Crispy, perfectly browned, and full of flavor, this Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries recipe has a few tricks to getting perfect fries in the oven!
Oven fries are good, but at best, they’re usually a compromise: “I want to make fries, but I don’t want to deep fry them, so I guess making them in the oven will do.”
It’s not that they’re not good! But they’re not the best—well, at least, they’re not unless you know how to make them the right way. These Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries are every bit as good as deep-fried fries (seriously!), and I think it’s safe to say that they’re even better because: Parmesan and garlic! Pair them with Tuscano Burgers or Steakhouse Marinated Portobello Mushroom Burgers for a perfect dinner.
How Do You Get Fries Crispy in the Oven?
First tip? Use Yukon gold potatoes. You may have seen oven fry recipes that call for soaking potatoes in cold water to remove the starch. This trick works, but here’s an even better one: by using Yukon gold potatoes, you can skip the soaking because they’re naturally lower in starch than Russet potatoes. Huzzah!
Second tip? Dry the potatoes! This is self-explanatory—by soaking up any excess moisture on the potatoes, you’re going to get a crispier exterior.
And finally, the third tip: use plenty of oil and high heat. Don’t be afraid of the oil! You’ll coat your sheet pan with the oil and toss the fries with it, which ensures that the potatoes don’t stick and get a nice sear on both sides.
What You’ll Need
This recipe is all about technique. Well, technique… and garlic and Parmesan. But at any rate, it’s not as much about the ingredients, but more about how you use them!
- Yukon gold potatoes – If you substitute a different type of potato, they won’t be as crispy.
- Canola or avocado oil
- Grated Parmesan – You can use the store-bought grated parmesan that’s sold in the pasta aisle, but it’s even better if you buy a wedge and grate it yourself. This will stick to the fries better.
How to Make Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries
Are you ready for the best oven fries you’ve ever had?! Here’s what you’ll need to do.
Prepare. Preheat your oven to 450ºF. Coat a sheet pan with 1/4 cup of oil.
Cut the potatoes. Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the potatoes into evenly-sized wedges (about 6 to 8 per potato). Use a paper towel to dry the wedges.
Season the potatoes. In a large mixing bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons of oil with salt, pepper, half of the parsley, and half of the garlic. Add the potatoes and toss to coat, then pour them onto the prepared pan and arrange them in a single layer.
Bake. Place the pan in the oven and roast the fries for 25 to 30 minutes, turning once or twice to ensure that all sides of the potatoes are browned and crisp.
Do You Have to Flip French Fries in the Oven?
Yes, flipping is key to getting fries perfectly crispy on both sides. Without this step, you’re likely to have over-done bottoms and under-done tops.
Finish and serve. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the fries to plates lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Season with the remaining garlic, parsley, and Parmesan, then serve.
Tips for Success
Here are some hints and tips for delicious, crispy oven fries.
- Cut in even sizes. If you want to avoid having some fries burnt to a crisp while others are still unpleasantly raw in the middle, make sure you cut the potatoes in uniform sizes.
- Don’t substitute the oil. The oven temperature is hot, so you need to use an oil with a high smoke point. Olive oil won’t work here!
- Make them your own. Feel free to experiment with different seasonings! Herbes de Provence, rosemary, thyme, chili powder—they’re all delicious with oven fries. You can also skip the garlic and finish the fries with a drizzle of truffle oil and a sprinkle of Parmesan.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Store leftover oven fries in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. While you can warm them up in the microwave, the best way to reheat oven fries is in a 400ºF oven.
Can Oven Fries Be Frozen?
Yes, you can freeze these for up to 3 months and reheat them from frozen in a 400ºF oven.