Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries

Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries are honestly my favorite thing on the menu. Crisp french fries smothered in melted cheese and bacon, this appetizer can really make your mouth water. I would hate to count the times my family has had these for dinner.

Homemade Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries on a baking sheet

All About the Outback Steakhouse

You can find an Outback Steakhouse without flying all the way to Australia. In fact, it’s much easier to find one here as Outback Steakhouses are not common in Australia. I believe there are only eight in the entire gigantic country.

And, there is probably a total of none in the vast open spaces of the Australian Outback.

Wondering about where the Australian Outback is exactly? Find out the location of the Australian outback.

The Outback Steakhouse is Not Really Aussie

When you enter an Outback Steakhouse, you will see kangaroos and boomerangs as part of the décor. And, you may be enticed by its tasty appetizers labeled “Aussie-Tizers.”

However, the Outback Steakhouse began life far from the Outback. In fact, it was founded in Florida in 1987. The Aussie theme was chosen to give it a rugged Aussie ambiance.

Read more about the non-Aussie beginnings of the Outback Steakhouse.

A Steakhouse for the Best Steak

At the Outback Steakhouse, you can get a steak that’s cooked to perfection whether you like it medium rare or well done. However, steak needs fries. An Outback Steakhouse steak, even if it’s not in Australia, needs Aussie fries.


Here’s a list of what you need:

  • French fries
  • Colby jack cheese, shredded
  • Bacon, cooked crisp and cut into pieces
  • Vegetable oil for frying
Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries Ingredients

How to Make Outback Cheese Fries

  1. Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  2. Fry the French fries in small batches. You can keep them warm in the oven while the other fries cooking.
  3. When all of the French fries are cooked and drained, place them on a platter.
  4. Salt the French fries if desired.
  5. Sprinkle cheese and cooked bacon on top of the fries.
  6. Place fries into a warm oven until the cheese begins to melt.

About the Aussie Fries

Crisp french fries smothered with melted cheese and bacon. These cheese fries can really make you salivate. They are absolutely delish.

You may love the ranch dipping sauce so much you will find yourself wanting it to go with other things, like fried chicken tenders – yum!

Homemade Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries on a baking sheet and cooling rack

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Homemade Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries on a baking sheet

Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries

Make Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries at home. 
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese Fries, Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries, Outback Steakhouse Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 961kcal


  • 2 pounds french fries
  • 1 cup colby jack cheese shredded
  • 4 ounces bacon cooked crisp
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Divide the bag of fries in half and use the other half later.
  • Heat oil to 350 degrees. If you do not have a thermometer, make sure the oil is hot enough so that when you set a French fry in the oil, it will cook immediately. If the French fry sinks to the bottom and barely bubbles, it is not hot enough.
  • Fry the potatoes in small batches. They are done when they are golden brown and float to the top. (I like to use a Dutch oven). Be sure to drain the potatoes on paper towels. You can keep them warm in the oven while the other fries cooking.
  • When all French fries are cooked and drained, place them on a platter.
  • Salt the French fries if you like and sprinkle on cheese and cooked bacon.
  • Pop these back into a warm oven until the cheese begins to melt.


Here is a dipping sauce suggested by Jane Coyle:
  • 1 16 ounce bottle Ranch Dressing
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
Combine all ingredients and let refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.


Calories: 961kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 69g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1498mg | Potassium: 1073mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 14.3mg | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 3.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Bev

    Some of these comments are outrageous. Based on some of these I wouldn’t recommend that they ever attempt frying anything. At all. Seriously! ????

  2. Joann

    Hello Stephanie, I make something similar to this except we sometimes just bake the fries instead deep frying them, and they turn out good too. But for the Dipping sauce we use Ranch Dressing and then I get a jar of chopped jalapenos and add them to the dressing and some of the juice (let sit for about an hour and them taste and more juice for more heat). We love it make them often. But I may just have to try your Dipping Sauce it does sound good. 🙂

  3. Beth

    I have never eaten at Outback but the photo of the potatoes looks good. This recipe doesn’t make sense to me. Why do you have to keep the potatoes warm in the oven if you have to refrigerate them overnight to get the best flavor? What are you supposed to do with the ranch dressing and spices? Are you supposed to dip the potatoes in them and then fry them? From other comments, it sounds like it may be a dipping sauce but your recipe doesn’t say ” Suggestions for Dipping Sauce” It just says suggestions.

  4. Karen

    In all honesty, I have to admit thst I prefer these with either Bloomin’ Onion Sauce or Honey Mustard Dressing drizzled atop the cheese, and sliced scallions for garnish.

  5. Jean

    What a horrible recipe. Where is the oil mentioned and after you refrigerate the fries what do you do with them? If one bakes them what heat and how much time?

    • Denise

      You just gotta use a lil common sense and deep fry the fries in it. It is telling you for the left overs put it up in the fridge and reheat later. Any bag of fries tells you how to bake in the oven!!

  6. Anon

    Outback Original fries(before switch to frozen)

    Cut potatoes and rinse thoroughly with cool water

    Cook for 4 minutes at 300 Degrees F

    Strain and cool in fridge

    Cook for 2-3 minutes at 375 degrees F

  7. Anon

    Outback Ranch Dressing 1x Batch

    2 Gallons buttermilk
    3 Tbs cayenne pepper
    1/4 cup + 1.5 tsp Cafe grind black pepper
    1/4 cup + 1.5 tsp Granulated garlic
    1/4 cup + 1.5 tsp Granulated onion
    1/4 cup + 2 Tbs Salt
    4 Gal Mayo

  8. Happy :)

    Made it & LOVED IT!! :)) Absolutely Delish. My family loves the sauce so much we make it to go on other things.. like fried chicken tenders. YUMM 🙂

  9. Beth

    This tastes absolutely nothing like the Outback ranch dip you get with the cheese fries. All you can taste is the pepper. It’s gross. We wasted a perfectly good bottle of ranch dressing for this. My husband and I just had the real thing two days ago – this is not even close. I would not recommend that anyone try this recipe for dipping sauce. Not tasty.

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