Oven Fries, Red Potatoes

Oven Fries, with red potatoes

If you’re looking for easy oven baked fries then this recipe will work perfectly. Oven fries with red potatoes is a crispy quick side to whip up. It pairs well with a homemade burger or some chicken tenders.

Baking french fries from scratch is simple. It’s all done in two pans and requires only 4 ingredients.

Prep The Potatoes

I rinse and scrub my potatoes before using them. I also like to cut out any brown nicks.

Once I have scrubbed them I slice them into fries. Cut them into fairly thin potato sticks. They tend to be more crispy that way.

How to Make a Crispy Fry In The Oven

There is an additional step, to make the fries more crispy. If you cut them up and let them soak in cold water with baking soda for 30 minutes prior to baking.

Add a few ice cubes and a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. The baking soda helps to break down the exterior of the fry. Making crisp better when baked.

After soaking them, make sure you drain them well and pat dry with some paper towel.

Add a tablespoon of cornstarch along with your seasoning to make the fries extra crispy.

Seasoning the Fries

Place the fries back into a dried bowl and add the oil, cornstarch, salt and pepper and stir it in. Or you can season with salt and pepper it once you have spread them onto your baking trays.

Spread Onto Trays

Spread the fries in a single layer onto the prepared baking trays. You can make the pans more full if you need to, but the fries won’t turn out as crispy.

Add an even sprinkling of salt at this point and a bit of pepper.

Flipping the fries

This is an optional step but after baking at 425 for 20 minutes I like to remove them from the oven to flip them. Flipping them allows more of the fry to brown. Then I return them to the oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes at 375F.

How Do I tell When They are Cooked?

When the fries are cooked, they will be a light brown colour and have some puffy spots. Serve immediately so they are crisp when eaten.

How to Store

Store in an airtight glass or plastic container in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat by microwaving or spreading onto a cookie sheet and baking at 350F for 15-20 minutes, or until warm through.

Oven fries with red potatoes
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5 from 2 votes

Oven Fries with Red Potatoes

This is an easy oven fries recipe made with red potatoes and only a few ingredients.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Soak Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Appetizer, dinner, Side Dish, supper
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, baked fries, easy fries, easy sides, fries, oven fries, potatoes, red potatoe fries, red potatoes, side dish
Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Linda Spatig
Cost: $4.00


  • Oven
  • 2 Large baking sheets
  • parchment paper
  • Large bowl


  • 5 large or 6 medium sized red potatoes or yellow potatoes
  • 1 tsp baking soda for soaking
  • 2-3 TBSP olive oil
  • salt and pepper or seasoning salt
  • 1 TBSP cornstarch



  • Rinse and scrub the potatoes and peel if desired. Slice the potatoes into thin fries and place in a medium sized mixing bowl, fill with cold water. Stir in a few ice cubes and 1 tsp of baking soda. Soak for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Strain and rinse the fries. Place on tea towel or some paper towels and pat dry.
    Place back into a dry bowl and add the 2-3 TBSP olive oil, 1 TBSP cornstarch, salt and pepper to taste and mix to combine.
  • Spread sliced potatoes in a single layer onto parchment lined baking sheets. Season with additional light sprinkling of salt and pepper or seasoning salt.
  • Bake 20 minutes on 425 F.
    Turn the oven down to 375F. Flip the fries, return to oven and bake for additional 20-25 minutes until slightly browned and crisped. (flipping them is optional but makes them more browned on all sides)
  • The fries are done when they have started to puff and look browned.


Adding the baking soda to the water while they soak helps break down the exterior of the potato. Which helps them crisp. Soaking them in cold water with ice helps to draw out some of the starch. 
Make sure to preheat your oven completely before adding the fries.
Spreading the fries into a single layer is super important. The more space you give them the crispier they will become when baked. 

Easy Sides

If you’re looking for more easy and creative sides why not try these Baked Sweet Potato Rounds?

Sweet Potato Rounds

Or these Crispy Oven Wedges

4 thoughts on “Oven Fries, Red Potatoes”

  1. 5 stars
    These red potato fries sound amazing and I love that they are baked. I’m making these with our burgers this weekend!!

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