Thursday, August 6, 2009


Behold, a basket of perfect fries. Irresistibly crisp and delicious.

And oven-fried. Yes, it’s shocking but true, these really are Oven Fries! For the record, I don’t make them this way because they’re healthy, I make ’em this way cuz I’m lazy. Not that deep-frying is difficult or time consuming, but oven-frying is even easier. Plus, there’s less of a mess to clean up and no used oil to deal with. I want to reiterate these aren’t just roasted potatoes—they’ve really earned the title of fries. They cook up so crisp that more than one person has mistaken them for deep-fried.

Oven Fries
Printable Recipe

Nonstick pan spray
2 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3 ½×½×½-inch sticks
¼ cup canola oil or extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 450˚F. Grease a baking tray with nonstick pan spray. Toss together the potatoes and oil in a large bowl, making sure that the potatoes are evenly coated. Arrange in a single layer on a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes. Using tongs or a spatula, turn the potatoes and bake for another 14 to 16 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Transfer to a bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Serves 2 to 4. For the best browning, use a heavy baking tray, like the aluminum sheet pans used in restaurants, and be sure not to overcrowd the pan.


Rachel J said...

I'm a fan of oven fries as well. cheers!

shanna said...

Gorgeous! And I love how simple the recipe looks!

Jackie at said...

Fantastic. And it's healthier! We can also make it with sweet potatoes?

Lucy Vaserfirer said...

Yes, sweet potatoes work too, but you may have to adjust the baking time.

einmaleins said...

Oh, love the oven fries.
Will pass your recipe on to my wife to try it. She had a pretty good one from Cook's Illustrated, but this one is definitely worth a try.

Hungry Dog said...

These look great and I love that you have the little plastic yellow basket to serve them in. Very authentic!

veron said...

These look fantastic! And I'm with you, I love deep-fried stuff except for the clean up of the oil so if you can oven fry it and it tastes just as good, go for it!

A Bowl Of Mush said...

These fries look really great!

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