I make these Crispy Baked Potato Wedges weekly at home! They stay moist and fluffy on the inside without any FLIPPING required!
Baking your potatoes in the oven makes them an easy and healthy way to enjoy wedges without deep frying! Serve as a side dish or tasty snack!
Serve your wedges with ketchup, any aioli or ranch dressing!
These baked potato wedges are one of my most popular recipes and something I make at home for my family MULTIPLE times a week. They really are the BEST out there!
No lie. They are better AND cheaper than those store-bought frozen wedges or restaurant or pub versions.
Plus, baked potato wedges are much healthier than french fries not only because we aren't deep frying them in unhealthy oils but instead drizzle the wedges with extra virgin olive oil. They're much healthier and loaded with good monounsaturated fats and antioxidents.
They pair incredibly well with any meal as a side dish especially roasted chicken. Plus, they are easy, quick and my kids LOVE them.
Change it up and serve these wedges as a party snack or appetizer next time your expecting company. Just add them to a long serving platter with a few different dips like ketchup, ranch, different aioli's, honey mustard sauce or even this delicious white cheese sauce and everyone will be thrilled!
How These Wedges Are Different:
- Most people flip their wedges halfway through cooking time but not with this recipe. This will make sure your wedges don't tear or rip!
- We are baking these babies at a high temperature and placing them on the bottom rack to crisp up the bottom of our wedges then transferring them to the top at the end to get the tops golden brown. See instructions below!
- Instead of using russet potatoes like many other recipes, I use Yukon Golds. They are more buttery, tender and fluffy which results in the best wedge...in my opinion. 😉
- Potatoes- I recommend using Yukon Gold. They're buttery and fluffier than russet.
- Olive oil- Use a good heart healthy EVOO.
- Spices- I like to keep it simple but flavorful by using garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and salt and pepper. Cajun/Italian seasoning, chili powder or Lawry's would work too.
- *Parmesan Cheese- This is an optional addition but something that will add lots of flavor.
If your potatoes are smaller, cut them into thirds.
Cutting Potatoes Into Wedges
If using the potatoes I mentioned below, you will be able to leave your skin on. Next, grab a cutting board and get slicing!
- Cut your potato in HALF lengthwise.
- Cut each half into thirds or quarters or eights if they are really large potatoes.
How To Baked Potato Wedges
The difference between potato wedges and french fries is that wedges are cut lengthwise into larger, longer slices as opposed to french fries which are smaller are more narrow. They're more triangular.
Think KFC vs. McDonalds.
The fact that they are thicker makes it easier to get them crispy! So make sure to keep you wedges on the thicker side.
Step 1: Scrub and rinse your potatoes clean and then cut each potato into thirds lengthwise. If your potato is larger, you'll need to cut it into quarters. Try to make sure each wedge is consistent in size and thickness.
Step 2: Place your wedges on a parchment lined baking sheet or aluminum foil skin-side UP. Season your potato wedges with extra virgin olive oil and season generously!
I love tossing my wedges in a blend of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano. Smoked paprika is also a great addition! You can also add your potatoes, oil and spices to a resealable gallon sized bag and shake to coat to make it easier.
*You can allow your potatoes to marinate in the fridge until you're ready to bake.
Step 3: Roast your potatoes in the oven at 400-425 degrees F and place them on the bottom rack first so the bottom of your wedges gets crispy. Then transfer them to the top to broil the tops.
📃 NOTE: You can print exact quantities with detailed instructions below!
Season your potatoes WELL. They crave salt.
These wedges would be delicious served alongside of these Appetizers Wrapped In Bacon!
Tips to ensure your wedges are the best wedges every single time:
1. OVEN PLACEMENT IS KEY! Place on the bottom of the oven first!
- In case you haven't noticed, every time food is placed in the BOTTOM of the oven, the bottom of the food will cook MUCH faster than the top usually causing it to burn. But we are going to use that to our advantage and remove them before the burn.
- This little tip is the key to getting evenly browned wedges on the bottom faster with NO FLIPPING!
- For these wedges, you will finish them off on the TOP rack directly under your broiler so they get nicely golden brown and crispy on top!
2. SEASON WELL! Potatoes crave salt!
- I don't think people realize how much salt is on french fries. That is why they're so yummy!
- Salt your potatoes liberally immediately after they come out of the oven so the salt will stick to them.
- Add your parsley last for a pop of color and added flavor.
- Paprika and potatoes go very well together! Add some if you like the flavor and/or want a deeper color to your wedges!
- Add grated Parmesan cheese for added flavor.
3. USE ENOUGH OIL: Olive oil is my go-to.
- Cooking spray just wont cut it. You need a good amount of fat to get a crispy texture. Since I only use olive oil, I am not afraid of using too much because I know it is healthier than most oils.
- Coat your wedges generously so they don't stick to the pan and so they brown nicely. It also adds a lot of flavor!
4. CHOOSE THE RIGHT POTATOES: Yukon golds are my favorite variety.
- I love my Yukon Golds. It is all I have been buying these days. I didn't realize how DIFFERENT potatoes were until I really started comparing!
- Waxy potatoes like red potatoes tend to have thinner skin and would work well too. Idaho and Russets have more starch and less moisture than your Yukon Golds so they wont come out as creamy as they do. Here is an article about the different kinds of potatoes.
5. SOAK YOUR POTATOES: This will help them crisp up better.
- Soak your potatoes in salted water for 15-30 minutes. Doing this will help remove some starch which also can lead to sticking.
6. A LITTLE EXTRA EFFORT GOES A LONG WAY:
- Cornstarch is great at crisping food! Feel free to sprinkle some onto your potatoes before you bake them! The result will be a crispier, crunchier wedge.
- Soak your cut wedges in cold water for 30 minutes. This is a great restaurant trick! This will remove extra starch. Then PAT DRY to remove any excess moisture before seasoning and baking.
7. DON'T OVERCROWD YOUR WEDGES
- Make sure you place your potatoes as a single layer without having them overlap or touch. This will allow them to roast properly without steaming them.
How To Serve Your Wedges
These wedges are amazing on their own but would pair so well as a side dish with burgers, roasted chicken, fish or a fancy steak dinner.
They would also pair really well with my easy homemade white cheese sauce!
Ketchup, ranch, garlic aioli, chipotle sauce, or sour cream would be great options to dip your wedges into!
Can I reheat my wedges?
Yes, reheat them in a 400 degrees F oven until crisp and warmed through.
What is the best oil to use?
I like heart-healthy olive oil as opposed to canola or vegetable oil but any oil works.
How do I get super crispy wedges?
The key is to removing the most moisture possible. Soaking them in water then drying them very well with paper towels is very effective.
How do I prevent my wedges from sticking?
Use parchment paper! It's amazing stuff and works so well. Otherwise, make sure you are using enough oil. They should remove easily if they are baked properly.
Can I freeze potato wedges?
Yes, I recommend flash-freezing them flat on a baking sheet so they don't stick together. Then add them to a large freezer bag and store for up to 3 months.
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Baked Potato Wedges
- 8 Small-Medium Yukon Gold Potatoes ((these work the best))
- ¼-½ Cup Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon Oregano
- ⅛ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ⅛ teaspoon Onion Powder
- 2 tablespoon Fresh Chopped Parsley
- Salt and Pepper to taste*
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut your potatoes in half, then cut each half into thirds. Each potato should give you 6 wedges! If you have larger potatoes, cut each half into quarters.
- If you have parchment paper, lay some down on your baking sheet first.Place wedges on your baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder. Toss to evenly coat. You want your wedges generously coated in olive oil or the spices will burn. If you need to add more do so. Next, it is very important that you do these two things:1. Make sure your wedges are NOT touching each other! (use two sheets if you need or bake it two parts.)2. Make sure you lay your wedges cut side DOWN. (Not peel side down like a boat.)
- Place your sheet pan on the lower third of your oven (bottom rack) for about 12-15 minutes or until the bottom of your wedges are nicely browned.
- Move pan to one of your TOP racks and turn broiler to high. (Baking sheet should be about 6" from your broiler!) Leave for another 5-10 minutes or until golden brown on top. Keep an eye on your wedges, they will burn if you forget about them.Important* If your wedges are not fork tender at this point, turn oven to 350° F and leave them on the middle rack until they are fork tender.
- When ready, take your wedges out and immediately season to taste with a little more salt, freshly cracked black pepper and parsley. Serve hot!Tip* Don't be afraid to add salt! Potatoes crave salt!
- Yukon Gold potatoes will give you the BEST results!
- Make sure you buy medium to small sized potatoes. Huge wedges will take longer to cook and don't look as nice.
- Season liberally with salt once they are still hot!!! Potatoes need salt! 🙂