You’re going to love these Healthy Baked French Fries that are oil-free, but so crispy and tasty. They’re a delicious side dish that everyone loves.

platter of baked french fries with ketchup

Recipe Highlights

If you’re like me, you grew up eating fast food French fries that were ultra-crispy and so incredibly addictive. While tasty, it’s not a good idea to eat fried foods very often, especially from fast food restaurants that tend to use low-quality oils.

The good news is that you can make homemade French fries that are baked and not fried. You don’t even need oil to get a fry that is crisp on the outside and warm and fluffy in the center.

The key to getting a great homemade baked French fry is to cook them at a high heat in the oven, and then to lower the heat to finish the fry.

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free. I think you are going to love it!

Recipe Steps

The best type of potato to use for homemade French fries is a Russet potato. Russet potatoes are also known as Idaho potatoes, and they are ideal for making fries.

You’ll need about one medium potato for each serving of fries.

Step One

The first step to making homemade French fries is to pre-heat your oven. You’ll also need to line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.

Step Two

Next, wash your potatoes and pat them dry. Then, use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin off the potatoes. If you are okay with eating the skin on potatoes, then you can leave them on, but I prefer to peel them for a more authentic French fry.

Also, from a health perspective, it can be easier for people who are sensitive to lectins to digest potatoes if they peel them.

If you see any dark spots on your potatoes as you peel them, just peel that section away, or use a paring knife to cut that part out.

peeled and chopped Russet potatoes

Step Three

Then, place your fries on the baking sheet. Give them a very quick spray with non-stick cooking spray. I like this coconut oil cooking spray. Even though this recipe doesn’t use oil, a very light spray helps keep the potatoes from burning, and also helps them get crispy.

If you are on a very strict oil-free diet, then feel free to leave out the non-stick spray. Just keep an eye on your fries as they cook to make sure they don’t burn.

sliced potatoes on baking sheet

Step Four

Bake the potatoes for 15 minutes at 400 degrees, toss them once, and then finish baking them at 350 degrees for another 15 minutes. They should be browned around the edges, but not burned.

baked potatoes on a baking sheet

Step Five

Let the Healthy Baked French Fries cool for just a few minutes before serving. I like to eat them with some ketchup.

fries on a plate with a bowl of ketchup

FAQs

Can I use the air-fryer for these fries?

Yes, but I would recommend being very careful to cut the potatoes into evenly-shaped fries. Otherwise, the fries tend to burn easily in the air fryer. Check out my recipe for Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries for more information.

Can I use other types of potatoes besides Russet to make French fries?

Yes, but Russet potatoes are the best type for fries. Sweet potatoes also work very well.

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Healthy Baked French Fries (Oil-Free!)

plate of french fries with ketchup

You’re going to love these Healthy Baked French Fries that are oil-free, but so crispy and tasty. They’re a delicious side dish that everyone loves.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • 4 medium Russet potatoes, washed and peeled
  • Nonstick cooking spray*

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Working one potato at a time, cut the potato in half lengthwise. Then, cut each half again lengthwise. Then, cut each quarter into 3-4 fries. Each fry should be about ¼-inch in width.
  3. Repeat until you have cut all of the potatoes into fries.
  4. Lay the fries on the baking sheets, allowing space between each fry.
  5. Spray the potatoes with a quick spray of non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Bake the potatoes for 15 minutes at 400°F. Carefully remove the baking sheets from the oven and use a spatula to move the fries around so they cook evenly.
  7. If you like, you can give the potatoes another light spray of nonstick cooking spray to help them brown and not burn.
  8. Return the baking sheets to the oven. Reduce the heat to 350°F and cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until the fries are golden brown, but not burned.
  9. Remove the baking sheets and let the fries cool for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

*If you are on a very strict oil-free diet, then feel free to leave out the non-stick spray. Just keep an eye on your fries as they cook to make sure they don’t burn.

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