Crispy Oven-Baked Fries


Classic french fries get their crispy exterior and pillowy soft interior thanks to a dunk or two in hot oil. The trick for achieving the same craveable results minus the deep fryer is to boil cut-up potatoes in salted, acidulated water prior to putting them into the oven. Yes, it's an extra step, but it's worth it. The salt helps extract excess moisture from the potatoes while the vinegar strengthens the exterior and helps the fries hold their shape. The result? Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.

Crispy Oven-Baked Fries
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 8 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 ½ pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven; preheat to 425°F. Combine water, vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat.

  2. Cut potatoes into ½-inch-thick sticks. Add to the pot, reduce heat to medium and cook just until starting to become tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Carefully remove the potatoes to a clean kitchen towel with a slotted spoon. Gently pat dry, then transfer to a medium bowl and toss with oil. Carefully spread the potatoes in a single layer on the hot baking sheet. Bake, flipping halfway through, until golden and crispy, 30 to 40 minutes.

  4. Transfer the fries to a paper-towel-lined bowl. Let rest for 2 minutes. Remove the paper towels and sprinkle the fries with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

197 Calories
7g Fat
31g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 197
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 2IU 0%
Sodium 228mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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