Easiest Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

Easiest Crispy Oven Baked French Fries from 101 Cooking For TwoHere are the secrets to the best oven French fry ever. Tasty, crispy, healthy and did I say easy. Now you can do it too.

All the blogs have oven baked french fries. So I’ll jump in too. But I don’t want to be flipping half way through. I what relatively simple prep and simpler cooking. But I want crispy and tasty too. I’m so picky…

I read a lot of recipes before trying this and then several cooking’s before I was satisfied.  So what did I learn?

  • You need to cook at a high temp. I ended up at 425 convection. I think convection is important if you are using the rack to not have to flip the fries.
  • The potatoes must be soaked, rinsed and then dried or they will just be a mushy mess.
  • A light coat of oil adds some taste.
  • Put the salt on before you bake.
  • If you put them up on a rack they will brown all around and you do not need to flip them half way through
  • Never overlap fries. If they touch some, they will be ok since they will shrink a little and still brown.

Rating

A darn good fry.

Notes: I do these with the oven baked drumsticks. The timing and temps match nicely. Preheat before getting the potatoes cut and soaking. Work on the drummies and get them in. Then drain, rinse and dry the fries. Mix with a little oil and spread out on a rack. Salt and stick them in with the chicken. The chicken will get done first. Remove the drumsticks and let them rest a few minutes while the fries finish up.

Start with a couple of medium russet potatoes. That will make 4 servings. Preheat oven to 425 convection.

Peal potatoes if desired. Cut your fries. I use a mandolin but a knife will do.

Place in cold water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

Rinse the fries with cold water and place on towel and dry reasonably well.

Dry the bowl and put fries back in and mix with about a tablespoon of oil.

Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil and a rack. Spray with PAM.

Spread the fries on a prepared rack. Give a light sprinkle of course salt.

Bake until golden brown. About 30 minutes.

Easiest Crispy Oven Baked French Fries
 
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Learn the secrets of crispy oven baked french fries.
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 medium russet potatoes
  • course salt
  • 1 T oil
Instructions
  1. Start with a couple of medium russet potatoes. That will make 4 servings. Preheat oven to 425 convection.
  2. Peal potatoes if desired. Cut your fries. I use a mandolin but a knife will do. Place in cold water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse the fries with cold water and place on towel and dry reasonably well. Dry the bowl and put fries back in and mix with about a tablespoon of oil.
  4. Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil and a rack. Spray with PAM.
  5. Spread the fries on a prepared rack. Give a light sprinkle of course salt.6) Bake until golden brown. About 30 minutes.

Updated
November 30 2013

Comments

  1. says

    Those resting racks come in handy for any oven “frying” to avoid flipping, don’t they? My fries were always horrible until I finally learned the soaking trick. I’m in the mood for fries now.

  2. says

    Wow. Delicious. My 2, 4 and 6 year old’s loved them. They actually ate all their dinner tonight. I made them with your chicken drumstick recipe as well. My pickiest eater, the 4 year old..actually thanked me over and over for making a delicious dinner. :) Thank you!

  3. Leanne says

    We had a slightly less than traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which included buffalo hot chicken drumsticks, and your french fry recipe. I added a bit of vinegar to my potato soaking water based on some advice I saw elsewhere, but otherwise followed your instructions to a T. These were absolutely the best oven baked fries I’ve ever had, and they certainly surpassed deep fried fries in some unfortunate circumstances :) Crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside…just what a potato is striving to be!

    • says

      Sorry it didn’t work for you. There are not many variables in this recipe. Cut, soak, rack. convection and don’t overlap. It has worked well for me many time…

      DrDan

  4. Naomi says

    Hi
    Delicious recipe! Thanks. Is there a point in the method where I could freeze the fries, to use up all the potatoes I have?
    Thanks

    • says

      I have never frozen them. I guess I would freeze them after the wash and dry. I would spread them on a tray so they froze as individual fries and not a mass. Just a guess… Give it a try and report.
      DrDan

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