When it comes to making the perfect potato wedges, there are a few things you need to consider. The type of potato is key, as is the cooking method. This blog post will share my tips and tricks for making the best crispy potato wedges.
So, whether you are looking for a side dish to accompany your main course or an appetizer to share with friends, read on for the best way to bake crispy potato wedges.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut potatoes into wedges and spread them on a baking sheet.
- Add a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, and any additional spices you want.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are crispy.
- Serve immediately.
Here’s The Answer To Best Way To Bake Crispy Potato Wedges
Baking crispy potato wedges are the best way to cook them. Baking is healthier than frying, boiling, microwaving, and steaming. Also, baking is healthier than roasting, grilling, and other methods of cooking potatoes in general.
It’s a lot easier to make than any other method as well. So first things first: make sure your potatoes are peeled and cut into even-sized wedges (or whatever shape you prefer).
Next, lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone mats if you want your baked potato wedges crispier.
This will allow for airflow around each piece, which will help brown them up nicely when baked at high temperatures for long periods, as we’ll do here today.
I recommend using medium-sized baby white potatoes because they require less prep work overall. Use any potato kind you think will work best for the dish you’re creating, though.
Cut The Potatoes Into Wedges
Cut the potatoes into wedges. The secret to crispy potato wedges is cutting them so they cook evenly and get browned on all sides.
Mandolin slicers are the ideal instrument for this task, but you can also use a sharp knife or even your hands (though it takes more time).
For each potato, cut off both ends, so it’s flat on one side and rounded on the other. Then cut lengthwise from top to bottom into four even pieces so that you have four long slabs of potato with rounded edges.
Now take each slab and slice it in half lengthwise again so that now you have eight long slabs–four with flat sides and four with rounded sides–each about ¼ inch thick or less. These are now ready to be put into the oven.
Use A Paper Towel To Blot The Potato Wedges
Use a clean kitchen towel if you don’t have a paper towel.
Next, blot the potato wedges with a paper towel or lint-free kitchen cloth to remove excess moisture. This will aid in their oven-oven crisping.
Oil It Slightly And Dust It With Corn Starch
This process will help ensure that the oil is evenly spread and that your potato wedges won’t stick.
- Use a paper towel to blot the potato wedges slightly. This will remove excess moisture from the surface of your potatoes, allowing for an even coating of oil and cornstarch mixture when baked in a hot oven.
- Dust the potatoes with one tablespoon of corn starch and toss until evenly coated. Then place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray (or lined with parchment paper) in a single layer and bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes or until crispy on all sides (turning once halfway through).
Sprinkle The Wedges With Salt
Sprinkle the wedges with salt. Salt is a great way to make your potato wedges crisp, but it also helps enhance their flavor. In addition, the salt draws out moisture from the potatoes, which means that your oven won’t need to work as hard.
This will keep your oven from getting too hot and drying your wedges.
If you don’t have any salt handy, try using Lawry’s Seasoned Salt instead; this recipe calls for kosher salt. If none is available, normal table salt will work just fine.
Let Sit For 10 Minutes And Preheat The Oven To 400 Degrees F
- Let the potato wedges sit for 10 minutes before baking.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Bake for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Add another 15 minutes of baking time, and flip again halfway through if needed. (If you’re using a convection oven, cook times may be shorter.)
- Remove from the oven when browned and crispy on both sides and let rest for 5 minutes before serving or storing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days—the flavor will only improve as they sit!
Spray A Baking Sheet With Cooking Spray And Arrange The Wedges On The Baking Sheet
- Place the potato wedges on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking oil. Make sure the wedges are not touching each other. Otherwise, they will be harder to get crispy (and may get soggy).
- Spray both sides of each wedge with cooking spray, or brush with olive oil if you prefer not to use the cooking spray.
Bake For 15 Minutes
Bake the wedges for 15 minutes. This is the minimum baking time, depending on how thick your potato wedges are. Bake them for longer if you prefer a crunchier texture.
If you want a more flavorful chip, you can add seasonings like salt or Parmesan cheese before baking.
Flip The Wedges Over
You’ve likely noticed that the potato wedges on your baking sheet aren’t cooking evenly. That’s because one side of the wedge has a higher concentration of moisture than the other, so it needs to be baked longer for both sides to crisp up.
To ensure even browning, you can flip the wedges over halfway through baking with a spatula or tongs—just be careful not to break them! This will help ensure that both sides get crispy and delicious.
Just remember: flipping your potato wedges over halfway through cooking helps them cook more evenly and quickly—and it’s an important step if you want perfectly crispy potatoes every time.
Bake For Another 15 Minutes Or Till It Is Golden And Crispy
The thickness of the potato wedges will affect how long they take to cook. After baking for 10 minutes, flip over each wedge and cook on the other side for another 5 to 7 minutes.
The potatoes are done when they are golden and crispy but not burnt. Before serving, take them out of the oven and give them five minutes to rest.
Remove From The Oven, Let It Rest For 5 Minutes, Then Serve With Some Garnish
Remove from The Oven, Let It Rest for 5 Minutes, Then Serve with Some Garnish
When the potato wedges are done baking, remove them from the oven. Before serving it with salt, pepper, or herbs, let it cool for about five minutes. These potatoes are also great with a dip such as ketchup or ranch dressing!
Does The Shape Of The Wedges Make It Crispy?
The answer to this question is a resounding “no.” When you slice potatoes into wedges, you create more surface area for the oil to cook on.
That may sound like it would make them crispy, but it will take longer for them to cook through. The shape of your potatoes doesn’t affect their crispiness—it just affects how long they take to cook.
What Thickness Should The Wedges Be?
The best way to bake crispy potato wedges is to slice them into 1/4-inch thick wedges.
Here’s why: if you make them too thick, they won’t crisp properly. If you make them too thin, they’ll take longer to cook and will be dry on the inside.
But if your potato wedges are about the same thickness as one another and all about 1/4 inch thick (give or take), then you’re golden.
What Temperature Should The Wedges Be Baked At?
When you’re cooking potato wedges, your oven’s temperature will directly impact the finished product. The ideal temperature for baking potato wedges is about 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
This temperature is roughly equivalent to the average air temperature inside an oven, which can be measured with a thermometer.
Temperature is important because it affects how quickly water evaporates from the surface of foods like potatoes and other vegetables. When water evaporates too slowly or too fast, food gets soggy or burned rather than crispy.
By baking your potatoes at a relatively low temperature (compared to other types of cooking), they’ll get nice and crispy while still retaining their moisture and flavor—and best of all: no worrying about losing nutrients during high-temperature cooking.
Can The Baked Wedges Be Reheated?
Reheating the baked wedges is easy. You can reheat them in a few different ways:
- In the oven
- In the microwave
- In a pan or on the stovetop (you’ll need to cook them for about 5 minutes on each side)
- In your toaster oven or toaster (this will take about 10 minutes).
Overall, baking is the best way to achieve crispy potato wedges. While other methods may result in a more evenly cooked potato, baking creates that perfect balance of crispy exterior and fluffy interior.
So preheat your oven and get ready to enjoy some delicious potatoes.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I freeze my potato Wedges for later use?
You can freeze your potato wedges for up to 3 – 6 months by storing them in a plastic bag or an airtight container.
Are oven-baked wedges healthier than fried wedges?
Oven-baked wedges are healthier than fried ones. They’re lower in calories and fat, and they don’t have any cholesterol.
Is it better to bake potatoes in an airtight container or on a tray lined with parchment paper?
The best way to bake potatoes is on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Parchment paper allows air to circulate through the potato slices, ensuring they cook through.
Can I use a convection oven for baking crispier potato wedges at home?
Convection ovens are excellent for baking crispy potato wedges. They have a built-in fan that distributes heat evenly and quickly, so the air inside stays hot.
I’m Vid Jovanovic and I’m 36 years old. I’m a teacher by profession and my passion lies in baking. I have been baking since my early teens, when my grandmother taught me how to make a simple cake that you can find in any supermarket. My passion for baking grew as I got older and I started experimenting with different ingredients and recipes.
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