Perfect Oven Baked French Fries
Has anyone ever asked you what you would want for your last meal? Yeah… kind of sounds dark but it’s basically another way of saying “What’s your favorite food in the world?” For me, I’m a pretty simple person - other than the no grains, no dairy, no legumes, no sugar thang. Sure, I have big dreams and sure, I work pretty hard to achieve my goals, but when it comes to food? Give me some warm, perfectly salted french-fries and my day is made!
You know what’s hard to do though? To only eat a few french-fries… actually I think it may be impossible. When you can make a perfect batch without the help of a deep fryer though, you can feel a little better about eating the whole tray.
This might seem like the easiest thing ever, to cut up some potatoes and bake ‘em, but it takes practice to get the right amount of crispiness, seasoning and softness. I’ve learned some pretty cool tricks along the way and now I’m sharing them with you so we can all be in french-fry paradise together!
Perfect Oven Baked French Fries Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes
Total time: 40-45 minutes
Makes 3-4 servings (depending on how much you like to share!)
2 large Yukon gold potatoes
2 heaping tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Oregano seasoning to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
With a large cleaver, chop potatoes in half down the center
Cut each half down the center, length wise, about ¼ inch thick until fully sliced
Turn each slice to the side and continue making ¼ slices until complete (should look like the shape of french-fries)
Put sliced potatoes in a large mixing bowl
Pour in olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano and mix with hands until evenly coated
Take out two large baking sheets with a cooling rack inside
Spread potatoes evenly amongst the two baking sheets *IMPORTANT* leave as much space as possible, ideally 1-2 inches between each french-fry so they cook evenly
Pro-tip: the potato will let out steam in the oven, placing the fries far apart from each other ensures that they won’t get too crowded and have enough room to get crispy
Cook for 20-25 minutes, checking periodically for brownness
Once potatoes are almost to desired golden-brown color, flip them over with a spatula and cook an additional 5-10 minutes on the other side
Remove fries from oven once golden-brown and let cool for 10 minutes
Serve hot and enjoy!