Tips & Tricks for Tastier Oven Fries

by carolyn on May 20, 2012

One of my most common junk food cravings is french fries. My personal fast food faves when it comes to fries are Chick-fil-a (duh), McDonalds, and Five Guys. Each are uniquely fabulous and addictive and if eating them is wrong then I don’t want to be right.

Unfortunately my “fast food french fries eaten” to “pounds lost” ratio begs that I get out of that drive thru lane. So this weekend when I started craving some fast food, I headed to my kitchen instead of my car.

Have you tried making sweet potato or baking potato fries in the comfort of your own home? So easy and much healthier than restaurant fries. Potatoes get a bad rep just because they’re so starchy but they’re actually quite nutritious, fibrous, filling, and GREAT for consumption in moderation. Oven fries are a fantastic way to get a grease fix without blowing your diet.

What You’ll Need:

  • Large shallow pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Bowl filled with water
  • Potatoes (preferably baking or sweet… 1/2-1 per person depending on potato size)
  • An oil spray or tablespoon of oil (peanut, canola, blend, olive oil, whatever you want!)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Optional: seasoning salt, truffle oil, Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, assorted herbs).

To Do:

  1. Preset oven to 350 F
  2. Wash potatoes, leave skin on and cut into even slices. These can be as thin or as thick as you’d like but if they’re more than like 1/4 inch thick they’ll take a long time to cook.
  3. Put sliced potatoes in the bowl of water. This helps remove some of the starches which makes them crispier as you cook them.
  4. Soak for 30 minutes (you can soak up to several hours I’m just so not that patient.
  5. Rinse potato slices and dry well.
  6. Crinkle up the aluminum foil and place on pan. The crinkle effect helps the air circulate around the fries bringing out more of the moisture and again resulting in crispier fries.
  7. Rub potato slices with oil (or spray foil) and place on foil. (Spray again lightly).
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste. If this is your first time, add conservatively. You can always add more at the end. This is also the time to add cayenne pepper or herbs if you’re going that route.
  9. Put in oven and check on them every 15 minutes or so, turning each 15 minutes. They should take 30 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the thickness of the fries. If you sliced yours like shoestring thin then it may even take less time.
  10. After removing from the oven you can fancy them up if you would like. A few dashes of truffle oil and a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese can take your homemade fries from fast food style to gourmet style.

Soaking Fries


Crinkling Foil




Are you an oven fry guru? Share your fave french fry recipes in the comments below.



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