Recipe: Oven Fries

Every Sunday after church we peel a dozen or so potatoes and make oven fries to serve with barbecued burgers. If our kids happen to have friends over, they stand around and help us peel potatoes too. Many hands make light work, ya know, and I personally think this little tradition is kind of fun! The fries in the photo were made by my son.  He seasoned them with garlic powder, parsley and paprika.  Feel free to use the seasonings you enjoy. 


Serves 4

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Homemade Oven Fries

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Homemade Oven Fries


  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (use cayenne or berbere for spicy fries)


  1. Preheat oven to 550 degrees, set on convection if you have that option. Slice potatoes into long thin strips that are fairly uniform in size. Thinner pieces will make for crispier fries.
  2. Spread a bit of the oil all over the bottom of a large cookie sheet. Pour remaining oil into a medium sized bowl. Add potatoes and your choice of seasoning. Toss with oil until seasonings are evenly mixed and fries are well coated with oil. Spread in a single layer on the cookie sheet.
  3. Place in oven and bake until fries are well browned, about 10-12 minutes. If fries aren't browning well by the end, set the oven on broil for 1-2 minutes at the end of cooking to get them nice and crispy. Watch very carefully near the end, so that they don't get overdone.
  4. Enjoy!
  5. For more affordable recipes, check out Mary's cookbook Family Feasts for $75 a Week



Pin It


  1. Tobi Andrews says:

    We do exactly this with butternut squash – yummy!

  2. Love how crispy these look. I was surprised by the seasoning – it looks like there is something green/flaky on there? I am going to try upping the heat next time – I usually do mine at 450. Oh, and we love making sweet potato fries as well!

    • Hi Lauren,
      Yes, I think my son did the above batch with parsley, paprika, and garlic powder. You really can do whatever seasonings you enjoy. The most important thing is to bake them with oil on very high heat.

  3. Those look so yummy!

  4. Yum! We do something similar with sweet potatoes and an Indian spices blend (usually the one for Rogan Josh — cinnamon, black pepper, paprika, coriander, garlic, ginger, cumin, salt, cardamom, cloves, all ground together).

  5. Pinned it!

  6. Mary — I’m a Pampered Chef consultant and we have a french fry cutter coming out in the new catalogs next month. That could be a time saver for you guys and help keep your fries uniform. I’ve used it and it works great!

  7. Yum!!

  8. Those look amazing and just love the simple recipe!

  9. They look great. I don’t think my oven gets hot enough for this though – it struggles to get much over 200C/400F

  10. yum! thanks for the recipe! my husband and kiddos will LOVE these!

  11. Any chance you mean 4 pounds of potatoes? These look divine!


  1. […] It worked well to make my own bread because it was cheaper than buying it. I enjoyed eating French fries often because they taste good and are easy to […]

  2. […] and oven fries  for Sunday lunch […]