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From-Scratch Oven Fries

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Total time 1 hr
Yield Makes 4 servings
This all-American snack pairs perfectly with your favorite burger or barbecue recipe. Don't be afraid to sprinkle with different seasoning blends instead of salt for a new twist.


  • 1 1/2 pounds medium-size baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or table salt
  • Ketchup (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 152
  • fat 3.6 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • monofat 0.8 g
  • polyfat 2.3 g
  • protein 2.6 g
  • carbohydrate 28.2 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 247 mg
  • calcium 7 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Rinse potatoes in cold water. Drain and pat dry. Toss together potatoes, oil, and salt in a large bowl.

  2. Place a lightly greased wire rack in a jelly-roll pan. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on wire rack.

  3. Bake at 450° for 40 to 45 minutes or until browned. Serve immediately with ketchup, if desired.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis does not include ketchup.

  5. Try These Twists! Three more ways to enjoy our From-Scratch Oven Fries.

  6. Buffalo Oven Fries: Omit salt. Toss 2 tsp. mesquite seasoning, 1 tsp. hot sauce, 1/2 tsp. celery salt, and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder with potatoes and vegetable oil; bake as directed. Serve with Blue Cheese Dip and bottled hot wing sauce, if desired.

  7. Per serving (including 2 tbsp. blue cheese dip; not including wing sauce): Calories 211; Fat 8g (sat 8g, mono 3g, poly 4g); Protein 2g; Carb 4g; Fiber 1g; Chol 5mg; Iron 5mg; Sodium 537mg; Calc 44mg

  8. Italian-Parmesan Oven Fries: Toss 2 tsp. freshly ground Italian seasoning with potato mixture, and bake as directed. Sprinkle warm fries with 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with warm Easy Marinara Sauce, if desired.

  9. Note: We tested with McCormick Italian Herb Seasoning Grinder.

  10. Per serving (including 1/4 cup marinara sauce): Calories 258; Fat 7g (sat 2g, mono 8g, poly 3g); Protein 4g; Carb 6g; Fiber 3g; Chol 3mg; Iron 3mg; Sodium 489mg; Calc 95mg

  11. Spicy Cheese Oven Fries: Toss a pinch of ground red pepper with potato mixture, and bake as directed. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup (1 1/2 oz.) shredded reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese. Bake 1 more minute or until cheese is melted. Serve with ketchup, if desired.

  12. Per serving (not including ketchup): Calories 184; Fat 9g (sat 9g, mono 8g, poly 3g); Protein 3g; Carb 9g; Fiber 2g; Chol 8mg; Iron 5mg; Sodium 230mg; Calc 83mg