Make these extra-crispy Greek Fries in just 15 minutes. Serve them as an appetizer or a side dish for a unique homemade treat (gluten-free).
About This Recipe
Greek Fries, or Patates Tiganites, are a Mediterranean-style fried potato dish where potatoes are cut into thick wedges and deep-fried in extra virgin olive oil. They are then tossed in a seasoning with all the amazing Greek flavors.
You go to Greece, and every restaurant will serve you a plate full of these super addictive Greek french fries along with the main course or salad, or topped on your gyro wrap. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these fries are super addictive however they are served.
Traditionally, the potatoes are hand-cut into thick wedges and then fried until crisp. But to make the recipe more accessible and still keep the authentic taste, I make Greek Fries using frozen french fries. My version is done in under 15 minutes. Best of both worlds, right?
This dish is gluten-free and is perfect to serve as an appetizer for parties, game nights, or movie nights.
In this post, I have shared how to make Greek fries using frozen French fries (my fav method) and also the traditional way (making fries from scratch). Choose the one that suits you.
Fries – You can either cut potatoes to make fries from scratch at home or use store-bought frozen fries, which can be baked, air-fried or deep-fried. To make things easy and quick, I mostly go with store-bought frozen fries for this dish.
Flavors – To flavor these fries, you will need extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, and salt.
Be sure to use good-quality extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar for the best and most authentic taste. If red wine vinegar is not available, you can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
Toppings – Once the potato fries are mixed with other ingredients, they are topped with feta cheese, onions, tomatoes, black olives, and parsley.
Feta cheese adds a tangy and salty taste, whereas tomatoes and onions add a nice crunch.
How To Make Greek Fries
Start by cooking the french fries. I like to bake fries until they are crisp, but you can definitely deep-fry or air-fry them. If you are going to make your fries from scratch, I have given the method below.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place 7 oz (200 g) of frozen fries on a baking tray. Spread them in a single layer on the tray and spray generously with extra virgin olive oil.
Place the baking tray on the middle rack of the oven and bake until the fries are crispy and golden brown. It will take 18-20 minutes. Toss the fries once midway while baking.
Once the french fries are cooked, transfer them to a large mixing bowl and pour 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, and salt (to taste) on top. Toss well to coat.
Transfer them to a serving plate.
Top with ½ cup crumbled feta cheese, ½ cup chopped red onion, ½ cup chopped tomato, ¼ cup sliced black olives, and 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley. Toss and top the fries immediately, or they will get soggy. Serve immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
I used frozen french fries in this recipe, but you can definitely make them from scratch as it’s done traditionally.
Although fries and wedges are normally made using russet potatoes because of their fluffy texture, Greek fries are usually made with Yukon gold potatoes because of their waxy smooth interior and slightly sweet taste. That said, you can use any potato to make these fries and they will taste great.
Scrub the potatoes and wash them well. Cut them into thick wedges. You can either cut them with a knife or use a fry cutter. Check out this article on How to Cut Wedges.
Soak the wedges in ice-cold water for 30 mins. This process removes excess starch from the potatoes, making them super crispy. You can now either bake these fries or deep-fry them in a pan.
If deep-frying, heat oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, drop the potato fries in and fry until golden brown. Drain on a tissue-lined plate.
If baking the fries, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pour 3-4 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil on a baking tray and place the wedges in a single layer. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top and bake for 25-30 minutes until browned.
You can also air-fry the fries.
Once your fries are ready, top them as per the recipe.
Make a variation of my recipe by topping the Greek-style fries with tzatziki, a Greek dip. I have a lovely homemade Tzatziki Sauce recipe here.
To give this appetizer a profound Greek flavor, toss the ready fries with some Greek seasoning, along with the other ingredients. You can buy Greek seasoning from grocery stores or make it at home.
To make it at home, stir together dried oregano, basil, parsley, marjoram, thyme, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Serve these delectable Greek Fries on their own or with Tzatziki Sauce dip for an amazing snack. Serve them as a side dish with grilled chicken, fish, or salmon fish sticks.
Greek fries are of course excellent served beside your favorite burgers, wraps, and sandwiches.
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Greek Fries Recipe
- 7 ounce frozen potato fries (or 2 large russet potatoes.)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus for cooking the fries)
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or white vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
- ½ cup chopped red onions (soak in water for 10 mins to reduce pungent taste.)
- ½ cup chopped tomatoes
- ¼ cup sliced black olives
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- salt to taste
Using ready-made french fries
- Bake or fry the french fries until crispy.
- If baking, spread the frozen fries on a baking tray in a single layer. Spray with extra virgin olive oil. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 18-20 minutes. Toss the fries midway through baking.
- If frying, heat extra virgin olive oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, add the fries and fry until golden brown. Drain on a plate lined with paper towel or kitchen tissue.
Making fries from scratch
- Scrub 2 large russet potatoes and wash them with water. Cut them into wedges. Soak the wedges in ice-cold water for 30 minutes. Drain and pat dry using a paper towel.
- You can now either bake or deep-fry in a pan.
- If deep-frying, heat extra virgin oil in a deep pan. Once the oil is hot, drop the wedges in and fry until golden brown. Drain on a tissue-lined plate.
- If baking, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pour 3-4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil on a baking tray and place the wedges in a single layer. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top and bake for 25-30 minutes until browned.
- Once the fries are ready, transfer them to a large mixing bowl and pour the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, and salt on top. Toss well to coat.
- Transfer to the serving plate.
- Top with crumbled feta cheese, chopped red onions, chopped tomatoes, sliced black olives and chopped parsley. Be quick to toss and top the fries or they will get soggy. Serve immediately.