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.
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. 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. Allow me to teach you all about it…
How to Make Crispy Baked French Fries – In the Oven!
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.
The trick to making the perfect crispy baked french fries is avocado oil.
Avocado oil 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 coconut. So I often find myself using olive oil, which is not always 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 to make potatoes crispy in the oven, they require 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.
A few other tips for making crispy baked french fries:
-be sure to cut potatoes into 1/4 inch long sticks – if they’re too think they won’t crisp up
-do not overcrowd. This likely means you’ll need to cook your potatoes on a couple of baking sheets but overcrowding means they won’t get crispy.
-be patient. It takes time for potatoes to achieve the perfect crispy outside and soft inside. You’ll want to bake each tray for 15 minutes and then flip for another 15 minutes. Generally an additional 5-10 minutes may be required to get them just right.
Make a meal of it:
French fries are delicious but they don’t quite make a fully balanced meal. Here are a few pairings to build-out your meal:
- Buffalo Baked Chicken Fingers
- Fresh Salmon Burgers
- Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets
- Chicken on the Stove-Top
- Moroccan Lamb Burgers
Let’s dig in…Print
How To Make Crispy Baked French Fries
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 2 large russet potatoes*
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- sea salt, to taste
- optional: herbs for flavoring like rosemary, thyme or herbes du provence
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Cut potatoes into fries about a 1/4 inch thick.
- Add fries to a bowl and coat with avocado oil.
- Spread out fries onto TWO parchment or silicone lined baking sheets. Do not overcrowd or attempt to fit all onto one tray.
- Sprinkle each tray with sea salt and herbs if using.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove trays from oven and flip fries. Swap racks trays were previously on and return to oven for 15 minutes.
- 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.
- Serve warm.
*Use russet or yukon gold for the best texture. I personally prefer russet.
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