How to Cook Perfect Deep-Fried Potato Wedges: Quick Guide

Craving something crispy, comforting, and utterly delicious? These Deep Fried Potato Wedges are just the thing. Perfectly seasoned and golden brown, they’re an irresistible side dish or snack.

If you have a deep fryer (or even if you don’t), these wedges are simple to prepare and a super-frugal side dish. Whether you’re planning a family dinner or hosting a game-day feast, this recipe will surely be the highlight.

finished potato wedges sprinkled with salt.

Deep Fried Potato Wedges

Soft, fluffy potatoes tucked in a perfectly spiced golden crust. Deep frying and the right blend of seasoning turns a humble veggie into a star.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serving Size 4 people

Equipment

  • Large, heavy-duty pot or deep fryer
  • Slotted spoon
  • Paper Towels
  • Mixing Bowls

Ingredients 

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional, for added heat
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • vegetable oil, peanut oil, or canola oil for frying

Instructions 

  • Prepare the Potatoes. Wash the potatoes thoroughly under running water and pat them completely dry with paper towels. Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Then, slice each half into 3-4 wedges, making sure each piece is of similar thickness to promote even cooking.
    grid of potatoes being sliced into wedges.
  • Prepare the Dry Mix. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (if using), a generous pinch of salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Stir the mixture until well blended.
    tossing potato wedges into seasoned flour.
  • Heat the Oil. Fill a large pot or deep fryer with enough oil to submerge the potato wedges, about 2-3 inches deep. Heat the oil over medium heat to 350°F (175°C). Test the oil's readiness by dropping a small piece of bread into the oil; if it sizzles and turns golden brown within about 60 seconds, the oil is ready.
  • Bread. Take each potato wedge and cover it in the flour mixture until it's coated evenly. Shake off any extra flour.
  • Fry. Carefully place a few coated wedges into the hot oil. It's better to fry them in batches to make sure they aren't too close together. This helps to keep the oil's temperature high and the wedges crispy. Each batch should take about 6-8 minutes or until they're golden brown and crispy. Keep checking the wedges with a slotted spoon to make sure they aren't sticking together.
    deep fryer basket with potatoes.
  • Drain and Serve. Use the slotted spoon to take out the wedges from the oil and put them on a plate covered with paper towels to remove extra oil. You can add some more salt to the hot wedges if you like. Serve them hot and crispy with your preferred dipping sauce right away.
    finished potato wedges sprinkled with salt.

Notes

Try using russet potatoes, as they are best for frying due to their high starch content, which results in a fluffy interior and crispy exterior.
To make your wedges extra crispy, you can soak the potatoes in cold water for half an hour, then dry them and dredge them in flour to help remove excess starch.
It’s important to slice the potatoes consistently into wedges to make sure are evenly cooked. Try to make each wedge the same thickness.
Coat each wedge thoroughly in the seasoned flour mix to make sure a full flavor in every bite.
To customize your wedges, experiment with different seasonings. The combination of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and a pinch of cayenne pepper is tasty, but you can add your favorite herbs and spices.
If you want, you can also add some grated Parmesan cheese or fresh herbs to the flour mixture.
Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 985mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 5mg

More Tips:

After washing the potatoes, dry them completely with a towel to prevent the oil from splattering dangerously when frying.

Keep the oil temperature at around 350°F or 175°C. If the oil is too hot, the wedges will burn on the outside while remaining uncooked on the inside. If it’s too cold, the wedges will end up soggy. You can check the oil temperature using a kitchen thermometer.

Once you’re done frying, place the wedges on paper towels to get rid of any excess oil to help keep them crispy for a longer time.

close up view of deep fried potato wedges.

Serving Suggestions

Deep-Fried Potato Wedges pair well with fried shrimp, buttermilk chicken tenders, cajun ranch, southern coleslaw, or fruit salad.

About the Ingredients

Here are some simple ingredient swaps that you can try for your deep-fried potato wedges recipe:

  • Potatoes: If you like your wedges to be creamier, go for Yukon Gold potatoes instead of russet ones.
  • All-Purpose Flour: To make your wedges extra crispy and gluten-free, use cornstarch or rice flour instead of all-purpose flour.
  • Vegetable Oil: For a healthier option, consider using avocado or coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. They also have a higher smoke point.
  • Paprika: For a smokier flavor, use smoked paprika instead of regular paprika. If you like your wedges spicier, add chili powder. Look for larger supermarkets or specialty spice shops. Online retailers are also good sources for this type of specialty spice.
ingredients on marble counter.

Remember that these substitutions can change the taste and texture of your potato wedges, so don’t be afraid to experiment to find your favorite combination!

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Storage Instructions

To store the cooled wedges, put them in an airtight container, wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and refrigerate them for 3-5 days. You can reheat them in the oven or air fryer.

If you want to freeze the wedges, fry them partially until they’re cooked but not browned, then cool them and freeze them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container and store them for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, you can fry them straight from frozen until they’re golden and crispy.

To save time, you can slice and soak the potatoes in water for up to 24 hours before cooking them. This step also helps remove excess starch, resulting in crispier wedges.

You can prepare the seasoned flour mixture and store it in an airtight container until you’re ready to dredge the potato wedges.

finished potato wedges sprinkled with salt.

This deep-fried potato wedges recipe is super easy to follow and will definitely satisfy your cravings. 

All you need to do is follow the detailed steps and consider the tips for substitutions and storage. And voila! You’ll have a bowl of crispy, golden wedges ready to serve at your next meal or gathering. 

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