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Oven baked fries

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RECIPE FOR OVEN BAKED FRIES

Source: Adapted and modified from The Purple Foodie

Ingredients:
3 medium sized russet potatoes (170g each) spices, red, paprika

Seasonings:
1 tsp coarse sea salt (or substitute with ½ tsp korsher sea salt or table salt)
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
¼ tsp paprika (refer to photo)
2 cloves garlic
4 tbsp extra light olive oil

Methods:

  1. Peel and mince garlic. Heat up oil slightly in a small saucepan and add in garlic. Under medium heat, stir garlic occasionally until it is fragrant and the oil is infused with garlic smell, about 1 minute. Filter out the garlic.
  2. Wash and cut potatoes lengthwise into even sized wedges (refer to note 1). Soak into water for 5 minutes to prevent them from turning dark. Rinse and pat dry with kitchen roll. Place on a steaming plate, cover with an aluminum foil and steam for 10-15 minutes (refer to note 2).
  3. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  4. Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper/ parchment paper. Brush some garlic infused oil on the paper.
  5. Combine salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and garlic infused oil in a mixing bowl. Add in the steamed wedges and toss well to coat. (refer to note 3 and 4).
  6. Arrange wedges in a single layer on the prepared baking tray. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 220°C until golden brown and crisp. Flip halfway through cooking. Rotate the baking tray once to ensure even browning. (refer to note 6).
  7. After baking, transfer the fries to a kitchen roll lined plate to absorb the grease. Serve warm with dipping sauce.

Notes:

  1. For medium sized potatoes (about 170g), cut into 6 wedges.
  2. Lay the wedges on a single layer on the steaming plate. I took a shortcut by stacking up the wedges on the stainless steel plate (as shown in the photo) and later realized that some parts were not properly steamed. Lesson learnt! If you stack up the wedges, remember to rearrange them halfway during steaming.
  3. Use your hands to toss for even distribution of the seasonings. Of course, wash your hands before doing this step. Nobody likes germs!
  4. If the steamed wedges are wet, pat dry with kitchen roll before tossing.
  5. Do not discard your cooked garlic. It can be used for other cooking purposes like stir-fry or pasta dish.
  6. I put my wedges with skin facing bottom. Then I just rotated the baking tray 180 degrees without having to flip the wedges. Alternatively, you can lay the wedges on a single layer and flip once with a tong.
  7. You can experiment with chilli powder or hot paprika if you want to have more kicks for these fries.
  8. For kids who are not ready for paprika and garlic powder, you can omit them. It works equally well too.

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67 Comments

  1. Joanne says:

    Oven baked fries definitely take a traditionally unhealthy dish and make it good for you! I love the seasoning you put on these…even adults would love them.

  2. I’ve been oven baking a lot of things recently instead of deep frying. Healthy and so yummy!

  3. Little Inbox says:

    Hmm…I will try this out for sure. Thanks. :)
    This is a great snack.

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  5. Quinn says:

    Awesome wedges, must try!! I’ve seen this from Australia Women Weekly mag but now you’ve just refreshed my memories to make these, so easy and flavourful and healthy!

  6. peachkins says:

    my daughter loves french fries!

  7. anncoo says:

    I must try this for my boys at home. Thanks!

  8. Tin says:

    I quickly jumped over when I saw the update “potatoes”… yes the kids love them, esp fried ones! Haha … This looks yummy but sure takes lots of hard work!

  9. Your oven baked fries looks very yummy! That’s nicely baked even colored. Looks very crisp. I use to baked fries using sweet potato, it’s very nice too!

  10. Alice says:

    These look like potato wedges! So lovely! I bet it must be delicious! Have to try it soon! :)

  11. tigerfish says:

    I thought they look as good as real french fries :)

  12. ovenhaven says:

    I love baked fries (or anything with potatoes for that matter :P), and these look really crispy and delicious!

  13. Meldylocks says:

    Ha…I don’t have to eat this or even see the pictures to know that this is GOOD!!!
    Thank you for the detailed explainations! Great for dummies like me!

  14. Ooooh! I made it before too, using the same recipe. It’s awesome, right?!

  15. Love it! I love potatoes anytime :)

    Oh I made a sweet potato version of this sometime back coincidently.. http://coloredgrains.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/weekend/

    Potato-sweetPotato whatever may be.. all these starch are so yummy!

  16. Oh my!!! I definitely must try this. I feel so terrible everytime I eat fries knowing that it has been deep fried. I want to try your baked version.

    • food-4tots says:

      Ivy: I used to eat lots of French fries when I was single but don’t why I never crave for them now. Maybe our taste buds will change when we grow old. I’m glad that I found this baked version. At least my son will get to enjoy fries in a healthy way. ;)

  17. LCOM says:

    Yummy! I like baked potatoes!

  18. mycookinghut says:

    Definitely think oven baked fries are better than deep frying and save me time to wipe the hob clean too ;)

  19. Yumm…Oven baked fries are always my daughter’s fav afternoon tea after school.
    Yours look sensational.

  20. Wow! Looks like the type of fries served in some restaurants. Do they come out crispy?

    • food-4tots says:

      The Sudden Cook: Hahaha! Thanks for your kind words. They are crisp but not equally good as compared to deep frying stuff. There are 2 things you can experiment to make the fries crisp – increase baking temperature to 240C and add some cornstarch to the seasonings as mentioned in the original recipe. Hope it helps! ;)

  21. noobcook says:

    love the idea of oven-baked. less oily, healthier, and easier clean up =D

  22. Hi food-4tots!

    It’s such a great honor to have you gracing my blog! Thank you for your visit earlier and just for your info, I’ve taken the 1st step in (getting into) cooking mode, which is buying myself a bottle of Worcestershire sauce (it’s the last bottle on the shelf and yes, I’m still having problems pronouncing it!)

    Btw, any tips on choosing an oven and etc? I want to get one since I stumbled upon so many wonderful baking recipes but again…like my cooking skills, my baking knowledge is KOSONG as well… sigh, sigh…

    Anyway, wish me luck! :P

    • food-4tots says:

      Jenny (IAFTM): You have such a great blog. Keep it up! So glad that you have turned on your cooking mode. Once your baking mode is on, you willl have more fun!

      For oven, it depends on your budget and space. I’m using a table top oven (Rowenta brand) for all my baking now. Built-in oven is still in my wishlist. Hehehe! Things you should consider are: reliability of the brand, quality of the oven, size of the oven (the bigger the better), function of the oven (best to have both grilling and baking functions). Oven with fan is a good choice. Hope it helps. Let me know if you have more queries. ;)

  23. I love making chips and similar fries in oven as well. It is just healthy, effortless. I like your adding of the paprika too cause it is one of my favorites.

  24. Piggy says:

    I love fried potatoes but I have to reduce my intake so that my waistline won’t expand further. ;-) I’ll definitely give your recipe a try though, it looks really delicious and I’m sure that it’s healthier than the fried version.

  25. Sometimes simples recipes are the best. I make a version of these with a seasoning of equal parts cumin, coriander and chilli powder.

  26. Dora says:

    Believe they certainly more healthy than those done in the fast food chains.

  27. hi there, these fries are so yummy looking!! I too hate to deep-fry too much so these are perfect!

  28. MaryMoh says:

    I would enjoy this even as a snack :D Hope you are well. Please take care.

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  30. worldwindows says:

    This is excellent for my teenager at home!

  31. Plastic Lids says:

    That looks like a great recipe for potatoes. There are so many uses for potatoes in daily cooking. This recipe seems like another great one. Thanks.

  32. Matt Kay says:

    You don’t have to be a tot to want to eat these taters. Fries in any form are my weakness. :D

  33. Mei Ling says:

    Hi! May I know where I can buy Korsher salt in SG?

    • food-4tots says:

      Mei Ling: I bought Korsher salt from MarketPlace (Cold Storage) at ION Orchard last time but couldn’t find it now. Recently, I found it sold at MarketPlace Raffles City. Hope it helps! ;)

  34. ting says:

    hi there, i have been wanting to try this for my daughter. is it necessary to steam the potatoes first? wondering if i can omit the steaming step. ha ha.

    • food-4tots says:

      Ting: The steaming process will help to cook the inner part of potatoes faster. After baking, these potato wedges will be crisp outside and soft inside. Without steaming, you may have problem to achieve this result. Hope it helps! ;)

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