Crispy Baked French Fries

I love French fries, however, fried food and healthy living don’t quite go hand and hand. When I started making changes to my lifestyle a few years ago I gave up fried food, including fries. It was one of the few foods I missed with my new healthy diet. Once I got fit I brought the fries back, but in moderation.

I really wanted to find a way to make fries at home in the oven that tasted as good as some of my favorite fried restaurant fries. I tried a few different recipes and the fries were never quite crispy enough. I couldn’t get the texture right they were always a little mushy and didn’t taste great.

Last week I decided to try again (since I had a 10 pound bag of potatoes sitting in my kitchen) and spent a few days working on my fry recipe. (Tough job but someone has to do it!)

Crispy Baked Fries at The Happy Housewife

Then it hit me… I needed to soak the fries before cooking! Soaking potatoes helps get rid of the starch, and too much starch was making my fries mushy in the oven.

I tried it and the baked fries were absolutely perfect! They were crispy and tasted just like the fried version. They are so easy to make and you can even do most of the prep work ahead of time if you wanted to make these for a Super Bowl party or other gathering.

Crispy Baked French Fries




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These baked French fries are much healthier than the fried version and easy to make. The are super crispy and taste delicious!


  • 4 large white potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika, Chili Power, Cayenne Pepper (use your favorite spices)


  1. Wash potatoes.
  2. Cut the potatoes into large fry shaped strips, keeping the skin on.
  3. Soak potatoes in water for at least an hour. They can soak overnight in the fridge.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  5. Drain water and dry potatoes thoroughly. Do not skip this step!
  6. In a large bowl mix together fries and the canola oil until the fries are covered.
  7. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  8. Add additional seasonings if you like spicier fries.
  9. Place fries side by side on a cookie sheet, making sure they are not piled on top of each other.
  10. Sprinkle with additional seasoning.
  11. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of your fries.
  12. Serve.



  1. Toni Ketrick says:

    What is the nutritional info?

  2. Ann E Bulman says:

    This story on your soaking the potatoes in cold water ,hit a memory button in my head. When i first worked in a cafe as a dish washer and doing some prep work, I was 15 in 1960, we did not have at that time frozen fries or a lot of frozen things. As the dish washer and prep person,I would peel by hand all the potatoes , we did have a fry cutter so that did save some of the hard work. After I peeled and cut them we would soak them and keep them in the fridge until ready to use . We would lay them on cotton towels to drain and then deep fry them .

  3. Can you use a different oil besides canola. I never have that oil on hand. TIA 🙂

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