Oven-Baked French Fries

Posted: July 27

Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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Are French fries your go-to side when eating out? With this recipe for Oven-Baked French Fries, you can make them yourself with just a few simple ingredients. Homemade fries let you achieve your perfect, desired level of crispiness without needing to break out the deep fryer. Oven-Baked French Fries are golden, crunchy, salty, and a great side dish for any entree! That they’re delicious shouldn’t surprise, they’re French fries!


• 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, cut into even sticks about 1/2-inch thick • 1/4 cup vegetable or peanut oil • salt, to taste • freshly ground black pepper, to taste • Your dipping sauce of choice—ketchup, mustard, ranch, sriracha mayo, garlic aioli


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.

Step 2

Place the potatoes in a large bowl and cover them with hot tap water.

Step 3

Soak the potatoes for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Drizzle the oil onto a rimmed non-stick baking sheet, allowing the oil to coat it evenly.

Step 5

Drain the potatoes.

Step 6

Evenly spread the potatoes onto several layers of paper towels. Use more paper towels across the top and pat/press to dry them thoroughly.

Step 7

Evenly sprinkle the oiled baking sheet with 3/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. If the oil has pooled in certain areas, tilt the pan to spread it evenly before salting.

Step 8

Spread the potatoes into an even layer onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between them.

Step 9

Cover the baking sheet tightly with aluminum foil.

Step 10

Bake the potatoes for 5 minutes, and remove the foil.

Step 11

Continue to bake until the fries are spotty golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Step 12

Scrape the fries loose from the pan with a thin metal spatula and flip them over. Make sure they remain spread evenly.

Step 13

Continue to bake until the fries are fully golden, about 7-10 minutes.

Step 14

Spread the fries on paper towels to drain.

Step 15

Season with additional salt to taste.

Step 16

Serve with your desired sauces.

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