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How To Make Crispy Baked French Fries

April 17, 2016

Have you ever wondered how to make crispy baked french fries without them burning? Here’s my trick to the ultimate french fries recipe without going near a deep fryer!

Have you ever wondered how to make crispy baked french fries without them burning? Here's my trick to the ultimate french fries recipe without going near a deep fryer!Ever since I turned my hobby into a job, I’ve been on the lookout for a new hobby to occupy my non-existent spare-time. At one point I was considering trying out an instrument (realized I had no musical talent…), and then decided I wanted to learn how to code (got too frustrated…) so I gave up and wrote off having hobbies.

Little did I realize that I’ve had a secret hobby all along that was staring me right in the face.

Potatoes.

Have you ever wondered how to make crispy baked french fries without them burning? Here's my trick to the ultimate french fries recipe without going near a deep fryer!I know, I know, potatoes aren’t technically a hobby. But when you dedicate countless hours of your week to perfecting the perfect potato, it’s about as close as I’ve come to a hobby since starting the blog.

This was even true when I first started the blog. One of my very first posts was my version of the Perfect Roasted Potatoes. Please don’t judge the photos wahhhh. Needless-to-say, I have a real passion for potatoes.

Over the years I’ve been working on masterminding how to make crispy baked french fries as though they just came out of the deep fryer. My very real obsession with this is how I discovered I do in fact have a hobby.

Have you ever wondered how to make crispy baked french fries without them burning? Here's my trick to the ultimate french fries recipe without going near a deep fryer!I’ll admit that I mastered the crispy potato years ago, but the whole “soaking potatoes in water, boiling, and then roasting” method is just too time-consuming…even for me.

And so I considered how I might be able to achieve the same results with 1/2 the effort.

Cue avocado oil.

Here I go again, preaching the glory that is the avocado! But for real, avocado oil is to potato as jelly is to peanut butter.

Basically, avocado is the not-so-sweet cooking oil equivalent of coconut oil. For as much as I love coconut oil, I don’t necessarily love all of my food tasting like it. So I often find myself using olive oil, which apparently is not the best for cooking since it has a low smoke point. This means that it’s nutritional benefits are entirely lost when heated over a certain temperature. And well, potatoes need some heat.

Avocado oil on the other hand, has a high smoke point, which allows it to retain it’s nutritional benefits AND help potatoes crisp-up but not burn.

All hail the glory of the avocado!

So there you have it, friends. A full tutorial on how to make crispy baked french fries and my own personal journey through potato hobbying. It’s a thing.

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How To Make Crispy Baked French Fries

PREP TIME 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 large russet potatoes*
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • optional: herbs for flavoring like rosemary, thyme or herbes du provence

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cut potatoes into fries about a 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Add fries to a bowl and coat with avocado oil.
  4. Spread out fries onto TWO parchment or silicone lined baking sheets. Do not overcrowd or attempt to fit all onto one tray.
  5. Sprinkle each tray with sea salt and herbs if using.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove trays from oven and flip fries. Swap racks trays were previously on and return to oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Flip fries once more and return to oven for 5-10 minutes depending on how crispy you like them. This time will vary as everyone's bakeware, oven and potatoes are different.
  9. Serve warm.

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Notes

*Use russet or yukon gold for the best texture. I personally prefer russet.

Have you ever wondered how to make crispy baked french fries without them burning? Here's my trick to the ultimate french fries recipe without going near a deep fryer!What do you consider your hobbies? Do you feel as passionate about potatoes as I do?

  • Reply
    Ashley
    April 17, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I definitely share your potato obsession 🙂 I never thought to use avocado oil! I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!
    Ashley recently posted…Tropical Green Smoothie

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      April 17, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Give it a try! I have a feeling you’ll like them 😉

  • Reply
    Cassie
    April 17, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Avocado oil is all the rage now, and I can see why! These french fries look seriously gourmet. So yummy and delicious without the extra cost and crazy effort!
    Cassie recently posted…Almond Joy Sweet Potato Kabocha Pudding

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    Janelle @ Wholly Healthy
    April 18, 2016 at 2:15 am

    Oh, how I wish I read this earlier! I made fries tonight and it took forever to get them to crisp up. I’ll have to try this next time 🙂
    Janelle @ Wholly Healthy recently posted…4 Things to Do When Anxiety is Overwhelming

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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    April 18, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Mmmm these look so perfect! I just got some avocado oil, I will definitely have to test this out.
    My hobbies include anything with chocolate 😀
    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen recently posted…Vegan Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Scones

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      April 18, 2016 at 9:38 am

      could have guessed that one 😉 Now crack open that avocado oil!

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    Beverley @ Born to Sweat
    April 18, 2016 at 11:05 am

    personally, i like the roasted potato photos. i think they’re great.
    and potatoes is FOR SURE a hobby – you could probably try growing them!?
    Beverley @ Born to Sweat recently posted…Learning How to Not Do, What You Don’t Love.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      April 18, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Between Curt and I + Rhett, I don’t know if our apartment could handle a potato farm…but I guess you won’t know till you try haha! Next activity…

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    Colleen
    April 20, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Well, I just got done making these and eating them. They were absolutely delicious! Best oven fries I’ve ever made and they were nice and crispy as well. I only made enough for hubby and I, so only used one Yukon gold potato as the store didn’t have any russets. Used 1 tbsp of avocado oil (just bought it yesterday specifically for this) and they were great! Thanks for posting this. Have you used the avocado oil for anything else besides this?

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      April 20, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Hi colleen! So happy to hear you enjoyed. In terms of other recipes, it’s a great substitute for stir-frys instead of olive oil or canola oil. Really anytime you’re cooking, it’s a perfect substitute because of it’s mild taste. I also use it as a face mask, but I’m weird like that 😉 Enjoy!

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