Easy DIY From Scratch Steak Fries

I call them steak fries, but they are actually pretty similar to jo-jos - except they aren't fried. So think of them as a cross between jo-jos and steak fries. (On second thought, who can even afford steak these days? Maybe I should call them burger fries, instead!) But whatever you call them, these fries are super easy to prepare and extremely yummy - soft on the inside, and crispy on the outside.

Easy DIY From Scratch Steak Fries

Yellow potatoes
Olive oil
Sea salt

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Begin with yellow potatoes. You could probably use another type of potato, but they won't hold up as well, and the texture and flavor will be different. Scrub up the potatoes, and prick them with a fork three times each. (How many do you need? I typically use one per person, plus one or two extra.)

3. Place the prepared potatoes in the microwave and cook them - 3 minutes per potato. (So if you have three potatoes, you'll need to cook them 9 minutes.) When done, the potatoes should no longer be hard - but you don't want them mushy, either. (NOTE: If you don't want to microwave the potatoes, you can bake them whole in the oven.)

4. Allow the potatoes to cool enough so you can comfortably handle them. Cut each potato in half and place the cut sides down on a cutting board. Slice each half into wedges that are a generous 1/4 thick.
Slice potatoes a generous 1/4 in. thick.
5. Place the wedges on a rimmed baking sheet. A few may fall apart; that's okay. Just make sure the wedges are in a single layer. Drizzle olive oil over the wedges. Turn the wedges over, making sure both sides are lightly coated with olive oil. (You can use spray oil, but it has added ingredients that may or may not be healthy.) Season the wedges liberally with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Season liberally with sea salt and pepper.
6. Pop the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.

7. Now broil the wedges for about 5 minutes; remove from the oven and turn the wedges over. Broil for about 3 more minutes. Be sure to watch the potatoes carefully at this stage, or they may burn. When the wedges are golden brown and the skins bubbly, they're done.

Feel free to serve these fries with catsup or homemade Ranch, but honestly - even my kids agree these fries don't need condiments!


  1. When you cut the potatoes in half, do you do it long ways (like you split a baked potato) or the short way? Lol, hope that makes sense! :) These look yummy!

  2. Staci, I cut them in half like I would a baked potato...long ways :)