A Baked French Fries Recipe that is so easy to make! Learn how to make homemade fries that are oven baked, healthy, crispy and delicious.
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Healthy Oven Baked French Fries
Is there anything better than biting into a perfectly crispy, slightly salty, warm french fry? Honestly, I don’t think so!
These Healthy Baked French Fries are seriously delicious and have the perfect amount of crunch!
These baked french fries go well with just about anything, and are far better for you than fries that are deep fried. Regardless of what you serve them with, these Healthy Baked French Fries are going to be a hit!
Fries get a pretty bad reputation because of fast food. A lot of people think that they have to be unhealthy, when in reality – potatoes aren’t the enemy!
When you bake potatoes with heart healthy oils, and go light on the salt… they actually aren’t as bad for you as many people think.
How to cut French Fries
You don’t need a fancy fry cutter to cut french fries. To cut potatoes into fries, follow these steps:
- Slice potatoes into thin slabs (see step 2).
- Slice slabs into 1/4 inch thick sticks.
You now have perfect french fry shapes!
Once you have your potatoes cut – you’re good to go!
How to Make Homemade Oven Baked French Fries
To make baked french fries:
- Toss potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Lay sliced potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Place in the oven + bake!
And that’s how it’s done! Super simple, delicious fries that are perfect as a side with pretty much anything. They’re crispy, just the right amount of salty, and so yummy!
Substitutions for Homemade Fries
This is a pretty straight forward recipe but there are a few substitutions you can make.
Peeled-We like to leave the skins on our potatoes because we like them/that’s where most of the nutrients are – but feel free to peel yours if you’d prefer them without the skin!
Oil – You can use avocado, coconut or vegetable oil for these fries. Any oil will work, but avocado or olive is best!
Variations for seasonings – You can add any seasonings to these french fries. Feel free to skip the salt if you’re following a low sodium diet. Paprika and garlic powder are yummy additions to these fries!
Potatoes – We recommend using russet potatoes for this recipe. They work the best because of their starch content. You can make this recipe with other potatoes, but they will not come out as crispy – especially if you use sweet potatoes.
Can you make these in the air fryer? Yes, you can make these fries in an air fryer. I would recommend cutting the oil in half, and baking in your air fryer at 450 for 20 minutes, shaking halfway through. Every air fryer is different though, so I recommend checking your air fryer for a conversion chart/instructions on how to best cook them!
Storing, Freezing, and Reheating Baked Fries
Storing French Fries: These fries will last in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Reheating French Fries: It’s best to reheat them in an oven or toaster oven. Heat your oven to 350 and cook for 4-5 minutes until they are warm through and crisp on the outside. We would not recommend microwaving these fries.
Freezing: I would not recommend freezing fries. Potatoes can get funny when you freeze them.
Are potatoes healthy?
Yes! Potatoes actually are high in fiber, and have a good about of nutrients in them including B6, potassium, and phosphorous! (More info about it here)
And did I mention that they just taste really good? Try to convince me that you wouldn’t want to eat an entire plate of these. LOOK at how crispy they are!
Do you have to soak the potatoes before baking?
No you do not need to soak the potatoes before baking for french fries.
Some recipes call for this.. but it’s not necessary. These fries come out perfectly crispy without soaking them ahead of time.
We recommend just making sure they’re all coated evenly with olive oil to ensure they bake properly.
What can you eat these healthy baked french fries with?
These fries go with pretty much anything! We could easily eat a whole tray on our own, but we like to serve them with these recipes too:
- Burger Salad with Dill Pickle Vinaigrette
- Healthy Chicken Tenders
- Sweet Potato Turkey Jalapeno Sliders
- Cashew Coconut Chicken Tenders
Are French Fries Cooked in the Oven Bad for You?
In my opinion, no – french fries are not bad for you if you bake them. They hold on to less oil, making them less higher in fat. When you bake french fries, they’re similar to a baked potato.
Do You Need To Flip Fries In The Oven?
Yes, you do need to flip fries in the oven. Flipping fries in the oven helps to ensure that all sides are crispy!
How Do I Make Crisp Fries in the Oven?
To crisp french fries in the oven you can broil them when finished cooking for 1-2 minutes. this will help them get really crisp. This recipe always results in crispy french fries though so you shouldn’t need to do that!
Other healthy potato recipes
My mom always jokes ‘I never met a potato I didn’t like’.. but we feel the same way! These are some of our favorite healthy potato recipes
- Healthy Potato Soup
- Crispy Dijon Roasted Potatoes
- Crispy Smashed Potatoes
- Spiralized Potatoes
- Crispy Garlic Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Crispy Sheet Pan Roasted Potatoes
Healthy Home Made Baked French Fries
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. While oven is heating, cut potatoes into fry shapes, approximately 1/4 inch thick.
- Add cut potatoes, olive oil, salt + pepper to a large mixing bowl. Toss with a spatula to cover all of the potatoes evenly with oil + seasoning
- Place potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet
- Bake at 450 for 25 minutes, flip + bake for an additional 15 minutes until all fries are golden brown.
- Depending on oven, you can broil the fries for an extra minute at the end to make them extra crispy