Shoestring Potatoes

Do you remember those super crisp potato sticks in a can or pouch? The things you maybe grew up loving. The potato snack of the 80s lunch boxes. Lunch and recess were my favorites back then. They probably still would be up at the top. I’d much rather be hanging out with my friends, having fun and eating food than sitting in a classroom.

So those potato memories… They needed a kick in the pants. These are a more grown up version with a spicy kick. The spicy kick can be completely omitted if you’re not a fan of spice. And truly these can be called ‘done’ at a variety of cooking times. It just depends on what crispness you’re shooting for.

But consider yourself warned that these can go from soft to crisp in a hurry!

Shoestring potatoes seasoned with sea salt, parsley and a dash of cayenne for a spicy kick. Finish off with a generous sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Shoestring Potatoes

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Potatoes
Servings: 12


  • 1 large russet potato
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Scrub potato clean. Slice into thin pieces. Stack and slice into thin strips. Add to a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, parsley, sea salt and optional cayenne. Toss by hand to coat well. Transfer to a parchment line baking sheet.
  • For soft potatoes cook for 10-12 minutes. Crisp potatoes 15-20 minutes. Toss potatoes with a spatula at the 10 minute mark. Check every 5 minutes after to remove any crisp pieces and allowing the rest to continue cooking to desired doneness.
  • Transfer to a plate and immediately sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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18 Responses to “Shoestring Potatoes”

  1. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 6, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I had a friend that would always come to lunch with those potato sticks and I was always jealous. These look terrific!

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    DessertForTwo — August 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

    My gosh! This is one of my favorite foods ever! I could eat a whole plate of ’em daily!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — August 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I didn’t think these could be done without some sort of kitchen utensil/gadget! You’ve become my potato queen. First smashed & roasted now shoestring…love it!

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    natalie@thesweetslife — August 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

    i can’t believe these are baked–they look so much more sinful!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — August 6, 2012 at 11:23 am

    i used to loooooove those potato sticks growing up! i better i’d love these even more – they look awesome!

  6. #
    Cassie — August 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Fries are by-far my food weakness, especially when they are thin and crispy. These look amazing!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — August 6, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for bringing back some memories, I used to love those! These look awesome!

  8. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — August 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    That’s a lot of slicing! They look amazing though!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — August 6, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    ugh, you’ve got me craving fries again. you and your potatoes, always making me drool..seriously. i crave fries & potatoes like none other. i think we both shall turn into potatoes ;)

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    Autumn@Good Eats Girl — August 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I love homemade fries! SO good…the crisper, the better! These look great!

  11. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I’d love some right now. SO GOOD!!

  12. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — August 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Oh man! Definitely a weakness of mine! And these look better than any you can buy in the stores!

  13. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I love thin crispy fries and with a kick? Even better!

  14. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I am a total fry addict. These look incredible!

  15. #
    Paula — August 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    These are great! I can imagine having a side of this with some lovely fried eggs for breakfast.

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    Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen — August 8, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    These used to be my favorite thing to eat growing up! I can’t wait to try your recipe, thanks :)

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    foodwanderings — August 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Ooh love shoestrings potatoes and this photos are captivating it so well and your truly too is captivated! :) Good to be back and check up on my mischievous friend!

  18. #
    Aggie — August 25, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I could happily eat these for breakfast right now :)

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