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Joy Bauer's Oven-Baked French Fries

Courtesy Joy Bauer

Chef notes

Who doesn't love fries? It's a cinch to make crave-worthy fries right in your oven — no deep-frying needed. Ta-da — good-for-you french fries are served!

Technique tip: For stellar spuds, scrub the potatoes really well under cool water (we're keeping the skin on for extra fiber!), pat them dry and cut them into strips. After they bake in the oven, you'll finish them off under the broiler for just a few minutes to get them really brown and crisp.


  • 2 large russet potatoes, cut into matchsticks
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)


Preheat the oven to 400 F. Coat a large baking sheet with nonstick oil spray. Spread the fries out in a single layer on the baking sheet and mist the tops liberally with additional oil spray. Do not overcrowd the pan or overlap potato sticks. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over the fries.

Bake the fries for 20 minutes, flipping them halfway through using a wide rubber spatula (scrape the bottom of the pan if the fries seem to stick to avoid breaking them). To finish, set the oven to broil and broil for five more minutes (depending on how brown and crispy you like your fries — watch them closely so they don't burn!). Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.