May 1, 2021

French Fries

A plate of oven bakes homemade fries sprinkled with sea salt

French Fries

Those deep-fried french fries you get at restaurants may taste good, but unfortunately, they're often made with low-quality oils and are heavy in calories. Perhaps you avoid french fries for this very reason. But if you make them at home, they will taste just as good, and your health won't suffer. I'll show you how easy it is to make delicious french fries with quality ingredients without complicated kitchen tools, plus some unique ideas for repurposing leftovers. 

  • Author: Caterina De Falco
  • Prep Time: 10-15 depending on amount
  • Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 40-55 minutes


Idaho or yellow potatoes

Olive oil

Sea salt


Rinse and peel the potatoes.

Slice them in rounds or lengthwise strips

Place them on a baking sheet, and toss with olive oil to lightly coat them. 

Bake the potatoes at 400 degrees until golden brown—about 30 minutes.  Toss them two or three times to prevent them from sticking to the pan. 

Once they are cooked to your liking, sprinkle the fries with sea salt and serve them immediately.  Read the notes for leftover ideas. 

Tips- If you think you will make fries often it is worth investing about $20 in this French Fry cutter.  It takes about 3 minutes to slice a full sheet tray of fries.  


Making fries takes a little effort, but they are so good and better for your health, and having the leftovers makes it even more worth the effort.  With leftover fries, you can;

Warm them in a pan and serve them with a mixed green salad with French vinaigrette dressing.  

Add them to an omelet

Add them to soups

Add them to the pan when you roast a chicken, so they soak up the juice- and there is your side dish. 

Making French fries is an excellent opportunity to get kids involved in the kitchen.  They can peel the potatoes and cut them with this child-safe knife, making beautiful crinkle-cut fries. 

Kids safe wooden handle crinkle cut knife on a cutting board with vegetables 

 I often cook "au pif", as we say in France, which means without a recipe.  You’ll find this style of cooking helps you cook faster and makes cooking easier. With many recipes, you don’t need exact measurements, just a little kitchen intuition.

Write to me if you have any questions on the recipes.

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