The Perfect Baked Oven Fries

Is there anything better than a plate of piping hot, crispy, salty french fries? The correct answer to this question is ‘no’.

I’m a sucker for a good french fry. No matter how much I tell myself that I shouldn’t have them and that they are not good for me, I just can’t convince myself to get the side salad instead. What can I say? I’m always on the hunt for the best french fries I can find.

Who could have predicted that this hunt would end with a recipe for homemade baked oven fries that puts most others to shame? Certainly not me.

baked oven fries

I first discovered this recipe years ago on one of my favourite food blogs, Annie’s Eats. I had tried making baked oven fries in the past, but they just never compared to the deliciously crispy deep-fried version I would get at restaurants. This recipe was a game-changer. It is a little bit more hands-on than your typical oven baked fries recipe, but it is totally worth the effort.

I recently rediscovered this recipe, and it has been put on our menu every week since. Just now, as I’m writing this post, I’m wondering when is the soonest I can make them.

Please, do yourself and your loved ones a favour and make these baked oven fries. Just be prepared to make them regularly after that.

burger & baked oven fries

Baked Oven Fries (recipe originally here by Annie’s Eats, via Cook’s Illustrated)

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 russet potatoes, cut evenly into fries
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees and move an oven rack to the second lowest position. Cut up the potatoes and place them in a large bowl. Cover with hot water and let soak for up to 20 minutes. Put 4 tablespoons of the vegetable oil on a heavy, rimmed baking sheet. Tilt the sheet to evenly coat the bottom of the pan with the oil. Sprinkle the pan evenly with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Drain the potatoes and set them on a clean dish towel or paper towels. Pat until dry. Wipe the bowl out so it is dry and put the potatoes back in the bowl. Toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the foil and continue to bake the potatoes until the bottoms are spotty golden brown, about 15-20 minutes, and rotating the pan after 10. Use a metal spatula and tongs to flip the potatoes and keep them in a single layer. Continue baking the fries until they are golden and crisp, about 5-15 minutes. Continue to rotate the pan for even cooking.
  4. When they are finished baking, lay them on a paper towel to absorb some of the excess oil. Season with additional salt to taste.
  5. Enjoy!

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