I am a french fry addict.
No, seriously. It was one of my first words! My mother always likes to tell this story from my childhood: when I was a baby, any “drive-thru” we went through, I immediately would start asking “Fwies?” from the backseat. For years, my mother couldn’t drive up to bank windows without me confusing it for McDonald’s and innocently requesting a snack.
Now as an adult, the challenge is: how do I satisfy my french fry addiction while also trying to find the healthiest option possible? As a family, we refuse to eat fast food… and we try to stay away from frozen/processed products as often as possible.
By making our own fries at home, it’s a win-win! I get to munch on my all-time favorite food, and my family still gets to eat something that is fresh and made from scratch.
Even better? This recipe is oil-free. By nixing the oil and just using the natural moisture from the potatoes, these fries have fewer calories, less fat, and don’t get all soggy after sitting on your plate.
You can totally customize these fries to your liking, too! Any spice combination will work. Our go-to favorites include paprika, garlic, onion powder, oregano, and chili powder. (Don’t forget salt + pepper!)
You can line your baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up at the end. Or, if you try to practice a zero-waste lifestyle like we do, simply line your potatoes directly on the baking sheet.
The trick to ensuring these fries are ultra crispy is in the layering! You’ll want to make sure that the potatoes are laid out in an even layer. Do not stack them. They must be touching the pan (or parchment paper) in order to fully crisp up.
Oil-Free Oven Baked French Fries
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
- 2-3 russet potatoes
- Spices of your choice (we use paprika, garlic, onion powder, oregano, chili powder, salt, and pepper)
- Wash and slice your potatoes into wedges. Try to remain consistent in your sizing.
- Toss the slightly wet potatoes in a bowl with your spices.
- Lay the potatoes out on parchment paper or directly on your baking sheet. Do not stack them! The potatoes must be touching the paper or pan in order to crisp up.
- Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 30 minutes or until fully cooked.