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Crispy Baked French Fries | Culinary Cool www.culinary-cool.com

4 Tips for the Best Baked Fries

Baked fries are healthier, and just as tasty as fried ones.  
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked fries, healthy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 3 lbs Russet potatoes
  • canola or extra virgin olive oil
  • smoked paprika
  • salt


  • Wash the potatoes, or peel the skin.
  • Cut the potatoes into lengthwise, into thirds or quarters, depending on the size of the potato.. Then, cut them into matchsticks about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
  • Fill a large bowl with cold water, and soak the raw potatoes for about an hour. Drain the water from the bowl, and dry the potatoes with a clean tea towel or paper towels.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Transfer dried potatoes to the baking sheet.
  • Drizzle oil over the potatoes and toss with your hands until they are well coated. Sprinkle with salt and smoked paprika, and toss to coat. Make sure the potatoes are spread out evenly, and not overlapping each other.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • Turn the temperature up to 425 degrees F, and bake for another 10 minutes, or until desired crispiness is achieved.
  • Serve immediately.