Best Oven Baked Fries + Tips

“Fries before guys” never made much sense to me, but that’s before I learned how to make my own fries. There’s definitely something special about making your own fries, and part of it is probably that they’re just as good if not better than the kind you can get at a restaurant.

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Plus with this recipe, you don’t need a gallon of vegetable oil. Two tablespoons of olive oil get the job done perfectly well, and you can season them exactly how you want. For the best results, I’ve let some tips below.

  1. Pay close attention to how you slice. I’m in no way saying that all of your fries have to be the same size, because I tend to vary it a little bit. But the thinner you cut your fries, the crispier they will be once they’re baked. Just keep that in mind.
  2. Soak ’em good. The reason that some homemade fries don’t turn out like restaurant fries is that they’re kind of soft and potato-y. The best way to get a crisp on the outside and a fry that’s more, well, fried, is to soak your fries in water before you bake them. Again, the length of time would be according to preference. I like them best at around 10 minutes of soaking.
  3. Don’t under-season. The problem with baking is that the oil isn’t shiny and hot when you pull the fries out like you do with a deep fat frying machine. This means that you have to add the salt, pepper and whatever spices you want before you bake them. Salt you add later won’t stick to your fries, unfortunately.

Even though there are a few things to keep in mind, this recipe is so simple and worth a shot for anyone who wants to have a homemade side at a summer barbecue. Hope everyone is enjoying June!

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400º F.

Slice your potatoes into fries, paying close attention to how you slice them. Then, set them to soak in cold water for anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes, depending on whether you want them to be potato-y or crispy.

In a large bowl, toss together your fries, oil and spices–add anything else you want, my spice blend is pretty basic!

Spread the fries on baking trays, making sure none of them overlap, and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the fries are crispy to your desire. Let cool 5 minutes before eating.

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