It’s kind of amazing how serendipitous grocery sales are sometimes. This week I had a really strong craving for oven baked French Fries and then I get to the store and find russet potatoes on sale for $0.37/lb. As soon as I saw that sale sign, I knew I was gonna be having an oven fry PAR-TAY! Okay, maybe not a “par-tay”, but I did have a massive plate of Thick Cut Garlic Parmesan Fries as my lunch and that felt really, really indulgent!
Are Oven Baked Fries Crispy?
Thick cut oven baked fries like these are not crispy. That’s just the nature of baked potato. If you cut your fries really thin, you can get them pretty crispy with baking, but not when they’re thick like this. If you want to see how to make crispy oven fries, check out my Smoky Garlic Oven Fries.
What Else Can I Use to Season My Fries?
Yes! What I love about this recipe is that you can change the seasoning to be almost anything. The Parmesan in the seasoning mix does give the fries a little more texture as it crisps in the oven, so consider that when deciding whether to include Parmesan in your seasoning mix. Some other flavor ideas are:
What to Serve with Oven Baked Fries
I mean, I’ll happily eat of plate of these on their own, but they also make a great side dish. If you plan to eat them on their own, you can always melt some extra cheddar over top, or dip them in some homemade ranch dressing. As-is, they make a great side dish to burgers (Green Chile Turkey Burgers or Marinated Portobello Burgers), or you could serve them with something like Baked Spicy Chicken Sandwiches, or Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken.
Thick Cut Garlic Parmesan Fries
- 1 large russet potato (about 1 lb.) ($0.37)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.12)
- 1 tsp dried oregano ($0.10)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder ($0.03)
- 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
- Freshly cracked pepper ($0.05)
- 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan ($0.08)
- 1 handful fresh parsley (optional) ($0.10)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Wash the potato well, then cut into 1/2-inch thick strips and wedges. Spread the potatoes out over the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over top.
- Combine the oregano, garlic powder, salt, and freshly cracked pepper in a bowl, then sprinkle over the potatoes. Toss the potatoes on the baking sheet until they are coated in oil and spices. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan over top.
- Bake the potatoes in the fully preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly crisp on the edges. Rotate the pieces half way through the baking time. Top with chopped fresh parsley, then serve immediately.
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How to Make Oven Baked French Fries – Step by Step Photos
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Start with one large russet potato (about one pound) and wash it well. You can make more fries than I did, but you’ll want to use more baking sheets as needed to make sure they’re spread out well.
Cut the potato into 1/2 inch wedges and strips.
In a small bowl combine 1 tsp dried oregano, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and some freshly cracked pepper. If you want a super garlicky experience, mince 2-4 cloves of fresh garlic and use that in place of the garlic powder.
Line a baking sheet with either parchment or foil (just be careful with foil, they will brown faster). Spread the thick cut fries out over the baking sheet so that they’re in a single layer. Drizzle 1 Tbsp olive oil over top, then sprinkle the garlic her mixer over that. Toss the fries until they are coated in oil and spices. Finally, sprinkle 1 Tbsp grated parmesan on top.
Bake the Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries in the fully preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and slightly crispy on the edges. Half way through the baking time take the baking sheet out and move the fries around a bit, wiping up some of the garlic herb mixture and Parmesan up off of the baking sheet as you move them around. Again, if you use foil, the fries will likely brown a little faster, so start checking them around 20-25 minutes.
Finally, add a handful of chopped fresh parsley after baking, if desired.