Oven-Baked Sesame Fries

BY : PUBLISHED : February 22nd, 2022

These oven-baked Potato Fries are sprinkled with a healthy amount of sesame seeds before they bake to get them nice and golden brown! This combination is simply divine as they complement each other in flavor, texture, and nutrition. They are easy to make, perfectly seasoned with nutritional yeast, and coated with potato starch to make the wedges extra crisp and delicious!

completed oven baked sesame fries on a white plate against a white background

If you are a fries lover, then these seed-coated potato wedges will be your new favorite! The sesame seeds add a nutty flavor and additional crunch that takes these otherwise ordinary fries to the next level. They are nutritional powerhouses who not only make things taste great but also bring a nice helping of calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. Since they are baked, they are so much healthier than deep-fried fries!

Dipping Options

They are perfect as snacks and appetizers served with your fave dips or sauces. You can also serve these carb-loving treats on the side of your fave veggie burger or grilled dishes for a complete meal!  Aside from your usual ketchup, here are some yummy vegan dip options that you can make yourself in just under 10 minutes!

  • Pinto Bean Dip - It’s so simple and protein-packed, it’ll be one of the tastiest and easiest dips you can make!
  • Fresh Summer Salsa - Give your fries a flair of Mexican flavors with this 5-minute flavorful dip!
  • French Onion Dip - This recipe utilizes the healthy power of cashews for creaminess and the flavor of…yep, you guessed it, delicious sweet onions!

one oven baked sesame fry being dipped into a small bowl of ketchup with fries in the background

Oven-Baked Sesame Fries Ingredients

  • Potatoes - You can use russet or yukon gold, unpeeled and cut into wedges. You can use any type of potato, preferably with a high starch content which is ideal for baking. You can also use sweet potatoes as an alternative.
  • Cooking oil - You can use avocado, grape seed, sunflower, etc.
  • Sesame seeds - We used white sesame seeds for this recipe.
  • Potato starch - This is optional, but it will make the fries extra crispy, so use it if you have it. 1 Tablespoon should be enough.
  • Nutritional yeast - Another optional ingredient, but also highly recommended if you like your fries to have a 'cheesy' and savory flavor. You can also use vegan parmesan as a substitute.
  • Salt and Black pepper - To taste.

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How To Make it

Preparations:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Lightly oil metal baking sheet, or cover with parchment paper or a reusable silicone mat.
  • Wash the potatoes and slice them into wedges.

Steps:

1) Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix. Toss the wedges in until well coated.

process of mixing seasonings of oven baked sesame fries in a white bowl

2) Spread the wedges on the prepared baking sheet/mat in a single layer. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping once halfway through until potatoes are golden brown and crispy.

seasoned uncooked sesame fries on baking tray

Tips when Making Oven-Baked Sesame Fries

  • Make sure that the potato wedges are uniform in size, so they bake evenly in the oven.
  • If the sesame seeds are not sticking to the wedges, add a bit more oil. Make sure you do not add too much, though, or your potatoes will get soggy.
  • Place the potatoes evenly spaced in the pan. The more room between the wedges, the better as the hot air can circulate better and make them super crisp. If you have a small pan, you can bake in batches instead.
  • The baking time may vary depending on how thick your wedges are. Test if they are baked through by sticking a toothpick into the thickest part of the wedge. If it pierces through easily, you can take them off the oven.
  • Let the baked fries rest on the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a serving plate.
  • You can add more flavor to your fries by adding your preferred herbs and spices. Paprika, chili powder, garlic or onion powder, and parsley are some good choices.

completed oven baked sesame fries on a white plate against a white background

 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I use my air-fryer instead? Absolutely! You can try my Crispy Garlic Baked Potato Wedges recipe for the air-fryer cooking instructions.
  2. Can I peel the potatoes? Yes, you can. It is entirely up to you. We like ours with the peel on because it adds more texture and lessens prep time.
  3. Can I slice them into thinner strips instead of wedges? No problem! You can use the classic cut; however, make sure you reduce the baking time because they will cook faster.

Serving and Storing Sesame Fries

These fries are always best served right away warm from the oven to enjoy the crisp outer layer and tender potato flesh inside. If you have any leftovers, place them in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. You can reheat them in the oven or air-fryer for best results.

completed oven baked sesame fries on a white plate against a white background

Try these other variations of fries that are also 100% vegan and easy to make!

  1. Baked Zucchini Fries - This oil-free baked zucchini fries recipe yields veggie fries that are wonderfully crisp on the outside with a tender middle, perfect as a healthier alternative to deep-fried fries.
  2. Ketchup Baked Home Fries - These homemade fries take ketchup and potatoes to the next level; by coating the taters in garlic, spices, and ketchup before you bake them, you end up with a crispy, flavorful coating you won’t be able to forget.
  3. Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries - Try this easy and healthy option next time you cook up sweet potatoes. They will be a lot softer compared to deep-fried fries or fries baked with an oil coating. But they are great tasting, I promise!

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

completed oven baked sesame fries on a white plate against a white background

Oven-Baked Sesame Fries

Renee Press
These Oven-Baked Sesame Fries are sprinkled with a healthy amount of sesame seeds before they bake to get them nice and golden brown! This combination is simply divine as they complement each other in flavor, texture, and nutrition.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 311 kcal
METHOD Oven
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound of russet or Yukon gold potatoes unpeeled, cut into wedges
  • 1 Tablespoon of medium-high heat oil avocado, grape seed, sunflower, etc.
  • 2 Tablespoons of sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon of potato starch optional, but makes fries extra crispy
  • 1 Tablespoon of nutritional yeast optional
  • Generous pinch of salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil metal baking sheet, or cover with parchment paper. Toss potatoes in all ingredients until coated, if seeds don't stick, drizzle with a bit more oil.
  • Spread potatoes on the baking sheet in an even layer (the more room between the wedges the better) and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until potatoes are golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately with condiments of choice.

Notes

  • Make sure that the potato wedges are uniform in size, so they bake evenly in the oven.
  • If the sesame seeds are not sticking to the wedges, add a bit more oil. Make sure you do not add too much, though, or your potatoes will get soggy.
  • Place the potatoes evenly spaced in the pan. The more room between the wedges, the better as the hot air can circulate better and make them super crisp. If you have a small pan, you can bake in batches instead.
  • The baking time may vary depending on how thick your wedges are. Test if they are baked through by sticking a toothpick into the thickest part of the wedge. If it pierces through easily, you can take them off the oven.
  • Let the baked fries rest on the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a serving plate.
  • You can add more flavor to your fries by adding your preferred herbs and spices. Paprika, chili powder, garlic or onion powder, and parsley are some good choices.

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 8gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 1107mgFiber: 7gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 3mg
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About Renee Press

Renee Press is the founder of Fire and Earth Kitchen in Seattle WA. which offers cooking classes, food coaching, and chef services. She's on a mission to make vegan, gluten-free cooking easy, accessible, and delicious for everyone. fireandearthkitchen.com

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  1. Jay says

    Definitely need to try these fries out they look so good!

    • Andrea White says

      I could have these fries with every meal!

  2. Michelle Cehn says

    Ooooh, LOVE this unique approach to fries!

    • Andrea White says

      French fries always hit the spot!

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