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Knowing how to make French fries comes in handy for game day, burger nights, and so many other occasions. Mastering the perfect oven-roasted fries doesn’t have to be tricky, though. These simple steps will guarantee crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside fries.

By roasting French fries instead of frying, you are making a healthier choice. You'll reduce your oil consumption--and can even skip it altogether. (If you go that route, be sure to toss fries every eight minutes or so to prevent sticking. Even though your roasted fries are healthier, they'll still be delicious and satisfying!)

These salty French fries taste delicious when dipped in homemade ranch dressing . Kick things up a notch by transforming them into vegan chili cheese fries. Either way you choose to serve your homemade fries, they are bound to be delicious!

Cooking Tips

First, you’ll want to choose the right type of potato. Russets are always a classic choice and hold up well to roasting. Another delicious potato variety to try when making fries is Yukon gold. They produce extra soft fries that are great if you’re craving steak-style fries.

Another trick that'll guarantee success with making French fries is parboiling. Parboiling your potatoes will help them cook faster and have an even better texture. Plus, the salt in the water will infuse into the fries making them extra savory.

To obtain the perfect fry shape, I like to use a mandoline. If you don't own one, feel free to use a knife and chop by hand. You’ll do this by holding the potato vertically and slicing into about one-quarter-inch slabs. Then cut each potato slab into long, skinny strips.

Now that you know the key tricks to learning how to make French fries, you're ready to start cooking. Don't forget to cook up a veggie burger to enjoy them with!

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  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt divided
  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of fresh roughly chopped thyme


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  2. Bring a large pot of water with one teaspoon of sea salt to boil. Meanwhile, use a mandoline or knife to cut potatoes into french fry shapes. Add cut potatoes to the pot of water and boil for about five minutes. Drain, pat dry with a towel, and let dry for ten minutes.
  3. Transfer drained fries to a large bowl. Toss with safflower oil and one teaspoon sea salt. Spread fries out evenly on the baking sheets without overlapping.
  4. Roast for 15 minutes and then toss fries using a spatula. Roast for 10-15 minutes more until crispy and golden on the outside. Remove from oven. Toss with fresh thyme and add more sea salt to taste if needed. Let cool slightly. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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