Oven Fries

I’ve been trying to get these right for a long time. After combining elements from several different recipes, I think I’ve finally hit on a winner. This recipe will probably make enough for four adult portions.

1 1/2 lbs medium potatoes – mealy or waxy, I don’t think it matters. Use what you like.
3 T olive oil
1/2 t coarse salt
1/2 t pepper

1. Preheat oven to 500°F. If your oven doesn’t get up that high, turn it as high as it will go. Seriously, do the preheat, because you want the oven ready as soon as you’re done dealing with the potatoes. Use a baking sheet with low sides (if the sides are too high, the fries with just steam; no sides and you’ll have an oily mess all over your oven). Line the baking sheet with heavy foil, shiny side up, and put it in the oven while preheating.

2. After washing and allowing the potatoes to dry, slice them into fries (peel the potatoes if you want to – I don’t). You want them to be roughly the same length and not much thicker than 1/3 inch. Toss the fries with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Take the baking sheet out of the hot oven and arrange fries, cut side down, in a single layer (they will sizzle upon hitting the pan).

3. Turn the oven down to 450°F and bake the fries for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, take them out and carefully turn them with a pair of tongs (they will probably stick a little), then bake for another 5-10 minutes on the other side.

4. After baking, toss the fries with more salt and pepper if desired and serve immediately.

Note from Cliff on 2010-11-07: Use parchment paper instead of foil as the layer separating the taters from the cookie sheet and they won’t stick or otherwise make a mess when it’s time to flip/serve them.

11 thoughts on “Oven Fries”

  1. Emily

    And if you sprinkle some rosemary over the top, it’s even nicer! :)

    (This is just how I do my oven fries, too! :))

    1. Sarah

      Ooooh, that sounds good. Once our rosemary plant recovers, we’ll try that!

  2. Yelli

    I love homemade potato fries but I love them even better with parsnips. The slightly sweet flavor makes for an interesting depth but they become just as cripsy! I usually use the Everyday food recipe but it is pretty basic.


    1. Sarah

      That sounds like a fun use of parsnips. I’ll have to pick some up next time we’re having a fry-jones.

      1. cliff1976

        Note well: don’t stand your fries up with the skinniest side down, even if it technically meets the requirement of being a but side.

        The result will be that they don’t properly crisp up and rather steam themselves instead. They’ll stilltaste fine, but the texture will ne wrong.

  3. Margot

    And in celsius that’s. . .??

    1. Sarah


  4. christina

    That’s how I do my oven spuds too but I just cut them into wedges – 4 or 8 per potato depending on how big they are. And yeah, rosemary or herbes de Provence are great. Sweet potatoes are also fab done this way.

  5. Jen

    Mmmm! I know what I’m making soon!

  6. Dave

    This looks really tasty! I was going to ask “does it work well as wedges too, or do they cook unevenly?” but Christina answered that for me.

    I happen to have two sweet potatoes on my rack. I think I know what I’ll be having for dinner tonight! But not more than 1/3″ thick ;-)

  7. Dave

    Whoops, with sweet potatoes at 250C-225C they ended up a little burned. Anyone done this with sweet potatoes that can recommend a… less blackening temperature? ;-) I’d try 200C… but not sure if they’ll end up soggy or what. I guess sweet potato fries are never really crispy like regular potatoes but that’s OK.

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