Oven Fries, with red potatoes
If you’re looking for an easy oven baked fries recipe this will work perfectly. Oven fries with red potatoes is one of my favorite sides to make. It pairs well with a homemade burger or some crispy chicken tenders. Baking french fries from scratch is simple. It’s all done in two pans and requires only 4 ingredients.
Oven Fries, using Red Potatoes
- Large baking sheets
- parchment paper
- Large bowl
- 5 large or 6 medium sized red potatoes or yellow potatoes
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- Salt and pepper or seasoning salt
- Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Rinse and scrub the potatoes and peel if desired. Slice the potatoes into thin fries and place in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and stir to coat.
- Spread sliced potatoes in a single layer onto parchment lined baking sheets. Season with salt and pepper or seasoning salt.
- Bake 20 minutes on 375 F. Remove fries from the oven and turn the oven up to 425 F. Using a flipper, flip the fries (flipping is optional but makes them brown more on all sides).
- Return to the oven and then bake for 20 minutes on 425. They will be done when fries look browned and crispy on edges.
Prepping The Potatoes
I rinse and scrub my potatoes before using them. I also like to cut out any brown nicks that are in them. Once I have scrubbed them I slice them into fries. I cut them into fairly thin potatoe sticks. They tend to crisp better if they are thinner.
A more Crispy Fry
There is an additional step, that I don’t always do, to make the fries a bit more crispy. If you cut them up and let them soak in water for 30 minutes prior to baking it removes some fo the starch. After soaking them, make sure you drain them well and pat dry with some paper towel before finishing your prep work. The reason I normally skip this step is because it takes extra time and honestly the difference in crispyness isn’t much. They turn out pretty well without the soaking. They are just slightly less crispy.
Seasoning the Fries
Place them in a bowl and add the oil. I also add just a bit of salt and pepper along with the oil and stir it in. Or you can add it once you have spread them into your baking trays.
Placing in the 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 then the fries won’t turn out as crispy. I generally 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 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 minutes at a higher temperature.