This crispy baked oil-free french fries recipe is going to change the way you think of fries. They're healthier, just as delicious, and easy to make. Gluten-Free!
This recipe—if you can call it that—is so simple that you could make it blindfolded. Just kidding, keep your eyes on the spuds to avoid an injury.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients and a hot oven.
You'll only need a few ingredients to make these homemade baked fries.
The exact measurements are provided in the recipe card.
Potatoes - We prefer to use russet potatoes because they tend to make a crispier fry, but you can use Yukon gold potatoes or red potatoes.
Lemon Juice - This will prevent the potatoes from browning while they soak in water.
How to Make Oil-Free Baked Fries
Here are the step-by-step instructions with photos to help you make the best oven baked fries without oil.
One - Peel and cut the potatoes into fries. You can make them as thick or as thin as you like. Just remember that the thicker the fries are, the longer the baking time.
Soak the potatoes in cold water with a tablespoon of lemon juice for 45 minutes. This will make the fries extra crispy. Drain and pat dry.
Two - There are two ways to prevent the fries from sticking to the baking sheet. You can spray the bottom of the pan with a thin sheet of oil, or you can put parchment paper down on the bottom of the pan.
Spread the fries evenly on the pan, trying to make sure they have space and don't overlap, which will make them soggy. Bake in a 400°F oven for approximately 30 minutes, flip the fries midway through baking.
Spice up your fries by adding spices. Here are a few ideas.
Cayenne Pepper - Sprinkle a tiny bit over and toss to give the fries a kick.
Smoked Paprika - This will lend a delicious smoky flavor
Dried Sage - One of our favorite herbs to make savory fries.
Curry - Adds a ton of flavor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, feel free to air fry. Just follow your air fryer's instructions.
As long as you soak the fries in cold water for 45 minutes, they should be perfectly crispy. Soaking removes the starch from the water (that's why the water looks cloudy). Additionally, you really need to dry them after soaking and don't cram together on the baking sheet. This causes them to steam instead of roast.
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Crispy Baked Oil-Free Fries
- 1 knife
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 baking sheet
- parchment paper
- 1 Oven
- 4 medium potatoes scrubbed, peeled, and uniformly sliced
- Juice from one medium lemon
- Ground sea salt to taste
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray a thin layer of cooking oil to prevent sticking.
- Uniformly slice the potatoes so they are similar in size to ensure that they bake evenly. In a large bowl, toss them in the water and lemon juice and soak for 45 minutes. Drain and thoroughly pat dry.
- Evenly spread the potatoes on the baking sheet. You may have to make two batches or use two baking sheets. Make sure that the potatoes don’t overlap. Grind salt and pepper to taste over the top and bake for fifteen minutes, or until the potatoes start to puff up and begin to brown. Flip and bake for ten to fifteen more minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
- Note: I have a convection oven, if you don’t you might have to adjust the temperature or baking time to get the same results.