Perfectly crispy fries that come out of the oven! I love seasoned fries and these are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – no one will believe they aren’t fried.
I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already. This week is flying by and I must say it’s been a very productive one for me. Must be the weather – it’s supposed to be 63º here today! I will most definitely be outside for a better part of the day.
Now, for today’s recipe: crispy oven fries. Yes, it is possible to achieve crispy fries from your oven. You just need a few tricks up your sleeve! These come out perfect every single time. The best part is you don’t have to fumble around with a deep fryer and you’re house won’t smell like fried food!
The first step to crispy oven fries is soaking them in water. It makes a tremendous difference! Allowing them to soak in cold water pulls out some of the starch, which in turn helps them to crisp up. You can feel a difference in the potatoes when you pull them out of the cold water.
You really have to drain them well between paper towels as any excess water will make them soggy. Once they are drained it’s time to season them up. You can keep things simple and go with just salt and pepper – they are perfectly delicious that way. However, we love seasoned in fries in this house. So, i use one of my favorite spice blends for mine. Feel free to get creative here and use whatever your favorite herbs and spices are.
I’m already dreaming up a rosemary-parmesan version…
Once you’ve got your potatoes seasoned the way you like, it’s time to bake. Depending on the amount you’re making, you’ll probably need to use two different baking sheets. The fries need to be spread out in an even layer so that they can bake evenly and get crispy. If they are piled on the baking sheet they will steam and you’ll end up with soggy fries.
They take about 40 minutes to get nicely browned and crispy, then you’re ready to dig in! Now, when I say crispy I don’t mean crunchy – you know how some oven fries get crunchy where they are dried out on the inside? These have a crisp exterior and a soft, fluffy interior – just they should!
If you’re looking for a lightened up version of french fries, then this recipe is for you! You’ll never miss the fried version. Oh, and don’t limit yourself to just ketchup for dipping – experiment with seasonings and dipping sauces. The possibilities are endless!
- 1-2 lbs. Potatoes, cut into fries (I leave the skin on, but you can peel it if you’d like)
- 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Paprika
- ½ Teaspoon Oregano
- ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Extra-Light Olive Oil, or other oil of your choice
- Place the cut potatoes into a large bowl and cover with cold water. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 425º.
- Drain the potatoes and lay them out on a cookie sheet covered with paper towels. Pat them until they are very dry.
- In a large bowl toss the fries with the salt, paprika, oregano, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and olive oil until evenly coated. Spread the fries out onto 2 baking sheets covered with a silpat or parchment paper. Be sure they are in an even layer and not touching.
- Bake the fries for 20 minutes and then rotate the pans (move the top one to the bottom and the bottom one to the top). Continue baking for 20 more minutes.
- The fries should be evenly browned and crisp now. If they aren’t let them go longer, checking every 5 minutes.
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
These fries look perfect, Keri! I’m such a sucker for oven-baked ones like this. They look so crispy and delicious!
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Thanks, Gayle! I actually prefer these over the fried ones!
Coty and Mariah |Quirks and Twists| says
Love some oven baked fries! These look amazing!
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Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
Well these fries look just about perfect! I love a crispy oven fry, even more than fried ones. They taste better, and I don’t feel so guilty after eating them. The seasoning on these sounds amazing! I must make these right away. Grilling season is just around the corner, so I can see these served up next to lots of burgers : )
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Thanks, Natalie! I much prefer these over fried ones for the same reason! Definitely give the seasoning a try – it’s so tasty. I can’t wait for grilling…these will certainly pair well with burgers! 🙂
Christina @ Bake with Christina says
Mmm those fries just look so perfect and delicious! And they’re seasoning so beautifully!! Pinned 🙂
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Thanks, Christina! 🙂
These fries look fanstic! Everytime I try to make oven fries I make a mess. Your tips are terrific and I’m going to try it your way next time!
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Thanks, Rachelle! Let me know how they work for you!
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I am away from home right now but look forward to getting back and trying these! My family will love them! The crispier the better!
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Let me know how you like them, Annie!
Kelley Simmons says
These fries look so amazing and crispy! Love the seasoning you put on these!
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Savita @ ChefDeHome says
Pass me a bowl full of these, Keri! Love that fries are baked yet look so delicious!
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says
Oh my! These look too good. I want to eat them all and they’d be the perfect side for a turkey burger.
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They would be fabulous alongside of a turkey burger, Erin! 🙂
Maya @ Treats and Eats says
Yum, I love oven baked fries! Especially ones that are well-seasoned. I’ll definitely have to try out the soaking method!
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The soaking method works like a charm! Thanks, Maya!
Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says
I love love LOVE baking fries. It is so simple and SO much healthier for you! Yours looks really delicious!
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Caitlin @ teaspoon says
Wow, these look awesome! I’ve never soaked them in water beforehand, but these look way better than any I’ve made before. I can’t wait to try them!
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Thanks, Caitlin! The soaking step makes such a big difference – they come out perfect every time!
Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel says
gosh these look amazing and seem quite healthy too! id eat a whole bunch hehe
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