Jo Jo Potato Wedges

Jo Jo Potato Wedges are thick and satisfying with a crisp exterior and fluffy inside, they'll be your new favorite side dish! Serve them up with your favorite dipping sauce!

Jo Jo Potato Wedges are thick and satisfying! They’re crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside and they’re sure to become your new favorite side dish.

Okay, guys – I’m branching into fried food territory and I might be just a tad obsessed. Let me start by saying that frying things has never been my thing. And if I’m being honest, frying up foods like fries and chicken kind of scared me a bit. Since I’ve never owned a proper deep fryer, I’ve always just fried food on my stovetop in a large Dutch oven and that was a rarity. Because let’s be real – splattering 350+ degree oil is both messy and mildly terrifying.

My dad and I got into a frying discussion just before Christmas and Eric overheard me tell him that I’ve never owned a deep fryer. You know exactly where this story is headed, right? Yep, Santa left a shiny new deep fryer under the Christmas tree complete with a giant bottle of peanut oil and oil funnel with a handy strainer. I mean, there was really no excuse not to get a fryin’, right?

Jo Jo Potato Wedges have a crisp exterior your taste buds will love. Just the right amount of seasoning.

I started dabbling with frozen items like jalapeño poppers, French fries and mozzarella sticks and then tried homemade Jo Jo Potato Wedges.

I’m thinking that the term Jo Jo Potatoes may be a midwestern thing, but I’m not entirely sure. All I know is that when I reference Jo Jo Potatoes to people outside of Ohio, they look at me like I’m a little crazy and I often get, “You mean potato wedges?” – No, I mean Jo Jo Potatoes, you know the kind you can buy at gas stations and convenience stores alongside fried chicken? Then I immediately lose them because I mentioned actually consuming fried food purchased where gasoline is sold. Ahhh, Ohio – I love you.

In all seriousness, Jo Jo Potatoes are definitely wedges of potatoes that are coated in a seasoned flour and fried to crispy, golden brown perfection. And even though the outsides are nice and crisp, the insides are fluffy like a perfectly baked potato.

Jo Jo Potato Wedges are fries taken to a higher level. A great side for just about anything!

Now, I’m no deep frying expert, but I’m kinda in love with this new-to-me appliance. It was super simple to set up and easy to use. The fact that there’s a cover, means no splattering and the digital temperature display means that there’s no need for a thermometer. The clean up is a bit of a pain, but really didn’t take all that much time.

If you’re a seasoned deep fryer or a newbie like me, I hope you give these Jo Jo Potato Wedges a try. They’re the perfect side to just about any meal!

Jo Jo Potato Wedges

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 7-8 minutes


  • 4 large baking potatoes, cut into thick wedges
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne, optional
  • peanut or vegetable oil (for frying)


  1. Place potato wedges in a bowl of cold water and allow them soak in the water for about 20 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375°F.
  3. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the flour and spices.
  4. Dredge wet potatoes in flour mixture and allow the potatoes wedges to sit for a few minutes before frying.
  5. Working in small batches, gently place the potato wedges into the hot oil and fry for 7-8 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Drain jo jo potato wedges on paper towels.
  7. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.


  • If deep frying in a pan on your stovetop, be sure to have about 3 inches of oil in your pan.
adapted from allrecipes

Jo Jo Potato Wedges are thick and satisfying! They’re crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside and perfect with ketchup or ranch dressing!

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24 Responses to “Jo Jo Potato Wedges”

  1. Ashley — January 28, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I was born and raised in Seattle and that’s the only thing I see them called here as well. In fact,  we seem to just call them Jo Jos here instead of jo jo potato wedges. 

    • Jamie — January 28th, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Hi, Ashley! They’re so good, aren’t they?

  2. Samantha — January 28, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Yes!  I’m from Puyallup (south of Seattle) and they’ve also been jo joes to me.   Often just joes.  The gas station down the street had the best ones and amazing fried chicken!

    • Jamie — January 29th, 2016 at 7:33 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by, clearly these aren’t just a midwest thing then! :)

  3. Linda — January 29, 2016 at 11:41 am

    How many calories in these potato wedges? Are they as bad for you as french fries?

    • Jamie — January 29th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      I don’t post nutritional information, but there are plenty of online tools that allow you get a caloric estimate. I’d say these are just as bad as regular fries though.
      I hope this helps.

  4. Jenny — January 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Can these be baked in the oven?  

    • Jamie — January 29th, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Here’s a baked version that I have tried and loved: Baked Potato Wedges

  5. Julie Marx — January 29, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    wow If I wanted fried foods I go to fried foods .com

    • Jamie — January 29th, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping. My blog is about things I love to eat. Sorry you’re not fond of fried food or French fries.

  6. Gwen Murphy — January 29, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Couldn’t resist. I got an Air Fryer for myself for Christmas and am having a wonderful time frying without any oil. Your wedges will be made very easily. Thanks for the info. 

    • Jamie — January 29th, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Awesome! I’ll have to look into an air fryer – do things get crispy?

  7. Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie — January 29, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    WOW! These are so perfect. They look so hearty and amazing!

    • Jamie — February 2nd, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks so much, Becky! :)

  8. LakeladyP — January 30, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Jo Jo’s in So. Calif. came from the Broasted Chicken place. I thought the Broasted chicken was all gone, but we have one here in tiny Yelm, WA! The chicken is wonderful, and the Jo Jo’s are JUST as I remembered them from my childhood. However, they don’t have any flour on them, but the broasting process gives them a great texture both inside and out.

    • Jamie — January 31st, 2016 at 9:19 am

      I don’t think we have any broasted chicken places around here, but it sure does sound amazing! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 15, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    That was the #1 thing I missed from Ohio when I moved to NY–jojos and our particular kind of fried chicken (broasted?? My mom calls it broasted.) and it’s so good to be home in OH and able to eat jojos & chicken whenever I want :D ESP since this recipe is GENIUS! Soooo need to try it!

    • Jamie — February 16th, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Kayle! I love me some Jo-Jos and chicken too!

  10. Shirley — February 18, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I think these are the same potatoes that the Shakeys Pizza  places use to serve, could never get enough.  Want to make these right now.

    • Jamie — February 18th, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      They are so good, Shirley. I hope you enjoy them!

  11. Catherine — May 14, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the recipe! I live in Georgia and a friend of my mothers (from Ohio of all places) used to make these for me as a child! When she moved away I’ve never seen or heard of them anywhere else!!! I’m now grown and can make this myself for the next generations!!! <3 These are awesome!!!!

    • Jamie — May 16th, 2016 at 11:14 am

      I’m so happy to hear that, Catherine! I hope you enjoy them!

  12. michael — July 28, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    They are good but they are not good for you.not only being deep fried but the spud itself turns to sugar, which is not good for you.

    • Jamie — July 29th, 2016 at 6:38 am

      Hi, Michael! They’re definitely not in a health food category, but I really enjoy indulging from time to time. All the best to you!

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