There's a secret to crunchy oven fries!
Love crispy, crunchy french fries, but hate excess fat and calories? There’s a healthy way to make your own fries at home, and that’s in your oven! Plus, there’s no need to lose that crisp, golden quality when you follow our recipe for Crispy Oven Fries.
The secret to giving homemade fries that crunch, whether they’re steak fries, garlic fries, or skinny fries, is to dip them in egg whites before baking. You heard it right. The secret fat-free ingredient for crunchy, delicious fries is probably already in your fridge.
Limp, soggy fries are a thing of the past. And you can amp up the flavor of your oven fries with our recommended healthier fry sauces: Skinny Ms Barbecue Sauce, Skinny Ms Ketchup, or this Aioli recipe.
Crispy Oven Fries
- 4 baking potatoes medium, scrubbed with or without peeling
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 1 egg white
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
- 1/4 cup parmesan
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Coat a nonstick baking sheet with canola or olive oil cooking spray.
- Whisk the egg white in a small bowl until frothy and foamy.
- Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick fries and dip into the egg white. Arrange in a single layer, so that the potatoes are not touching. Sprinkle with half of the salt, pepper, and Parmesan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Flip, and sprinkle with the remaining salt, pepper, and Parmesan, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes more, until golden and crisp.
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Is it okay if we skip the parmesan?
Hi Teresa, yes, you can easily omit the parmesan.
the directions say to cut into fairly thick lengthwise wedges. Can we work with different shapes and thicknesses? (ie: more traditional "1/4" x 1/4" x however long the potato is frie" shapes or widthwise 1/8" thick ovals)
Yes, you could work with other shapes and sizes of fries, including thinner fries.
can I skip egg as well as i am vegetarian
Monoj Kumar, Yes, you can skip the egg.
I know I could hand cut the fries but what do you use? I've always wondered if I wouldn't like one of those vegetable slicers/choppers but have no idea which are easier to use and clean. Was just wondering if you used one. Thanks!
Debby, We did hand cut the fries, but you are right, there are other options. We have not tried the vegetable chopper but that might be a good solution. I would check reviews on Amazon before buying.
The potatoes pictured are clearly not cut in wedges. If I cut them as pictured, will they burn using the same cook temp and time?
Cheryl, They should be fine. Sometimes I cut them a little thicker and other times more like the photo. They've never burned so far. 🙂 Keep us posted.
When I try this, the cooking spray smokes a lot, any tips there?
Use canola oil instead. Thanks!
I use an air fryer
Awesome recipe cant believe the calorie count so tasty found they had to be cooked 5 min longer when turned over. Will def be my go to recipe for homemade fries
I don’t see anywhere it says to peel potatoes, yet the pictures show peel potatoes. Does it matter?
J, I added the option of peeling or leaving the peeling on. It’s really up to the individual. Leaving the peel on will provide more fiber.