peel if desired.
- Cut each potato in half lengthwise, and then cut each half into 4-6 wedges.
- Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl and toss in the oil to coat. Sprinkle with the flour, seasonings, salt and pepper. Toss to coat. **see note
- Place the wedges on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer with the peel side down (with peel removed or still intact whichever you chose. Both are tasty!) and bake for 45-55 minutes until they are soft through, but crispy on the outside. Stir or flip halfway through baking, to help them cook evenly.
- Let cool just enough so that you don't burn yourself, but eat while hot.
*You can use any seasonings you'd like for your oven baked potato wedges. I used Cajun seasoning but you can also use a combination of paprika, garlic and onion powder or whatever your favorite seasonings are. I have a list of suggestions in the post above.
**Instead of tossing in oil and then coating with the flour and seasonings, you can directly toss your potato wedges in the seasoned flour and then spread on your baking sheet. Spritz or spray with oil (I'll use olive oil cooking spray) and then bake as directed. This can result in even less oil being used while still having very crisp fried potato wedges.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 416Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1913mgCarbohydrates 71gFiber 7gSugar 3gProtein 9g
All nutrition info is a guestimate and will vary depending on the ingredients you use.
I babysit a cute little 5 year old boy in the afternoon a few days each week. He brings his own lunch, so on the days he runs errands with his mom in the morning sometimes they'll pick something up instead of packing a sandwich at home. One day last week he brought some fried chicken and crispy potato wedges from the deli section. You know, those crispy potato wedges that are so well seasoned they are dark on the outside, but are super fluffy and white on the inside.
What you may or may not know is that those steaming hot wedges from your local grocery store probably have flour on them.