French fries are a gift from the potato gods. Yep, I said it. They go perfectly with almost any main dish and even kids love them. The best thing about this recipe isn't that it's quick or easy (although it is), but that these crispy oven baked french fries are made in the oven.
That's right, say goodbye to fried fast food fries. Once you taste these, homemade french fries, you'll never go back!
Homemade Baked French Fries
Until now, making the perfect fries at home has been a flop. I have pulled out my big, heavy deep fryer countless times and tried so many various brands of bagged fries, but they were never quite right.
It turns out the solution was easier and healthier than I could have imagined.
What You Need
Grab a high quality kitchen knife and prepare to brush up on your slicing skills! This is the most involved part of this recipe; besides your potatoes you’ll need a heavy aluminum baking pan, vegetable oil, cornstarch and salt for seasoning.
How to Make Oven Baked Fries
The secret to making the best oven baked fries is in the prep. You'll start with real thick cut potatoes to give them a steak fries feel.
Then (here's the secret sauce) cook put them in the microwave for a few minutes to soften them. Next you'll dry them and toss them in corn starch and vegetable oil.
The cornstarch makes the fries have that restaurant-quality crunch we all love. And because the french fries aren't fried, they are easy to make at home and baked in the oven!
What to serve with my fries?
These make the perfect side dish for The Conquistador Turkey Burger recipe which you can grab here
What type of potatoes should I use?
Russett potatoes yield the best results. You can, of course, use any type you like but they will not turn out the same quality as these do.
Why aren’t my fries crispy?
Any moisture on the potatoes will make they soft. Dry the potatoes well and fully coat them in the cornstarch for best results. Alternatively, we've been loving the air fryer for crispy fries, like these air fry frozen sweet potato fries.
Now that you have the fries, what should they go with? Here are some of my favorite ideas.
Shrimp Po Boy Burgers
Best Ever Barbecued Ribs & Charred Corn Salad with Basil and Tomatoes
Perfect Pan Seared Ribeye Steaks
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Crispy Oven Baked French Fries
For the French Fries
- 4 to 5 russet potatoes
- 6 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon salt - plus more for seasoning
- 1 teaspoon chives - minced
- 2 tablespoon finely grated parmesan cheese
- Bake the Fries
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and place the rack on the lowest position.
- Peel the potatoes and slice them into ½" thick slices. Place in a large microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Heat for 3 to 5 minutes, tossing halfway through until soft and edges are slightly translucent.
- Remove the potatoes from the bowl and pat dry.
- Coat a heavy-duty rimmed aluminum baking pan with 5 tablespoon vegetable oil. Place in the oven 5 to 7 minutes, until the oil just starts to smoke.
- Meanwhile, whisk 1 tablespoon vegetable oil with salt and cornstarch in a small bowl. Toss the potatoes with the cornstarch mixture and carefully arrange them on the oil-coated baking sheet.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, flipping halfway through baking.
- Remove from the oven and place fries on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
- To Garnish & Serve
- As the fries cool, sprinkle with additional salt, minced chives, and parmesan cheese.
- Toss to coat.
- Serve hot.
Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.
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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
Homemade fries are the best!! Love these little beauties.
Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says
There is definitely a trick to getting perfect, crispy homemade fries! I'm really glad you shared, now I can make these babies at home!
Liz @ Floating Kitchen says
Nothing beats perfectly crisp french fries! Never tried this trick with the cornstarch before. Can't wait to test it out!
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
I love oven fries! These look even better than the fried versions.
Carolyn @ Cabot says
These are perfect and would be great paired with ANY and all of the burgers from #burgermonth!~Carolyn @ Cabot
I just made these fries with pulled pork sandwiches for lunch...these fries are outstanding...will make these again and and