Learn how to make the best crispy oven fries with simple, healthy ingredients. They come out perfectly crispy and seasoned every time!
Fries. Who doesn’t love them? There’s nothing better than biting into a crispy potato that is salted and seasoned to perfection. The combination of warmth, crunch and flavor sends me to heaven every time.
Many members of my family would call my husband “The Potato Connoisseur”. They have always been a favourite food of his and he enjoys finding new ways to make them delicious. From mashed to baked to fried to “smashed”, they just don’t get old.
I made some tweaks to his method for making oven fries and this was the result! They had always turned out tasty, but we finally found what was missing and the PERFECT fry was born! He (and I, honestly!) was amazed that I was the one to discover these changes. All we did was add 15 minutes of cooking time (making a total of 45 minutes) and cut the fries larger than we did before.
Potatoes go well with almost any meal (don’t forget potatoes at breakfast, right?!). We cook them a few times a week since they are so easy and I never hear any complaints because they are delicious!
Tips for Making Crispy Oven Fries
- Use red potatoes! We’ve tried all sorts of potatoes with this method and while they all turn out great, the red potatoes definitely come out on top. They crisp up on the outside while remaining soft and moist on the inside.
- Experiment with the seasonings because the possibilities are truly endless. You could make garlic rosemary fries by adding some fresh, minced garlic or garlic powder with some rosemary. Another option would be chili powder, oregano and a pinch of cayenne for a spicy fry! Don’t be afraid to come up with new and exciting flavor combinations.
- You can always salt after cooking if you find the fries need some more!
What Type of Oil Should I Use?
When cooking at high temperatures, it’s ideal to use an oil with a high smoke point that is also unrefined. Toxic substances form when you heat an oil past its smoke point and these are very harmful to the body. This is why you want an oil with a high smoke point! Refined (highly processed) oils have unhealthy additives and can cause inflammation in your body which can have a multitude of damaging effects. Some of the most common are canola, corn, peanut, palm, cottonseed, grapeseed and safflower oils (there are more!). Avoid these!
Avocado oil fits the bill for me! It is pure and unrefined, is extracted by a mechanical process (instead of a chemical process) and has a smoking point of 520°F! Therefore, you don’t have to worry about any harmful effects. But again, you could use any cooking oil for this recipe, and of course, I highly recommend avocado oil!
What Type of Salt Should I Use?
As with the oil, any type of salt would do, as long as it’s a fine grain size. Pure sea salt is my go-to salt in the kitchen since it is basically unprocessed. Table salt usually has additives to lessen the chance of clumping, and I do my best to avoid unnecessary additives like that. For this recipe, I usually use Hy’s Seasoning Salt. I am not sure what kind of salt is in this mix, but the seasoning blend is delicious and adds layers of flavour to the fries. Since this is the only recipe we use it for, I’m not stressing about if the salt is refined or unrefined.
How Long Do the Fries Need to Cook?
After 30 minutes at 425°F, the potatoes will be cooked through. However, if you cook an additional 15 minutes, the fries will be much crispier! So, in my opinion, always cook for 45 minutes!
How Long Do Oven Fries Keep in the Fridge?
Crispy oven fries are best when consumed immediately, however, they will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days. They will soften somewhat over time, so when you go to reheat, I recommended heating some oil in a cast-iron skillet and frying them until warm. This will bring some of their crunch back!
Best Crispy Oven Fries Recipe
7-8 small/medium potatoes (red are the best for crispy/not dry fries!)
1½ tsp sea salt or seasoning salt (I recommend Hy’s since it contains no MSG! Get it here)
½ tsp ground pepper
2 tbsp avocado oil (can use any oil: olive oil, grapeseed oil, etc)
Optional: garlic, rosemary, chili powder, smoked paprika, oregano, nutritional yeast, etc. Have fun experimenting!
Best Crispy Oven Fries Instructions
Preheat oven to 425°F and line a 9×13 baking sheet with parchment paper.
Wash potatoes thoroughly or peel them. Cut off any black spots (bruising of the potato). Cut into ½ – ¾ inch strips. Place in a large mixing bowl.
Add oil and seasonings to the bowl. Toss well to coat.
Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and distribute so the potatoes are in one layer. This is ideal, but it’s okay if there is some overlap.
Bake for 45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. Best if consumed immediately!
*Note: If the fries aren’t salted to your liking, you can always add more salt after cooking.
What Seasoning Combinations Have You Tried?
Please let me know what seasoning combinations work for you by commenting down below!
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- 7-8 small/medium potatoes (red are best)
- 1½ tsp sea salt or seasoning salt
- ½ tsp ground pepper
- 2 tbsp avocado oil (any other oil would work too)
- Optional: garlic, rosemary, chili powder, smoked paprika, oregano, nutritional yeast, etc. Have fun experimenting!
- Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a 9×13 baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash potatoes thoroughly or peel them. Cut off any black spots (bruises on the potato). Cut into ½ – ¾ inch strips. Place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add oil and seasonings to the bowl. Toss well to coat.
- Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and distribute so the potatoes are in one layer. This is ideal, but it’s okay if there is some overlap.
- Bake for 45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. Best if consumed immediately!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340
This nutrient calculation is done by an automated calculator and may not be accurate.