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Oven baked fries are a tough one. I’ve made them lots of times, because fries are a satisfying side dish and sometimes you just don’t want to (or these days, can’t) go out to get them. And deep frying in the house is rarely a thing that’s worth the trouble.
So I’ve been trying to perfect oven baked fries for a while now, and came up with this recipe. I will admit that these aren’t the same as the crispy, hot out of the fryer fries you get from say, a food truck at the fair, but they are a good weeknight side dish.
The key is precooking in baking soda water, roughing them up a bit (but not too much!) and then cooking in a super hot oven. Oh, and you’ll want to slice them as uniformly as you possibly can. The result is fries that are sturdy, crispy, and perfect alongside a sandwich or even a salad.
Best Oven Baked Fries
The best oven baked fries that are crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. Perfect for a weeknight side or snack.
- 2 Russet potatoes sliced evenly into 1/4” fries
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or olive oil)
- 1 tablespoon seasoning whatever you like
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- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Put the sliced potatoes in a medium pot and add the baking soda and a pinch of salt. Cover with water, bring to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes.
- Drain the pot, let stand for 5 minutes.
- Add the oil and seasoning to the pot and shake to coat the fries with the oil.
- Transfer to baking sheet and spread the fries in a single layer, not touching, leaving out any fries that are too thick or thin.
- Bake for 20 minutes, flip, and bake until browned and crisp.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately.
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