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Baked French Fries - Easy, Spicy, Delicious

Categories: Cooking, Food, Uncategorized, side dishes


Who doesn’t love french fries? Crazy people that’s who.

So if  you are a crazy person just stop reading right now.  Then go and find yourself some medication.  Come back once you are sane.  Trust me, you will want to.

I have to confess right here that I had never made french fries from scratch before this. The thought of slicing up all of the potatoes seemed like way too much work when I could just open up a bag of already seasoned fries and dump it out onto my baking sheet. But a couple weeks ago I was making dinner and thought, ‘Oh what the heck, let me try.’

My kids love the spicy potato wedges that we sometimes buy from the deli. I rarely buy them because they charge a fortune and they are fried. I wasn’t sure that I could replicate the recipe without deep frying them, but this recipe is a very close approximation. Most importantly my kids devoured them. I have now made them several times and have become one of those women who buys a huge bag of potatoes at the grocery store.

You will need:

Idaho potatoes, you know those brown ones
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder

This will coat 2-3 potatoes, so adjust accordingly.

Peel and slice up your potatoes. I cut mine into wedges, but you can slice yours however your little heart desires.

Mix all the spices and oil into a bowl or ziploc bag. Dump the sliced potatoes in and stir to coat well.

Put the potatoes in a single layer on your baking sheet.

Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, turning once. Again, cooking is not an exact science. Check your potatoes. The thickness of your slices as well as the variations from oven to oven affect cooking times.

If you like them crunchy on the outside (Yes, please!) turn the oven up to BROIL and cook the potatoes for an additional couple minutes on each side.


If you want to sound all fancy when you are serving them to your family call them pommes frites . Also, it will impress your friends and neighbors, because surely something called pommes frites can not be made so simply and no one will be mistaken and think Ore-Ida did the work for you. Those French just know how to make everything sound better.

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16 comments so far...

  • You’re so geeky. ;) Those sound really good.

    Dee  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

  • I do this ALL the time. Since I’m usually just cooking for just myself, I slice up a couple and freeze the leftovers so I can indulge my fry craving whenever I want!

    Did you really peel all those potatoes for your crew??? I just leave the skins on mine!

    Karen  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

  • have starred this in google. holy crap, how does one not love fries?

    mia  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

  • “huge bag of potatoes” was just so funny to read because only yesterday I was telling someone at work that when I was growing up every mom bought a 20# bag of potatoes on her weekly grocery shopping trip…every week! In the small midwestern town where I grew up, potatoes were served at “supper” every evening.

    Bev  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

  • I made these for my family on St. Patrick’s Day and they loved them. I didn’t have any onion powder, but they still turned out great.


    Lindy  |  March 18th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

  • You can also do this with sweet potatoes! I love me some sweet potato fries. I usually just season them with a bit of salt though. I like the idea of chili powder for regular fries.

    K  |  March 19th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

  • Much tastier than the frozen stuff! And I find it works (with cooking time variations or spice variations) with sweet potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, etc. . . not that my daughter will still eat ANY of them. :-(

    Brigitte  |  March 20th, 2010 at 10:02 am

  • That’s exactly what I can do with all of these extra potatoes I bought……silly thing to buy a 10 pound bag of potatoes (just because they were on sale) when there are only 2 of us to eat them.

    Johna  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 12:55 pm

  • I made these last night with some BBQ’d ribs. We loved them. Thanks.

    Dawn  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 4:14 pm

  • I made these this weekend. THEY WERE WONDERFUL! THANKS FOR SHARING!

    Elonda  |  March 29th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

  • Being from Idaho, I pretty much know every way to cook a potato. But I must admit, this simple recipe is definitely one of my favorites. I thought your comment about being “one of those women who buys a huge bag of potatoes at the grocery store” was quite funny. Growing up we bought potatoes straight from the farmer in 50 lb bags. It wasn’t until I went to college that I realized you could actually buy potatoes at the store.

    Laura  |  April 28th, 2010 at 12:10 am

  • Those look delicious Chris! I’ve had baked fries many times but they’ve always been pretty bland. Now these on the other hand sound like love at first bite.

    Mike  |  December 12th, 2010 at 6:39 am

  • personally i would add some cajun or maybe a combo of salt, sugar, cayenne pepper and a mild amount of chili pepper. that is what is up BRAH!

    alex kelller  |  May 11th, 2011 at 10:05 am

  • honestly i’m not a huge fan of garlic nor onion… i think the whole pop culture food is based on garlic and i cant stand the shit.

    i agree that garlic is good for the heart but, they make you stink however you can counteract that with parsley , ,, , idk i’m drunk and i personally hate garlic but shiiiiiiiite

    alex kelller  |  May 11th, 2011 at 10:33 am

  • there are lots of spices that u can use to get the same effect as garlic and onion without the horrible side effects (bad breathe and unsexynesss) personally on potatoes i use a cajoun mix and parsley seeds and a mix of salt pepper sugar and cayenne pepper. it works wonders on my family and i guarantee it will work on urs too, as long as ur family likes spicy foods…..

    alex kelller  |  May 11th, 2011 at 10:38 am

  • i added some egg and some spicy bbq sauce and some Worcestershire sauce and some fucking ketchup. motherfckers try my recipe and tell me it aint the best shit u ever tasted. TELL ME!

    alex kelller  |  May 11th, 2011 at 11:06 am