5 Steps to the Crispiest Oven Baked Fries Ever

Last modified on January 8th, 2020 at 11:23 am

This simple and delicious recipe guarantees crispy oven-baked fries every single time, and are as addictive as any takeout paper filled bag.

Is there anything more satisfying than fry day? While fries often get a bad reputation for being junk food, it’s one of those dishes that can literally turn any day of the week into the best day of the week. The perfect pairing to any dish, from our Homemade “Big Mac” or Pork Parm Burger to seared steaks, fried fish or a side plate on their own, the single most important thing about any perfect fry lies in the crisp factor.

Close up of oven baked fries on wooden board with ketchup, mayo, chives

While most French fries we drool over are submerged in unhealthy oil, we’re thrilled to finally share our secret to crispy fries… no submerging required, but an oven a must you’re probably thinking, potatoes in an oven cannot be as crisp and fluffy as potatoes deep fried, but trust us, these are the crispiest oven baked fries ever.

Made with russet potatoes, this simple five step recipe is as delicious as any takeout paper bag filled with your favourite fries, and we’re giving you the option of dipping in mayo because what else would you dip them in? Sorry ketchup lovers.

Seasoned oven baked fries in a white bowl

How to Make Crispy Oven-Baked Fries

Ingredients to Make Oven-Baked Fries

two russet potatoes, chives, and black peppercorns

Russet potatoes, olive oil, salt, chives, and pepper (optional).

No. 1 | How to Cut Potatoes for Oven-Baked Fries

Safety first. When cutting any round vegetables it is important to be careful and cut smartly. Using a sharp knife, start by cutting the potatoes in half lengthwise. Place the cut side down and slice quarter-inch slices of potato, then lay flat, and cut into sticks.

Boiled potato sticks on a napkin

No. 2 | Boil in Water

We have tried making fries many times, many different ways. We’ve found that the perfect combination of crispy and fully, the key is to boil the potatoes for a few minutes to partially cook them.

Place the cut potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Add a tablespoon of salt to the water and place on high heat. Boil the potatoes for 5 minutes then drain and allow to sit for a few minutes so any residual water absorbs/evaporates.

Phil grinding salt into a pot of water

No. 3 | Drizzle with Oil

Place the potatoes on a baking sheet, drizzling liberally with olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Mix with your hands to coat then arrange the fries so they are in a single layer.

Raw fries on a baking sheet

No. 4 | Bake in the Oven

Place the fries in a 450° F preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes then give them a flip and cook an additional 10 minutes. Check for doneness – they should be crispy on the outside. If necessary, continue baking the fries, checking on them every few minutes.

No. 5 | How to Season the Fries

There are tons of different ways to season fries, but hands down our favourite is simply salt, a little bit a pepper and a good sprinkling of finely chopped chives.

Served with a side of mayo and ketchup.

Bon appetit,

Chef Sous Chef

Crispy French Fries on a cutting board with ketchup, mayo, and chives

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The Crispiest Oven Baked Fries Ever

Bowl of oven-baked french fries

This simple and delicious recipe guarantees crispy oven-baked fries every single time, and are as addictive as any takeout paper filled bag.

  • Author: Chef Sous Chef
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Food and Drink, Appetizer
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 2 lbs russet potatoes, cut into 1/4” sticks
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


No. 1 | Preheat your oven to 450° F.

No. 2 | Place potato sticks in a pot. Cover with cold water and add about 1 tbsp salt. Bring the potatoes to a boil for 5 minutes. Drain the water and ensure the fries are completely dry.

No. 3 | On a baking sheet, season the potatoes with a sprinkling of salt, pepper, and olive oil. Mix with your hands to coat then arrange the fries on a single layer of the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, flip then cook an additional 10 minutes. Check for doneness and cook for additional time checking every 3-5 minutes.

No. 4 | Once the fries are done, place in a bowl and season with additional pinch of salt and the chives. Serve with mayo and/or ketchup.

Keywords: Crispy french fries, how to make fries in the oven, baked fries

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  • Reply
    March 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    These fries are amazing. I have made them twice in the last three days! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      March 15, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks Meghan! At least you don’t need to feel guilty for eating these more than once 😉

  • Reply
    sheenam | thetwincookingproject.net
    September 25, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for sharing these tips! These potatoes look really amazing.

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      September 25, 2018 at 8:33 am

      Thanks Sheenam. We really love these fries and they have become a staple in our home.

  • Reply
    Cindy Burkholder
    October 4, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    These fries are awesome! Have made them 3 times in the past week! So crispy. Our gratitude for a great recipe.

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      October 5, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks so much Cindy! We’re so glad you enjoyed them. They are in regular rotation for us too 😉

  • Reply
    August 2, 2019 at 9:04 am

    I was looking for a steak fries recipe calling for parboiling. Thanks! I cut my potatoes into wedges… I love that crispy edge they get.

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      August 5, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Adam. That’s wonderful. The parboiling definitely helps to achieved those crispy edges! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply
    Kate Maloney
    January 2, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    This is my second time making them and they are perfect!! Best recipe I have found for oven fries.

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      January 2, 2020 at 2:57 pm

      This is so wonderful to hear Kate. Thanks for taking the time to let us know how much you loved the fries!

  • Reply
    May 23, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Absolutely fabulous recipe! My husband is constantly asking me to make these. Any experience freezing them after parboiling?

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      May 24, 2020 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Rebecca! It’s a favourite in our house too! We have never tried to freeze them after the parboiling. If doing so, let them cool to room temperature then lay them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze them before transferring to a freezer-safe container. Good luck!

  • Reply
    July 21, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Followed the recipe exactly. Fries came out the opposite of crispy.

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      July 22, 2020 at 6:06 am

      Hi Megan,

      I appreciate you taking the time to comment. It can be frustrating if recipes don’t work out as expected. Because these fries are parboiled and people’s ovens are not consistent temperatures we included in Step 3 that if they are not done to place them in the oven for additional 3-5 minutes at a time until crispy. I hope you try them again and have better results. If you do try again, please let us know how they turn out. All the best.

  • Reply
    August 17, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Hi there! Can you please clarify Step 2? Should the five minutes start as soon as you turn on the flame? Or do you mean bring the water to a boil, then let the fries boil for five minutes? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      August 17, 2020 at 8:11 pm

      Hi AJ,

      Thanks for the question. The 5 minutes will start once the water just begins to come to a boil.

  • Reply
    April 8, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Just awesome

    • Reply
      Philip + Mystique
      April 11, 2021 at 9:45 am

      Thanks Rob! Appreciate you taking the time to comment and rate the recipe. We think they’re just awesome too 😉

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