Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

20 Minute Roasted Potato Fries

4 WWPP Posted by 6 years ago 28 Comments

This is my favorite way to cure a french fry craving at home. They make a great side dish or even a fun snack.

Sometimes I think the white potato gets a bad rep. I normally choose sweet but there’s nothing wrong with a good size Idaho now and then. ESPECIALLY in fry form. :)

So I thought I’d share my latest technique and inspire you try fries the homemade way. Note: If you are expecting fast food style you will be disappointed. Think of these as hand held roasted potatoes that taste YUMMY in ketchup. :)

  • 1 large Idaho (baking) potato (~350-400g)
  • Non-Stick cooking spray
  • Kosher salt

Turn on the broiler and let then oven heat up.

Here’s my steps. I thought I’d walk you through my whole process. It may be excessive but I had fun snapping the photos. :)

Start with your potato.

Cut it in half. der.

Turn the potato halves flat side down and cut in about 1/2 inch thick slices.

Lay the slices down…

and then one by one, cut them in half.

Rinse the fry pieces and place in a bowl of cool water.

Line an cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Dry the fries on a clean kitchen towel.

Place the fries on the cookie sheet, Spray with a bit more spray and sprinkle with salt. (Note: you could add other spices if you like, rosemary? garlic powder? Anything would be yum!)

Put them in the oven, 2 notches under the broiler.

Pull them out in 10 minutes. They should look like this…

Flip them and place back in the oven for 8-10 more minutes until golden brown like this…

Pile them up on a place, add a side of ketchup and dig in! :)

I’m calculating nutritional information based on 2 servings using a large potato (around 350-400g). Note: If you want to eat the whole batch (I do all the time) it’s 5 points not 4. That whole fiber thing bites us in the butt again! ;)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 1/2 of the recipe (~175g)
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
150 1g 4g old: 2 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
1g 0g 34g 4g

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    June 24, 2010

    Just want to check, we are broiling them, correct? Because you didn't say what temperature to set the oven to otherwise. Reply


    June 24, 2010

    Yup! "Turn on the broiler and let then oven heat up. " Reply


    June 24, 2010

    Awesome! I make fries in the oven all the time but never in 20 minutes. Never thought to use the broiler! Reply


    June 24, 2010

    Hahaha! Thanks, I didn't see that part. Sorry. Reply

    Krista S.

    June 24, 2010

    I just bought 6 bottles of ketchup (on sale & with coupons of course!), so I'll be right over. Keep that broiler on! =) Reply

    Kelly M

    June 24, 2010

    I love taters....and I think I love Roni too!! ;-) Thanks for the broiler idea! Reply

    shandy (@webgals)

    June 24, 2010

    Those look awesome. Good thing I don't have any potatoes like that in the house or I'd be creating a late evening snack. :) Reply


    June 24, 2010

    Carolynne - No problem. I forget things all the time so I had to go and check myself! :) Reply


    June 24, 2010

    Wahoo! Several weeks back the husband and I were extremely strapped for cash (outta food, wasn't getting paid for another week, and only had $5 collective to our name) so we bought a big bag of russet potatoes for really cheap. They tasted amazing on the grill! And in my breakfast hash! I do think white potatoes do have a place in one's diet. Reply


    June 25, 2010

    Looks delish. I usually slice my "fries" and cook em on George. Reply


    June 25, 2010

    You can also use these technique (or any other baking method) with kohlrabi. They turn out delicious and very low in points. Reply


    June 25, 2010

    Love theses french fries! we make them all the time,but instead of ketchup we pour a little malt vinegar on them. so yummy. :O) Reply


    June 25, 2010

    What a great way to get zero fat fried potatoes! Reply


    June 25, 2010

    Loved it. My method takes 35 minutes (just bake them), so I'll give this a try. And I eat them with mustard :P Reply


    June 25, 2010

    I have made oven fries, but not using the broiler! I like how yours turned out so I will have to try it. I've also read that if you bake your fries on a cooling rack, they get more crispy since the air can circulate around them. Reply


    June 25, 2010

    Roni, I have a high and low setting on my broiler. What do you suggest would be best for this? Reply


    June 25, 2010

    Is this how you would prepare sweet potato fries as well? (with the rising and drying) Reply


    June 25, 2010

    I do sweet potatoes like this all the time, but I sprinkle some cinnamon instead of salt/pepper on half (for me) and nothing on the other half (for the hubs who likes his with ketchup). Reply


    June 25, 2010

    Sorry Marla, I should have been more specific. It's high. I'll edit that when I get a chance. Thanks! -Roni Reply


    June 25, 2010

    Katherine - Actually sweet potatoes don't have as much starch so you don't have to rinse them after cutting. Here's how I make them (you don't have to use curry, sometimes I do cinnamon or salt and pepper, depends on my mood)... and how I cut them... Hope that helps! Reply


    June 25, 2010

    i liked your fiber pun at the end there. very clever. Reply


    June 25, 2010 wouldn't take too much alteration to make these garlic rosemary fries... Reply


    June 28, 2010

    I have had these twice over the weekend!!! Yum!!!! Love them!! Reply


    June 28, 2010

    Ahahahaaa I have the oldest old school oven in the world! My broiler is on the bottom of the oven. The flap opens up and touches my floor (its like 6 inches high) and then I have to pull out the whole broiler shelf/drawer that the baking sheet goes into and push it closed again. That's how I my broiler rolls. I have no broiler button. I have to turn my oven knob past the 500 degrees notch to the broiler notch. So I have only one setting. Apparently its the same setting you used too. I hate baking potatoes so I tried your way and my sweet potato fries came out amazing!! I made a light brown sugar, regular sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkle on top and it was perfect. I died a little when Jon ate them. He hates sweet potatoes, wtf right? How can anyone hate a sweet potato... Reply


    June 30, 2010

    Thanks Roni! I make oven fries all the time but never thought of using the broiler- I'm going to try it out soon. Oven fries and a nice veggie burger loaded with lettuce and tomato! That really satisfies a summer craving :) Reply


    March 2, 2011

    This looks good and super easy!!!! I love your step by step photos!!!! Reply


    March 15, 2011

    First off, THANK YOU for this!!! French fries are my ultimate weakness and I finally won't feel so guilty for it with this recipe. Next... is the water step absolutely necessary? I skipped it by accident the first time around, and I was wondering what would have been different if I hadn't. Thanks again! Reply


    March 16, 2011

    Not really I just noticed a crispier fry when I soaked a bit to remove the starch. Feel free to skip if it works for you! Oh and you are so welcome! Reply