Homestyle Oven Baked French Fries

Our Homestyle Oven Baked French Fries taste like they were deep fried but they are not. There is an easy little trick to making delicious crispy baked fries!

One day this week, I plan to make Sloppy Joe’s with baked French fries for dinner. We have been super duper busy around here, so a quick easy meal is in order. Sometimes you just want ‘real’ potato fries and not the frozen kind, right?

baked french fries on a plate with ketchup

Oven-Baked Homestyle Fries are our side dish of choice when we are enjoying some good ol’ Sloppy Joes for dinner! They look and taste deep-fried too but they are baked and super delicious.

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fresh russet potatoes cut into french fries

How To Bake French Fries

Step 1

Begin with fresh potatoes which you will peel and cut up into your desired size. Use a sharp knife to peel and cut. A handy tool to have for cutting french fries is a Mandolin slicer. (affiliate link) I love mine because it makes the job so much easier and yields a uniform size for whatever vegetable you are slicing. I cannot stress enough though that you must be careful when using a Mandolin. Those blades are super sharp!

Russet potatoes are the gold standard when making homestyle french fries but you can also use, Yukon gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, or red potatoes.

Step 2

After peeling and slicing your potatoes, rinse them under running water in a colander. Rinsing will remove any debris and some of the excess starch from the potatoes.

Step 3

Now, cover the potatoes in a bowl with hot tap water from the faucet. Let them sit in the water for only about 10 minutes and drain. (I skipped this step when I was in a hurry and I didn’t think they turned out quite as good)

You can use a salad spinner if you have one to remove excess water before going on to the next step of making your homemade fries.

Step 4

Then drain them on paper toweling. I like to also take another paper towel and pat dry the tops so there is no water remaining on the potatoes.

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Step 5

Next place the potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle with about 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil. Now toss the potatoes around in the bowl so the oil covers all of the potatoes.

You can see the oil on the sides of the bowl. 1 Tbsp. doesn’t sound like much but it covers well. These are three medium-sized fresh-cut potatoes.

If you do not have olive oil on hand, you can use peanut oil or vegetable oil instead.

Step 6

Prepare a large baking pan with sides by pouring about 2 Tablespoons of Olive oil onto the pan and tilting it from side to side until the oil has spread evenly across the bottom of the pan. 

Now spread the potatoes out onto the baking sheet in a single layer.

Cover with foil and place onto the middle oven rack then bake at 475° for the first 5 minutes. Remove the foil, turn the potatoes over and continue baking until golden brown in about 15 to 20 minutes.

Oven temps vary so your’s may bake slower or quicker so keep a check on them until you see your crispy fries are nice and golden brown.

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Final Step

Season your crispy baked french fries with salt or your favorite seasoning while they are hot when they first come out of the oven!

They were just as yummy as they look and it was great to enjoy fries without deep-frying! Only 3 Tbsp. of Olive oil is used for these delicious crispy Oven Baked Fries!

Printable recipe for Baked French Fries below.

baked french fries on a plate with ketchup

Homestyle Oven Baked French Fries

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
My Homestyle Oven Baked French Fries taste like they were deep fried but they are not. There is an easy little trick to making delicious crispy baked fries!


  • 2 to 3 large Russet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • Seasoning salt to taste


  1. Peel and slice the potatoes. (Potato peelings are great for the compost bin)
  2. Rinse the potatoes in a colander to remove excess starch. Then place the potatoes into a bowl of hot water for about 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the water from the potatoes, then spread the potatoes across paper toweling to dry.
  4. While the potatoes are drying, prepare a large baking pan with sides by spreading 2 Tbsp. Olive oil around the bottom to evenly coat the entire bottom. This will be a very thin layer of oil. Place the dry potatoes into a bowl. Pour 1 Tbsp. of Olive oil over them and toss to coat.
  5. Sprinkle the desired amount of Seasoning Salt across the top of the oil in the baking pan and place the potatoes in a single layer on top.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 475°. Cover with foil for the first 5 minutes. Remove the foil and turn the potatoes over to allow them to cook evenly on both sides. You may wish to turn your potatoes over one more time for even cooking. Oven temps vary but they should be done in about 15 to 20 minutes
  7. Drain on paper toweling and serve!
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 307Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 127mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 5gSugar 2gProtein 6g

Nutrition information is estimated and may not be exact based on uncontrolled variables in home kitchens used by each individual cook.

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French fries are the perfect side dish for so many meals. We like them with Sloppy Joes and Homemade burgers. You can make them as a snack instead of a side dish.

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  1. I love home fries. I don’t think I’ve been cooking mine at a high enough temperature though because they always seem to be a bit crunchy. Thanks for sharing this on #yuckstopshere link up. Please come share again with us next week.

  2. The potato is such a versatile little veggie, isn’t it? I love oven baked fries and oven baked sweet potato fries! I also roast lots of veggies like asparagus the same way. And it’s so much better for us, right?

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