Garlicky Potato Fries & Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce

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cilantro lime dipping sauce with garlic potato fries

These Garlicky Potato Fries with Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce are a true gem in my cooking repertoire. Over the past year, I’ve dedicated myself to mastering this recipe, and I can confidently say that I’ve cracked the code to perfection. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at my post from two years ago and see how far I’ve come.

These fries hold a special place in my heart because they won over my boyfriend, Nick, who constantly requested them as a side dish during the early years of our relationship. They’re that good!

garlic potato fries ingredients

Here’s What You Need:

These ingredients work together to create delicious garlicky potato fries with a zesty cilantro lime dipping sauce.


  • Red skin potatoes: Main ingredient for making the potato fries.
  • Garlic: Adds a savory and aromatic flavor to the potatoes.
  • Olive oil: Coats the potatoes for flavor and helps with cooking and crispiness.
  • Spicy paprika: Provides a hint of heat and smoky flavor to the fries.
  • Cornstarch: Helps to create a crispy and golden exterior for the fries.


  • Sour cream: Creamy base for the dipping sauce.
  • Lime: Adds a tangy and citrusy flavor to the sauce.
  • Fresh cilantro: Provides a fresh and herbal taste to complement the potatoes.

Let’s Get Started!

To begin, start by mincing some fresh garlic and combine it with 4 tablespoons of olive oil. This garlicky base will infuse the fries with amazing flavor.

minced garlic

Now, here’s where the secret technique comes into play: the microwave! Instead of the traditional method of soaking the potatoes in cool water for an hour, we’re going to take a shortcut.

microwaved potatoes

Simply toss the potatoes in a bowl with the garlic and oil mixture until they’re fully coated.

Cover the bowl and pop it into the microwave for about 5 minutes, or until the potatoes start to turn translucent. This step helps soften the potatoes and jump-starts the cooking process.

potatoes with seasoning

Once the microwave has worked its magic, it’s time to take your fries to the next level. Sprinkle on some paprika, salt, pepper, and a touch of cornstarch. Give everything a good toss to ensure the seasoning is evenly distributed and coats each fry.

mircowaved potatoes in a bowl

Next, arrange the seasoned potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet and let them bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for approximately 40 minutes. Remember to flip the fries halfway through cooking to ensure they become delightfully crispy on all sides.

softened potatoes on a baking sheet
potatoes after baking

Making Zesty Cilantro Lime Sauce

While the potatoes are sizzling away in the oven, it’s the perfect opportunity to whip up the refreshing cilantro lime dipping sauce. Take the juice of one lemon and combine it with some creamy sour cream and freshly chopped cilantro.

This zesty and herbaceous sauce pairs wonderfully with the garlicky fries, adding a burst of tangy flavor to every bite.

quick potato dipping sauce

Once the fries are golden brown and crispy, and the cilantro lime dipping sauce is ready, it’s time to serve and indulge!

Remember, these fries are at their best when enjoyed immediately after baking, so gather your hungry significant others around and dig in.

seasoned garlic potato fries

I hope you enjoy these Garlicky Potato Fries with Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce as much as I do. They’re a testament to the power of simple, affordable ingredients when combined with a little culinary know-how.

Happy cooking, hungry people!

garlic fries

Garlicky Potato Fries & Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce

The Starving Chef
Crispy oven-baked potato wedges coated in garlic and spices, served with a refreshing sour cream-based dip.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4




  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 5 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Wash the red skin potatoes, then chop them into wedges about 1-2 inches in size.
  • Mince the garlic and place it into a glass (or microwave-safe) bowl. Cover the garlic with 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Microwave the mixture for about 30 seconds, or until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Add the chopped potatoes to the bowl and toss them with the garlic-infused oil until they are evenly coated. Cover the bowl and microwave for 5-6 minutes, or until the potatoes start to turn translucent on the edges.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch, spicy paprika, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle this mixture onto the potatoes and gently toss to coat them evenly.
  • Arrange the coated potatoes in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place them in the preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip the potatoes and cook for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  • While the potatoes are in the oven, prepare the cilantro lime dipping sauce. In a separate bowl, stir together the sour cream, chopped cilantro, and freshly squeezed lime juice. Make sure to stir the sour cream before adding the lime juice to prevent curdling. Chill the sauce until the fries are ready.
  • Once the potatoes are crispy and golden brown, remove them from the oven. Serve them hot with the chilled cilantro lime dipping sauce. Enjoy!
Keyword garlic, paprika, potatoes
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