Baked french fries are the ultimate guilt-free side indulgence! These crispy baked fries are a homemade delight that’s so easy to make and healthier, with no frying involved – just like with our air-fryer recipe collection!

Although we loved deep fried truffle fries these are an incredible healthier alternative. In this recipe, we’ll show you how to achieve that perfect, flavor-bursting golden-brown crispiness right in your oven. Get ready to savor the taste of classic french fries without the extra calories.

Baked French fries topped greens and parmesan cheese.

Oven-baked french fries, a timeless American comfort side dish loved by all. These fries, baked in the oven are not only a breeze to make but also a much healthier and guilt-free alternative to traditional frying methods. The seasoning is sublime, elevating them to the taste level of restaurant-quality fries. Serve up with a side of homemade garlic aioli for the perfect treat.

Say goodbye to the drawbacks of deep frying and hello to the simplicity and wholesomeness of no-fry goodness, almost as simple as our frozen air fryer french fries!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Effortless Preparation: It comes together quickly and easily, making it perfect for busy weeknights or spontaneous cravings.
  • Healthier Choice: Unlike traditional deep-fried fries, these baked french fries are a healthier option. They are prepared in the oven with significantly less oil, reducing the calorie count while preserving that delightful crispiness.
  • Homemade Goodness: There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of enjoying homemade fries. With this recipe, you’ll relish the authentic taste of fries made from scratch in your own kitchen.
  • Irresistible Crispiness: These fries boast a tantalizing crispy baked exterior that rivals the texture of fried counterparts. Each bite delivers that satisfying crunch you crave.
French fries topped with greens and parmesan cheese, dipped into ketchup.

Ingredients for Baked French Fries

The ingredients for baked fries are so simple, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Potatoes – any potatoes you have will work, peeled and rinsed. 
  • Oil – we use olive oil, but canola oil and avocado oil may also be used. 
  • Seasoning – Seasoning is totally customizable; we use salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ground paprika.

For a full list of ingredients and quantities, see the recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

Here are various add-ins, substitutions, and creative variations you can explore to elevate your baked french fries recipe.

  • Seasoning: The french fry seasoning is totally up to you! You can make them as spicy and seasoned as you like, or as simple as you like! Old bay seasoning or just sea salt and black pepper work great!
  • Potatoes: This recipe will work with any potatoes you have. You may just need to slightly adjust the baking time of the fries. Yukon gold potatoes, Red potatoes, Russet potatoes, Idaho, or even Sweet potato may be used in this recipe.
  • Loaded fries: Once baked, top with bacon bits, cheese and sour cream for loaded fries.
  • Oil: Any oil at you have at home can be used; vegetable oil, extra-virgin olive oil, peanut oil or canola work great!

How to Make Baked French Fries

Easy instructions to make these amazing, crispy baked french fries:

  1. Cut potatoes: Submerge peeled potatoes in cold water. Cut the potatoes to about ¼ inch. Rinse again in cold water and pat dry with a paper towel or kitchen towel. Coat in olive oil, and add all the seasoning.
  2. Bake: Lay the seasoned potatoes on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper in a single layer, ensuring that there is enough space between the potatoes. In the oven at 425°F, bake for 12-14 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fries, then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until crispy.
How to make French fries recipe How to cut, prepare and bake french fries.

Expert Tips for the Best Fries

  • Potatoes: Choosing the right potato is important. We recommend potatoes with a high starch content, like russet, or Yukon gold!
  • Uniform slices: Make sure that you are cutting your potatoes into even strips. This helps all the fries cook evenly.
  • Dry: Be sure to pat the potato slices until they are fully dry. Any excess moisture can lead to the potatoes steaming, rather than roasting.
  • Heat: Only add the potatoes into the oven when the oven is fully preheated. A high heat is vital to getting a crispy exterior.

Serving Suggestions

Baked french fries are a side, and go amazingly with:

Homemade French fries topped with parmesan cheese, fresh cilantro and ground pepper.

Recipe FAQs

Why are my french fries soggy?

To prevent your baked french fries from getting soggy, make sure they have enough space on the baking sheet. Crowding traps moisture, so if needed, use two pans to create more room for them to get crispy. Also, be sure your fries are completely dry.

What is better, frying or baking?

When you fry french fries, they absorb too much oil, becoming greasy. This recipe’s baking method allows you to use less oil, resulting in fewer calories and less fat compared to frying – overall making the french fries healthier. 

Can I use an air fryer?

An air fryer works great for this recipe! Reduce the temperature to 400°F and the time to 13 minutes to get crisp french fries- without all the oil!

Store & Reheat

  • Storage. To store leftover fries, cool completely then place in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Freeze baked. To freeze baked french fries, cool completely and place airtight container for up to a month. Reheat frozen, just add a few more minutes to cook time. 
  • Freeze raw. To freeze seasoned french fries, place on a baking sheet and freeze, then transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to 1 month. 
  • Reheat. Place french fries onto a baking sheet and bake until the fries are reheated and crispy.

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Oven Baked French Fries Recipe

Author: Valentina
5 from 1 vote
Savor the guilt-free indulgence of baked french fries, where thinly cut potato strips are seasoned to perfection and baked to a crispy golden brown. These healthier alternatives to traditional deep-fried fries offer the same irresistible taste and texture with a fraction of the oil.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings, as side



  • Preheat the oven to 425˚Fn and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Peel and rinse the potatoes, and submerge in cold water.
  • Cut into ¼-inch thin strands, and rinse under cold water. Completely pat dry with a paper towel.
  • In a large bowl, add the potatoes, oil, and all the seasoning. Mix until well incorporated.
  • Baked for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fries. Then broil for 2-3 minutes or until crispy.
  • Serve, and enjoy friends!


  • You can use your favorite brand of potatoes: Idaho potatoes or russett potatoes work best in this recipe.
  • Make sure you oven is preheated before placing the baking sheet in the oven.
  • For crispiest fries, be sure to pat the fries dry before seasoning.


94kcal Calories0.4g Carbs0.1g Protein11g Fat1g Saturated Fat3g Polyunsaturated Fat7g Monounsaturated Fat0.04g Trans Fat582mg Sodium10mg Potassium0.1g Fiber0.03g Sugar124IU Vitamin A0.01mg Vitamin C2mg Calcium0.1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Oven Baked French Fries Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.04g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 582mg25%
Potassium 10mg0%
Carbohydrates 0.4g0%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 0.03g0%
Protein 0.1g0%
Vitamin A 124IU2%
Vitamin C 0.01mg0%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)