When I crave comfort food, I yearn for salty and savory. In fact, I have never really liked sweets. As a teenager, I worked at a candy store, so maybe working with chocolate and candy all day made me lose a taste for sweets. But, I do love crispy french fries! Although I am not much of a dessert person, I have never met a fry I didn't like. Unfortunately, french fries come with a lot of grease and fat. So, in order to indulge, I needed to figure out how to make crispy oven-baked fries.
Even though I love my air-fryer, sometimes I prefer oven-baked fries, but no worries, I will give you both versions in the recipe below.
HOW DO I CUT THE POTATOES FOR PERFECT OVEN-BAKED FRIES?
First, my trick to perfectly cut french fries is using a Mandoline. This very inexpensive kitchen tool helps to cut perfectly even fries. Although I prefer a half-inch cut, the Mandoline allows for a variety of sizes. I cut the fries and put them in a bowl of cold water until I am ready to cook.
The next trick to perfect oven-baked fries is to preheat the oven to 400 degrees BEFORE putting the potatoes in the oven. Once the oven is hot, the fries cook evenly.
Additionally, my Copper Chef Crisper Pan is literally a superhero; nothing sticks and everything cooks equally. It's almost like an air fryer in the oven, but it's much cheaper and has multiple purposes.
SO, HOW DO I MAKE CRISPY OVEN FRIES?
For four servings of fries, for example, you only need two large baking potatoes. Then, I scrub the potatoes with a brush and water to remove any debris. Next, I cut the potatoes lengthwise in half. If you want to peel the potatoes, feel free, but I like the skins on.
Using a mandoline, with the 1/4 inch blade, secure the skin side with the prongs, and slide the potato, flesh down, carefully along the blade.
Once the oven is pre-heated, I always wash my fires a second time to remove any extra debris as well as get the potatoes nice and wet. Using a colander, rinse the potatoes a second time. Shake any excess water from the colander, but do not dry the potatoes. Return the potatoes to the bowl. Using a generous amount of garlic powder and garlic salt, toss the seasonings in the bowl.
You may add any other spices and flavors you wish in powder form. If you are avoiding salt, use other seasonings. If not, salt and pepper can be added as well. The last and final secret to perfectly crispy fries is spreading them evenly on the pan. Do not allow any fries to overlap or touch.
GREAT SEASONING COMBINATIONS:
- Fresh dill and garlic powder
- Smoked paprika and salt
- Creole seasoning
- Chili Powder and fresh lime
- Rosemary and garlic
- Garlic powder and fresh ground pepper
- Cajun seasoning
- Vegan Parmesan Cheese
- Lemon pepper
Regardless of the flavors you choose, oven-baked fries are oil-free, guilt-free and delicious.
AIR-FRYER OPTION FOR SKINNY FRIES
- Set the Air-fryer to 400 degrees.
- Place a single layer of seasoned sliced potatoes in the base of the air-fryer
- Set timer to 11 minutes
- Cook for 5 minutes
- Toss the basket and fries around
- Cook for an additional 6 minutes.
That's it. It's that simple, and the oven-baked or air-fried fries taste fabulous! You don't have to miss out on your favorite foods! Check out the Perfect Oven Baked Fries Recipe.
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂