Perfect Crispy Oven-Baked Fries

I have exciting news. After years of trial and error (and eating too soggy or too burnt fries), I’ve finally perfected baked fries! Some key steps: cut the fries thin (about a 1/2 inch) soak the cut potatoes in water to remove some starch and then dry them really, really well; bake on the bottom rack of the oven; and turn up the heat for the last few minutes. These fries would be delicious right out of the oven, but I took them a step further and tossed them with a little melted butter, garlic, parsley, and Parmesan cheese right before serving. These are just as good as any gourmet fry you get at a restaurant.

Perfect Crispy Oven-Baked Fries
Serves 2
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Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 2 russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into thin strips
  2. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  5. 1 clove finely minced garlic
  6. 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  7. 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  1. After cutting potatoes, place in a bowl of cold water. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Spread potatoes on a dish towel, and dry thoroughly.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and salt. Toss to coat, and spread in an even layer.
  5. Bake a 425 degrees on the bottom rack of the oven for 20 minutes, flipping with a spatula halfway through.
  6. Leave fries in oven, and turn oven up to 500 degrees. Bake fries for an additional 5-10 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
  7. Transfer to a large bowl.
  8. Melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add garlic and dried parsley. Stir.
  9. Pour over fries and gently toss. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  1. This recipe serves two. Plan for about 1 medium potato per person, and increase the other ingredients accordingly.
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