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The Most INCREDIBLE Potato Wedges

April 7, 2018 (Last Updated: January 13, 2020)

Here I share with you a some game changing tips to getting Oven Baked Potato Wedges that are crispy and crunchy on the outside, yet light and fluffy on the inside!

side shot of potato wedges served with dip

Life Changing Potatoes Wedges

I mean ever so sliiiiiiiiightly dramatic. BUT, they are seriously delicious. Crispy, crunchy, fluffy, flavoursome deliciousness. Here’s why you’re going to love them:

  • Oven Baked – No faffing about with deep frying, these come out truly crispy straight out the oven.
  • Parmesan – Secret ingredient that takes these wedges through the roof!
  • EASY – Even the most beginner of cook can master these.

Okay, first things first, let’s talk potato. I tend to use 4 medium potatoes, which will get 8 wedges from them each (24 in total).

What is the best potato to use for wedges? – You want to use floury potatoes such as King Edwards, Maris Pipers or Russets. They retain less moisture and turn out fluffier in the centre. I’d avoid waxy potatoes as they cling on to more moisture.

How to cut Potato Wedges

  1. Find 4 evenly sized potatoes (important so the wedges are uniformed size and cook at an even rate).
  2. Slice them in half, place them flat side down, slice in half again, flip them again then slice those 4 slices in half again. This will produce 8 wedges from each potato.

how to cut potatoes into wedges - 3 step by step photos

Top Tip – Keep the skins on for extra flavour and extra crispiness!

Parboiling Potato Wedges

In terms of preparing potato wedges, different people having different methods. Some soak in cold water, other coat them straight in the seasoning, I prefer to par-boil.

Removing Starch from Potatoes

Potatoes are stuffed full of starch, and when cooked that’s what makes potatoes go gloopy in the centre. So essentially we want to remove as much starch as possible before baking. By parboiling the wedges you do just this.

However…

After placing them in the water, the wedges will soak up some of the moisture. This is ironically what we don’t want. Potatoes that have too much moisture = soggy. So, what to do is after you’ve drained them, let them sit for at least 5 minutes and allow the steam to leave the wedges. This is the moisture that we don’t want escaping the wedges, which is good.

I don’t recommend soaking in cold water, you want the potatoes to be partly cooked so they’re not in the oven so long they burn the parmesan (more on that in just a sec).

How to Parboil Potato Wedges (quick summary)

  1. Pop wedges in cold water (important – if you place straight in boiling water they won’t cook evenly from the centre). Bring to boil for 3-4mins.
  2. Drain in colander and allow to steam for minimum 5mins (preferably until they completely stop steaming)

parboiling potato for wedges - 2 step by step photos

Top Tip – As the wedges rest and steam, give them a shake in the colander to rough up the edges (rough edges = extra crispiness)

Parmesan Potato Wedges

Okay, here’s where things get intense. There’s a couple of reasons I add parmesan to potato wedges. First is flavour. Parmesan adds a gorgeous, salty flavour to potato wedges. Plus, potatoes and cheese is a match made in heaven. The second is texture. Baking potato wedges in parmesan enhances that gorgeous crispy outside.

In terms of other seasoning, here’s what you’ll need:

Potato Wedge Seasoning

  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Thyme 
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Parmesan

When it comes to baking the wedges, my number 1 tip is making sure you spread the wedges out. If you pile them on top of each other they are just going to steam and not get crispy. Use two trays if you have to!

How to make Parmesan Wedges (quick summary)

  1. Coat potatoes in oil and seasoning.
  2. Stir through freshly grated parmesan.
  3. Space out on a baking tray and bake!

How to make parmesan potato wedges - 3 step by step photos

Serving Potato Wedges

Once the wedges are out the oven, that smell is going to melt your soul 😍I like to let them rest for a few mins (just to let the final bit of steam escape) and then sprinkle a pinch of salt. The will extract any moisture from the surface. You know, just for extra crispiness.

From there, you can either serve them as a side, or even as an appetizer with dips! Here’s my faves:

Potato Wedges Dips

Or do it the Aussie way! When I spent 2 years in Australia it became apparent that the only dipping sauces for potato wedges were sweet chilli sauce and sour cream. Hey, it kinda worked!

Oven Baked Potato Wedges Fresh out the oven - closeup focus on one

The BEST Potato Wedges

So there we have it folks! Your fool proof guidance to incredible oven baked potato wedges. A few simple but crucial steps really make the difference in getting flavoursome, fluffy and crispy potato wedges!

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into these baked wedges shall we?!

oven baked potato wedges served with dipping sauce

How to make Oven Baked Potato Wedges (Full Recipe & Video)

potato wedges served with dip

The most INCREDIBLE Oven Baked Potato Wedges

Here I share with you a some game changing tips to getting Oven Baked Potato Wedges that are crispy and crunchy on the outside, yet light and fluffy on the inside!
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Course: Appetizer / Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4
Calories: 354kcal
Cost per serving: £1.50 / $2

Equipment:

  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Pot & Colander (for par-boiling wedges)
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Large Baking Tray
  • Fine Cheese Grater
  • Small Pot/Ramekin (for seasoning mix)

Ingredients (check list):

  • 4 medium sized White Potatoes (Russets or Maris Pipers work great)
  • 1/2 cup / 40g freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 heaped tsp Paprika
  • 1 heaped tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme (can sub Oregano)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, plus extra to serve & par-boil (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper, or more for spicier wedges!
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions:

  • Slice your potatoes into 8 equal wedge shapes. I find this easiest by slicing in half, place flat side down and slice those in half, then flip again and slice in half again.
  • Pop in a pot of cold water with a good pinch of salt and bring to boil for 3-4 minutes. You should only just be able to slice with a knife.
  • Drain and give them a shake in the colander to rough the edges (optional). Sit and rest to steam for at least 5 minutes. The longer the better (the more steam that escapes the fluffier the inside and crispier the outside).
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl/ramekin combine 2 tbsp Olive Oil, 1 heaped tsp Paprika & Garlic Powder, 1/2 tsp Thyme & Salt, 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (or to taste) and 1/8th tsp Black Pepper and preheat the oven to 200C/390F.
  • Combine your wedges with the oil seasoning, mix to fully coat, then pour in 1/2cup/40g freshly grated Parmesan and mix again.
  • Spray or lightly oil an oven tray and evenly space out your wedges. Use 2 trays if you have to. Spacing out is important so they don't steam on each other and room room to crisp up!
  • Bake for 25-30mins or until golden brown on the outside. Flip once after 15 mins. Timings will vary depending on your oven/size of wedges so just be vigilant after flipping.
  • Enjoy hot with an extra pinch of salt and your favourite dip!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Potatoes - Try and find 4 even sized potatoes so all the wedges come out in uniform size. This is important so they cook at an even rate. I find fluffy baking potatoes like Russets, King Edwards or Maris Pipers work great. I would avoid waxy potatoes as they hold on to too much moisture and won't get as fluffy.
b) Steam - Allowing the wedges to sit whilst the steam is released is an important step. After being parboiled they will have taken on unwanted moisture. The steam is merely that unwanted moisture leaving the wedges. i.e fluffier insides! It's preferable to allow them to rest until they completely stop steaming.
c) Spice - 1/4 tsp of Cayenne Pepper will give a gentle kick of spice. Increase for more spice or take out all together if you'd prefer without!
d) Salt - I only use 1/2 tsp of salt in the seasoning because seasoning is always down to preference. However it's difficult to 'taste test' as such when they're raw. Add more after they're cooked if you want them saltier!
e) Space - It's important to space the wedges apart in the oven. If they're too close they will steam instead of bake, therefore turning soggy in the process! Also important to flip so both sides of the wedges have equal time with direct contact on the hot tray.
f) Cooking Times - they will vary depending on the size of wedges you end up with. Still flip after 15 mins and from there just be vigilant throughout!
g) Dipping Sauces - Check out my Sour Cream and Chive dip and Homemade Blue Cheese Dip! Or do it the Aussie way and have one pot of sour cream and a second pot of sweet chilli sauce!
h) Calories - Based sharing between 4 people, approx 8 wedges each.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
The most INCREDIBLE Oven Baked Potato Wedges
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 86
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.5g15%
Saturated Fat 2.3g12%
Trans Fat 0.08g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.5g
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 500mg21%
Potassium 1544mg44%
Carbohydrates 60.1g20%
Fiber 9.2g37%
Sugar 4.3g5%
Protein 8.8g18%
Vitamin A 950IU19%
Vitamin C 37.1mg45%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Hannah
    December 3, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Can you make these ahead of time before baking? Parboil, let sit, season then refrigerate until ready?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 3, 2019 at 9:43 pm

      Hey Hannah! I couldn’t say for sure as I’ve never done this, but I imagine it’ll be fine. Whilst you might lose a tiny bit of fluffiness/crispiness, you could also make them fully, allow them to cool and freeze them until needed. Just give them a light spray of oil and pop back in the oven for half the time stated in the recipe 🙂

  • Reply
    Janice. Morris
    June 19, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    5 stars
    I don’ t have white potatoes. Can you do this with red potatoes?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 20, 2019 at 5:59 pm

      White potatoes such as Maris Pipers or Russets work best for this recipe. I haven’t used red potatoes before, but imagine it’ll work just fine 🙂

  • Reply
    Amy
    February 18, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Oven temp? Just a thought

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 18, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Amy! It’s in the recipe card on step 4. Just incase you missed it – ‘Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine your Olive Oil, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Thyme, Salt and Black Pepper and preheat the oven to 200c/390f.’

  • Reply
    Carren
    May 29, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    5 stars
    Par-boil, seasoning, parmesan. Crackerjack!!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 29, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Crackerjack indeed!

  • Reply
    Emma
    April 8, 2018 at 10:05 am

    5 stars
    Your seasoning looks amazing!!! Totally agree that parboiling makes all the difference!

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 8, 2018 at 11:06 am

      So glad you agree, I truly think it makes the difference!!

  • Reply
    Jeanette
    April 8, 2018 at 9:19 am

    5 stars
    Love it! Need to try this 🙂 Love crispy potatoes.

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 8, 2018 at 11:05 am

      Crispy potatoes for life!!

  • Reply
    Emily
    April 8, 2018 at 8:35 am

    5 stars
    Ooh I love that you added parmesan to the seasoning, these look so delicious and crispy!

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 8, 2018 at 11:05 am

      Thanks so much, parmesan is a game changer! 🙂

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    April 8, 2018 at 3:19 am

    You can never go wrong with potato wedges!

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 8, 2018 at 11:05 am

      You’re so right!!

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    April 7, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    5 stars
    That crispy goodness is making me swoon! Yum!

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 8, 2018 at 11:04 am

      All about the crispy goodness right!?

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