Oven baked french fries are lower calorie alternate to your regular french fries. Super crispy edges with soft inside, done to golden perfection and absolutely delicious oven fries for happy snacking!
Ready in 60 minutes, easy to make, vegan and gluten free french fries without deep frying, isn’t it the best?
Like most of you I love good fries. Most of the times the fries from cafes, even from popular ones turns to be a disappointment.
Why should we settle for sad soggy fries dripping with oil, while we can make extra crispy perfect ones at home that too without frying.
Intrigued? Read on to get my best recipe with all secret tips for perfect homemade oven baked french fries.
How To Make Extra Crispy French Fries?
You are just three steps away from making perfect crispy oven fries at home
- Select the right type of potato
- Soak and rinse thoroughly to remove moisture
- Double bake the fries for making them extra crispy.
This recipe is super easy to make yet you need to plan a bit before making this. The potatoes should be soaked in water for sometime, gently wiped and baked twice.
While all the above steps are easy and straight forward, it takes some time. So plan accordingly and start the prep work two hours before you plan to serve these.
You can season these fries in so many ways. You can go all fancy and do gourmet seasoning or just stick with classics like sat, pepper and paprika
I vary the seasoning every time to create different flavors. I have listed down few seasonings you can try in the tips section.
Serve these super crispy fries as soon as you make it or best taste. Tastes wonderful with any dip or on its own.
These Oven Baked French Fries Are
Healthier compared to fried ones
So much than the ones from fast food chains
Vegan & gluten free
Extra crispy, extra flavor
Easy & simple.
So now that you are all set to make this recipe at home here are few tips, tricks and FAQs answered to make the best homemade french fries 🙂
Which potatoes are best for french fries? Potatoes with less moisture and high starch are suited best for this recipe. For perfect crispy oven fried use idaho or russet potatoes. Fingerlings or new potatoes do not fair well here.
Why are my french fries soggy? Fries often turn soggy due to the starch in potatoes. Whether you fry or bake them cut potatoes should be soaked well and rinsed thoroughly to remove all the starch.
How to make oven fries extra crispy? Best fries are those with super crispy edges and fluffy inside. To achieve this while baking, you an bake the fries twice. I usually do this for crispier ones. First bake at 190 C or 375 F for 20 minutes and then bake at 220 C or 425 F for another 20 minutes to crisp up.
More seasoning ideas- You can make these fries in so many flavors. Some ideas are
classic salt and pepper
onion & garlic powder
Tips To Make Best Oven Baked French Fries.
Use right type of potatoes– As I have mentioned above and other posts like potato chips, potato wedges, you have to use the right type of potatoes for perfect oven baked french fries. Russet or yukon gold are your best bet.
Scrub thoroughly if you plan to keep the skin– I prefer to peel the skin for this recipe for uniform baking. Sometimes the potato skin tends to be very hard after frying or baking. However if you want to keep the sin, scrub it thoroughly using a veggie scrubber.
Slicing the potatoes for french fries- You can slice the potatoes into thick or thin sticks or fingers as per preference. Use a mandoline slicer if you have one. I use a knife and slice into thin sticks for crispier oven fries. You can slice the sticks to be of 1mm width.
Soak and rinse away the starch– After slicing the potatoes, soak them in cold water for 30 minutes. Rinse very well until all the starch is washed away and the water is clear. Spread on a plate and dry for 20 minutes. Now your sliced potatoes are ready to baked.
Follow the pictorial steps below and proceed with the recipe.
Step By Step Method
Rinse, thoroughly scrub and peel the potatoes. Chop into thin sticks.
Soak the sliced sticks in cold water for 20-30 minutes.
Drain the water and rinse multiple times in cold water to remove maximum starch.
Spread on a clean cloth or plate and let dry for 20 minutes.
Preheat your oven at 190C or 375 F for 15 minutes.
Add the dried potato sticks into a bowl.
Throw in your desired seasoning and salt. I have used chili flakes, salt dried Italian herbs.
Toss well and add 2 teaspoons olive oil or any oil that you prefer.
Spread in a baking sheet as single layer.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Increase the oven temperature to 220 C / 425 F and bake for another 15-20 minutes to crisp up the fries.
Serve oven baked french fries warm with ketchup or sour cream dip or ranch dressing.
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I hope you will try this oven baked french fries recipe and enjoy as much as we did.
Oven Baked French Fries
1 CUP = 250 ml
- 3 large potatoes
- water for soaking the potatoes
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 teaspoons dried herbs
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- salt to taste
- Rinse, thoroughly scrub and peel the potatoes. Chop into thin sticks.
- Soak the sliced sticks in cold water for 20-30 minutes.
- Drain the water and rinse multiple times in cold water to remove maximum starch.
- Spread on a clean cloth or plate and let dry for 20 minutes.
- Preheat your oven at 190C or 375 F for 15 minutes.
- Add the dried potato sticks into a bowl.
- Throw in your desired seasoning and salt. I have used chili flakes, salt dried Italian herbs.
- Toss well and add 2 teaspoons olive oil or any oil that you prefer.
- Spread in a baking sheet as single layer.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Increase the oven temperature to 220 C / 425 F and bake for another 15-20 minutes to crisp up the fries.
- Serve oven baked french fries warm with ketchup or sour cream dip or ranch dressing.
- Use potatoes with high starch content for making crispier fries. Russet or idaho is best for this recipe.
- Vary the seasoning as per preference.