Baked French Fries are a guiltless indulgence! They contain considerably less fat than regular fried potatoes, they’re simple to make but are still crispy and just as delicious.
I’ve finally mastered the art of making the crispiest fries, in the oven. It’s all about using the right ingredients, doing the necessary prep work and cooking them at the right temperature.
Here is how to make crispy fries that are healthier, taste amazing, make less of a mess and require very little time.
Oven French Fry Ingredients
▪ Russet Potatoes – you’ll need one medium potato per serving, cut into 1/2-inch slices. You can either leave the skins on or remove them, it won’t make a difference in how they are cooked.
▪ Vegetable Oil – or canola oil can be used. Both can withstand the high temperatures of the oven without smoking.
▪ Corn Starch – helps to brown the potatoes and creates a crispy crust that seals in the moisture.
▪ Cooking Spray
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How to Prepare Crispy French Fries in the Oven
Preheat oven to 450°. Cut potatoes into ¼”- ½” thick slices. Place potatoes in a microwave safe, covered dish. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, drain.
Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and place in pre-heated oven for 2-3 minutes.
Thoroughly dry potatoes, then toss with oil. Sprinkle the oil covered potatoes with cornstarch, toss again.
Spread potatoes in a single layer on the hot baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes on bottom rack. To brown evenly, turn fries after 20 minutes.
Place fries on paper lined plate to drain. Lightly salt before serving.
Variations to the Recipe
This recipe can also be used to make crispy sweet potato fries, they may require a little more time in the oven though. Another delicious alternative is parsnips, they go great along side a Sunday roast or chicken dinner.
For more flavor, try tossing the baked fries with; season salt, cayenne pepper, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, smokey paprika, or lemon pepper. They also taste great topped with chili, cheese, gravy, carne asada, taco fixin’s, bacon or just a little ketchup.
To Freeze: Place the baked fries on a baking sheet, making sure that they don’t touch and freeze for 30 minutes, then place in a freezer bag. The fries will keep up to 4 months.
To Reheat: Spread fries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes in a preheated 425°F oven, turning once after 5-7 minutes.
Budget Friendly Suggestions
Four servings of homemade oven fries costs less than $1.00 to make. Shopping discount stores, like Aldi’s, using coupons and/or shopping sales can cut the costs even more.
Who makes the Best French Fries?
My favorite are the crack fries from HopCat
- 4 medium Russet potatoes
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 450°. Cut potatoes into ¼”- ½” thick slices. Place potatoes in a microwave safe, covered dish. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes.
- Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and place in pre-heated oven for 2-3 minutes.
- Toss potatoes with oil. Sprinkle the oil covered potatoes with cornstarch, toss again.
- Spread potatoes in a single layer on the hot baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes on bottom rack. To brown evenly, turn fries after 20 minutes.
- Place fries on paper lined plate to drain. Lightly salt before serving.
✔ Russet Potatoes are the best potatoes for making French fries. They crisp up better than other potatoes because of their thicker, drier skins. Tip #1
✔ Don’t over crowd the pan, the heat needs to be able to circulate around the fries so they can crisp up.
✔ Place potatoes on a hot, greased baking sheet, the heat from the pan helps get them crispy and the hot grease keeps them from sticking.
✔ If the fries don’t flip easily, bake them a little longer.
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I make these fairly regularly but have never put them in the microwave first. I'll have to give it a try and see how it changes them.
They look great! I’m definitely trying this because I hate having to fry anything (too much of a mess) and this looks like a healthier alternative anyway. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.
Mother of 3 says
I’ve made oven fries but have never thought to try microwaving them or adding cornstarch first. We’ll have to try these. Pinned.
Those two simple things make a huge difference. Enjoy! 😃
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A Bigger Green House
This is awesome. I’m always on the lookout for good oven fries. Will try this !
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Suzie Olsen says
Great tips! Thanks!
Annette, 3 Little Buttons says
Yum! We love French fries. Especially as the weather starts to get chillier. They are fab for a movie feast. Thanks for joining us for the #DreamTeam. Don’t forget that by linking up to our linky party, you are agreeing to follow the linky rules, which includes adding the badge to your blog post.
Miz Helen says
I love oven fries and these look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon!
Roseann Hampton says
Yum – these look delicious! It’s been a long time since I had homemade french fries. Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger’s Pit Stop!