Oven fries

McWho? These are great! Can you believe they’re not fried?

Here’s how to satisfy your french fry craving without gobbling trans fats:

All-oven method:

  1. Slice a potato (or two — that above is actually just a half a potato) and let the slices soak in hot tap water for at least 20 minutes — just like the oven roasted potatoes
  2. Lay them out on paper towels to dry and preheat your oven to 400F with the cookie sheet in the oven
  3. When the oven is preheated, scatter the fries on the hot cookie sheet, spritz with a little nonstick spray and sprinkle with salt (or you can toss with oil and salt before they go in the oven)
  4. Bake until crispy and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Preheating the cookie sheet means that it starts crisping the underside of your fries immediately, and meant that I didn’t need to turn them halfway through cooking. Bonus! Try it and see if you like the results

Par-boiling method:

  1. Slice a potato or two and let the slices soak in hot tap water for at least 20 minutes — just like the oven roasted potatoes
  2. Now boil the slices until just starting to soften — it took mine about five minutes
  3. Spread on paper towels to dry while your oven is preheating to 400F with the cookie sheet in the oven
  4. When the oven is preheated, scatter the fries on the hot cookie sheet, spritz with a little nonstick spray and sprinkle with salt (or you can toss with oil and salt before they go in the oven)
  5. Bake until crispy, about 15-20 minutes

The bonus of the par-boiling method for me is that I can boil up a bunch of fries and freeze them (flash freeze in a single layer, then move to a zip top bag so they don’t become a giant clump of frozen potatoes). When The Kiddo wants fries with lunch I can pull some out to thaw while the oven preheats, then toss with olive oil and bake. He thinks he’s getting away with eating french fries; I’m getting potatoes and healthy olive oil in his tummy. It’s a win-win!

Take a look at the Rookie Chef’s version too — I love that there are so many different variations on these!

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8 thoughts on “Oven fries

  1. Mmm those look great too! I keep having to remind myself that just because they are “healthy” doesn’t mean I should eat four potatoes worth. It’s easier said thand one some days ;)

  2. I immediately made these after reading your post! MMMMM! I tossed them with a little oil and sea salt. Thanks! They were perfect!

  3. These look great! We love oven fries and the ones I’ve made in the past have been just so-so. I will be trying your method soon! :)

  4. French fries (the fried sort, of course) are one of my number one comfort foods. Will definitely have to try baking them next time, these look awesome!

  5. That cookie sheet idea is brilliant. We par-boil them and then bake them, but I like the idea of skipping the par-boil. I bet this technique would also work well with sweet potatoes. I will have to try this soon.

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