Pesto Fries

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This recipe is not dairy free. It was published before Simply Whisked went dairy free, but I have chosen not to remove it as a reference for incoming traffic. Feel free to swap dairy free substitutes for the ingredients to make it dairy free.

I promised you last week that I would share my recipe for making pesto fries at home. So here it is. After this, I promise to hold off on the pesto bombardment – at least for the foreseeable future.

This concept is probably the simplest it can get, and you don’t really have to do much cooking if you don’t want – you could totally purchase all the ingredients pre-made to save yourself some time. All you need are some fries, pesto, olive oil and balsamic reduction. I made the balsamic reduction myself, which took about the same amount of time as the fries took to bake. And, I used some leftover spinach basil pesto that I had in the fridge.

Pesto Fries | simplywhisked.com
I did, however, buy a bag of shoestring style fries from my grocery store because I wanted them to be extra crispy. This combats the pesto and oil that they are later tossed in and prevents them from getting soggy. You just can’t get that kind of crispiness in the oven with a plain old potato. Sometimes we all just need a shortcut, right?

Pesto Fries | simplywhisked.com
This may have just become my new favorite way to eat pesto. What about you? What’s your favorite thing to do with pesto, other than using it as a pasta sauce?


Pesto Fries

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x



  1. Cook fries according to package directions (entire package).
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the pesto sauce and olive oil.
  3. Once the fries are cooked, toss them with the pesto mixture and salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic reduction just before serving.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  • Reply
    April 29, 2014 at 9:27 am

    For the love of all things holy! These look AMAZING. And so easy. I HATE making fries from scratch but these look perfectly perfect

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      April 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Yeah. Making your own fries is not that fun. I’m not sure how healthy the pre-made kinds are, but sometimes you just can’t (or don’t want to) make your own!

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    April 29, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Yummmm…these look fantastic! I’ve had pesto on potatoes before, but I’ve never tried putting it on fries – can’t wait to try it! My favorite thing to do with pesto (besides putting it on pasta) is to use it as a spread for sandwiches. I make a lot of vegetarian sandwiches, and the pesto really adds a ton of flavor. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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      Melissa Belanger
      April 29, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Oh man does that sound good. Now I could totally go for a veggie loaded sandwich with pesto! Great idea 🙂

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    Manali @ CookWithManali
    April 29, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I’m gonna try these, looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita
    May 3, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Oh. My. Goodness. Is this real life….?! These look amazing, like seriously my dream fries. I got back from Tuscany recently where I got my hands on some 30-year old balsamic…well, when I’m back in the states, I’m making these and giving them a good drizzle. And I’m SO excited about it! Pinned this. 🙂

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      Melissa Belanger
      May 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      30-year old balsamic? Really? That’s wonderful! I bet that would make a much better reduction that my grocery store stuff. You will have to let me know how it is!!

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    Bess Couture
    February 13, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Just wanted to let you know, we loved this recipe so much we featured it on our list of 7 Over the Top(pings) French Fry Recipes! Thanks for sharing your Pesto fries, we’re big fans!

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