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Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

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Sound impossible?  You no longer have to decide between soggy oven baked potatoes or heating up a huge pot of stinky oil to enjoy French fries at home.  This technique turns ordinary potatoes into extraordinary crispy fries with little effort, little oil, and no mess or residual oil stank to deal with!

We know from the past that it takes two cooking sessions to create fries that are perfectly crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. This time, instead of two quick fries in a deep pot of oil, we're going to eliminate the mess altogether (and most of the oil while we're at it!)  and subject our potatoes to a brief stint in the microwave followed by an extra hot session in the oven.  Tossing the potatoes with cornstarch and preheating the oil in the oven is the secret to ending dense, limp fries forever.

You'll never think about French fries the same way again after this.  This technique is so easy, and the resulting fries are so surprisingly delicious, you just may consign your deep fryer to the curb for good.


 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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Russet potatoes are the best choice for a classic French fry taste and texture.

This recipe uses:
  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt 

Step 2: Nuke 'em

First, preheat your oven to 450F (230C) and move the oven rack to its lowest position.

Cut your potatoes into 1/2" thick fries.

Place fries in a bowl and wrap tightly in plastic.

Microwave for 3-5 minutes.  The plastic wrap is going to expand into a crazy UFO like balloon in this time.  It's awesome.

CAREFULLY lift the plastic from the side opposite you (the steam is scalding!), and drain fries on cooling rack or paper towels.

When cool enough to handle, blot fries to dry.

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spike35792 years ago
I just found a cool french fry cutter in a dumpster 20 minutes ago! Guess I know what's for dinner...
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static spike35798 months ago
To bad the rest of the machine wasn't in the dumpster as well
scoochmaroo (author)  spike35792 years ago
That is amazing! I love that it says french fry cutter right on it!
zurichko2 years ago
So yeah, these came out so perfect! I added garlic powder and then sprinkled Parmesan cheese as soon as I took them out of the oven. SO GOOD!
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sctirvn6872 years ago
Thanks for the great recipe. My wife said: "They don't need any ketchup". That is a very good complement because I have tried other methods and they definitely needed help from condiments. I put the cut potatoes in a 2 quart Corning Ware glass lidded square casserole dish instead of the bowl with the plastic wrap and that seemed to work well too.
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I made these today, and they were AMAZING!!! Very tasty too!
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scoochmaroo (author)  supergirl5002 years ago
I'm so glad you had success! I LOVE this recipe. I'm always amazed at how great the fries are. I hope you spread the word!
Mike732 years ago
Awesome. We tried it yesterday night. Anna wanted to do the cooking (meatballs whith spaghetti), and then decided she doesn't want to.
So I ended up doing the cooking.
Like in my first comment on this instructable, I used a plate to cover the bowl of potatoes. Maybe not as funny as the bubbling plastic wrap, but it worked.
To cover the potatoes, I did as instructed, but it seemed to little oil being in the cornstarch. So I added more....
....DON'T.
The fries were a little to "oily" afterwards, but otherwise they were great.
Now I just have to get a fry cutter. I had to cut all my fries with a knife :-)

I also made pictures to prove that I really tried. I think you can see that they are indeed a little oily. The soon to be meatballs ended up as patties.
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I made these but cut my fries larger & added some spices. They tasted just like they came off the Chip Truck!! Wicked fries and this is the only recipe I will ever use again!

ArronReds18 days ago

Can someone try using bacon grease instead of cooking oil and tell me what they think?

Snowed6 months ago

I love oven baked fries for several reasons-- they are the best! I don't mean to rain on anybody's parade here, but using plastic wrap or heating foods in a microwave in plastics is not a great idea because this will release dioxins into the food which is cancer causing. You can check this out yourself on Snopes. Just use glass or ceramic...God knows our foods already contain enough bad stuff!!

tck10007 months ago
I made these fries last night. Awesome! Even better than the fries I make in the deep fryer, and less mess. Oh, and the tip about heating up the roasting dish before adding everything? Classic. Nothing stuck to the roasting pan.
MrsMurphy9 months ago
My hubby has been bugging me to make him baked fries. I found ur recipe and tried it. This is a great recipe,my hubby can't stop eating and it really is crispy!
Thank u for this,from now now on I'll be making my own homemade great fries! :)
Here's a photo of what I made...
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Tamaresque1 year ago
What does the cornstarch do? I had to Google it to find out what it was, so not sure if I can find that locally. Is it essential?
scoochmaroo (author)  Tamaresque1 year ago
The cornstarch absorbs some of the potato's liquid and makes the fries crisper. Perhaps corn flour would work?
Cornstarch = US word
Cornflour = Aussie word

They are exactly the same thing.
thegrendel11 months ago
A fine idea, Scooch!
Who says cooking is not a creative art?
bowow08072 years ago
do you absolutely need a microwave? because i dont have one D:
cj8675 bowow080711 months ago
How dont you have a microwave
bowow0807 cj867511 months ago
Because I can't afford one
cj8675 bowow080711 months ago
Are you being a troll because if not we have a spare microwave I'd be willing to ship to you
Would a crumpled up sheet of foil do the same thing? Let me think - you'd have to heat the oil on it, toss the fries, then crumple it with a spatula or something, but you wouldn't have to wash anything. This recipe is groundbreaking!
Takelababy2 years ago
I wish someone would invent an oven pan for flipping fries.
I've taken to using a stainless steel cooling rack and putting it in a cookie pan. The rack holds to fries off the cookie pan allowing them to cook on both sides without needing to be flipped. The down side is now I've got two things to clean instead of just the cookie pan. Still, you don't have to horse with fries half way through and they're a snap to get off the cooling rack since there's so little area of contact.
You're a god damn genius.
I assume you microwave on HIGH, but that might be worth mentioning.
How strange ! … You don't peel potatoes before frying them ??…
You recipe made my day as it reminded me the fighting over the "pommes de terre frites" recipes my grandmother and one of my aunt (one of her daughters) had when I was a child a long, long time ago.
My grandmother was all for the double fry in oil method. My aunt, being the youngest and more modernistic of all, was for oven baking.
Kids never complained as "les frites" was the treat of the week anyway !!!…
Thank you for reviving past memories !…
But please tell me why you don't peel your potatoes before frying them ?…
Because of the taste ? For vitamins or other dietary reason ? Or simply out of laziness ? Or ?…
Cheers and thank you for sharing. :D
scoochmaroo (author)  vincent75201 year ago
I do it strictly for the taste, but it's true that most of the potato's vitamins are in its skin. My mother thinks it's downright disgusting though, so I don't blame you if you want to peel them :D
Poor Mama : he daughter is so talented and so disgusting !!!!… LOL

Anyway you passed the test : to me taste and laziness were the only valid answer !…

As for taste I'll give it a try some day : you may open to me a whole new dimension to french fries. :D

Wish you a pleasant week.
ggeiger1 year ago
I made these tonight and they were delicious. Very crispy. I used a baking stone instead of a cookie sheet and had to cook just slightly longer than what the recipe suggested to get the right color and consistency. Next time, I will try to use a little less oil. There seemed to be enough of an excess, so I will be curious to experiment. My husband and I both enjoyed them. I will be making these again.
canucksgirl2 years ago
They look great.

How does the cornstarch work in this recipe? Does it just make the fries more crispy? (I thought they would absorb more oil that way)...
I wondered the same thing.
Next time I make oven fries, I will try out this method. Sounds wonderful.
vincent75202 years ago
Excellent.

No ketchup needed, let me tell ya ! …
Mike732 years ago
Looks awesome. I think we do it similarly already. I think we never precooked in the microwave and have to get a slicer.
My wife recommended not using plastic in the microwave at all and suggested using a plate on top of the bowl to keep the steam in.
Anyway, I guess I'll try it. Just need to remember to precook in the microwave and cover with cornstarch (never tried that one before). Thanks.
its regular plastic wrap. it does that with spagetthios too. lol
Paperduck2 years ago
That's not some kind of special microwaveable plastic wrap, is it? I'm just asking because I don't think I've ever used plastic wrap in the microwave before.
I absolutely rely on plastic wrap to hold the steam in.
ashbegash2 years ago
These look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
chefsea2 years ago
Nice recipe. I'm gonna try it.
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