Crispy Baked Fries

Super easy, and delicious! I could make these my whole dinner!

What is the secret to really crispy fries?

The secret is boiling the potatoes before baking them in the oven. Boiling them gives the potatoes a kick start into the cooking process and allows the inside to get nice and soft, while the outside gets nice and crispy in the oven!

What equipment do I need?

Baking fries is so easy! You don’t need a fryer, or a whole bunch of oil to fry them. Simply place a wire cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet and place the potatoes on top. A wire cooling rack is used to bake the fries on because it allows the hot oven air to circulate around all sides of the potatoes, ensuring that really crispy outside! If you don’t have a wire cooling rack, the next best thing would be a cast iron skillet, this will get nice and hot and give you that crispy outside.

What can you season the fries with?

I am keeping it simple in this recipe: garlic and onion powder, and a sprinkle of kosher salt. I am using avocado oil, because it is a healthy oil choice (not inflammatory!) and it holds up to heat well unlike olive oil which can burn in such a hot oven. I dip these in ketchup, but if you prefer honey mustard check out my honey mustard recipe here.

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 40 mins
Servings: 1
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Potatoes are boiled for 3 minutes, dried well, and then baked in a very hot oven. The result is a super crispy outside and a soft inside!

You Need


Prepare the potatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
    • Scrub and rinse the potatoes
    • Cut the potato into 1/4 inch wide slices, cutting long ways
    • Cut each of those pieces into 1/4 inch wide strips (like French fries)
    • Cover potatoes with water.
    • Bring to a boil.
    • Boil for about 3 minutes
    • Drain and rinse under cold water
    • Pat dry. It is important to get as much water off of the potatoes as possible, this will ensure a really crispy outside

Bake Fries

    • Line a cookie sheet with a wire cooling rack
    • Lay potatoes on cooling rack. Make sure you give them enough space, if they are too crowded they will not get crispy
    • Sprinkle with the kosher salt, garlic and onion powder
    • Bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown and crispy
    Because we are baking the fries on a cooling rack, the hot oven air can circulate around all sides of the potatoes. This eliminates the need to toss them during cooking.


If you don't have a cooling rack, you can still bake these fries, just use a cast iron skillet or baking sheet. I would add a little more oil to make sure they don't stick. And be careful when turning them (about halfway through cooking) you don't want to mash them!

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