Skip to content

Oven Fries

April 5, 2012

For many years we have enjoyed Oven Fried Potatoes. They’re easy to make and are great with grilled or roasted meats.

As much as we like the Oven Fried Potatoes, I wanted to make Oven Fries that were more like traditional French Fries. I remembered the recipe for Skinny “French Fries” in an old cookbook I have, The New American Diet. I made a few minor changes and was quite pleased with the results.

The Oven Fries turned out much better than I expected! They truly are very much like “real” French fries! I made a very small batch and gave most of them to Bob. I won’t be making that mistake again!



Oven Fries

(Adapted from a recipe in The New American Diet, by Drs. Sonja and William Connor)


Serves 1

(Just use more potatoes for more servings. No need to add more oil; 1 tablespoon is plenty.)


(print the recipe)


1 small Russet potato (about 6 ounces), peeled and cut into thin French fries

1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning

1 tablespoon oil


1. Preheat the oven to 425˚.

2. Put the potatoes in a bowl. Cover with water and stir in the teaspoon of salt. Let them soak for about 15 minutes.


3. Drain the potatoes and dry them with paper towels. You want to remove as much of the water as you can.


4. Spread the oil on a rimmed baking sheet.

5. Put the potatoes on the baking sheet and toss them a bit with your hands to cover them with some of the oil.

6. Roast for about 30 minutes.

7. With a spatula, gently turn the potatoes over. Roast for an additional 10 minutes or so, until they are done they way you like them.

8. Sprinkle with salt to taste and serve!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2012 12:25 pm

    These look great! Will definitely be trying them soon.

  2. Laura permalink
    April 5, 2012 12:31 pm

    Those look delicious!

  3. April 5, 2012 2:19 pm

    I’ll be making these real soon! Bet this would work well with sweet potatoes, too.

  4. April 5, 2012 3:23 pm

    I love fries. Great recipe!

  5. April 6, 2012 4:42 am

    Those look so good! I especially like the fact that you can eat these fries with no guilt because they’re not fried.

  6. April 6, 2012 7:00 am

    Wow these fries look fantastic, crispy and brown, I have to try this. Thanks and hope you have a lovely weekend.

  7. eliotthecat permalink
    April 6, 2012 7:03 pm

    Hmmm. Do you think the soaking makes this crispier in the oven?

    • April 7, 2012 4:12 pm

      I think it does, Eliot. It’s my understanding that the soaking removes some of the starch.

  8. April 12, 2012 7:31 am

    These look great! Think I might just have to whip myself up some oven fries here soon =)

  9. April 12, 2012 3:21 pm

    These look even more delicious than fried and are healthier – great bonuses 😀
    You are an awesome cook!

    Choc Chip Uru


  1. Massaged Kale Salad | In the kitchen with Kath

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: