Crispy Garlic Oven Fries

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on July 5, 2011



For a long time I thought the only way to get decent fries was to deep fry them.  And since I don’t remember ever deep frying anything and don’t particularly plan to start I figured we had to go out to get decent fries for a treat.  But no, not really.  In fact now that I haven’t had fries except for homemade in quite a while I find I don’t really want anything except the fries that come out of my own oven.  They’re crunchy but soft, I can change how I spice them to however I want, and they taste like potatoes.  Yay!

Since today is a fairly quick post and lately I haven’t been able to think of any new and exciting topics to talk about I thought I’d post a couple pretty pictures.  We have a not so nice rose bush/tree in our yard.  I’m not sure whether it’s a tree or bush, but I lean towards tree because of it’s shape.  Anyways, when my husband was tearing the entire yard apart I made him save this poor little tree only to find out that most of it is dead, or died along the way.  In any case, the flours that are on it are gorgeous and smell amazing.  I’ll be sad to lose it when we have to rip it out again, so I’m hoping it recovers.

I took these a couple weeks ago and now they’re starting to fade, but we enjoyed them while they lasted, and brought quite a few into the house while we could 🙂



Crispy Garlic Oven Fries

  • 5-6 medium sized russet potatoes cut into 1/2″ or slightly smaller fries
  • 2-3 tbsp flavorless oil(just enough to coat all the potatoes.  If you add too much, feel free to drain the excess from the pan, there should be no pools of oil)
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • pinch onion powder
  • a generous sprinkling of salt, at least 1/2 tsp or more depending on how many fries you cut

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Scrub your potatoes well.  You can peel them if you want, if not just cut any undesirable spots off before slicing into fries.  I make mine slightly less than 1/2″ wide but you can make yours as thin or thick as you like, just adjust baking time as needed so not to burn them.  Once all your fries are cut, place them in a colander and rinse them under cold water for a few minutes, mixing the potatoes with your hands to make sure all the edges are washed as this will remove some of the starch and help to make them crispier.  Drain, then dump the potatoes on a towel and pat dry.

Mix together the oil and seasonings.  Place the potatoes on your baking sheet and drizzle the oil and spice mixture over the fries and mix together with your hands to make sure all surfaces are covered then spread out evenly over the baking sheet so all the fries are in one layer and none of the fries are completely stuck together.  Edges touching slightly is OK, but if they’re completely stuck together the fries will be stuck together once baked.

Place in a middle rack in the oven and bake for 30 minutes before checking.  How long they need to bake will depend on your oven and on your potatoes so check your fries after half an hour by flipping a couple over and checking the bottom.  If the fries are stuck to the pan or aren’t golden on the bottom, bake 10 minutes longer before checking again.

Once the fries are golden on the bottom(be aware that the ones near the edges of the pan may be darker than the ones in the center, you can move your fries around if you like so they’re all evenly golden on the bottom) turn the broil on on medium heat if you have an option and broil just until the tops are golden and crisp looking.  While waiting for them to get golden, remove a couple from the sheet cool slightly and taste for saltiness.  If they aren’t salty enough add a generous pinch or two to the sheet of fries until they’re salty enough for you after they’re done cooking and after you’ve removed them from the oven.  Toss them so the salt is evenly distributed and serve while still hot.


I served these along side my Falafel Burgers, but they taste amazing beside any burger or even on their own with ketchup.  They also make an amazing poutine 😀


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1 Maris (In Good Taste) July 6, 2011 at 17:06

I was hoping to see this today after seeing their picture yesterday! Awesome! They look amazing


2 Cooking Gallery July 6, 2011 at 14:45

I usually make oven fries at home and only eat deep-fried fries when eating out. Adding garlic sounds like a wonderful idea and I like your falafel burger too, looks delish…!!


3 Pure2raw twins July 6, 2011 at 12:42

love making homemade fries 😉 yours look great, love the addition of garlic, I need to start eating more garlic


4 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 6, 2011 at 14:38

Mmm, we can’t get enough garlic in this house 😀 Thank you so much for your comments! <3


5 Tessa July 6, 2011 at 12:23

Love oven fries!! My boyfriend is obsessed with garlic fries so I think I’ll have to make these for him 🙂


6 Tiff July 6, 2011 at 11:31

I love oven fries. I agree that “fries” don’t have to be fried to be good. However, they do still need oil. Drat! ha


7 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 6, 2011 at 14:38

Haha, I agree, too bad!


8 Jessica July 6, 2011 at 11:06

These look great! I love anything including garlic and potatoes! 😀


9 Charissa July 6, 2011 at 10:44

Your rose pictures are just gorgeous! They could go on a calender! We have yellow roses by our lawn and they are so pretty…gotta say, how can a girl not like roses?

The fries look really amazing!


10 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 6, 2011 at 14:40

Aw thank you! those took a few tries as they were above my head so most of my pictures were focused on the tree instead of the flowers, haha. I’m glad I got some!
Thank you!


11 Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh July 6, 2011 at 09:19

Beautiful flowers!! And I love that they are pink 🙂
And yum for oven fries! I have tons of potatoes, so this recipe is calling my name!


12 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 6, 2011 at 14:41

I knew you would! 😀


13 The Teenage Taste July 6, 2011 at 08:18

I love that you “healthified” the typical burger and fries. It looks delicious!


14 Carissa July 6, 2011 at 06:46

Those seasonings sound delicious! We started making our own fries in the oven awhile back and now the ones in restaurants just don’t measure up at all! You’re right – home baked ones actually taste like potatoes. It makes all the difference!


15 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 6, 2011 at 14:43

Absolutely! I’m so glad you know exactly what I mean 😀 Thanks for dropping by!


16 shaheen July 6, 2011 at 05:25

I enjoy eating my fires, but smothered in garlic powder takes it to another level – yum – drooling – I will certainly have to make these.


17 Marsha @ The Harried Cook July 6, 2011 at 01:01

Yummy! Homemade oven fries are the best… and yours look awesome, especially with all that garlic & onion powder! I bet it smelled heavenly! Thanks for sharing 🙂


18 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum July 5, 2011 at 22:04

Yum! I love thick potato fries like this. I can never get them quite crunchy enough, though… did these turn out at least semi- crunchy?


19 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 6, 2011 at 14:44

They did actually! I was quite surprised because usually they don’t. I’m sure the key must be baking them good and long.


20 Cookie and Kate July 5, 2011 at 21:57

Those look amazing! It’s too hot to turn on my oven for long, but I’ll definitely roast some fries when fall comes around. 🙂


21 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 6, 2011 at 14:45

I know exactly what you mean! I’m cooking in my house today. I can’t wait to make more of these when it cools down because to make more right now would be crazy!


22 Betsy July 5, 2011 at 20:48

This is my first visit to your site and I the non deep fried fries certainly caught my attention. I am a sweet potato fries fan but just like you, I wouldn’t deep fry anything in my house (well apartment).

Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading your future and past posts (to catch up).



23 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 6, 2011 at 14:47

I actually love sweet potato fries too! They are delicious, but I love these for their crunchiness that I can never get with sweet potato fries. Thank you so much for dropping by 😀


24 megi July 5, 2011 at 19:16

Looks delicious. I definitely prefer homemade, oven baked fries to deep fried ones, I’ll try adding spices next time, I love how good your fries look with paprika. I usually either make them plain or with garlic and rosemary. Thank you for sharing. 🙂


25 Dinks July 5, 2011 at 19:02

Yum – I love thick cut fries with the skin on. Next time I find some decent potatoes I am making these, maybe with some sweet potato fries mixed in too.


26 Felicia July 5, 2011 at 18:36

Love! I can’t resist a french fry!!


27 Nikki July 5, 2011 at 17:13

I just made these – perfection! I’ve tried making oven fries before – these directions really worked for perfectly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside fries! Yummy! Thanks!


28 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 6, 2011 at 14:51

Wow, thank you so much for the feedback already! I’m so glad you enjoyed them 😀


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