Skip all that oil and try our deliciously seasoned crisp baked fries instead! They are easier than you think at home and will guarantee success with the whole family!
French fries are delicious: they are the most requested food by my children. And can you blame them??
However, frying potatoes is a tricky business. An air fryer is another option if you have one, but honestly, the easiest way to make crispy fries at home is in your oven!
Baked potatoes are delicious, lighter (because they cook with much less oil), and aren’t as messy. If you’ve ever dealt with oil splatters after frying…you know what I mean and what I’m trying to avoid here!
These baked fries use just a few simple ingredients and a couple of dishes. Best of all, there is no oil splash.
And believe me when I tell you, they are just as crispy as regular potato chips! They could even be a bit crunchier! And they are surprisingly easy to make!
What you need to make oven fries
- Potatoes – rubbed and cut into strips
- Salt – We like to use kosher salt because it’s natural and adds flavor and texture.
- Olive oil – Or cooking oil of your choice
- Steak seasoning – Store-bought or use our homemade mix below
- Parmesan – minced (optional)
Homemade Steak Topping Mix:
It’s pretty easy to make your own steak fries dressing using simple spices you probably already have in your pantry! Simply mix the following in a 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 of cayenne pepper
Store extra dressing in an airtight jar.
Useful kitchen utensils.
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- cut french fries – While we are cutting our fries by hand, it takes a little longer. This professional potato cutter saves a lot of time and turns our fries into the perfect shape every time!
- Cone-shaped fries stand – A fantastic way to serve fries and how we envision them in this post. These holders also come with a handy sauce ladle!
What kind of potatoes are best for French fries?
When making fries, you’ll want to choose starchier potato varieties, such as Russet/Idaho potatoes. The high density of Russet potatoes means they retain less moisture, so they get crispier when cooked.
Avoid using waxy potatoes like new potatoes, red potatoes, or fingerling potatoes. The high moisture content of these potato varieties means that they will become mushy during cooking as the water evaporates.
How to bake french fries in the oven.
After washing the potatoes and cutting them into strips, put them to soak in a large bowl of salted water. We recommend soaking them for at least 30 minutes to remove some of the starch, but you can soak them for up to two hours if you have time (or if you want crispier potatoes).
After soaking the potatoes, drain and pat dry. Preheat oven to 400°F.
While the oven is preheating, season the potatoes by tossing them into a large bowl with oil, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese.
Spread the fries in two buttered pans. You want to make sure they are not stacked on top of each other.
Cook for 20-25 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking.
You’ll know the fries are done when they turn a nice golden color. To enjoy immediately.
If desired, add an extra touch of seasoning and/or grated cheese before serving.
Why do you soak potatoes in water before making French fries?
Soaking potatoes before cooking (or frying) helps remove excess starch. Yes, we specifically chose starchy potatoes because they have less water in them.
However, if we don’t neutralize some of that starch, the chips are more likely to stick to each other or to the pan during cooking. Soaking also helps make the fries crispier!
How to make crispy baked potato chips
If you follow this recipe as written, you will end up with perfectly crispy chips on the outside and soft on the inside. Just how I like them!
To make sure your fries don’t get soggy, make sure you don’t skip the soaking step!
If you like your potatoes extra crispy, you can cut them into thinner strips than you see in the photo here. You can also cook them a couple more minutes, but be sure to keep an eye on them for the extra cooking time!
Delicious sauces for fries
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Crispy baked potato chips
Skip the oil and try our Deliciously Seasoned Crispy Baked Fries! Easy to prepare and guaranteed success with the whole family!
Preparation time 40 min
Cooking time 25 min
Total time 1 hour 5 min
Cuisine: American, Kids
Keyword: Air Fryer, French Fries, French Fries, French Fries, Potatoes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Stacey, also known as the soccer mom.
- 5 potatoes, peeled and cut into strips
- 2 tablespoons of salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons steak dressing
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Cut the potatoes into strips and put them in a large bowl with cold water.
Add the salt and soak the potatoes in the water for at least 30 minutes (or up to 2 hours).
Drain and dry the potatoes.
Preheat oven to 400F.
Place the potato strips in a clean bowl and drizzle with the olive oil, dressing and grated cheese.
Spread the fries into two greased pans and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.
When the potatoes are golden, remove from the oven and serve.
Note: Nutrition information is only a rough estimate; actual values will vary based on exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.
Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated fat: 1g | Monounsaturated fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 3546mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg
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