Delicious oven fries are simple to make.
I am a fan of one dish cooking, but oven fries are an exception. Toss cut raw potato fries in a bowl with a little oil to keep the starch from the potatoes from sticking to the baking sheet.
Cut washed potatoes into fry-sized sticks. I aim for about a half inch or 1 1/2 cm wide and the length of the potato. Place cut potatoes into a bowl. Toss with a little oil (1-2 Tbls) and a generous sprinkle of salt. Add fresh ground pepper if desired. After the potatoes have a thin layer of oil, place on oiled baking sheet and bake in 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 20-30 minutes. (Watch closely at the end, especially if the oven is set to 500 degrees.) If I have more than one pan in the oven and the heat isn’t circulating well (like pictured below), I will flip the fries and cook for another 5 minutes
If I’m in a hurry, which is basically every time, I put the fries in the oven as soon as they are cut up and oiled. I don’t wait until the oven is preheated—they do great cooking while the oven is preheating.
- 4-6 large potatoes, washed and cut into 1/2 inch sticks
- 1-3 Tbls oil
- 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste*
- Ground pepper, optional
- garlic, chili powder, or seasoning salt, if you want added spice
Toss cut up potatoes in a bowl with oil, salt and seasoning. Spread onto a greased baking sheet (or two so the potatoes aren’t layered more than one or two fries thick.) Bake in 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 20-30 minutes. The time depends on hot the oven is, how thick the potatoes were cut, and how much oil was used—the more oil, the faster it is cooked.
* I like more salt, but it is easier to sprinkle more salt on the finished fries than to take it off.