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Shortcut Crispy Fries

Laura Vitale's Speedy Scrumptious Burgers + Shortcut Crispy Fries
Laura Vitale's Speedy Scrumptious Burgers + Shortcut Crispy FriesNathan Congleton / TODAY
Cook Time:
25 mins
Prep Time:
15 mins

Chef notes

I love traditional fries but don't love deep-frying anything on a regular basis. This technique means I can have my fries the way I want without heating up a pot of oil. Plus, this recipe has less fat than a traditional french fry recipe. 

Technique tip: Microwaving the potatoes just speeds up the process but you can also boil them instead.

Swap option: Finish these fries with whatever kind of seasoning you prefer.


  • 3 russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley



Preheat oven to 425°F and place a nonstick baking sheet inside while it warms up.


Slice the potatoes into thin fries and place them in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes. Then, working in 2 batches, place the potatoes on a microwave safe plate and microwave for 3 minutes, or until they start to become slightly pliable. Pat them dry and place them in a large bowl.


Toss the partially cooked potatoes with the oil and Old Bay. Spread them in a single layer on the hot preheated baking sheet and pop them in the oven for about 25 minutes, flipping them with a spatula half way through.


Sprinkle parsley over the finished fries and serve immediately.