Crispy Cottage Fries Are the Easiest Fries Ever to Make

published Feb 23, 2022
Cottage Fries Recipe

Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, round cottage fries are a game day showstopper.


Prep5 minutes

Cook30 minutes to 45 minutes

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a pile of round cottage fries (home fried potatoes) on a white plate with a blue and white striped napkin underneath and ketchup and salt on the side
Credit: Kelli Foster

There’s definitely no shortage of ways to make a totally irresistible batch of fries at home (air fryer fries, shoestring fries, and waffle fries, to name a few). But there’s one impossibly comforting and shockingly simple version I keep coming back to again and again: cottage fries. These seasoned rounds are lightly crisped on the outside and super fluffy on the inside, and I can never resist reaching for just one more. Best of all, I can prep all of the ingredients in a matter of minutes (no fancy slicing required here!), and in just 30 minutes I have a side the whole table will love. They go with just about everything and, when partnered with a sauce for dipping, they also make an easy appetizer (a must for game day!) guaranteed to be devoured in no time.

What Are Cottage Fries?

These are quite possibly the easiest of all fries to make at home. Served as a side dish, appetizer, or snack, cottage fries are potatoes (preferably Russet, but more on this below) cut into 1/2-inch rounds, seasoned, and roasted in a hot oven until they’re crisp and lightly browned on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

What Type of Potatoes Should I Use?

Russet potatoes (sometimes labeled baking potatoes) make really great cottage fries. These potatoes are super starchy, which make for fries with super-fluffy centers.

But what about Yukon Golds? If you have them on hand already, they also work for cottage fries, so go ahead and use them. These potatoes aren’t as starchy as Russets, so you won’t get fries with the same fluffy centers. Instead expect cottage fries that are a little more dense and creamy in the center.

For this recipe you’ll need two pounds of Russet potatoes (about four to five medium potatoes). And to be sure the fries cook evenly, choose potatoes that are roughly the same size.

Best Seasoning for Cottage Fries

Cottage fries are seasoned with a simple mix of basic spices and seasonings.

Credit: Kelli Foster

Best Dipping Sauces for Cottage Fries

You can never go wrong with dipping cottage fries (or any fries, really!) in ketchup, although all dipping sauces are fair game. Here are a few other dipping sauces we love with cottage fries.

Cottage Fries Recipe

Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, round cottage fries are a game day showstopper.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 30 minutes to 45 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


  • 4

    medium russet potatoes (about 2 pounds total)

  • 3 tablespoons

    olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon


  • 3/4 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    dried thyme

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper


  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F.

  2. Cut 4 medium russet potatoes crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds. Place on a large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with 3 tablespoons olive oil, and season with 1 teaspoon paprika, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer so that no potatoes are overlapping.

  3. Roast until the bottoms are lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Flip the potatoes with a thin metal spatula or tongs. Roast until the other side is lightly browned, about 10 to 20 minutes more. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Potato size: If using larger potatoes, you may need to spread your sliced potatoes onto 2 large rimmed baking sheets to avoid overcrowding the pan.

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: Crispy Cottage Fries