These are the BEST oven roasted french fries! Perfectly crisp, salty, and seasoned, these don’t last long around here!
I remember when we made these oven roasted fries for the first time. It was several years ago, and now these fries are one of our regular side dishes.
We had a lot of potatoes, and they were a bit starchy, so I said, “We need to make something with these, maybe fries would be a good idea.” (Fries are not something that we usually make, but I just had a craving for them). Then I had to get Baby Bee settled for a nap, and when I came back to the kitchen, Darryl had sliced all the potatoes and busy getting them ready for the oven!
45 minutes later, we sat down to the best oven roasted french fries I’d ever had. They were so delicious! Nice and crispy on the outside, and perfectly seasoned. Darryl had consulted all recipes to get an idea of how to make oven fries, but then did his own seasoning blend, so I thought I’d share it here!
We made a big batch of these, which I would highly recommend, as they went really fast.
- Potatoes – These oven roasted french fries were made with potatoes that were a little bit starchy, which was perfect for getting a crisp outside and a tender inside. The potatoes we used were “new yellow” potatoes from Costco. I think white potatoes would probably work well, too. We peeled the potatoes, but if you prefer, you can go ahead and keep the skins on! Just make sure you clean your potatoes well to remove any dirt from the skins.
- Oil – We like to use olive oil for this recipe – we always have California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil on hand, and that’s what we use for these fries and for roasting veggies, like cauliflower.
- Spices – A blend of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika makes these flavorful and delicious.
If you (or your children) don’t like a lot of seasoning, just try these french fries with olive oil and salt! One of my sons prefers them that way. They are still really delicious plain!
You can soak potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes in order to remove some of the potato starch. This is supposed to result in crispier fries. I do not usually do this, and we like these baked fries just fine! They are still delicious. The times that I have soaked the potatoes I have not really noticed a big difference in the outcome of the recipe, so it’s up to you whether you want to add that step or not.
Tips for Success
- Make sure you cut the potatoes into even wedges or sticks. This will help them to cook evenly.
- Use two cookie sheets, and spread the fries out in a single layer. This will prevent the french fries from sticking to each other.
- Use a spatula to flip the fries every 15 minutes so that they get nicely golden brown on all sides.
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Store leftover fries in the fridge for 2-3 days. They are really best fresh out of the oven, but if you have to reheat them, I recommend using the toaster oven rather than the microwave. The microwave will result in soggy fries.
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Oven Roasted French Fries.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Peel and slice potatoes into wedges. Try to keep them all about the same size, so they cook evenly.
- Place potatoes, olive oil, and seasonings in a large bowl. Toss to coat.
- Place fries on two cookie sheets in a single layer.
- Bake at 450 degrees F for about 45 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the fries every 15 minutes.
- Drain on paper towels before serving.
This post was originally published in April 2015. It has been updated.