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Extra Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

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These extra crispy oven baked French fries put a healthier spin on one of your favorite foods! Made with just a light splash olive oil, these crispy oven baked fries are super tasty without all the grease. You’ll love that they stay nice and crisp after baking, keeping their tall, slender elegant shape.

Oven Baked French Fries

Ingredients for Extra Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

Only a few simple ingredients are needed to make a batch of these fabulous oven baked French fries: 3 extra-long Russet baking potatoes (to bake more than 3 large potatoes at once you’ll need a double oven), 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt (I used sea salt flakes), and freshly-ground black pepper. Optional French fry seasonings: paprika or chili powder, dried parsley, and Parmesan cheese. Three cheers for delicious oven baked fries – a festive, special, yet inexpensive treat!

Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

Three Cooking Methods for Crispy Oven Baked French Fries – An Experiment

Because my house was semi-clean, my laundry baskets were finally empty, and I had a bit of time on my hands, as well as double ovens, plenty of baking stones, baking sheets, silicone baking mats and parchment paper, I decided to embark on a fun baking experiment. I wanted to find out which cooking tools would produce the crispiest oven baked fries. After all, limp oven fries are no ones favorite potato! Can you guess what the results were? Keep reading to find out…

Best Oven Baked Fries served with a side of ketchup.

The Crispiest Homemade French Fries – Baked

Below are the results from my non-scientific kitchen experiment to find the best cooking tools that can produce the crispiest oven baked French fries.

OVEN BAKED FRIES – BATCH #1 – BAKING TRAY LINED WITH PARCHMENT PAPER

This method produced oven baked French fries that were tasty and delicious. Although 3/4 of the batch were very crispy, the rest of the batch were slightly limp and needed a bit more cooking time. All in all this is a good cooking method to achieve crispy oven baked fries.

OVEN BAKED FRIES – BATCH #2 – BAKING STONE

From my collection of baking stones, I chose a rectangular-shaped stone that was well seasoned. This method produced super crispy oven baked French fries, but they also tended to over-brown quite quickly. About 20% of the oven fries stuck to the stone. The stuck-on fries were still edible and tasted good when scraped off, but I was looking for a batch of completely intact potatoes that were tall, slender and beautiful. It is of note that the cooking time for these oven fries was about 10 minutes quicker than the other two cooking methods.

OVEN BAKED FRIES- BATCH #3 – BAKING TRAY LINED WITH A SILICONE BAKING MAT

This cooking method produced oven baked French fries that were beautifully golden and extra crispy. For me this method trumped the other two. None of the fries stuck to the baking mat, and all of the potatoes cooked evenly with a fantastic result. So for this oven fries experiment there was one clear winner. If you want to make the best extra crispy homemade French fries – baked, all it takes is a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat!

How to Make Homemade French Fries

ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR EXTRA CRISPY OVEN BAKED FRENCH FRIES

Below are super easy tips for achieving extra crispy oven baked French fries!

ESSENTIAL OVEN FRIES TIP #1

Slice the potatoes into long thin strips. The oven fries you see here are about 1/4-inch thick. Thinner fries will cook much quicker than thicker fries.

ESSENTIAL BAKED FRIES TIP #2

Starch is a huge culprit for wilted, crumbly oven baked fries. To ensure you end up with a fabulous batch of crispy baked French fries, there are two essential steps you need to take. As you slice your French fries, submerge the sliced potatoes in a large bowl of cold water. Allow the raw potatoes to soak under water for about 20-30 minutes (the longer the better!). The second step is to thoroughly rinse the potatoes. Transfer the potatoes to a colander and rinse, rinse, rinse away the starch!

How to make homemade French fries in the oven.

ESSENTIAL OVEN FRIES TIP #3

After rinsing the potatoes it’s very important to completely dry them off before seasoning and baking. Lay the uncooked fries between paper towels and dry them off thoroughly. There should be no drops of water left on any of the strips of potatoes. If you’re in a hurry and don’t dry them off well enough, the sad result will be limp oven baked fries.

ESSENTIAL BAKED FRIES TIP #4

Toss the raw, dried-off potato strips in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil along with some salt, ground pepper and optional seasonings, making sure all of the potatoes are evenly coated.

Essential tips for crispy oven baked French fries.

ESSENTIAL OVEN FRIES TIP #5

Arrange the potato strips in a single layer on your baking sheets. It’s very important that the oven fries are not touching each other! Any fries that are overlapped will not become crispy.

ESSENTIAL BAKED FRIES TIP #6

Bake your oven fries at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes until golden and crisp, flipping the fries at least 2-3 times during the baking process. And there you have it – my essential tips for mouthwateringly-delicious, extra-crispy oven baked French fries. I hope you’ll head over to your kitchen to make a fabulous batch of oven baked fries right now! I invite you to come back and tell me how yours turned out.

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Extra Crispy Oven Baked French Fries


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These extra crispy oven baked French fries put a healthier spin on one of your favorite foods! Made with just a light splash olive oil, these crispy oven baked fries are super tasty without all the grease.


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Ingredients

  • 3 Russet baking potatoes, preferably long in shape
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • Optional French fry seasonings: paprika or chili powder, dried parsley flakes, Parmesan cheese
  • Ketchup or dipping sauce

Instructions

  1. Adjust your oven racks, positioning them in the best way to cook two trays of potatoes at once. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Rinse and peel the Russet potatoes. Slice the potatoes into long thin strips, about 1/4-inch thick. As you’re slicing away, place the cut potatoes into a large deep bowl filled with cold water. Make sure the potatoes are completely submerged. Allow the potatoes to soak for 20-30 minutes, changing the water half way through the soaking time.
  3. Drain off the water and place the potatoes in a colander. Rinse, rinse, rinse away the starch! Thoroughly dry off the potatoes so there’s no sign of water on any slice.
  4. Place the dried-off potatoes in a clean bowl. Add in the olive oil. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt, pepper and optional seasonings. Toss the potatoes to evenly coat the whole batch in the oil and seasonings.
  5. Line two cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Arrange the oven fries in a single layer on each baking sheet, making sure there is room between each of the oven fries and no two fries are touching. Overlapping potatoes will not become crispy.
  6. Place the trays in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, flipping the fries at least 2-3 times during the baking process. Your oven baked French fries are done once they become golden and crispy and do not bend when lifted.
  7. If desired, sprinkle additional seasonings on your oven baked fries. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

  • Category: Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Late-Night, Party
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: oven baked fries, oven fries, baked french fry recipe

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EXTRA CRISPY OVEN BAKED FRENCH FRIES > YOUR THOUGHTS

Have you ever tried making French fries at home? Do you fry them on the stovetop or bake them in the oven? What do you think about this recipe for extra crispy oven baked French fries? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

20 thoughts on “Extra Crispy Oven Baked French Fries”

  1. A+++++ Absolutely Delicious. Only took 30 mins in convection oven. These are better than any fries I have ever had. I’ll be making these often. Healthy, I can enjoy every bite. Thank you

  2. GENIUS! These are the best fries that have ever come out of my oven! Thank you for the tips! Rinsing the starch in cold water was so simple but soooo worth it!

  3. This is heaven! I love French fries and can’t wait to try this. I never would’ve thought to use parchment paper? But they delicious and can’t wait to try them! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  4. Ah ha! I’ve been missing the soaking tip. I’ve made fries before (typically sweet potato fries with a mayo/sriracha dip), but they’re never crisp. That’s for that tip!

  5. These look wonderful. I’m going to try making them for my little one this weekend. She absolutely adores french fries but I limit her intake because they are greasy. These sounds just perfect with far less guilt!

  6. This is great stuff! I bake homemade fries from time to time, but never realized that the parchment paper I usually use might be causing some of them to turn out soggy. Will be trying to silicone mat method and the cold water trick next week – fries on the menu for Monday’s dinner!

  7. Im definitely trying this!! My kids LOVE French fries (who doesn’t?!) and I would like to introduce a healthier alternative. Thank you!

  8. I love fries but my hips hate the frying. I also love how thin you made them and who doesn’t like an extra crispy fry:) I need to add this to my SuperBowl party recipe.

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