How to Make Oven French Fries Crispy
OK, so the secret to deep fried french fries is that they're usually double fried (once at a lower temp, once at a higher temp to "crisp") The same thing works magically for oven fries! Oh, game on!!! Let's do this.
- SOAK: Soak the potatoes in cold water after cutting for at least 30 minutes. This step removes a lot of starch (you will see it in the bowl after you remove them) resulting in crispier French fries!
- DRY: This is really important. Make sure you dry them well so they don’t steam and get soft when they bake! I spin them in my salad spinner and then dap in a kitchen towel.
- OIL & SEASON: Use parchment paper to keep them from sticking and oil to make them crisp! OK, so if you want them to crisp, you will still need to be generous with the oil. (just sayin')
- TWO TEMP COOKING: This easy technique allows the fries to bake perfectly crispy! Simply bake at 375°F for a little bit to cook and then turn up the heat to really crisp them up!
How to Bake French Fries
To achieve maximum crispiness in your homemade French fries, I do a 2 temperature cook:
- Be sure to preheat your oven to 375°F.
- Dry the fries thoroughly after soaking and before seasoning.
- Generously oil and season the oven fries. Spread evenly in a single layer on a parchment line pan.
- Cook 20 minutes (25 for thicker fries).
- Turn the heat up to 425°F and continue baking until crisp, about 15-20 minutes.
Remember, thicker fries will take longer and if your fries are too thin, they’ll just burn without crisping.The length of time for baked French fries will vary, depending on how thick you cut them and of course personal preference.