Skip all that oil and try our deliciously seasoned crispy Oven Baked Fries instead! They’re easier than you think to make at home and guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family!
Oven Baked Fries
French fries are delicious — they are my kids’ most requested food. And can you blame them??
However, frying potatoes is a messy endeavor. An air fryer is another option if you have one, but honestly, the easiest way to make crispy French Fries at home is in your oven!
Baked fries are delicious, lighter (because they’re cooked using way less oil), and not nearly as messy. If you’ve ever dealt with oil splatter after frying…you know what I mean and what I’m trying to avoid here!
These oven baked French Fries use only a few simply ingredients and a couple dishes. Best of all…there’s no oil splatter!
And trust me when I tell you, they are every bit as crispy as regular french fries!! They might even be a tad bit crispier! And they are surprisingly easy to make!
What You Need to Make Oven Baked French Fries
- Potatoes — scrubbed and cut into strips
- Salt — We like to use kosher salt because it is course and adds both flavor and texture
- Olive Oil — Or your choice cooking oil
- Steak seasoning — Store-bought or use our homemade blend below
- Parmesan cheese — Shredded (optional)
Homemade Steak Seasoning Mix:
It’s pretty easy to make your own steak fries seasoning using simple spices that are probably already in your pantry! Simply whisk together the following in a mixing bowl:
- 2 Tablespoons black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons sweet paprika
- 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon dehydrated garlic
- 1 Tablespoon dehydrated onion
- 1 Tablespoon dill seeds
- 1 Tablespoon mustard seeds, crushed
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Store any extra seasoning in a small airtight jar.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
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- French Fry Cutter — While we cut our fries by hand, that does take a little extra time. This professional potato cutter saves a ton of time and turns our perfectly shaped French Fries every time!
- Cone-shaped French Fry Stand — An awesome way to serve fries and how we’ve pictured them in this post. These stands even come with a handy sauce dipper!
What Kind of Potatoes are Best for French Fries?
When making French Fries you’ll want to choose starchier varieties of potatoes, such as Russet/Idaho potatoes. The high density of Russet potatoes means they hold less moisture, so they crisp up better during baking.
Avoid using waxy potatoes such as new potatoes, red potatoes, or fingerling potatoes. The high moisture content of these potato varieties means they’ll become limp during cooking as the water evaporates.
How to Bake Fries in the Oven
After washing your potatoes and cutting them into strips, soak in a large bowl of salted water. You’ll want to soak them for at least 30 minutes to remove some of the starch, but you can soak up to two hours if you have time (or want crispier potatoes).
After soaking potatoes, drain and pat dry. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
While oven preheats, season potatoes by tossing in a large bowl with oil, seasoning, and Parmesan.
Spread the fries out on two greased baking sheets. You want to make sure that they’re not piled up on top of each other.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once at the halfway point.
You’ll know the fries are done when they turn a gorgeous golden brown. Best enjoyed immediately.
If you like, add a touch more seasoning and/or shredded cheese before serving.
Why Do You Soak Potatoes in Water Before Making French Fries?
Soaking potatoes before baking (or frying) helps get rid of excess starch. Yes, we specifically chose starchy potatoes because they have less water inside.
However, if we don’t neutralize some of that starch, the fries are more likely to stick to each other or the baking sheet during cooking. Soaking also helps achieve crispier fries!
How to Get French Fries Crispy in the Oven
If you follow this recipe as written, you’ll end up with fries that are perfectly crispy on the outside and a soft on the inside. Just the way I like them!
To ensure that your fries don’t turn out soggy, be sure not to skip the soaking step!
If you like your fries extra crispy, you can cut them into thinner strips that you see pictured here. You may also bake them a couple minutes longer, but be sure to keep a close eye on them during any additional cooking time!
Delicious French Fry Dipping Sauces
- Copycat Chick-Fil-A Honey Mustard
- Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe
- Keto Spicy Mayo
- Fresh Chimichurri Sauce
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Crispy Oven Baked French Fries
- 5 potatoes scrubbed and cut into strips
- 2 Tablespoons salt
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons steak seasoning
- 3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese shredded
- Cut potatoes into strips and place in a large bowl with cold water.
- Stir in salk and allow potatoes to soak in the water for at least 30 minutes (or up to 2 hours).
- Drain and pat dry the potatoes.
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Place the potato strips in a clean bowl and toss with the olive oil, seasoning, and shredded cheese.
- Spread fries out on two greased cookie sheets and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once halfway through baking.
- When fries turn golden brown, remove from oven and serve.
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