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Seasoned Fries with Strawberry Ketchup

seasoned french fries recipe with srawberry ketchup that is to die for

Do you follow me on instagram (@ohsweetbasil)? If so you probably saw how I headed off to California with California Strawberries for such a fun and educational adventure. While there I ate some of the most gosh darn delicious food and my favorite happened to be the Lobos Truck. Don’t worry, I’m totally going to tell you about everything, but being a hot french fry lover I really fell for the amazing seasoned fries with strawberry ketchup. Yes, you heard right. And I really didn’t even care to try the ketchup because I assumed it would be lame. Instead I fell head over heals in love with it! And now, you all get the recipe too! Trust me, you’ll want to make it with fries for your end of summer bbq for sure.

california strawberries seasoned french fries recipe with srawberry ketchup that is to die for

But back to the trip. We got to do so many things like sample amazing totally delightful strawberry recipes while chatting about just how many strawberries come out of California to feed people all over the world, (today, nearly 90 percent of U.S.-grown fresh strawberries come from California, with more than 1.7 BILLION pounds being harvested annually – basically, if California were a country, it would be the world’s largest producer of strawberries!) I love it when we get to chat with the people behind the brand and I have to say, those behind California Strawberries are just the nicest and totally open and honest people. We sat through a delicious dinner where we were allowed to ask anything and encouraged to do so. Especially at the farm the next day. 

california strawberries seasoned french fries recipe with srawberry ketchup that is to die for

One of the fun things about these trips are that you get to connect with so many amazing people. Kristy from Sweet Treats and More and I got to hang out since she recently moved away to California which was so fun, and it was such a fun group that we loved chatting with everyone else as well. Everyone comes from a different place and it was awesome hearing their love stories, about their kids’ soccer games etc. And the farm, oh I loved the farmland. It was breathtaking to see acre after acre of gorgeous strawberries and I had no idea that the varieties could taste so different (Albion was me favorite). We were again encouraged to ask the real questions so we did. Below are a few facts you may find interesting.

Quick Facts That are TRUE about California Strawberries

  • In California there are more than 400 strawberry farmers, many from multi-generational farming families who grow both conventional and organic strawberries. California grows more organic strawberries than any other place in the world.
  • California’s strawberry farmers are among the most progressive and environmentally conscious in the state. In fact, they have invested more than $13 million dollars in research and sustainable farming practices to reduce pesticide use and environmental impacts.
  • GMO-There are no genetically modified strawberries commercially grown and shipped. Different varieties of strawberries are developed for different climates and growing conditions. These varieties are developed using traditional breeding methods that involve selecting two parents and crossing them using their flowers.
  • Available scientific data indicate that there is not a significant difference in the nutritional quality between organically and conventionally grown foods. Most conventional farmers use some of the same production practices that organic growers use. Health and nutrition experts recommend eating fresh fruits and veggies – whether organic or conventional. According to the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most people should be doubling their fruit and vegetable consumption to reduce their risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight.

Los lobos

And then is was a glorious moment, we arrived at the Los Lobos Truck. Probably one of the best food trucks ever and I didn’t even get to try the WACHO. I’m dying to though. BIG TIME!! Everything was made with strawberries from the warm kale salad to the peanut butter and jelly burger. Fo’ real. And guess what, that burger was amazing. I cannot wait to make it!!!  And those fries that inspired this post. So let’s move on to that.

Everyone needs to make french fries at home and our original method is pretty fantastic, but these, ohhhhh these. The seasoning is so delicious and they are so crispy on the outside soft in the middle wonderful! Then dip it in a strawberry ketchup? Friends, I was resisting the urge to knock a few people out and take off with the entire table full of those things. And now you can make it and I beg you to do so!

What Potatoes Make the Best Fries?

Russet potatoes are the choice for french fries.

They are starchy and firm without too much moisture.

Can French Fries Be Reheated?

The best way to reheat fries so that they’re absolutely delicious is to reheat them on your stovetop,

Place the skillet over medium heat and wait until the skillet is very, very hot and then add your French fries.

Be sure to spread your fries out in a single, even layer and make sure there’s plenty of space around them.

Once you put the fries in the skillet, be sure to to flip and stir to make sure they get evenly crisp and heated on all sides.

Are Strawberries Good For You?

Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and more.

The nutrients in strawberries protect your heart, increase good cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and guard against cancer.


Seasoned Fries with Strawberry Ketchup

seasoned french fries recipe with srawberry ketchup that is to die for

Seasoned Fries with Strawberry Ketchup

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


French Fries

  • 6 russet potatoes peeled and sliced
  • Ice water with ice in it
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Oil for frying


  • 1 cup Strawberries
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp high quality strawberry preserves with seeds (no jelly)


  • Place the potatoes in the ice bath for 20 minutes then dry thoroughly. Heat the oil in a cast iron dutch oven or fry daddy to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour and seasonings. Dredge the fries and then carefully lower a handful at a time into the hot oil. Allow to cook for 30 seconds without touching then cook an additional 6-8 minutes or until cooked through, depending on thickness and remove to a paper towel lined bowl. Sprinkle with salt and paprika to taste.

For the ketchup

  • Heat a grill to medium heat or oven to 400 and grill/roast the berries for 10-15 minutes in the oven or 5-8 minutes on the grill.
  • Place everything in a blender, ketchup, berries and preserves, and pulse until smooth. Serve room temperature with hot fries.
Nutrition Facts
Seasoned Fries with Strawberry Ketchup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 511
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 117.9g39%
Fiber 7.5g31%
Sugar 20.9g23%
Protein 12.6g25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • The strawberry Ketchup sounds delicious, but the recipe did not tell how much strawberries, ketchup, and preserves to use.

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    • Shoot! The Ketchup section didn’t transfer over when we moved to our new recipe card. It has been updated. Sorry about that! Enjoy!

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  • This is a great recipe. Love it!

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    • Thank you Jessica!

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  • Strawwwwberry ketchup?! As a bonified ketchup obsessed fanatic, I -have- to try this recipe out soon!

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  • When you say strawberry “preserves”… is that the same as strawberry jam? I’m in England, and as far as I’m aware we don’t get strawberry “preserves” here. I can get strawberry “conserve” from the supermarket – that’s just high quality strawberry jam. Is that the sort of thing you mean? Or are strawberry “preserves” something exclusively Stateside that we can’t get here?

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    • Oh, yes same thing as high quality jam. You want to make sure it is great quality with the seeds versus a jelly. 🙂

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  • I don’t like ketchup at all, but Strawberry Ketchup sounds so fresh and delicious that I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for including the facts about California Strawberries… And the crispy fries recipe:)

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    • It is so lovely! I bet it will switch you over!

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      • Cariann, I made the Strawberry Ketchup tonight and it was a huge hit! I even loved it… We have a lot leftover in the fridge; do you have any suggestions for using it on something other than fries? I think we’re going to try it on burgers this weekend. I think my husband would just eat it on a spoon:) Thanks again!

      • burgers with peanut butter. Trust me. So yum!!

      • Get out of here! Really?

  • I clicked the link for California Strawberries and it turns out you were in my HOME TOWN! In fact, Driscoll has their test farms and warehouse less than a mile from my house. I hope you enjoyed our little slice of California! 🙂

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    • No way! That’s so awesome. I just love how it’s a little bit beach, mountains, etc. It’s perfection!

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  • Wow those were some fun California strawberry facts! Strawberry ketchup? This is a new one for me? I’ll give it a try!

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