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    Whether you are serving them as an appetizer or side dish, these homemade French fries are hands down delicious. Oven-baked, this recipe is so simple and easy to make, and the fries come out perfectly crispy and fluffy in the middle.

    baked French fries on a board with fry sauce

    You just can’t beat a batch of baked homemade French fries, they are great to serve as an appetizer with your favorite dips, or as a side as part of an easy weeknight dinner.

    Seasoned with my delicious seasoning salt, they are so simple to prep, and using my top tips, you will have the most crispy and fluffy baked homemade fries to serve.

    This is my go to French fries recipe and they never disappoint!

    Be sure to try my Sweet Potato Fries too!

    oven baked homemade French fries with fry sauce

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Easy: There’s very little prep work required for these baked fries. Chop them, soak them, season them and bake.
    • Healthier: Because these fries are oven-baked, you only need a little oil to get them nice and crispy.
    • So delicious! Seriously, guys, these homemade fries are so good! The seasoning salt takes them to a whole other level!

    Ingredients for the best homemade fries

    • Potatoes: I like to use large baking potatoes. You can use other starchy potatoes like Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes. It’s best to avoid waxy potatoes.
    • Oil: I like to use olive oil, but melted coconut oil or any other oil you prefer will work well.
    • Seasoned Salt: I like to use my homemade seasoned salt for these French fries, but you can use a store-bought one if you have it to hand.
    ingredients for baked French fries

    How to make homemade French fries in the oven

    • Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Wash potatoes and cut potatoes into thin fries (I prefer ¼” thick). You can also use a French fry cutter for even fries.
    • Let potatoes soak in cold water in a bowl for at least 30 minutes. Remove from water and dry very well with a paper towel.
    • Toss fries with oil and seasoned salt. Spread evenly in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
    • Bake for 20 minutes. Turn the oven up to 425° and cook fries until golden, about 20-25 minutes more.
    process shots of making homemade fries

    What is the best type of potato for french fries?

    The best potatoes for homemade fries are baking potatoes (also known as starchy potatoes) like Russets or Yukon Gold potatoes. I find that Russet potatoes are the best since their relatively high starch content gives you that soft and fluffy inside. Their skin also doesn’t hold moisture well, which makes for that ideal crispy exterior. 

    Why do you have to soak the potatoes?

    Whatever you do, don’t skip the step of soaking the potatoes. This process removes excess starch from the exterior of the potatoes and gets the fries super crunchy when you bake them. I find that 30 minutes does a good job, but you can leave them longer. Be sure to pat them dry before seasoning to get them extra crispy.

    baked fries in oven served on a board

    Are baked fries healthy?

    Yes, homemade baked fries are healthy and good for you. Potatoes in moderation are nutritious if prepared with the right cooking method. There is no need to deep fry them in highly processed and hydrogenated oils, and to add a lot of other unnecessary additives. I cook these healthy homemade french fries with simple seasonings and high-quality extra virgin oil that is also very nutritious.

    Potatoes are also a good source of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, which make them very healthy. Studies have linked potatoes and their nutrients to a variety of impressive health benefits, including improved blood sugar control, better weight control, and reduced heart disease risk.

    Can you make them ahead of time?

    These crispy homemade fries are best served straight out of the oven, though you can soak them ahead of time, so you just have to season and bake them when you are ready. If you do have leftovers, they will keep well for 2 to 3 days in the fridge. It’s best to reheat them quickly at a high temperature to get them nice and crispy again, 5-10 minutes at 400F.

    French fries in a basket with fry dipping sauce

    What do you serve them with?

    These easy homemade French fries are great to serve as an appetizer with your favorite dips like fry sauce, ketchup, or garlic aioli. They are a great side to serve with all of your favorite family meals too. Try them with:

    fry sauce on a homemade fry

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • The best potatoes for making homemade fries are baking potatoes (starchy potatoes – like Russet potatoes).
    • You can peel the potatoes, but you don’t have to. You can just give them a good scrub to remove any dirt.
    • Cut the potatoes as evenly as you can so that they cook through at the same time.
    • Make sure you soak the potatoes in water.
    • Be sure to thoroughly dry your potatoes after they come out of the water. 
    • Don’t skimp on the oil. Make sure all of the potatoes are coated in the oil to get that crispy exterior.
    • Season the potatoes really well. You don’t want to eat bland potatoes. Use my recipe for seasoned salt for the best homemade seasoned fries in the oven.
    • Spread them in a single layer on your baking sheet and don’t overcrowd it. This will ensure they get crispy all over.
    best homemade french fries serve on a board with dipping sauce

    More Potato Recipes

    Homemade French Fries

    Whether you are serving them as an appetizer or side dish, these homemade French fries are hands down delicious. Oven baked, this recipe is so simple and easy to make, and the fries come out perfectly crispy and fluffy in the middle.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Soaking time 30 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 219kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Wash potatoes and cut potatoes into thin fries (I prefer ¼” thick).
    • Let potatoes soak in cold water in a bowl for at least 30 minutes. Remove from water and dry very well with a paper towel.
    • Toss fries with oil and seasoned salt. Spread evenly in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
    • Bake for 20 minutes. Turn the oven up to 425° and cook fries until golden, about 20-25 minutes more.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • The best potatoes for making homemade fries are baking potatoes (starchy potatoes – like Russet potatoes).
    • You can peel the potatoes, but you don’t have to. You can just give them a good scrub to remove any dirt.
    • Cut the potatoes as evenly as you can so that they cook through at the same time.
    • Make sure you soak the potatoes in water.
    • Be sure to thoroughly dry your potatoes after they come out of the water. 
    • Don’t skimp on the oil. Make sure all of the potatoes are coated in the oil to get that crispy exterior.
    • Season the potatoes really well. You don’t want to eat bland potatoes. Use my recipe for seasoned salt for the best homemade seasoned fries in the oven.
    • Spread them in a single layer on your baking sheet and don’t overcrowd it. This will ensure they get crispy all over.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 880mg | Potassium: 666mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Appetizer, Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Baked fries, french fries recipe, homemade oven baked fries
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