Extra Crispy Oven Baked French Fries.

Crispy edges, soft centers; extra-crispy French fries baked not fried – so you can feel good about eating them!

Crispy Parmesan French Fries

When it comes to French fries, the single most important thing is the crispiness factor.  We all know what typically makes the fries so crispy is the fact that they take a nice long, deep swim in a huge vat of oil.  However, I am not a fan of that method.  Why?  Because….

1. Our version, which uses the oven is super simple and these fries outshine all the others.  They have the crispy outside and soft inside of their deep fried pals, without the oozing grease.  And, since they aren’t deep fried, they don’t start to get soft and soggy as they cool off.  They stay nice and crunchy, even when they are totally cooled.

2. Oven-baked fries are a bit healthier than deep-fried.

Extra Crispy Oven Baked Fries

How to Make Extra-Crispy French Fries

The secrets to these incredible fries include a few of things, the main one being soaking the raw potatoes before you bake them to remove some of the excess starch.  Less starch = more crispiness.

When it comes to slicing, I like to cut the fries to be a little thin; but not shoestring-style and not too thick.  About 1/4 inch wide.  To slice the potatoes, I slice the whole potato lengthwise and then slice each piece of the potato again into fries.

After slicing, the potatoes get coated in olive oil, which helps the fries crisp up in the oven

Parchment paper is key in keeping the fries from sticking and getting the best crisp on the outside while keeping a soft inside.  You could also use foil, but make sure you spray the foil with non-stick spray because you don’t want your fries to stick to the pan.

Try not to crowd the fries on the pan and make sure they have a bit of space in between each other.  The less fries on the pan, the better.  Too many fries shoved together and they’ll just steam – not bake.  I can normally fit the fries from 3 potatoes on a 13×18-inch jelly roll pan.

Finally, the last trick up my sleeve is my double baking method.  The fries are first baked in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, then baked for another 20 minutes at 425 degrees.

Extra Crispy Parmesan FriesThe second most important thing is the seasoning.  Whether it be plain sea salt or our spice blend, you’ve gotta have seasoning!

To date, our favorite seasoning is a mixture of seasoned salt, black pepper, dried basil, cumin, and chili powder.  That seasoning mix makes these already addicting french fries even more irresistible!  To make the seasoning, combine 2 Tablespoons seasoned salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1/8 teaspoon cumin, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper per 3 potatoes.

The seasoning goes on the potatoes both before and after baking. If you’re feeling fancy, you could also sprinkle some grated Parmesan on the fries after baking.

Extra Crispy Parmesan Oven Baked FriesThe amount of potatoes you use depends on how many fries you want to make. If you’re baking for just yourself, I’d use 1 large potato.  If you’re making the fries as a side dish for a family of 4+, I’d use 1 medium size potato per person depending how hungry you are.

Crispy Parmesan FriesI love making these because potatoes are (1) cheap (2) readily available year-round (3) nutritious (4) don’t spoil quickly (5) easy (6) delicious.

These fries would be the perfect side to a big juicy burger at a summertime cookout, family dinner, or a dinner for one! Enjoy :)

Extra Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

by Jen and Emily

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Ingredients (serves 2-4)

    Seasoning Mix (DO NOT USE ALL  OF THE SEASONING FOR ONE BATCH, READ INSTRUCTIONS):

    • 2 Tablespoons seasoned salt
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

    For the Fries:

    • 3 medium russet potatoes (russet are the best choice for perfect crispy fries)
    • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan (optional)

    Instructions

    Combine seasoning ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

    Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut off the ends. With a very sharp knife, cut the potatoes into thin slices about 1/4 inch wide.

    Add the fries to a large bowl and cover with cold water. Allow them to soak for at least 30 minutes but they can soak for as long as overnight. (Place in the fridge if soaking more than an hour).

    After the fries have soaked, drain, rinse, and lay the fries on a paper towel lined cooling rack to dry while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Blot the tops with additional paper towels to absorb any excess moisture.

    Line a baking pan with parchment paper or foil and spray with non-stick spray. Make sure the previously used bowl is dry and add the potatoes to it, add 1-2 tablespoons of oil and 1 Tablespoon of the seasoning mixture. Toss around to mix.

    Evenly line the baking pan with the fries in a single layer. Don’t overlap or they fries won’t cook properly. Bake for about 30 minutes, flipping with a spatula once or twice after 15 minutes of cooking. Remove fries from the oven and turn the oven up to 425 degrees. Return the fries to the oven until they are golden brown and the ends look a little burnt.

    Sprinkle the fries with the other half of the seasoning mix and Parmesan cheese (optional). Serve immediately.

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    Comments

    1. How lovely, and healthier too! Thanks for your tips, and for giving me some fries I can enjoy and include in my diet while I am in my peak season…without putting a ton of extra unhealthy fats in there. Yum!
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    2. Gloria // Simply Gloria says:

      Jen and Emily, you are SO right about the texture of the fry… these look phenomenal, pinned!
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    3. Wow!! You have me drooling! Thanks for linking up at Whimsy Wednesday! I am pinning :)
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    4. Just found your blog from the Work it Wednesday blog hop! Excited to be following you along via Bloglovin :) by the way, those fries look d-lish! NOW i’m hungry! lol
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    5. Those look delicious, its hard to tell they are not deep fried! Thanks for the great tips, I will definitely try them next time I make baked fries
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    6. Your fries look awesome! My kids are going to love those!
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    7. I like that these are baked and not fried. All of the oil from fried potatoes upsets my stomach. So I’ve got to try your recipe.
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    8. Love the idea of double-baking to get extra crispness. I have never tried that! I will try it next time I make sweet potato fries in the oven (can’t do regular potatoes due to a nightshade intolerance).
      I like to use a silicone liner/silpat to line my baking sheets when making oven-fries – no sticking and it is reusable which I like a lot….
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      • Yes! Let us know how the sweet potatoes turn out… that’s next on our list! :) I’ve been wanting to get a Silpat for a while now, just haven’t gotten around to it yet!

    9. Double baking smart idea. I need to try your method.
      Thanks for sharing.
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    10. Not only do the photos look drool-worthy, I appreciate all the wonderful tips too. Your seasoning mix sounds awesome also. SO happy to have you sharing at our Weekend Potluck party. We’d love to have you link back to the party within your post…it makes you eligible to be featured. =) Do come again soon.
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    11. These look AMAZING! I love french fries, especially crispy ones, so I will have to make these soon. Thanks for the recipe!
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    12. Jocelyn says:

      I made these for lunch today, and my kids devoured them! I used a slightly different spice mixture, but otherwise followed your recipe. Thank you so much.

    13. Jessica says:

      Good lord I think it’s supposed to be 2 teaspoons on the seasoning salt not tablespoons! I’ll try again next time!!

      • Oh no! So sorry to hear they didn’t turn out – Make sure you’re not add all of the seasoning mixture… only add 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mix per 3 potatoes :)

    14. Julianne says:

      Just a little question.. if you are making these for a crowd, can you do 2 jelly roll pans at the same time?

      • Hi Julianne! You could definitely try it… I will warn you that we have done that before and we cut the fries too thick, so they were more soft than crispy. So, just make sure that you cut them very thinly, have one single layer of fries and increase the cooking time by about 20 minutes or so. When you’re finish making them all, you could reheat them in the oven! Hope that helps! :)

    15. I just made these with lunch today and they were by far the crispiest fries I have ever made! YUM! I will be using this method for my fry making in the future for sure. I’m curious to see how it works with sweet potato fries.
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      • Yay!! Thanks so much for leaving some love :) We haven’t tries sweet potatoes yet – it’s on our list of things to make – but I would imagine everything would be the same!

    16. Kathleen Mabie says:

      These look wonderful, I’ve recently had to make a huge change in my diet, which includes absolutely no fried foods. So I think I will definitely try these.

    17. Great technique. I have no idea what I did wrong, but I just made them and they’re way way way too salty. I only put half of the seasoning on them and yikes! The faces my kids made were priceless. LOL! I will try again soon. :)

    18. Joshua Pritikin says:

      I don’t know how thick you cut your potatoes, but just 1 tablespoon of the spices was way too salty. I’m going to cut it back to 1 teaspoon for the next batch.

    19. These were awesome fries and easy to make. Bookmarked!

    20. You can also do baked polenta french fries very easily. First preheat your oven to 450F. Then grease a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray. Then open up one of those tubes of cooked polenta, then cut the polenta in half crosswise then cut each half lengthwise into 8 wedges. Place the wedges on the cookie sheet and spray the wedges with more olive oil cooking spray. Then sprinkle the wedges with salt, pepper, and any other favorite herbs and spices you’d like to sprinkle on them (smoked paprika would probably be a good spice to sprinkle on them). Then bake at 450F for 45 – 50 minutes, turning once about halfway through. This is a great way to have mock french fries without all the muss and fuss of traditional french fries made from potatoes :-D

    21. I made these fries for dinner last night and they were fantastic! My boys loved them – said they were the best fries I had ever made. I’m not a huge fan of fries, but these guys could make me change my mind. I forgot to soak the cut potatoes to remove the starch and they were still delicious. Thanks for a great recipe.

    22. I just love french fries, but other than the frozen variety, I haven’t tried making them myself. This looks simple enough to do and healthier too without all those “how do you pronounce that” ingredients.
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    23. These are the only fries I make now. I never use oil or frozen fries anymore.

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