How to make crispy baked potato wedges with amazing flavor! This easy potato side dish is a kid-friendly comfort food that goes with any main dish.
Potato side dishes are some of the most popular to serve on everything from weeknight dinners to holiday dinners. You can make a baked potato bar for a football game or serve comforting mashed potatoes at a birthday gathering.
How to Make Potato Wedges
When you are looking for something different than traditional roasted potatoes, you might try these homemade baked potato wedges. Kids love them and they are perfect served alongside burgers or a delicious steak.
We’re going to jump right in sharing all of our tips on how to make the BEST homemade baked potato wedges….and how to get them crispy.
What are the best potatoes for crispy fries?
So how do you know which potatoes are best for the recipe your making? If you’re making fries, you’ll want to choose a good size Russet potato. Russets are a high starch potato that will be light and fluffy inside when baked. This makes for excellent potato wedges, steak fries or traditional fries.
Do you have to scrub potatoes?
The first step to making potato wedges is to prepare the potatoes. Wash them and scrub them. This is essential. Scrubbing potatoes gets rid of any chemicals, but also washes away any dirt that might be on potatoes.
Wash and dry the potatoes well.
How to Cut Potato Wedges
To cut potato wedges, you’re simply going to start by cutting a potato in half, then you’ll continue to cut each half in half until you end up with the size wedges you’d like. We usually end up with 8 wedges, but this will depend on the size potatoes you have.
If you have a handy apple slicer, you can also use it to wedge a potato. Find one here.
Why do you put potatoes in water before baking?
Before you bake the potatoes, soak the wedges in warm water that has a little bit of sugar dissolved in it. The sugar draws out some of the starch from the potatoes and helps them be crispy.
You’ll want to let the potatoes sit for at least 15 minutes, but we prefer to soak them at least 30 minutes.
Can you skip soaking? Yes…but your potatoes won’t be quite as crispy.
How to Season Baked Potato Wedges
Once you’ve soaked the potatoes you’ll rinse them (rinsing off any extra starch), then dry them well.
Place the potatoes in the bowl and add:
- olive oil
- garlic powder
- onion powder
We LOVE this combination of seasoning on fries. It fits so many different meals.
If you’d like Mexican flavor, add a sprinkling of taco seasoning or adobo seasoning.
If you’d like Italian flavor, add a sprinkling of Italian seasoning.
Toss the potatoes well to coat them, then add them to a baking sheet in a single layer. Be careful that they are not crowded or touching. This will help them bake evenly and stay crispy.
How Long to Bake Potato Wedges
The exact time for baking will depend on the size of the potato wedges. The important thing to remember is to turn the potato wedges part way through baking.
We bake our potatoes for 20 minutes, then turn them and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until they are as soft as we’d like.
**Pro Tip: If your potatoes aren’t as browned as you’d like them, simply place them under the broiler (on low heat) for 3-5 minutes. Watch them closely because they will brown quickly!**
These potatoes are best served immediately for the ultimate crispiness. If you can’t serve them right away, place them on a wire rack so that the bottoms don’t get soggy.
What to Serve with Baked Potato Wedges
Here are a few of our favorite dinners to serve potatoes with:
Or, use this recipe to make Mexican loaded potato wedges!
Other Potato Recipes
Or see this post for all of our BEST potato recipes!
Baked Potato Wedges
- 3 large Russet potatoes (washed and dried)
- warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Prepare the potatoes:
- Cut each potato in half. Then cut each half in half. Keep doing this until you have 8 potato wedges (or make the wedges as big as you'd like).
- Dissolve the sugar in a large bowl of warm water.
- Place the potatoes in the sugar water and allow them to soak for about 30 minutes (or at least 15 minutes).
- Rinse the potatoes well and dry them.
Bake the potatoes:
- Preheat the oven to 400º Fahrenheit.
- Place the potato wedges in a large bowl.
- Drizzle the oil and sprinkle the seasonings over the top.
- Toss the potatoes in the oil to coat well.
- Place the potato wedges in a single layer (not touching) on a baking sheet. (Line the baking sheet with parchment paper first for easy cleanup and to help the potatoes not stick.
- Bake the potatoes for 20 minutes, then turn the potatoes to brown the other side.
- Cook for an additional 10-20 minutes or until the potatoes are done. The exact timing will depend on how thick the potato wedges are. Watch them closely!
- If you'd like the potatoes a little browner, place them under the broiler on low for 3-5 minutes. Watch them closely as food under the broiler can burn quickly.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.