The Perfect Steak Fries Recipe

Steak fries out of Russet potatoes are so delicious and so incredibly easy to make. For dinner the other day we had them with fish three ways and steamed vegetables. While French fries are delicious, they are not really the healthiest option. For a healthier option, try baking your Steak Fries until they are tender.

When shopping at ALDI, I am always on the lookout for deals on food, especially fresh meat. Typically, you can often find $1, $2 or $5 off stickers on the packaged food in the meat counter or the fresh deli section. Whenever they are there, we totally stock up! $5 off of a salmon portion is an incredible deal, especially when we need to feed six people. So, for dinner, we had fish three ways and found out we all super loved the trout!

dinner served at table with steak fries
All ready to eat!

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Published September 11, 2021
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Cost breakdown for dinner

Salmon $9.98
Trout $2.19
Atlantic Salmon $2.04
Vegetables $1.09
Potatoes $0.00

Mediterranean Flavored Salmon
Price was $9.98 at $8.99 per pound
This salmon was not on sale, but the budget could justify it because I was able to get the other two fish filets at such a great discount.

Steelhead Trout
Originally priced at $7.49 at $8.99 per pound; 0.8 pounds
Sale price, with $5 off, was $2.19
This comes to $2.73 per pound on sale

Atlantic Salmon

Originally priced at $7.04 at $7.49 per pound; 0.94 pounds
Sale price, with $5 off, was $2.04
This comes to $2.17 per pound on sale

Steamed Vegetables
Microwave steamer bag $1.09 for 12-ounces of carrot, broccoli and cauliflower

Russet Potatoes
My mom had gotten a few bags for no cost and gave these to our family; so there was no cost for potatoes for dinner.
Originally, 5-pound russet potato bag costs $3.29 at ALDI

All of the fish filets for our dinner cost $14.21 and a cost of $2.03 a serving; as Tyler had leftovers for lunch the next day. Had I bought them at regular price they could have cost $24.21. Not a bad deal for fresh fish filets!

Total cost for this dinner was $15.30 for our family of six.

Why baked and not fried

For a long time now, I have not been able to stomach fried foods. Back in 2014, I had gallbladder surgery, as a result I have to watch my fat intake. Cooking from scratch helps to not only save money but to ease my food sensitivities. There are so many foods that I also have to not eat because of food allergies. For example, almonds, strawberries, fresh fruit and anything heavy in fat. As a result of this seemingly increasing list, a decision was made to cook healthier not only for my own sake but also to show our four kids that you can eat delicious, healthy and save so much money in the process.

Just yesterday, our oldest Samuel, said there was no food in the house. In a way, he was right, as there were no snack foods or heat-and-serve foods. However, when we sat down to dinner and ate a 9 X 13 pan of Shepherd’s Pie, he was shocked that we actually had food. What he is learning, is that with a whole freezer and pantry loaded with foods, I can then make dinner when it looks like there is no food. For my recipe for Shepherd’s Pie, be sure to click the link below, that recipe is so delicious and one of my husband’s favorite meals.

Recipe for the Perfect Steak Fries

Ingredients

Russet potatoes
Salt
Vegetable Oil
Seasoning Salt
Non-stick spray

Directions

1. Firstly, using a sink colander, rinse the potatoes well to remove all dirt. Additionally, I really cannot express how much I love this over this sink colander! For example, the edges have expandable grips that fit to any sink, it is dishwasher safe and helps to keep your food off the sink basin!

russet potatoes in sink colander

2. Secondly, use a chef knife, cut each russet potato in half on a cutting board.

cutting russet potatoes in half on red cutting board

3. Then cut each potato half in thirds for thick steak fry slices. For instance, cutting the potatoes with your knife at an angle makes each slice a wedge, just be careful to keep your other hand away from the blade and safe.

cut potatoes into steak fries wedges

4. Make sure the slices are nice and big!

russet potatoes cut into wedges

5. Then place each potato slice into a large bowl after being sliced. This will help you to coat each piece in oil before you pour them onto the baking sheet. I like to mix the potatoes in oil at this point rather than on a baking sheet because it ensures that each side will be coated, and I know that is another step of assurance that the steak fries will not stick to the pan.

steak fries wedges in metal bowl

6. Drizzle vegetable oil onto the potatoes and then mix well, make sure each one gets a good coating!

drizzling oil on steak fries in a bowl

7. Place a sheet of aluminum foil onto a baking sheet and spray with a non-stick spray so the potatoes do not stick and are easily removed for dinner. Additionally, using aluminum foil on a baking sheet helps your pans stay cleaner longer with such an easy cleanup! I have found that having our two older boys doing the dishes and having them not ruin my baking sheets with unnecessary scrubbing saves our family money in the long run.

baking pan with aluminum foil

8. Pour the potatoes onto the baking sheet and then sprinkle with coarse salt. Use a spatula to then mix the salt onto more of the potato sides.

9. Sprinkle with Seasoning Salt for more flavor and finally bake for 30-45 minutes at 400 degrees.
Lawry’s gives steak fries a great flavor! I love to keep a large bottle of it for random foods. Have you tried it on mac & cheese? My sister, Jillian, put me up to Lawry’s on mac & cheese a long time ago and I cannot eat it now without it. yumm…

10. Line another baking sheet with aluminum foil, spray with non-stick spray, and place fish filets on the sheet. Bake the fist filets until the internal temperature of the thickest portion reaches 145 degrees.

Finally, bake the Steak Fries in the oven at 375 degrees until the potatoes are soft and a knife is inserted easily. Serve with steamed vegetables and enjoy!
~Monica

Steak Fries on white plate with steamed vegetables and three fish
Salmon, Mediterranean flavored Salmon and Trout

Steak Fries Recipe

Ingredients

Russet potatoes
Salt
Vegetable Oil
Seasoning Salt
Non-stick spray

Directions for Steak Fries

1. Firstly, using a sink colander, rinse the potatoes well to remove all dirt.
2. Then, using a chef knife, cut each potato in half on a cutting board.
3. Then cut each potato half in thirds for thick steak fry slices.
4. Make sure the slices are nice and big, and also cut into wedges.
5. Place each potato wedge into a large bowl.
6. Drizzle vegetable oil onto the potatoes.
7. Place a sheet of aluminum foil onto a baking sheet.
8. Pour the potatoes onto the baking sheet and then sprinkle with coarse salt.
9. Sprinkle with Seasoning Salt for more flavor and finally bake for 30-45 minutes at 400 degrees.
10. Line another baking sheet with aluminum foil, spray with non-stick spray, and place fish filets on the sheet. 11. Bake fish filets until the internal temperature at the thickest portion reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees and additionally bake the steak fries until tender.
Serve with ketchup or BBQ or whichever sauce you love to eat fries with and enjoy!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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