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These oven baked French Fries are a quick and easy potato side dish. A great alternative to fried potatoes, this oven baked version results in perfectly crisp fries every single time!
This oven baked french fries recipe is super simple to make and pairs wonderfully with burgers, steaks or chicken. They’re also pretty versatile so you can season them with whatever you’d like or keep it simple as suggested in the recipe card below.
- Potatoes: Russet potatoes work best for homemade fries in the oven. That’s why they’re called baking potatoes. Other starchy potatoes, like Yukon Gold, will work well. It’s best to avoid waxy potatoes like reds or fingerlings.
- Oil: Olive oil give these french fries great flavor. But any high heat oil like canola or vegetable will work well.
- Seasonings: Paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper, or play with your own mix!
How to Make baked French Fries
- Slice the potatoes lengthwise into about 5-6 slices.
- Cut each of those slices into thin sticks, about ¼ inch thick. The thinner you cut them, the more crisp they will get.
- Fill a bowl with water and add the potatoes to it. Soak the french fries, and feel free to switch out the water a couple times if you find the potatoes turn pink or brown. That’s a normal oxidation reaction.
- Drain the potatoes and dry them really well with a paper towel.
- Toss them with olive oil and seasoning and arrange them on the baking sheet, making sure they are not overlapping too much.
Tips to make this recipe
- Use russet potatoes as the best choice for these oven French fries. Their skins are thicker that other potatoes are more dry. This helps them crisp up well in the in the oven.
- Cut the potatoes into similar sizes. This will ensure that they cook through evenly.
- Don’t skip the soaking. This is the best secret tip to getting crisp texture for oven baked fries. Soaking helps to draw out the starch, making the fries more firm and less likely to clump together in the oven.
- Make sure the french fries aren’t touching on the baking sheet. This is key in helping the cook evenly and get crispy. If they are overlapping, they will steam rather than get crispy.
Frequently Asked Questions
The main way you can keep these fries crispy is by placing them in a single layer on the baking tray so that they aren’t touching. If you are making a large batch, use two baking sheets don’t pile everything on one tray. Serve immediately.
These fries are a healthier alternative as they don’t require as much oil for cooking, so you can reduce the amount of fat and calories in each serving. They are super simple to make this way too, with the cooking time pretty much hands off.
These fries will be your new go-to side dish recipe. You will love the little prep required, hands-off approach of throwing them in the oven and the crisp results!
For more potato recipes:
- Air Fryer Potatoes
- Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
- Oven Baked Potato Chips
- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
- Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes
- Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Arabic Spicy Potatoes
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Oven Baked French Fries
- Preheat oven to 425°F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash the potatoes and scrub their skin to clean them as much as possible. Cut the potatoes into ¼-inch wide sticks
- Place the potatoes in a large bowl and submerge with cold water. Soak for 30 minutes. Drain the potatoes and dry very well using paper towels or a kitchen towel.
- Transfer the dried potatoes to the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil and season with 1 teaspoon salt, paprika, garlic powder and black pepper. Toss well to coat.
- Arrange fries in a single layer on the baking sheet, making sure they aren’t touching too much. This is key in helping them cook evenly and get crispy.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, tossing at the halfway point to ensure even baking.
- Season with the remaining salt immediately when they are done cooking.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.