Crispy Seasoned Steak Fries over the Campfire

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How to make the best homemade steak fries, seasoned and grilled to crispy perfection in a cast iron skillet over the campfire. Easy comfort food recipe.

cooked steak fries, sprinkled with chopped parsley, in a cast iron skillet

There’s just nothing quite as delicious as a burger and fries, especially when the French fries have the smoky flavor of a campfire. Yum!

While I’ve never been a fan of big, thick fries or really thick potato wedges, I do love a skinnier fry. And while these steak cut fries aren’t exactly skinny, they’re still crispy, and that makes all the difference.

Lightly seasoned with garlic, smoked paprika, and a few more seasonings, these seasoned steak fries have a really delicious flavor.

And they require only a minimal amount of work. Even cooking them over the fire isn’t much work at all. They’re so easy peasy and make the perfect side to a juicy bacon cheeseburger.

Can’t have a campfire? No problem! You can still make these on the grill or on the camp stove.

cooking steak cut fries in a cast iron skillet over the campfire on a campfire grill

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my campfire cooking/grilling tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the steak fries recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

WHAT ARE THE BEST POTATOES FOR STEAK CUT FRIES?

While you can use red potatoes or Yukon Gold (my preferred potato for mashed potatoes), I recommend using plain ole Russet potatoes to make homemade steak fries.

Russets will give you a crispier texture than the other two potatoes.

As will a good, firm potato. Make sure the potatoes you use are fresh and not too old or soft.

HOW TO CUT STEAK FRIES

Cutting up the fries is actually really easy, and there’s no peeling required. The skin will give your fries a crispier texture, so you’ll want to leave it on the potatoes.

Be sure you give your potatoes a good washing before you start to slice. Also, be sure to cut out any bad spots.

To cut your potatoes into steak fries…

  1. Lay the potato on its side, and cut the potato, lengthwise, into 4 sections.
  2. Then cut potatoes into thinner wedges, or steak fries.
how to cut steak fries out of Russet potatoes with large knife on blue cutting board

And that’s all there is to it. Easy peasy!

WHAT TO USE FOR STEAK FRY SEASONING

Now the seasoning is something you can totally switch up. But I will say, these fries have incredible flavor with the seasonings we chose to use.

I’ll also say, I’m not a huge fan of paprika. But the smoked paprika on these fries really can’t be beat. It adds to the smoky flavor the campfire gives, and it’s just so delicious.

Here’s a rundown of the seasonings we use (exact amounts in the recipe card below)…

BEFORE YOU GET STARTED COOKING…

Your fire should be down to coals, with a little bit of flame here and there.

While we usually use our tripod grill, we decided instead to use our homemade campfire grill this time.

You’ll want to watch it closely, though, as you may need to adjust the placement of the grill over the fire, so the pan or griddle you’re using doesn’t get so hot that it cooks everything too quickly.

HOW TO MAKE STEAK FRIES

Before you cook the fries, you’ll need to season them. Place the cut fries into a large bowl, and toss and coat potatoes with canola oil or olive oil and seasonings.

making seasoned steak fries by coating potatoes with olive oil and seasonings in large bowl

Cooking up steak fries on the grill is actually a really simple process.

how to make steak fries by cooking in cast iron skillet on campfire grill
  1. Place about 1/4 inch of canola oil or olive oil in a large cast iron skillet, and heat over the fire (or on the grill/camp stove).
  2. Once the oil is hot and bubbly, place the fries carefully in the hot oil in a single layer, being careful not to splatter hot oil on your hands. Use grilling tongs or a flipper spatula, along with grilling gloves, to avoid burns.
  3. Cook the fries for about 15 to 30 minutes, flipping and turning as needed to make sure both sides are cooked evenly. Fries should be tender, crispy, and golden brown when done.
golden brown steak cut fries, sprinkled with parsley, in cast iron skillet

Drain the oil responsibly and serve the fries with ketchup or fry sauce.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH STEAK CUT FRIES

You definitely need some ideas for what to make with your fries. Here are a few…

dipping potato wedges in ketchup in small blue bowl

SHOP KITCHEN TOOLS AND CAMPING KITCHEN GEAR FOR THIS RECIPE:

Vegetable or Potato Brush

Cutting Board and Outdoor Knife Set

Large Bowl

Large Cast Iron Skillet 

Grilling Flipper or Tongs

Tripod Grill or Campfire Grill – While we rigged up our own campfire grill, you can also buy them. They come with shorter legs and smaller grates, but definitely still usable over the fire.

Portable Charcoal Grill or Camp Stove

Welding Gloves – These work so much better for cooking over a campfire than regular grilling gloves/mitts.

We’ve put together a list of camping cooking equipment you may need for your next adventure. Be sure to check it out for all the essentials!

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Yield: 3 servings

Crispy Seasoned Steak Fries over the Campfire

Crispy Seasoned Steak Fries over the Campfire

How to make the best homemade steak fries, seasoned and grilled to crispy perfection in a cast iron skillet over the campfire. Easy comfort food recipe.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Instructions

  1. Wash the potatoes really well.
  2. Lay each potato on its side on a cutting board.
  3. Cut the potato, lengthwise, into 4 sections.
  4. Then cut each section into thinner wedges, or steak fries.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the seasonings together.
  6. Place the cut fries into the bowl, and toss and coat with the seasonings and olive oil.
  7. Place about 1/4 inch of canola oil or olive oil in a large cast iron skillet, and heat over the fire (or on the grill/camp stove).
  8. Once the oil is hot and bubbly, place the fries carefully in the hot oil in a single layer, being careful not to splatter hot oil on your hands.**
  9. Cook the fries for about 15 to 25 minutes, flipping and turning as needed to make sure both sides are cooked evenly. Fries should be tender, crispy, and golden brown when done.
  10. Drain the oil responsibly, sprinkle the fries with chopped parsley if desired, and serve with ketchup or fry sauce.

Notes

*You can use canola oil or olive oil.

**Use grilling tongs or a flipper spatula with welding/grilling gloves on to avoid burns.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1438mg Carbohydrates: 41g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g

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