Crispy Oven Fries recipe shows you how to make perfect oven baked french fries. This healthy alternative to traditional fries is equally comforting, extra crispy, and absolutely divine dunked in the included homemade fry sauce recipe.
Place potato matchsticks in large bowl and cover with water. Soak for at least 2 hours up to overnight in the refrigerator. This draws out the excess starch in the potatoes to make them crispier.
Preheat oven to 450ºF. Drain the potatoes, rinse, and lay out on lint free absorbent towels, such as flour sack towels. Blot dry as much as possible.
Spray baking sheets with cooking spray. Divide the potatoes between the baking sheets. Divide and drizzle olive oil over the top of the potatoes. Toss to coat evenly with oil. Spread potatoes on pan so they aren't clumped together. The more space they have, the crisper they will get.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating pans 1/2 through. Remove pans to flip fries. If fries do not release easily, put back in oven and bake until crisp on bottom and freely releases from pan. After fries are flipped, bake for 5-10 minutes more, or until browned and crisp. Season with salt.
Combine all ingredients together and serve with fries. Refrigerate leftovers.
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Tips For Making Oven Baked Fries
The best potatoes to use are russets. Peel them or leave the skins on. Either way they are perfect.
Lay the drained fries on a towel to soak up excess water before baking. Oven Baked Fries recipe is yet another reason why I adore flour sack towels. They are absorbent, lint free, and huge (perfect for drying lettuce, veggies, and draping over rising bread).
Spray the baking sheets first with cooking spray. This may seem redundant, but cooking spray contains lecithin, which forms a thin layer between the pan, oil, and food and helps the fries release easily.
Don't overcrowd the pan. I use 2-3 baking sheets when making Oven Baked Fries because the more space between the fries, the more heat can circulate around each fry's surface.
Rotate the pans between the oven racks during baking for even browning.
If the oven baked fries do not flip easily, bake them longer. You'll know when they are crisp and ready to be flipped because they release freely from the pan. My go-to spatula for roasting food is this thin flexible steel one.
How to Reheat French Fries
Reheating fries in the oven: Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 425ºF. Once the oven is preheated, remove the baking sheet, carefully spread fries in a single layer and bake 3-5 minutes.
Reheating fries on the stovetop: Heat a heavy skillet (cast iron works best) on high heat until it's very hot. Swirl around a small splash of oil and add fries in a single layer. Flip fries every 30 seconds until hot and crispy.