Baked French Fries are one of my family’s all-time favorites. My kids love oven fries even more than the store bought fries. Plus, oven baked fries are so much better for them.

These oven baked fries are perfect alongside jalapeño cheddar burgers, served up with oven fried chicken, as chili cheese fries, or as loaded cheese fries!

Crispy Oven Fries in a bowl

Oven Baked French Fries

Russet potatoes are the gold standard for French fries in general. They especially suitable for baked fries, because the skins are thicker and dryer than the skins of other potatoes, so they crisp up nicely in the oven.

Have you ever tried fries in the oven, and found they lack crispiness? Here are two great tips to avoid that problem forever!

Uncooked cut fries in a black & white towel

How to Make Oven French Fries Crispy

As deep fried french fries are often double fried (once at a lower temp, once at a higher temp to crisp) I’ve found the same thing works magically for oven fries! You can make oven french fries so good and crispy!

  • SOAK: Soak the potatoes in cold water after cutting for at least 30 minutes.  This step removes a lot of starch (you will see it in the bowl after you remove them) resulting in a crispier French fry!
  • DRY: This is really important. Make sure you dry them well so they don’t steam and get soft when they bake! I spin them in my salad spinner and then dap in a kitchen towel.
  • OIL & SEASON: Use parchment paper to keep them from sticking and oil to make them crisp! While these are a version of healthy fries, if you want them to crisp, you will still need to be generous with the oil.
  • TWO TEMP COOKING: This easy technique allows the fries to bake perfectly crispy! Simply bake at 375°F for a little bit to cook and then turn up the heat to really crisp them up!

Uncooked Crispy Oven Fries

How to Cut Potatoes into Fries

I always leave the skin on because it adds a little bit extra fiber (and personally I like the way it tastes… and it’s easier).  If you prefer you can peel the potatoes first!

You can cut french fries by hand or save time using a French Fry cutter. I use a cutter for perfectly even fries.

To Cut into Steak Fries:

  • Steak fries are typically thicker than french fries. To make baked steak fries, you’ll want to find potatoes that are a little bit smaller. Steak fries should be cut into small wedges about 3/4″ to 1″ thick.
  • You will follow the same cooking method below but for a longer period of time.

How to Bake French Fries

To achieve maximum crispiness in your homemade French fries, I do a 2 temperature cook:

  1. Be sure to preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Dry the fries thoroughly after soaking and before seasoning.
  3. Generously oil and season the oven fries. Spread evenly in a single layer on a parchment line pan.
  4. Cook 20 minutes (25 for thicker fries).
  5. Turn the heat up to 425°F and continue baking until crisp, about 20 minutes.

How Long to Bake French Fries: Remember, thicker fries will take longer and if your fries are too thin, they’ll just burn without crisping.

The length of time for baked French fries will vary, depending on how thick you cut them and of course personal preference. My family likes them more tender crisp, I like them extra crispy!

Overhead shot of Crispy Oven Fries

How to Reheat Fries

You can easily reheat your leftover oven baked fries, either in the oven, or on the stovetop.

  • Stovetop Reheating: Add a tablespoon or two of oil in non-stick pan. Reheat over medium heat for a few minutes and enjoy!
  • Oven Reheating: Baked fries can be reheated in the oven. Spread them in a single layer on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 5-10 minutes in a preheated 400°F oven.
  • Microwave Reheating: This is less ideal as they can come out soft or soggy! 20-40 seconds should be plenty of time.

How to Freeze Oven Baked French Fries

Your leftover oven baked fries can also be frozen for up to four months in a freezer bag. To reheat, just follow the steps above.

Frozen fries are great reheated but also perfect added to soups, stews and casseroles!

What to Serve With Fries

We love fries with anything with gravy in place of our favorite Mashed Potatoes and with our favorite sandwiches and burgers! Here are a few that we love:

Crispy Oven Fries in a bowl
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Baked French Fries (Oven Fries)

Crispy oven fries are easy to make and taste great! These healthy baked french fries will become a staple in your home!
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients  

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt or lemon pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. 
  • Wash potatoes leaving skin on (you can peel them if you prefer). Cut potatoes into desired size fries.
  • Let potatoes soak in cold water in the sink or in a bowl for at least 30 minutes. Remove from water and dry very well.
  • Toss with oil and seasonings. Spread evenly in a single layer on a parchment-lined pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Turn the oven up to 425° and cook fries until golden, about 20-25 minutes more.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 311 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 926mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 24.3mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 8.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. thank you so much! trying to cut calories while still eating foods I like is hard. I had tried oven baked fries before and they never cooked right. these came out beautifully.5 stars

    1. Hi Mariah, I have never tried freezing these but I think you’re better off making a fresh batch every time. I hope that helps!

  2. Hi, Penny,
    These fries are the best with salt and pepper seasoning! BUT…you make mention, in passing, of other spices. What are the other spices? I may be too late, because I’m making them now!!!!
    Please help if you can
    Teri

    1. Hi Teri, whatever spices you like, you can add Seasoned salt, Cajun seasoning, ranch, lemon pepper, etc. Let us know how they turned out!

  3. This recipe made the most amazing French fries I’m so happy. They came out better than five guys fries. So simple and the second cooking with the higher temp made such a difference!! ive made them before at the same temperature the whole cooking time and they came out like soft little guys but with the addition of the higher cook time they were perfect! Only thing I did wrong was I think my water was too icy because they took about ten extra minutes to cook but other then that absolutely amazing!5 stars

  4. I made these but, used a garlic Parm seasoning. My family told me that I, can no, longer but, store fries and that I, must, only, make these!
    They, were really awesome!5 stars

  5. Followed the recipe almost exact- I didn’t use parchment paper and I wish I did. I used an olive oiled baking sheet and some fries got stuck making a mess in the end trying to scrape them off. Still, other than the stuck ons- cooked inside, crispy on the outside and seasoning salt is all the seasoning you need they were thank you for a great recipe. 5 stars

  6. Made these for my book club. We all loved them… absolutely delish, and super easy recipe. Thanks a lot! Only think I changed was a bit of seasoned salt instead of regular, and dried parsley to finish. Will make again.5 stars

  7. This is a staple in our house! I have made them many times, sometimes to crispier outcomes than others. I finally tried using convection and it has made them much crispier! Thanks for bringing the fries home with this recipe!5 stars

    1. The fries do not need to be flipped (although you can if you’d like to, I never do though). Enjoy Dan!

    1. The first temp is lower to cook potatoes so soft inside. The second higher temp is to crisp them on the outside as the inside finishes getting soft and fluffy. totally worth the 45 minute cooking time!

  8. I’m sorry I haven’t reviewed this recipe sooner. I’ve made it multiple times over the past couple of years.
    Of course it’s best with white potatoes but I made it tonight with red potatoes because that’s all I had on hand. It still came out great.
    I did fiddle with the seasoning a bit but the method is spot on. I highly recommend this recipe.5 stars

  9. Delicious! I’ve been searching for the best oven baked “fries” for quite a while.
    This one is the winner!5 stars

  10. Amazing & Easy – Found these last minute, choosing it because it seemed easy compared to other recipes. I went with steak fries (less wear on my wrists and less prep time). I was time-crunched so shorted the soak and both cook stages; to compensate I adjusted the soak by changing the water half-way through and agitating a few times, and I increased the temp a few degrees (385 then 440)

    I used plenty of oil on the parchment paper and plenty on the fries. Love that I didn’t have to flip them. They were delicious. All my picky eaters loved them, so this is “a keeper”.5 stars

  11. These look really good. But the recipe doesn’t call for anything green like what the picture shows. Anybody know what that is?

  12. This is one of the best french fry recipe that I’ve made. I added one extra ingredient. A few tsps of cornstarch to help with the crispiness.

    I used a Vidalia chopper to get some fat fries and they turned out so crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I think we’ve already made this 5 times over. The last time with added a bit of ground rosemary and they were amazing!5 stars

  13. I am torn between 4 and 5 stars. If you’re a total cooking noob, you could screw this up. Check on your potatoes! Don’t just leave them for the full time and expect perfection.

    I cut mine into French fry-ish size. As one brilliant reviewer mentioned: salad spinner – wow is this a great hack for drying them!! Mine went on parchment in a large aluminum pan, then on 2 stacking cooling racks, inside the large pan. so I had 3 layers baking. I also tossed mine with avocado oil and an absurd amount of seasoning: seasoned salt, garlic, smoked paprika, some kind of con carne seasoning, onion powder, and black pepper. I probably cut about 5 minutes off the time at 375 and 5-10 minutes off the 425 time. They were like perfect fair fries. Some were starting to get dark. i probably could’ve rotated them and left them in a few more minutes, but I didn’t want to burn them. I think everyone enjoyed them.

    Thanks for this great recipe. I will keep experimenting, but this is a good baseline. I would be happy to make them again just like last night. Yum!5 stars

  14. I tend to be eclectic when finding recipes online. One of my best friends in SCal adores your site and now has a cookbook from you. So, when I ran across this method for making oven fries, I had to try it. Have made them twice now and learned something very interesting, which is why I’m commenting! The first time they were ok, but I’d not washed or dried the potatoes. I also make oven potato bites often, so I thought fries were not going to be much different. Silly me! The second time I made these, I cut way too many taters of various sizes (and put way too much salt on them, but I digress) and ended up using 3 different pans to cook them on. Followed most of the recipe exactly. (not the salt..) The first cooking, I popped two pans in the oven side by side. One was my double layered jelly roll pan and the other was a very aged sheet pan. The jelly roll pan had squishy fries, the other pan fries were hard and dry. (This wasn’t a bad thing, my son and I love hard fries and the husband likes them squishy.) Oddly, the third pan was in the oven by itself and was also an old pan. Those turned out fairly perfect-I also didn’t cook the last pan quite as long, because just wanted them done! So, that might be why some of your followers are having trouble with hard and dry potatoes. The amount in the oven and the pan.5 stars

  15. I saw this recipe and have been making them on my Traeger since…
    My family loves the flavor and texture.
    Also, I add a little liquid smoke and Tabasco in some ketchup for a bit of a kick!

    1. First oven baked fry recipe that actually works with no gimmicks! Other recipes call for baking soda or cornstarch n stuff like that…

      Makes big thick 3/4 inch fries that you can actually eat the next day also because they’ve got body…

      Brilliantly Simple Recipe 5 stars