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Crispy Baked French Fries

Better than any fast-food fries, this healthy homemade version is baked instead of fried. As a welcome bonus, the skins can be left on the potatoes for extra crispness.



Ingredient Line: 
2 medium baking potatoes, scrubbed, with or without peels.
Ingredient Line: 
2 tsp. butter, melted, or olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. With sharp knife, cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, then cut slices into french fry–shaped pieces.
  2. Pour melted butter or oil into medium bowl. Add potato sticks, and toss to coat. Spread on baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, then turn potatoes and bake until crisp, about 30 minutes. While still warm, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.


  • Sweet Potato Fries: Substitute sweet potatoes for baking potatoes.
  • Spicy French Fries: Stir 1/4 tsp. each cayenne pepper and chili powder into butter or oil before tossing with potatoes.
  • Herbed French Fries: Stir 1/4 tsp. each dried oregano, basil and crushed rosemary into butter or oil before tossing with potatoes.

Nutrition Information: 

2 g
Total Fat: 
2 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
26 g
5 mg
29 mg
2 g
0 g
4 Servings

Comments on this Recipe

I baked these at 425 degrees as listed and had to remove them early after turning an ended up with some burnt fries. I think 400 or 375 might have done the trick without the burning in my oven. But even with the bit of burnt fries that I had they still tasted great. We served these with a little mustard and mayonnaise mix, which was a tasty add-on. Try it!

Hey! i'm making them today!

After cutting the fries you should dry them before putting the butter or oil (I use olive oil, it's great)on them, this will make them crispier. And I agree that 400 degrees will work just fine.