I used to make these oven-baked fries a lot when I first started cooking in the kitchen. It was one of the first things I learned to make, and over the years, they have been better and better with every tweak I’ve made.
If you’ve not had baked fries before, well they’re kind of a horse of a different color. They don’t have a greasy fast food taste, and they can never be as crispy as deep-fried french fries are, but they still taste really great when you want to make some fries at home.
The ingredients for oven-baked fries
- Potatoes: The best potatoes for fries are generally russet potatoes. They have the least amount of moisture in them and they are normally large enough to get good-sized fries.
- Olive Oil: I use olive oil simply because I always have it on hand and I prefer the taste. Other oils that would work well are vegetable oil, avocado oil, and canola oil.
- The Seasonings: Salt and pepper are by far good enough on their own for baked fries but, I always like to kick things up a notch or two. Onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper come together as my special fry seasoning.
Soaking the potatoes
If you have a look at the instructions below, there is a step in which you soak the potatoes in cold water. This step, I will admit, is a bit annoying. But, I do it because it helps to rinse off excess starch. Doing this allows the fries to become crispier. Just be sure to dry them off well with a clean kitchen towel after draining.
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Baked fries can go great with…
Crispy Seasoned Oven-Baked Fries
- 2 large russet potatoes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Wash and cut potatoes into 1/4 inch matchsticks (you can peel the potatoes if you want).
- Add potatoes to a large mixing bowl and cover them completely with cold water. Let them soak for 15 minutes.
- Strain the potatoes and pat them dry- dry off your mixing bowl as well.
- Add the dry potatoes back to the mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil and seasonings.
- Arrange potatoes onto 2 baking sheets, making sure they don't overlap each other.
- Bake for 30 minutes, taking them out halfway through to toss the fries around and to rotate the pans for even baking.
- Serve with lots of ketchup!