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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.