Super crispy homemade oven baked fries seasoned with herbs, black pepper and salt! These fries are much healthier than deep-fried fries, but they’re still crispy and delicious!
Everyone loves to enjoy some crispy fries once in a while. But fries are usually deep fried in lots and lots of oil, so I’ve found how to make these beloved fries as guilt-free as possible but still crispy, delicious and enjoyable!
Earlier this month, my husband and I travelled to Belgium for Tomorrowland Music Festival. Before the festival, we decided to rent a car and drive to Belgium’s main cities, and also visit a few Dutch cities. And as you probably know, visiting Belgium means eating lots and lots of Belgian fries! Did you know that French fries aren’t really French? Apparently, they’re Belgian, and there’s even proof that they were first made in Belgium. Or at least that’s what we’ve been told.
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT OVEN BAKED FRIES
As this recipe is quite healthy, I’ve used very simple ingredients and not too much oil.
You will need:
2 large potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil (or corn oil)
Fresh thyme – or any herbs that you like. I like to add dried rosemary
Ground black pepper
You can choose to either peel your potatoes, or leave the skin on. I’m using organic potatoes in this recipe and just washed them very well.
Start by slicing your potatoes into long fries (or wedges), then transfer to your lined baking dish.
Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with seasonings and salt and give it a good mix to spread the oil and the seasonings evenly.
Bake in the oven on 190c for 30 minutes or until they’re crispy enough. Halfway through, I like to flip the chips to the other side to make sure that both sides are crispy.
BAKED FRENCH FRIES SEASONINGS
I’ve used very simple seasoning in this recipe, but feel free to add any seasoning that you like, such as paprika, curry powder, garlic powder, onion powder etc…
This also depends on what you’re planning to serve your baked french fries with. If you’re eating the fries on their own, then I would recommend adding lots of delicious flavourings. But if you’re serving these fries as a side dish to a meal, then keep it simple and just season with salt and pepper.
WHERE TO FIND THE BEST BELGIAN FRIES IN AMSTERDAM
As I mentioned before we visited a few Dutch cities during our trip, and before heading back to Belgium for Tomorrowland we spent a couple of days in Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, you will find a lot of fries stalls, but our favourite one is Mannekenpis frites shop (located in Damrak).
PS. Mannekenpis is the name of the famous landmark bronze sculpture in Brussels! Or simply, the peeing little-naked boy!
I think this is the most famous fries shop in Amsterdam anyway, they also have another branch in Rotterdam. Get your Belgian fries with lots of vegan mayonnaise and seasonings and you’ll be in heaven, trust me!
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Oven Baked Fries
Super crispy homemade oven-baked potato fries seasoned with thyme, black pepper and salt! These fries are much healthier than deep-fried fries, but they're still crispy and delicious!
- 500 grams potatoes cut into wedges
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil or corn oil
On a lined baking tray, lay your potato wedges and drizzle with olive oil.
Add all seasonings using, then give the potatoes a good mix to make sure that they're well coated in the oil and seasonings.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes on 180c, or until the fries are crispy enough. Halfway through, flip the fries to the other side to make sure that they're crispy from all sides.