Hands-on Time
14 Mins
Total Time
42 Mins
6 servings (serving size: about ¾ cup)

We first introduced this recipe in 2002, and it remains a favorite. Tossing crisp oven fries in a small amount of butter and garlic after cooking makes them unbelievably rich, yet still lower in fat than fast food fries.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 2

Combine potatoes and oil in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal bag, and toss well to coat.

Step 3

Arrange potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt. Bake at 450° for 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning after 20 minutes.

Step 4

Heat a large nonstick skillet over low heat. Add butter and garlic to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add potatoes and parsley to butter mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.

Step 5

Ratings & Reviews

MyTastyRecipes's Review

December 20, 2013
Delicious! I skipped cooking them in the pan and just threw them in the oven while I cooked dinner. They came out so crispy and perfect!

lindarene's Review

August 02, 2014

lucky79tr's Review

January 19, 2013
I have to give 5 stars for the outstanding taste but for my first time making I did not get it crispy at all. I will be making again using some of the suggestions from other reviewers and I know I will get these awesome fries crispy. Once these fries have the right crisp they will beat out any fast foods fries I have ever tasted.

csquid361's Review

April 18, 2012
These fries were delicious and very easy to make. I couldn't believe how crispy they came out in the oven and the taste was amazing, my boyfriend couldn't get enough! I followed the recipe exactly except used already minced garlic in a jar to save time. I'm sure they'd be even better with fresh garlic, which is how I'll be making them tonight. So glad to have a healthier recipe for french fries, thank you!!

Puyiii's Review

July 01, 2009
These were delicious! True that some fries were crispier than others, but when I tossed them in with the garlic and butter, and then added the parsley and Parmesan... they were just ridiculous! Great side dish...adds a great kick to just plain french fries.

carolfitz's Review

September 03, 2011
Have made since recipe was chosen as "best potato" in Sep '07 CL. http://www.cookinglight.com/eating-smart/from-the-editors/all-time-best-recipes-00400000041570/page22.html Best home-cooked fries we've had. Make to recipe, very easy to prep everything & set aside til time to put in oven. Served last with CL's cilantro turkey burgers. Excellent.

LoraJonas's Review

August 21, 2009
I used a convection oven at 425 for 60 min and turned them 4 times. They did not stick. I also skipped the butter step at the end to cut back on fat. I still added garlic and parm cheese when they were hot. And they were very good. I'll try to butter and add parsley next time. I served the fries with the cedar plank salmon BBQ recipe (cooking light- Aug 2008).

Kvelez's Review

March 04, 2010
The flavor was amazing, but my potatoes stuck to the pan :( My own error, I suppose. I will make this again, but turn the potatoes earlier to avoid sticking.

SissysCookin's Review

August 16, 2009
Do not cut down on the garlic as one reviewer suggested. You want your tongue to explode. Also you won't have a soggy problem if you use peanut oil instead of butter for the saute at the end. Largest fry pan you have and high heat. This is definitely company worthy.

lksmithnj's Review

November 15, 2011
Excellent! Delicious! Comments from my dinner pals...what else need I say?