Best Ever Oven Baked Homemade Fries

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homemade fries on a plate with ketchup

These easy peasy crispy homemade fries are the best side dish for a burger night! You will be craving these french fries after you try them. The recipe is simple and easy to follow with a little secret step included to give you that crispy result.

Oven baked fries have been known to come out floppy and just don’t really compare to frier but this recipe will have you second guessing your thought about baked french fries. 


  • A rule of thumb for quantity when cooking potatoes is one per person. However, you probably want to double that for this recipe. Trust me.
  • This recipe uses a mandolin to cut the potatoes but a knife and cutting board can be used as a substitute if needed.
  • The quantity of oil and salt in this recipe can be adjusted to your liking. The amount of salt gives a moderate saltiness but if you are looking for a lower sodium recipe just add less salt.
  • To get an extra crispy result set the oven to broil for the last 3-5 minutes of baking.
  • I use russet potatoes for this recipe but you can use whatever potatoes you have on hand.

Tools you may need

Mandolin Slicer

Baking Sheets

Knife and cutting board **an option if you don’t have a mandolin

Big bowl



Pot to melt the oil

Optional – parchment paper


Typically I use russet potatoes when I make homemade fries but yukon would probably work too. Any potatoes you have on hand should turn out with this recipe. You could even use sweet potatoes if you like sweet potato fries. 

As I mentioned in the tips section, one to two potatoes per person is a good rule of thumb for quantity but if you want left overs, be generous with the quantity! We usually make two per person and have some left over.

whole potatoes

The oil you use can effect how the french fries crisp up and also the flavor. There are two oils I recommend using: Lard and Coconut Oil . You are free to use whatever oil you prefer but these have given me the best success with this recipe.

So why not olive oil? I personally do not use olive oil for this recipe because of the high heat while they’re in the oven. Lard, however, is a very stable and healthy fat that will withstand the heat well. So that is why I like to use lard instead of olive oil when I make baked french fries.

a jug of coconut oil

If you’ve read one of my previous recipes, you know I love my salt. The best salt flavor for these homemade french fries is definitely sea salt . Be sure you are using quality, responsibly sourced real salt. We use this celtic sea salt purchased from Azure Standard . If you want to learn more about Azure Standard, check out my post on buying bulk food online!

Another salt option is Himalayan pink salt or kosher salt of your choice. Some people don’t like sea salt as much so this is a great healthy alternative.

a mason jar of salt

How to make Oven Baked Homemade Fries:

The first thing you’ll want to do is wash and cut up the potatoes into that desirable french fry shape. As previously mentioned, this step can be done with a mandolin slicer or a cutting board and a knife. If you use a cutting board try to make all the pieces about the same size. I like to use a mandolin for uniformity because the fries will cook at a more consistent rate. After you have cut your potatoes place the sliced potatoes into a bowl.

slicing potatoes into homemade fries with a mandolin slicer

The next step is the secret to crispy homemade fries …soak the cut potatoes in water before you bake them! This step adds a little extra time to the recipe as a whole but trust me when I say it is NECESSARY. Soaking the potatoes pulls out some of the excess starch and allows the fries to crisp up in the oven. 

After you have cut your potatoes and placed them in a bowl, pour water (room temp is just fine) and leave the bowl alone for 30 minutes.

pouring water into a bowl of uncooked homemade fries

After you soak potatoes, preheat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. Place fries onto a towel and dry them off the best you can and place them onto your baking sheet(s). If you want to use parchment paper, place the paper on the baking sheet before you pour on the raw fries.

drying presoaked raw homemade fries

Now if you are using a solid oil that needs to be melted, place the oil in a pan on the stove and melt the oil. After the oil has melted, add the oil and salt to the raw fries and combine all the ingredients with a spatula until every fry is coated in salt and oil.

coating raw homemade fries in oil and salt

Finally, place the homemade fries in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. For a crispier fry, place the oven on “broil” for 3-5 minutes or until they are golden brown. This will help the french fries crisp up. After the baked french fries are done in the oven they are ready to eat! Place the french fries on a plate with a paper towel underneath to soak up any excess oil from the baking sheet(s). 

two trays of homemade fries

We love to eat these homemade french fries with burgers or shredded bbq chicken/pork. If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes in the comments below!

Click below to watch an instructional video of this recipe!

Homemade Oven Baked Fries

Delicious and crispy baked fries. Easy 3 ingredient recipe that the whole family will love. Better grab some quick because they won't last long!
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Soaking:30 minutes
Total Time:1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 Mandolin slicer optional
  • 2 Baking sheet
  • 1 Cutting board and knife optional


  • 4 potatoes
  • 2 tbsp lard or coconut oil melted on the stove first
  • 1 tsp salt to taste


  • Wash and slice potatoes. Peeling is optional if desired.
  • Soak sliced potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees
  • Dry potatoes and place on baking sheet
  • In a small pot, melt oil on stove
  • Pour melted oil and salt over the fries. Use a spatula to stir and combine the ingredients evenly
  • Bake the fries in the oven for 35-40 minutes
  • Once fries have achieved desired crispiness remove, allow a few minutes to cool and enjoy!


Typically a rule of thumb for potatoes is one per person but these are so good you might want to do more than that! 
If you do not have a mandolin you can cut the potatoes to size with a knife and cutting board. This will work just as well.
If the fries are not as crispy as you’d like after baking, set them to broil for about 5 minutes. This will crisp them right up!  
The oil and salt measurements can be adjusted to your desired taste.
Lard and coconut oil will produce crispier fries. However, you can also use butter or avocado oil. I don’t recommend olive oil because of the high heat temps in the oven. If you like the taste of olive oil it can be added after the fries have been removed from the oven. 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crispy, easy recipe, frech fries, healthy recipe, oven baked fries, side dish, WAPF
Servings: 4

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