Wondering how to cut potato wedges for baking, roasting or frying? This step by step guide walks you through the simple method for creating the perfect potato wedge and crowd-pleasing side dish.

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There’s just something about a nice thick cut potato wedge whether it’s baked, roasted or air-fried that just screams comfort food.

They go with everything from a juicy burger to a perfectly cooked reverse seared steak to fish sticks and they can be seasoned every which way imaginable.

This guide will go over everything you need to know about how to cut potato wedges, including which potatoes are best suited to wedges, how to clean and prep the potatoes and some cooking tips along the way for getting the crispiest potato wedges without any added ingredients.

How to wash and prep potatoes

Leaving the skin on potato wedges is one of the best parts of these thick cut sticks of comfort. The skin crisps up when cooking and brings that hearty hand-cut vibe to the potato.

Therefore, it’s important to clean the potatoes well before cutting. Rinse them off under cold water to remove any surface dirt and debris. Next, scrub the potatoes using a potato brush or kitchen sponge to get off any remaining dirt. Rinse with warm water ensuring the entire surface of the potato is clean then pat dry using a kitchen towel.

If there are any bruised areas or dark spots, remove them using a paring knife.

Yellow potatoes cut in half.

How to cut potatoes into wedges

Once the potatoes are clean, place them on a cutting board and grab a sharp chef’s knife.

Step 1:

Slice lengthwise down the potato to cut it into two equal halves.

Step 2:

Place the cut side of each half face down on the cutting board and slice lengthwise again creating quarters.

Potato wedges.

Step 3:

With the cut side of each quarter facing up, slice down the middle of the potato to create eight wedges.

Depending on the size of the potato, you can either stop here or repeat this step again creating 16 wedges.

What are the best potatoes for cutting into wedges?

Typically, potato wedges are cut from either Russet potatoes or Yukon Gold.

Russets have a thicker skin that will give a more rustic hand-cut feel to the potato wedges while Yukon Golds are a smoother and creamier potato. Yukon Golds are my favorite for making grilled potato wedges but if you want that rough-cut feel, go with Russets.

Keep in mind that Russet potatoes are often one of the most contaminated vegetables according to the EWG so it’s best to purchase organic if possible.

Potato slices on a white marble surface.

How to make the crispiest potato wedges

There’s one simple trick that requires no additional ingredients (like cornstarch) to get crispy potato wedges every time.

Soak the raw potato wedges in salted hot water for about 10 minutes before baking.

This helps release some of the starch from the potatoes and results in a super crispy potato wedge.

This method works no matter which cooking method you choose.

The best way to store potatoes

If you need to store the potatoes for a bit before making potato wedges, make sure to keep them in a cool, dark and dry place. Use a container that can circulate air well like a mesh basket or paper bag.

Store potatoes away from onions and garlic and never keep them in the refrigerator. Discard any potatoes that start to sprout immediately as it will set off a chain reaction with others relatively quickly.

Potato wedges on a white plate.

More potato recipes to try

Now that you know how to cut potato wedges, the seasoning options are endless.

An herb and parmesan mixture can be used like these air fryer sweet potatoes or, they can be tossed in pesto before or after roasting like these pesto roasted baby potatoes.

Peri peri potatoes are an easy way to bring big flavor.

And as an easy yet always reliable option, the wedges can be seasoned with lots of garlic and fresh herbs like these rosemary hasselback sweet potatoes.

Potato wedges will absorb any flavor you throw at them and are one of the most loved side dishes there is!

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How to Cut Potato Wedges

Servings: 2 servings
Prep: 2 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
Potato wedges on a white plate.
A step by step guide for cutting the perfect potato wedges for any side dish or appetizer.


  • 2 potatoes, Yukon gold or Russet are most common varieties
  • sharp Chef’s knife
  • cutting board


  • Thorough wash potatoes, scrubbing any dirt or debris from the skin then pat dry.
  • Place the potatoes on a cutting board and slice in half lengthwise.
  • Place the cut side down on the cutting board and slice in half lengthwise again to create quarters.
  • Place each quarter with the cut side up and slice down the middle lengthwise to create a wedge shape. Depending on the size of the potato, you may want to slice again once more to create smaller wedges.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 4gSodium: 17mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Guides
Cuisine: American
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  1. I still remember the first time I had fried potato wedges as a child. I couldn’t believe something even better than French fries could exist! I never had the confidence to try frying my own at home until 3+ decades later when I came across this blog post. My fried potato wedges came out uniformly sized perfectly crisp on the outside on my very first try.

  2. These are the best tips I’ve found for cutting potatoes into wedges. I’m not longer struggling with it. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    I am so glad that this time my mother was impressed with how I cut the potato wedges! All thanks to your easy and amazing tips.

  4. I love all these tips! My wedges crisped up nicely and they were all evenly cooked. Also, you made me want a potato brush lol