Greek Fries

These crispy Greek fries are the ultimate side dish! They’re showered with Mediterranean-style toppings: feta cheese, onion and herbs. Sure you can eat French fries with ketchup…but what’s the fun in that? Here’s a unique way to dress up your fries, Mediterranean style. Make homemade Greek fries! These crispy Yukon gold taters are thin sliced and baked with a homemade seasoning blend starring oregano, garlic and dill. Out of the oven, they’re showered with feta cheese crumbles, fresh parsley and red onion, which add just the right Greek-style vibe. Better yet, serve them with lemon dill sauce for dipping! They’re the best pair for a falafel burger or baked shrimp. Let’s get cooking! What are Greek fries? What are Greek fries? Are they authentic to Greek cuisine? Well, yes and no. The authentic Greek-style French fries that you’d get at a restaurant are called Patates Tiganites (here’s an authentic recipe from a Greek recipe writer). These are thick-cut potatoes, usually a waxy potato like Yukon gold, fried and topped with dried oregano. You’ll also find that Greek or Mediterranean restaurants may make French fries and top them with feta cheese and herbs. Some restaurants in Greece even serve them this […]

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These crispy Greek fries are the ultimate side dish! They’re showered with Mediterranean-style toppings: feta cheese, onion and herbs.

Greek fries

Sure you can eat French fries with ketchup…but what’s the fun in that? Here’s a unique way to dress up your fries, Mediterranean style. Make homemade Greek fries! These crispy Yukon gold taters are thin sliced and baked with a homemade seasoning blend starring oregano, garlic and dill. Out of the oven, they’re showered with feta cheese crumbles, fresh parsley and red onion, which add just the right Greek-style vibe. Better yet, serve them with lemon dill sauce for dipping! They’re the best pair for a falafel burger or baked shrimp. Let’s get cooking!

What are Greek fries?

What are Greek fries? Are they authentic to Greek cuisine? Well, yes and no. The authentic Greek-style French fries that you’d get at a restaurant are called Patates Tiganites (here’s an authentic recipe from a Greek recipe writer). These are thick-cut potatoes, usually a waxy potato like Yukon gold, fried and topped with dried oregano.

You’ll also find that Greek or Mediterranean restaurants may make French fries and top them with feta cheese and herbs. Some restaurants in Greece even serve them this way. There’s no real “authentic” definition to what exact toppings go on Greek fries. So our recipe for Greek fries is a spin on Mediterranean flavors and the style of fries we enjoyed while traveling in Santorini.

Use a waxy potato, like Yukon gold

Standard French fry recipes use russet potatoes, to get that fluffy on the inside texture that restaurant fries have. But in our research, we found that Greek fries recipes use a waxy potato like Yukon gold. This has a smoother texture on the interior, with a bit sweeter flavor. It definitely tastes like a different type of French fry! Use this type of potato if you can find it: but russet potatoes work just as well.

Greek fries

The seasoning for Greek fries: a homemade blend!

Another thing that makes this Greek fries recipe special: our homemade Greek seasoning blend! This blend features dried herbs and spices that are often used in Greek cuisine. These seasonings really make the dish! Make up a batch and you’ll have leftover to use in other recipes: we love it sprinkled over potatoes, sauteed vegetables, and fish. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Dried oregano
  • Dried dill
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt and black pepper

Toppings for Greek fries

The toppings in these Greek fries are what make it shine! Here are the fry toppings you’ll need to add the Mediterranean-style flair to this recipe:

  • Feta cheese crumbles: As you crumble them, break them into smaller pieces with your fingers. Very large chunks won’t stick to the fries.
  • Red onion: If you don’t like spicy red onion, rinse the chopped onion a few times first, then drain completely. This helps to soften the flavor.
  • Fresh parsley: Curly parsley is the way to go if you can find it: it brings the best Greek flavor like in our quinoa tabbouleh. If all you can find is flat leaf or Italian parsley, that works too!
How to make Greek fries

Sauces for dipping Greek fries

The last element to these easy homemade baked French fries that adds a Greek vibe is the dipping sauce! We have a few different sauces that would work well here. Pick from the following:

How to cut fries

The part of making these healthy Greek fries with the most technique is cutting the fries! There are two methods you can use: hand-cutting or using a fry cutter. Here’s what to know about how to cut fries by hand:

  • Watch the video first: Go and watch this video.
  • Make a base: Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base.
  • Cut planks, then strips: Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a 3/8-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long 3/8-inch wide strips. Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries!

A shortcut? You can use a fry cutter! It’s rather large so you’ll need to have good storage space. But it works like a charm! Here’s a link to the French fry cutter we use.

Mediterranean French fries

Tips for making Greek fries perfectly crispy

Last up: how to make these Greek fries perfectly crispy? Here are a few of the tips we use to make a crispy baked fry:

  • Soak the fries 10 minutes while the oven preheats. This gets the perfect soft inside and crisp exterior.
  • Use parchment paper. This helps with clean-up and makes for crispy bottoms. Don’t use a silicon baking sheet, or they’ll get too soggy.
  • Space apart as much as possible, keeping them in a single layer. No stacking! You need maximum space around each fry to get them crispy (even better, use a “half sheet” baking sheet that’s large enough to fit the entire oven rack).

And that’s it! We hope you love these Greek fries as much as we do!

This Greek fries recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, use dairy-free feta crumbles.

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Greek fries

Greek Fries


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These crispy Greek fries are the ultimate side dish! They’re showered with Mediterranean-style toppings: feta cheese, onion and herbs.


Ingredients

  • 6 medium Yukon gold potatoes (1 1/2  to 1 3/4 pounds)*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon homemade Greek Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup feta crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped curly parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 4 lemon wedges, for serving
  • Optional: tzatziki, lemon dill sauce (our favorite), or aioli, for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Evenly space the oven racks to ensure even cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes into fries: (Watch this video or use a fry cutter.) Wash the potatoes, leaving the skins on. Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base. Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a 3/8-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long strips. Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries. The pieces can be uneven, but aim for as uniform of thickness as possible. See the video for full instructions!
  3. Soak in cold water (10 minutes): Place the cut fries into a medium bowl and rinse with cold water until water is clear. Then fill the bowl with cold water and allow to rest for 10 minutes (while the oven preheats). Then drain the potatoes and dry them thoroughly with a clean dish towel.
  4. Season the fries: Add the fries to a dry bowl and toss them with the olive oil, Greek seasoning and kosher salt. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the fries in straight lines on the paper, placing them as far apart as possible.
  5. Bake: Bake the fries for 20 minutes. Take them out of the oven and carefully flip each fry. Return to oven (reversing the pans on top and bottom racks). Bake additional 8 to 10 minutes until they are crisp and golden brown, watching carefully as the bake time depends on the fry thickness and your oven. (If the majority of the fries seem soft, continue to bake a few more minutes.)
  6. Season: Taste and add a few more pinches salt if desired. 
  7. Garnish: Transfer fries to a platter and top with the feta cheese crumbles, breaking larger chunks into small pieces with your fingers. Add the finely chopped parsley and red onion. Serve with lemon wedges and tzatziki or lemon dill sauce.

Notes

*This makes a good amount of fries, but much less than a restaurant portion (that’s as intended!). The largest quantity of fries that fits on two baking sheets is 2 pounds, you can increase to that much if desired (adjust seasonings accordingly).

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Greek inspired

Keywords: Greek fries

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Carrot Fries (Ranch Seasoned!)

These carrot fries are full of big flavor, sprinkled with ranch seasoning and baked until lightly crispy! Everyone will ask for the recipe. Good news, fry lovers: there’s a new fry in town. Carrot fries! This healthy fry recipe is full of all the nutrients of this popular vegetable: but tastes like your favorite greasy comfort food. Even better: they’re coated in ranch seasoning! This play on the standard pairing of carrots and ranch gives a savory zing to each bite. Of course, you can dip them in ranch too for double the fun. They’re baked, and there’s a little trick to give them a lightly crispy exterior. Everyone will love them! We couldn’t stop sneaking bites off the baking sheet. Ingredients for the best carrot fries You’ll need just a handful of ingredients for carrot fries: and most of them are the spices you’ll need of the ranch seasoning. Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand: Carrots: medium to large carrots work best, since they’re easiest for cutting fries Olive oil Spices: garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill, dried parsley Cornstarch Salt How to cut carrots into fries The hardest part of this recipe is actually cutting the […]

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These carrot fries are full of big flavor, sprinkled with ranch seasoning and baked until lightly crispy! Everyone will ask for the recipe.

Carrot fries

Good news, fry lovers: there’s a new fry in town. Carrot fries! This healthy fry recipe is full of all the nutrients of this popular vegetable: but tastes like your favorite greasy comfort food. Even better: they’re coated in ranch seasoning! This play on the standard pairing of carrots and ranch gives a savory zing to each bite. Of course, you can dip them in ranch too for double the fun. They’re baked, and there’s a little trick to give them a lightly crispy exterior. Everyone will love them! We couldn’t stop sneaking bites off the baking sheet.

Ingredients for the best carrot fries

You’ll need just a handful of ingredients for carrot fries: and most of them are the spices you’ll need of the ranch seasoning. Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand:

  • Carrots: medium to large carrots work best, since they’re easiest for cutting fries
  • Olive oil
  • Spices: garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill, dried parsley
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt

How to cut carrots into fries

The hardest part of this recipe is actually cutting the carrots into fries! How to get those perfect rectangle fry shapes? Well, it’s similar to the steps for cutting fries out of a potato. Here’s what to do:

  • Slice off the ends of the carrot.
  • Square off each of the sides of the carrot to make a rectangular box shape.
  • Cut into 3/8-inch wide slices, then cut each slice into strips.
Carrot fries

The tricks to crispy baked carrot fries

Here’s the thing. When you bake carrots, they turn out beautifully tender: like with these Roasted Carrots. But that’s not what you want with fries! We don’t have a deep fryer and typically don’t like frying at home (it’s messy and not worth the effort). So we’ve found a few tricks to making lightly crispy baked carrot fries! They don’t come out crunchy like they would in a deep fryer, but they’re lightly crisp and totally satisfying. Here’s what to know:

  1. Coat in cornstarch. Cornstarch helps to form a crispy coating for the carrots, which can turn soggy and tender in the oven.
  2. Place on parchment paper. Don’t use a Silpat or silicon baking sheet, which can make for soggy fries! Paper is the way to go.
  3. Spread apart on the baking sheet. Spread the fries as far apart on the baking sheet as possible: this allows for maximum airflow and enhances crispiness. Bake a maximum of 2 pounds of carrots in the oven at once.
Carrots

Are these healthy fries?

We think so! These healthy carrot fries are part of a whole food plant based (WFPB) diet. Here’s why these fries pale in comparison to those from your favorite fast food chain:

  • The ingredients are just carrots, minimal olive oil and a bit of salt. These are all healthy, whole food ingredients. They’re basically baked carrots!
  • They have all the nutrients of carrots. Scroll down for more on that.
  • The serving size is moderate. The serving size is much less than a restaurant would serve, so that helps to keep the calories down.

Carrots nutrition

Carrot are one of the best vegetables you can eat! They’re not just good for your eyesight. Here are some of the top nutritional benefits of this tasty orange veggie (source):

  • Low in calories, high in fiber: One cup of chopped carrots has only 52 calories and 3.6 grams of fiber. (source)
  • Packed with Vitamin A (beta carotene): This root veggie has 428% of your daily vitamin A in 1 cup! It’s present as beta-carotene, an antioxidant that could help in cancer prevention. Your body converts beta carotene into Vitamin A.
  • High in Vitamins C, K and potassium: Carrot are also are high in these vitamins.

Yes, all these good things are present in a recipe of carrot fries! So why not give them a taste?

Carrot fries

Dipping sauces for carrot fries

These carrot fries are delicious on their own, as an easy healthy side dish for dinner. But of course you can spice them up with a dipping sauce! Here are a few we’d recommend:

Serving these fries

These carrot fries are a fantastic healthy side dish to complete a meal. They’d be perfect with all sorts of dinner ideas — here are a few of our top choices:

This carrot fries recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Carrot fries

Carrot Fries (Ranch Seasoned!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These carrot fries are full of big flavor, sprinkled with ranch seasoning and baked until lightly crispy! Everyone will ask for the recipe.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds carrots, medium to large
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Finely chopped fresh parsley, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel the carrots. Cut the carrots into thin fries: slice off the ends, then square off each of the sides to make a rectangular box shape. Cut into 3/8-inch wide slices, then cut the slices into strips. 
  3. Place the fries in a large bowl. Mix the garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill, dried parsley, salt, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Drizzle the carrots with the olive oil, then add the spices and cornstarch. Mix thoroughly to combine.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the fries on the paper, placing them as far apart as possible. 
  5. Bake 12 minutes on one side, then flip the fries and bake 12 to 17 additional minutes until the fries are dry and slightly browned; watch them carefully as the cooking time can depend on the thickness and the heat of your oven. Thinner fries will turn out crispier than larger fries (you’ll likely have some variation).
  6. Cool a few minutes, then serve immediately. (Note: Fries are best right out of the oven; they become softer as they sit.)

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Carrot fries

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World’s Best Sweet Potato Fries

Here’s how to make sweet potato fries: the best you’ll have at home! They’re incredible: baked until crispy and seasoned to perfection. Hello, fry lovers. Meet our new favorite healthy fries: the World’s Best Sweet Potato Fries! Ok, we’ll admit: we haven’t performed a scientific survey to validate this claim. However: we’ve made a lot of homemade fries. In fact, you could call us fry experts. This recipe is the culmination of years of research: our quest to find the best crispy baked sweet potato fries you can make at home! All our knowledge from regular French fries translates to this master recipe, plus a little secret on how to make them crispy. 4 tricks to crispy baked sweet potato fries There are lots of people who claim to have the secret to the best baked sweet potato fries. Here’s the the problem with sweet potatoes: they have more moisture than a typical russet potato. So it’s tricky to get them to crisp up unless you deep fry them. Here are four tricks that make baked sweet potato fries come out crispy: Soak for 10 minutes in cold water. This really works! Soaking removes excess potato starch, resulting in maximum […]

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Here’s how to make sweet potato fries: the best you’ll have at home! They’re incredible: baked until crispy and seasoned to perfection.

Sweet potato fries

Hello, fry lovers. Meet our new favorite healthy fries: the World’s Best Sweet Potato Fries! Ok, we’ll admit: we haven’t performed a scientific survey to validate this claim. However: we’ve made a lot of homemade fries. In fact, you could call us fry experts. This recipe is the culmination of years of research: our quest to find the best crispy baked sweet potato fries you can make at home! All our knowledge from regular French fries translates to this master recipe, plus a little secret on how to make them crispy.

4 tricks to crispy baked sweet potato fries

There are lots of people who claim to have the secret to the best baked sweet potato fries. Here’s the the problem with sweet potatoes: they have more moisture than a typical russet potato. So it’s tricky to get them to crisp up unless you deep fry them. Here are four tricks that make baked sweet potato fries come out crispy:

  1. Soak for 10 minutes in cold water. This really works! Soaking removes excess potato starch, resulting in maximum crispiness. The best part: you can do this while you preheat the oven, so there’s no time lost.
  2. Coat in cornstarch. Cornstarch helps to form a crispy coating for sweet potatoes, which can turn soggy and limp in the oven, unlike a russet potato.
  3. Place on parchment paper. Don’t use a Silpat or silicon baking sheet, which can make for soggy fries! Paper is the way to go.
  4. Spread apart on the baking sheet. Spread the fries as far apart on the baking sheet as possible: this allows for maximum airflow and enhances crispiness. Bake a maximum of 2 pounds of potatoes in the oven at once.
Sweet potato fries

Ingredients for sweet potato fries

These sweet potato fries require only a few ingredients to make fry perfection. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Small to medium sweet potatoes: Weigh out 2 pounds when you buy them: they vary in size widely, so it’s easiest to specify weight. Some sweet potatoes can be massive: these are hard to cut and don’t make pretty fries. Look for small to medium sized sweet potatoes for the best looking fries.
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder and onion powder
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
Crispy sweet potato fries

How to cut fries by hand

Cutting fries is easy: but there are a few tricks! For sweet potato fries, we like to leave the peels on. That way you get all the nutrients and don’t have to waste time doing it! Here’s our method and see below for a video:

  • Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base.
  • Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a 3/8-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long 3/8-inch wide strips.
  • Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries!

Cutting sweet potato fries with a fry cutter

You can also use a fry cutter to cut fries! This is only for the most serious of home cooks, because it’s a unitasker (only good for one thing) and rather large. We got one because we make a lot fries around here! It makes for beautifully perfect fries. Here are some notes:

  • Sweet potatoes are more difficult to cut with a fry cutter than russet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are much tougher than russets, so they take much more strength to pass through the cutter. We struggled here, but eventually made it work (with Alex’s muscles). We don’t necessarily recommend using a fry cutter, but it did work.
  • The fry cutter works brilliantly for russets and other vegetables. Here’s a link to the French fry cutter we use.
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Why these are healthy sweet potato fries

These sweet potato fries aren’t fried, so we think you can call them healthy fries! Here’s why these are a healthy, whole food version of the standard comfort food:

  • You’ll just use sweet potatoes, minimal olive oil and a bit of salt. These are all healthy, whole food ingredients. They’re basically roasted potatoes!
  • The serving size is moderate. The serving size is much less than a restaurant would serve, so that helps to keep the calories down.

Seasoning and dipping sweet potato fries

Once you’ve cut your fries, seasoned and baked them: you’ll want to start sneaking bites right off of the baking sheet! In fact, it’s hard to actually get them on our table because we want to devour them so quickly. You definitely don’t need a dipping sauce with these. But if you love a little flair (we do), here are some seasoning mixes and sauces for dipping:

Sweet potato fries

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Sweet potato fries

World’s Best Sweet Potato Fries


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make sweet potato fries: the best you’ll have at home! They’re incredible: baked until crispy and seasoned to perfection.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds small to medium sweet potatoes*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Evenly space the oven racks to ensure even cooking.
  2. Cut the potatoes into fries: (Watch this video or use a fry cutter.) Wash the potatoes, leaving the skins on. Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base. Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a 3/8-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long strips. Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries. The pieces can be uneven, but aim for as uniform of thickness as possible**. See the video for full instructions!
  3. Soak in cold water (10 minutes): Place the cut fries into a medium bowl and rinse with cold water until water is clear. Then fill the bowl with cold water and allow to rest for 10 minutes (while the oven preheats). Then drain the potatoes and dry them thoroughly with a clean dish towel.
  4. Season the fries: Place the fries in a large bowl; drizzle with the olive oil, then add the garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and cornstarch. Mix thoroughly to combine. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the fries on the paper, placing them as far apart as possible.
  5. Bake: Bake 15 minutes on one side. Remove the trays from the oven and flip the fries. Place them back in the oven (on reversed oven racks for even baking) and bake 16 to 19 minutes until the fries are dry and slightly browned. Watch them carefully as the cooking time can depend on the thickness and your specific oven. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Notes

*Weigh out the potatoes for accuracy. Sweet potatoes vary widely in size so it’s easiest to specify quantity by weight instead of a number of potatoes. Small to medium potatoes have the best shape for fries.

**You can also use a fry cutter; it’s a little harder to use on sweet potatoes but still works (see above).

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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Seasoned Fries

These seasoned fries taste even better than a restaurant! Bake them until crispy with this magic seasoning blend and prepare to be amazed. Did you know you can make the best fries of your life…homemade? Yes, we’re pretty confident that these seasoned fries will blow you away! Alex and I have been perfecting the art of homemade French fries for years. We’ve picked up some tips to to getting the very best fries possible in a home kitchen. Here’s the thing: they do take a bit of time! But if you have to work for your treat food, it makes it that much more special: right? These are baked in an oven until crispy and coated in the perfect seasoning blend. In fact, we think they’re the best seasoned fries you’ll have. Ready to become a French fries expert? Ingredients for seasoned fries First up: let’s talk French fry seasoning. We’ve tinkered with a whole lot of seasoning blends, and come up with this one. It brings out the best savory, salty flavor in your fries. Here’s what you’ll need: Smoked paprika: This is the Spanish version of paprika that’s made with smoked peppers. It infuses a hint of smokiness into […]

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These seasoned fries taste even better than a restaurant! Bake them until crispy with this magic seasoning blend and prepare to be amazed.

Seasoned fries

Did you know you can make the best fries of your life…homemade? Yes, we’re pretty confident that these seasoned fries will blow you away! Alex and I have been perfecting the art of homemade French fries for years. We’ve picked up some tips to to getting the very best fries possible in a home kitchen. Here’s the thing: they do take a bit of time! But if you have to work for your treat food, it makes it that much more special: right? These are baked in an oven until crispy and coated in the perfect seasoning blend. In fact, we think they’re the best seasoned fries you’ll have. Ready to become a French fries expert?

Ingredients for seasoned fries

First up: let’s talk French fry seasoning. We’ve tinkered with a whole lot of seasoning blends, and come up with this one. It brings out the best savory, salty flavor in your fries. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Smoked paprika: This is the Spanish version of paprika that’s made with smoked peppers. It infuses a hint of smokiness into each bite. (There are lots of smoked paprika recipes to use up a jar.)
  • Old Bay: Old Bay is a seasoning blend from the American Northeast: it’s often used to season seafood and potatoes. It brings a savory, irresistible flavor to each bit. Look for Old Bay in the spices aisle in the grocery or buy it online. You can also make homemade Old Bay seasoning.
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
Seasoned fries

How to cut seasoned fries: by hand

Once you’ve compiled your spices, you’ve got to cut the fries! You can cut seasoned fries two ways: by hand or with a French fry cutter. We make fries so often that we got a special cutter (below). But you can easily cut them by hand! Here’s our fast and easy method (or watch this video):

  • Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base.
  • Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a 3/8-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long 3/8-inch wide strips.
  • Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries!

Or, use a French fry cutter!

Here’s an option only if you think you’ll make fries a lot: a French fry cutter! Typically Alex and I don’t recommend one-use gadgets. But this one is so slick, we couldn’t resist. A French fry cutter cuts fries from a potato in 1 second! (Really.) It’s easy to use and pumps them out in a jiffy. The only downside: finding storage space for a one-use gadget. Here’s a link to the French fry cutter we use.

Seasoned fries with aioli
Fries are perfect with Pesto Aioli

Secret to the best seasoned fries: a 10-minute soak!

Here’s what you need to do to make the very best seasoned fries: soak them in cold water for 10 minutes. Now, some recipes call for soaking fries for up to 1 hour or more, or even boiling them first. But after lots of tests, we found you only need 10 minutes in cold water! Here’s why:

  • It makes the outside crispy and inside tender. There’s a notable difference when you soak before you bake.
  • You can soak while your oven preheats! Here’s the thing: you don’t lose any time because you can do it while the oven is preheating. Ideally you can cut, soak and season the fries before the oven is ready to go.

Bake them in the oven until perfectly crispy!

Here’s another nice thing about these seasoned fries: they’re baked, not fried! That makes them a healthy seasoned fries option (more on that, below). You’ll cook at high temperature (425 degrees) to get just the right golden exterior. There are only a few tricks to getting them perfectly crisp. Here’s what to know:

  • Space out the oven racks. Make sure your oven racks are evenly spaced for the most even cooking. You’ll also want to reverse the trays in the oven after you pull them out to flip.
  • Spread the fries in an even layer. Having air between each fry is very important to getting them crispy. If you overcrowd the tray, you’ll get soggy fries.
  • Bake 20 minutes, then flip and bake 10 minutes. Flip each fry individually to make sure it crisps up on both sides. This bake time is perfect for the 3/8-inch cut fry, but you may need to adjust based on how even you cut them and your specific oven.
Best seasoned fries

Are these healthy seasoned fries?

Well, we think so! These fries aren’t fried, so there’s less oil in the process. Here’s why we think these can be deemed a healthy version of seasoned fries:

  • You’ll just use potatoes, minimal olive oil and a bit of salt. These are all healthy, whole food ingredients. They’re basically roasted potatoes!
  • The serving size is moderate. The serving size is much less than a restaurant would serve, so that helps to keep the calories down.

Dipping sauces for seasoned fries

Once your fries are done: let’s get to the dipping! There are so many great sauces to use for dipping these tasty fries. Here are some great options:

Seasoned fries

This seasoned fries recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Seasoned fries

Perfect Seasoned Fries


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These seasoned fries taste even better than a restaurant! Bake them until crispy with this magic seasoning blend and prepare to be amazed.


Ingredients

  • 2 large russet potatoes (1 1/2  to 1 3/4 pounds)*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning (purchased or homemade)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Evenly space the oven racks to ensure even cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes into fries: (Watch this video or use a fry cutter.) Wash the potatoes, leaving the skins on. Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base. Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a 3/8-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long strips. Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries. The pieces can be uneven, but aim for as uniform of thickness as possible. See the video for full instructions!
  3. Soak in cold water (10 minutes): Place the cut fries into a medium bowl and rinse with cold water until water is clear. Then fill the bowl with cold water and allow to rest for 10 minutes (while the oven preheats). Then drain the potatoes and dry them thoroughly with a clean dish towel.
  4. Season the fries: Add the fries to a dry bowl and toss them with the olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, Old Bay, black pepper, and kosher salt. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the fries in straight lines on the paper, placing them as far apart as possible.
  5. Bake: Bake the fries for 20 minutes. Take them out of the oven and carefully flip each fry. Return to oven (reversing the pans on top and bottom racks). Bake additional 8 to 10 minutes until they are crisp and golden brown, watching carefully as the bake time depends on the fry thickness and your oven. (If the majority of the fries seem soft, continue to bake a few more minutes.)
  6. Taste and add a few more pinches salt if desired. Serve immediately for the best texture and flavor.

Notes

*This makes a good amount of fries, but much less than a restaurant portion (that’s as intended!). The largest quantity of fries that fits on two baking sheets is 2 pounds, you can increase to that much if desired (adjust seasonings accordingly).

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Seasoned fries

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Our Favorite Skillet Seared Steak with Fries and Honey Dijon Aioli!

Steak frites! Steak frites! I hope you don’t have plans set in stone tonight because this should definitely be your Valentine’s Day meal! Perfectly seared steak… crispy, crunchy air fryer fries. HELLO. It’s a dream! The steak – it is so good.  If I’m making actual steaks, I almost always do filets because I’m weird […]

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Steak frites! Steak frites!

This is our favorite steak frites! Seared skillet steak and crispy fries made in the air fryer, topped with truffle salt, parmesan and herbs!

I hope you don’t have plans set in stone tonight because this should definitely be your Valentine’s Day meal!

Perfectly seared steak… crispy, crunchy air fryer fries. HELLO. It’s a dream!

strip steaks

The steak – it is so good.  If I’m making actual steaks, I almost always do filets because I’m weird about texture, and love the tenderness of them. I don’t like getting any bites of fat or gristle. 

But I also make flank steak often, if we’re doing something like tacos or serving it as fajitas or just with chimichurri

Here, we’re doing strip steaks! My favorite way to prepare these is to sear them in a cast iron skillet in butter. I know that everyone talks about sous vide and reverse searing, but I just always find myself going back to this method. For me, it’s foolproof and easy and just works. It’s also fast. 

It results in super flavorful steak and it’s pretty easy to achieve the doneness level that you’re looking for. Especially after you get used to doing it!

searing steaks

This is how dark my kitchen is. So dark! It’s even the middle of the day in this photo. Whomp whomp.

crispy air fryer fries

This meal. Oh it is SUCH a treat.

I don’t make it often but it’s just SO good when I do. And we all love it, even the kids.

This is our favorite steak frites! Seared skillet steak and crispy fries made in the air fryer, topped with truffle salt, parmesan and herbs!

Okay, the fries!

We are doing air fryer fries today. I love them in the air fryer and a bunch if you have asked for the recipe, so here’s what I do. I’ve been making air fryer fries for years now, ever since I did a recipe for crate and barrel when air fryers first came out. Unlike my dislike for the instant pot, I actually do like the air fryer and think it has a time and a place! 

Fries being one of the places. All of the time. 

crispy air fryer fries with parmesan herb truffle salt

So! 

I do still soak my fries – anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. I make sure they are totally dry, then I do give them a spritz of olive oil. Place them in a single layer in the air fryer and let those babies air fry!

This is our favorite steak frites! Seared skillet steak and crispy fries made in the air fryer, topped with truffle salt, parmesan and herbs!

Once they come out, sprinkle with salt and they will be SO GOOD. So crispy and crunchy and like actual fries. The key for me is to cut the potatoes as small/thinly as I can, because this way they get extra crisp.

And do not fear! If you don’t have an air fryer or you just don’t feel like dragging it out, I have other fry options here on the blog. Right here you can find my perfect oven fries and right here you can find some legit fried fries

We really enjoy all of these options, it just depends on the mood I’m in, how messy my kitchen is, what else I’m cooking and how much work I feel like doing. You know?!

This is our favorite steak frites! Seared skillet steak and crispy fries made in the air fryer, topped with truffle salt, parmesan and herbs!

Now doesn’t this just look like something we all deserve today? YES.

This is our favorite steak frites! Seared skillet steak and crispy fries made in the air fryer, topped with truffle salt, parmesan and herbs!

Steak Frites

Seared Steak with Truffle Herb Fries

This is our favorite steak frites! Seared skillet steak and crispy fries made in the air fryer, topped with truffle salt, parmesan and herbs!

seared steak

  • 2 strip steaks
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

truffle herb fries in the air fryer

  • 2 to 3 russet potatoes, (thinly sliced)
  • olive oil for spritzing/brushing
  • 1 teaspoon truffle salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese

honey dijon aioli

  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey

seared steak

  1. Make sure your steaks sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat – you want it hot! Season the steaks on both sides with the salt and pepper.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the hot skillet. It will sizzle and smoke and once it’s all melted, add in the steaks. Cook for 3 minute, until deeply golden, then flip and cook for 3 minutes more. Add in the remaining butter. Once it melts, spoon it over top of the steaks for another 1 to 2 minutes. I like to cook the steaks to about 140-145 degrees (almost medium doneness or medium well). Remove the steaks and let them rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

truffle herb fries in the air fryer

  1. Place the sliced potatoes in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let the potatoes sit in the water for 30 to 60 minutes. Remove the potatoes and place them on kitchen towels – you want them completely dry! Pat them as dry as you can!
  2. Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and spray or brush with olive oil. Place the fries in a single layer in your air fryer (you might have to do 2 batches!). Cook for 12 minutes, then gently flip the fries and cook for 5 to 6 minutes more.
  3. Stir together the parsley and parmesan cheese. When the fries are done, place them on a plate or a sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle all over with the truffle salt immediately. Sprinkle with the herbs and parmesan mixture. Serve with the aioli.

    If you do 2 batches, or if the fries are done before the steak, you can stick these in a 200 degree F oven until ready to eat!

honey dijon aioli

  1. Whisk ingredients together until combined.

This is our favorite steak frites! Seared skillet steak and crispy fries made in the air fryer, topped with truffle salt, parmesan and herbs!

The happiest.

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Parmesan Truffle Fries

Crispy potatoes, truffle oil, and Parmesan cheese: WOW! These Parmesan truffle fries are insanely tasty, baked in a hot oven until they’re crisp. Vegan variation included. Oh hi there, fellow truffle lovers! Ever ordered truffle fries at a restaurant and wanted to recreate them at home? Well, do we have a recipe for you! This Parmesan truffle fries recipe is pretty darn special. Thee flavor is every bit as good as restaurant fries, though they’re baked not fried. They have just the right subtle hint of earthy truffle. And they’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, perfectly salted and mixed with cheese to take them over the top. Seriously, WOW! You’ll feel so fancy, you won’t know what to do with yourself. As a 100% truffle fan, I was blown away with this one. (And Alex was happy to find my ideal comfort food recipe.) What are truffle fries? First off: what exactly are truffle fries? Truffle fries are french fries mixed with truffle flavor. Usually the flavor comes from with truffle oil, though some restaurants may use shaved real truffle. And we’re not talking chocolate here, obviously! Black and white truffles can be considered a type of […]

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Crispy potatoes, truffle oil, and Parmesan cheese: WOW! These Parmesan truffle fries are insanely tasty, baked in a hot oven until they’re crisp. Vegan variation included.

Truffle Fries

Oh hi there, fellow truffle lovers! Ever ordered truffle fries at a restaurant and wanted to recreate them at home? Well, do we have a recipe for you! This Parmesan truffle fries recipe is pretty darn special. Thee flavor is every bit as good as restaurant fries, though they’re baked not fried. They have just the right subtle hint of earthy truffle. And they’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, perfectly salted and mixed with cheese to take them over the top. Seriously, WOW! You’ll feel so fancy, you won’t know what to do with yourself. As a 100% truffle fan, I was blown away with this one. (And Alex was happy to find my ideal comfort food recipe.)

Parmesan truffle fries

What are truffle fries?

First off: what exactly are truffle fries? Truffle fries are french fries mixed with truffle flavor. Usually the flavor comes from with truffle oil, though some restaurants may use shaved real truffle. And we’re not talking chocolate here, obviously! Black and white truffles can be considered a type of mushroom: but technically, they’re fungi! Unlike other mushrooms, they grow underground and don’t have a visible stem. They’re considered the “diamond of the kitchen” and are highly prized in many cuisines.

Why do people love truffles so much? Well, first of all the flavor. Truffles are earthy, intoxicating, and make anything they’re added to taste more intriguing. Second, they’re very expensive and rare because they’re difficult to harvest (making them all the more desirable!). Hunters actually take specially trained dogs and pigs out to hunt for truffles to find their scent underground. Which leads us to why truffle oil has become an easy way to enjoy the flavor of truffles. Keep reading…

Truffle oil

What’s the best truffle oil?

If you’re a truffle lover like I am, you may have heard there’s some controversy around truffle oil. Chefs have often turned up their noses at it. Why? Well, many truffle oils out there are synthetic. They only mimic flavors found in real truffles, and are often extremely strong. But good news: there are finally some all natural truffle oils on the market! This type of truffle oil is made with pieces of actual truffles and is not synthetic. Use all natural truffle oil for these Parmesan truffle fries if at all possible!

What’s the best truffle oil to buy for truffle fries? Our favorite brand to use is Urbani’s white truffle oil (we’re not affiliated). It’s made in Italy, is all natural and has real truffle pieces inside. After cooking with it for a while, we love its subtle truffle aroma. If you grab a jar, you can also use it on our Truffle Pizza!

Parmesan truffle fries

Tips for making truffle fries

OK! Feeling truffle educated? (Me too.) A little personal info on why I’m so into this. Truffle is my favorite flavor in the world. Yep, I can’t help it! It’s earthy and intoxicating. Also, it reminds me of our travels to Italy, so of course that gives me all the feels! I was incredibly excited to be able to make truffle fries at home. Here are a few tips for how it’s done:

  • Master hand-cutting your fries. Chopping fries requires a bit of technique, and it’s easiest to show rather than tell. Head to How to Cut Potatoes into Fries or watch the video below.
  • Bake with the fries far apart on the baking sheet. How to get fries crispy? Keep them as far apart on the baking sheets as possible when baking. This allows for the best airflow between the fries. Maybe it sounds picky, but trust us! Pile the fries on top of each other and they turn soggy and steamed instead of crisp.
  • Find a great truffle oil. As we noted above, all natural truffle oil is much higher quality with better flavor than a synthetic oil. What if all you can find is synthetic? You can still use it! Just drizzle a little less than stated in the recipe, because the flavor is much stronger.

How to make them vegan: omit Parmesan!

Is the cheese in these Parmesan truffle fries required? Actually, no! You can easily make these truffle fries vegan by simply omitting the Parmesan cheese. You may also want to sprinkle with a bit more salt.

But the Parmesan is highly recommended! If you do eat cheese, we suggest using it. Alex and I tried it both ways, and the cheese added a certain magic that turned the flavor from incredible to insane. And that’s it: everything about truffle fries! Let us know in the comments below if you try them out!

Truffle fries

This truffle fries recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For plant-based, dairy-free and vegan, omit the Parmesan cheese.

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Parmesan Truffle Fries

Parmesan Truffle Fries


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Crispy potatoes, truffle oil, and Parmesan cheese: WOW! These Parmesan truffle fries are insanely tasty, baked in a hot oven until they’re crisp.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-natural truffle oil or to taste with a synthetic truffle oil (Important! See Note)*
  • Parmesan or Pecorino, freshly grated (omit for vegan)
  • Chunky sea salt, for garnish
  • Chopped chives, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Cut the potatoes into fries (watch the video to see!): Wash the potatoes, leaving the skins on. Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base. Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a ¼-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long strips. Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries. The pieces can be uneven, but aim for as uniform of thickness as possible. See the video for full instructions.
  3. Place the fries in a large bowl with the olive oil and kosher salt. Mix thoroughly to combine.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the fries on the paper, placing them as far apart as possible.
  5. Bake the fries for 15 minutes. Take them out of the oven and flip them. Reduce the heat to 400 degrees.
  6. Reverse the trays in the oven and bake another 10 minutes until the fries are crisp and golden brown, watching carefully as the cooking time can depend on the fry thickness and oven. (If the majority of the fries seem soft, continue to bake a few more minutes.)
  7. Remove the baking sheets from the oven. Drizzle with the truffle oil (note that if your bottle does not say “all natural”, drizzle to taste — it’s much stronger than all natural, so don’t use the quantity listed.) Add chunky sea salt, crushing it with your fingers as you sprinkle. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and chives. Serve immediately (fries become softer as they sit). If making in advance, omit Step 7, then reheat the fries in a 400 degree oven and perform Step 7.

Notes

*If you use an all natural truffle oil like Urbani natural truffle oil, the flavor is more subtle, so you’ll need more than if you use a synthetic oil. If you buy a truffle oil that is not marked with “natural flavor” anywhere on the package, it will be stronger. Drizzle it on to taste. 

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: French

Keywords: Truffle Fries, Parmesan Truffle Fries

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