Baked French Fries

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My family makes these baked French fries often, like maybe once a week. We love them and they are so easy to make I thought I need to share this recipe!

It’s my daughter, Heidi’s well-known recipe, everyone asks her for the recipe and how to make them. So we made them for dinner last night so we could take pictures. They were so delicious with our homemade hamburgers! Nothing quite like “burgers and fries” when it comes to a fun and tasty evening meal.

These are crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, the perfect French Fry! We grow Yellow Yukon potatoes, so it’s our favorite potato to use. You can use from 3-10 potatoes depending on how many people you plan to feed. I’ll show you how it all comes together.

We have a big family and they drop in often for dinner, so today I used 10 potatoes. They were consumed so quickly we wished we’d made a few more. It’s nice because we only use olive oil and some spices to make them as flavorful as they turned out.

Have you heard about the famous Utah Fry Sauce? Well, it’s for dipping these yummy fries, or putting the sauce on barbequed hamburgers. I have the recipe my family makes down below. Let me know if you like fry sauce.

A family-owned hamburger restaurant here in Utah is famous for its fry sauce, and is the first place where I heard about “Fry Sauce.” It’s called “Arctic Circle.” They make awesome food, my friends. They also have great milkshakes they call “Above the Rim” since the ice cream literally fills the cup to overflowing. They have to put a plastic cap with a hole in the top so you don’t get the goodies all over you.

My budget doesn’t warrant a lot of visits there, but sometimes I just need a ready-made hamburger from them, with fry sauce, of course. I’m not sure all their outlets offer this, but the one near our home has a special “Bag of Burgers” deal. You pay something like $7.95 and get five made-to-order burgers. What a deal! By the way, their Cherry Ricky drink is to die for.

Baked French Fries

Baked French Fries

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Baked French Fries

Step One

Scrub the potatoes, I use a vegetable scrubber. Let the potatoes dry on a hand towel. Vegetables Scrubber

Baked French Fries

Step Two

Start your water boiling while you cut the potatoes. You will “blanch” your potatoes in this pan for 3 minutes.

Boil the Water

Step Three

Use a good knife to cut the potatoes into French Fry shapes.

Cut The Potatoes

Step Four

Preheat your oven WITH the cookie sheet to (425°F ) = (218°C).

Heat Your Cookie Sheet

Step Five

Place the cut potatoes into a strainer in order to place the potatoes into the boiling water.

Baked French Fries

Step Six

Blanch the potatoes for 3 minutes in the boiling water.

Dip The fries for 3 minutes

Step Seven

Remove the strainer /pan from the stove and let the potatoes drain.

Drain the fries

Step Eight

Place the potatoes on a towel to dry.

Pat the fries dry

Step Nine

Pat the potatoes dry with another towel in order to remove as much moisture as possible.

Dry the potatoes

Step Ten

Place the towel-dried potatoes into a bowl.

Baked French Fries

Step Eleven

Drizzle the potatoes with a little olive oil. You don’t want to drench the potatoes, a little oil is better. One of the reasons I like this recipe is the fact you aren’t deep frying the potatoes in oil. I may be wrong, but I feel this approach is a more healthy alternative.

Olive Oil

Step Twelve

Lightly sprinkle the potatoes with All-Season Salt and garlic powder.

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Step Thirteen

This is my favorite step, remove the “heated” cookie sheet from the oven and place the seasoned potatoes on the cookie sheet. You will hear the pan sizzle as you place them on the cookie sheet. This is exactly what you want to hear. Put the pan back into the oven. You’ll bake them for 20-25 minutes and flip the potatoes over and bake another 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

Baked French Fries

Finished Product

They should look like this when the potatoes are done. You will love these Baked French Fries!

Baked French Fries

Baked French Fries Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Baked French Fries
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Baked French Fries
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • 5-10 Potatoes, my favorite ones are Yukon Golds
  • Olive Oil
  • All-Season Salt
  • Garlic Powder
Instructions
  1. Scrub the potatoes, I use a vegetable scrubber. Let the potatoes dry on a hand towel. Start your water boiling while you cut the potatoes. You will "blanch" your potatoes in this pan for 3 minutes. Use a good knife to cut the potatoes into French Fry shapes. Preheat your oven WITH the cookie sheet to (425°F ) = (218°C). Place the cut potatoes into a strainer in order to place the potatoes into the boiling water. Blanch the potatoes for 3 minutes in the boiling water. Remove the strainer /pan from the stove and let the potatoes drain. Place the potatoes on a towel to dry. Pat the potatoes dry with another towel in order to remove as much moisture as possible. Place the towel-dried potatoes into a bowl. Drizzle the potatoes with a little olive oil. You will not drench the potatoes, a little oil is better. Lightly sprinkle the potatoes with All-Season Salt and garlic powder. This is my favorite step, remove the "heated" pan from the oven and place the seasoned potatoes on the cookie sheet. You will hear the pan sizzle as you place them on the cookie sheet. This is exactly what you want to hear. Put the pan back into the oven. You will bake them for 20-25 minutes and flip the potatoes over and bake another 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown. You will love these Baked French Fries!

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Linda’s Fry Sauce

Ingredients

Homemade Fry Sauce
5 from 4 votes
Homemade Fry Sauce
French Fry Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  • 2/3 cup Ketchup or BBQ Sauce (I use Ketchup)
  • 1 tablespoon Dill Pickle Juice
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
Instructions
  1. Grab a medium-sized bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, dill pickle juice, Worcestershire Sauce, and paprika. Whisk until smooth. It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week in an airtight jar with a lid.

How do I store the leftover fries?

I store mine in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days.

How do I reheat them?

Let’s be real here, the microwave doesn’t cut it for reheating, right? If you can get the best results when you reheat them in the oven, an air fryer, or toaster oven to give them that little bit of crunch.

Can I freeze them after baking them?

I have never frozen them, we usually eat the whole batch. I can’t recommend something I haven’t done.

What can I serve with them?

  • Hot Dogs
  • Hamburgers
  • Steaks
  • French Dip Sandwiches
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Final Word

This recipe for baked french fries is my favorite way to make fries! Add some fry sauce and I’m in heaven! Is it just Utah, or do people have fry sauce where you live? I love to hear from you! It’s all about cooking from scratch and stretching our food budget, right? May God Bless this world, Linda

10 thoughts on “Baked French Fries

  • January 14, 2022 at 9:09 am
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    5 stars
    Oh my! These sound so good and health! LOL Just what I need now that the holiday weight piled on.

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    • January 14, 2022 at 9:37 am
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      Hi Deborah, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend! I hear you on the holiday weight, dang! I keep thinking about exercise, keyword, thinking! I need to get with it! LOL! Linda

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  • January 14, 2022 at 10:14 am
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    5 stars
    Any idea on the calorie count? I am determined to lose weight and am limited to 1100. Calories a day.

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    • January 14, 2022 at 10:25 am
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      Hi Chris, thank you for the 5 stars, sister! It would all depend on how many spears you eat. One potato is approx. 160 calories I think. I use very little oil, I mean very little! The fry sauce, not sure about the calories! They are good plain! Linda

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  • January 14, 2022 at 3:58 pm
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    5 stars
    My family loves French Fries. We use a little Kosher Salt and nothing else. I will have to try the fries you make one difference I will make is to use a little corn oil instead of Olive Oil. I for some reason can’t use Olive oil myself although the family loves to use it. You would think a Jew would not be allergic to Olive Oil but hey Hashem makes us all different so I go with the flow.

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    • January 14, 2022 at 6:29 pm
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      Hi Jackie, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend! Corn oil will be awesome! I use very little oil, so keep that in mind. I tried to make these a little healthier. Except for the fry sauce! LOL! Linda

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  • January 14, 2022 at 5:18 pm
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    Hi Linda,

    Do you have an ‘air fryer” yet? My son bought me one for Christmas, but I haven’t used it yet. He tells me it is the “Cat’s Meow”. (Remember that old saying??)
    I’m wondering how this recipe would turn out using an air fryer.??
    When you give it a try, please post the results.
    Hope you and yours are well and safe.

    Suzanne

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    • January 14, 2022 at 6:32 pm
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      Hi Suzanne, I gave my air fryer to my grandson. Yes, they would work, you use very little oil in this recipe. The trick is blanching the potatoes and placing them on a HOT cookie sheet. As I remember we had to preheat the air fryer. Air Fryers are great for small portions and reheating certain foods. I’m sure you could use it! We’re doing well. Stay well, Linda

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  • January 14, 2022 at 9:16 pm
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    5 stars
    We have a version of fry sauce here in Minnesota, Equal parts ketchup
    and mayo swirled with a toothpick to look pretty 😉

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    • January 15, 2022 at 7:14 am
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      Hi Hazel, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend! Oh my gosh, I need to do the toothpick swirl! That would make it look so cute! It’s all about presentation, right? I love it, thank you for the tip! Linda

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