These Baked Oven Fries are a simple, fast, and affordable side dish that everyone loves. They come together quickly with just a handful of ingredients, to deliver homemade fries that are crispy on the outside, fluffy and tender on the inside, low in fat, and perfectly seasoned.
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These oven fries are hands-down my family's favorite side dish of all time. I mean who doesn't love fries?!
When you can whip them up with simple, affordable ingredients, to make a low-fat side dish that is kid-friendly and pairs with endless dishes, like Homemade Chicken Tenders, Crockpot BBQ Chicken, or Instant Pot Pulled Pork, it is easy to see why this is a recipe I make at least once a week!
Reasons to Love Homemade Oven Fries
- Easy. Oven fries are as simple as cutting your potatoes in wedges and tossing them with seasonings then baking. This method for making baked fries does not require any parboiling or soaking of the potatoes. It is the EASIEST way to prepare oven fries with delicious SUCCESS! Perfect for the busiest of nights!
- Economical. Russet potatoes are incredibly affordable and have the bonus of having a long shelf life.
- Kid-Friendly. Need I say more, parents? Kids are notoriously picky. These fries are a kids' favorite! And because they are homemade, they are GOOD for the kids.
- Wholesome Recipe. Potatoes have gotten a bad wrap because most of us think of them as deep-fried fries, potato chips, or mashed potatoes slathered in cream in butter. But not all potato recipes are bad for you. Potatoes are full of nutrients and vitamins and if left unpeeled, fiber. While these baked fries feel indulgent, they are low in fat, low in sodium, and full of nutrients like calcium, potassium, and vitamin B12.
- Allergy-Friendly. These oven fries are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soy-free, corn-free, and vegan-friendly.
Notes on Ingredients
- Potatoes: Russet potatoes make the best potato for oven-baked fries, but you can use this method with Yukon gold potatoes, white potatoes, or red potatoes. Keep in mind that Sweet potato fries require a different method to achieve crispiness.
- Oil: I most often opt for canola oil. It is a neutral mild oil. Vegetable oil, avocado oil, and olive oil are other suitable options.
- Seasoning: You can season your fries any way you like. Salt, pepper, or seasoned salt is the classic way to go. I recommend tossing the potatoes with garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, salt, and paprika, for incredible flavor.
Seasoning Options for Homemade Fries
- Use Seasoned Salt: Use 2-3 teaspoons of seasoned salt in place of the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
- Ranch Flavored: Replace the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika with 3 teaspoons of dry ranch seasoning mix for Ranch Flavored Fries.
- Cajun Flavored Baked Fries: Add 2-3 teaspoons of cajun seasoning to the potato slices and omit the other seasonings from the recipe.
- Greek Flavored: In place of salt and pepper, season sliced potatoes with 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon garlic, and ½ teaspoon dried dill. Grate fresh lemon zest over the fries after they have baked.
- Garlic Flavored: Season potato slices with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons garlic powder.
- Taco Flavored: Use 2-3 teaspoons of taco seasoning in place of salt and pepper.
- Spicy Oven Fries: Season the potato wedges with 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
- Old Bay: Toss the potatoes with 2-3 teaspoons of Old Bay Seasoning. This is what a lot of seafood restaurants do!
Tips for the Best Oven Fries
The following tips are provided to help you achieve perfect results. You will find the detailed instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Scrub and dry potatoes. Because we are leaving the skins on the potatoes, it is really important to make sure that the skin is free from dirt and debris, and drying the potatoes will help the seasonings adhere to the fries.
- Cut the potatoes into equal-sized fries. You can opt to cut your potatoes into wedges or sticks, but you want to ensure each fry is about the same width so that the fries bake evenly.
- Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray or brush with oil. This helps the potatoes to not stick to your baking dish and allows you to use less oil to toss the potatoes with. It also helps the potatoes to crisp and brown to perfection.
- Season the fries right on your baking dish. This helps cut down on the dishes used, which in my book is never a bad thing!
- Give the fries space to bake. The secret to producing crispy baked fries is to spread the fries, allowing air to circulate them. If the fries are piled on top of each other, they will steam and won't be able to get crispy.
- Flip halfway through baking. This will ensure each side of the fries has had contact with the baking sheet and gets crispy on each side.
Homemade Oven Fries are the perfect side dish to endless entrees, like Sloppy Joes, Grilled Burgers, Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers, and BBQ Chicken Breast. Another great option for serving these fries is to use them as a base for Chili Fries and top with homemade chili and cheese. Yum!
Storage and Reheating Instructions
- Refrigerate: Store leftover cooled fries in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat by spreading the fries out onto a sheet pan and baking at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, or until just warmed through.
- Freeze: Spread the cooled fries out in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Place them into the freezer for an hour, or until the fries are frozen solid. Once frozen solid, transfer the potatoes into a freezer-safe storage bag, and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. To bake from frozen, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and bake for 15-18 minutes.
More Favorite Potato Side Dishes
- Twice-Baked Potatoes
- Parsley Potatoes
- Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
- Jojo Potatoes
- Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
- Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Red Potatoes
I would love to hear how you enjoyed this recipe for Easy Baked Fries. Be sure to leave a comment!
Easy Baked Oven Fries
- 4 medium russet potatoes cut into 8-12 wedges each
- cooking spray
- 1 tablespoon canola oil or avocado oil
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 425℉. Spray a very large (or 2 smaller) cooking sheet pans with cooking spray or brush lightly with oil.
- Scrub and dry russet potatoes. Cut in half lengthwise and then each half into 4-6 wedges, depending on the size of the potatoes.
- Place cut potato wedges onto the pan and add oil and salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Once seasoned, spread the fries out evenly, so they are not overlapping or touching.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and flip the fries using a spatula. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 more minutes or until crispy and browned. Serve warm as desired.