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the secret to crispy fries

Italian Oven-Baked Fries

It turns out that the “secret” to deliciously crispy oven fries is simpler than you think! And it has nothing to do with cooking time or the amount of oil you use...

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 379 kcal
Author: Jillee


  • 6 Idaho potatoes peeled
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dried Italian herbs
  • 2 cups grated Romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Slice your potatoes into sticks that are about 1/3” thick. Place the potatoes into a bowl of cold water, along with a couple of tablespoons of salt. Allow the fries to soak in the salted water for about 15 minutes.
  2. When you’re ready to cook the potatoes, drain them and pat dry.
  3. Place your fries into a bowl and pour the olive oil over the top. Toss the fries with your hands to ensure that they are all coated with oil. Then transfer the oiled fries to a couple of baking sheets. (I used my oven mats on my baking sheets, because they make clean-up so easy!)
  4. Spread the fries into a single layer on each baking sheet. Then sprinkle the dried herbs evenly over the potatoes, followed by the cheese and parsley.
  5. Bake until the potatoes are golden brown, about 45 to 50 minutes. Rotating the pans after 30 minutes to ensure they bake evenly.
  6. Removed the finished fries from the sheets and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot, along with your favorite dipping sauce. Yum!
Nutrition Facts
Italian Oven-Baked Fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 412mg18%
Potassium 941mg27%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 15.4mg19%
Calcium 399mg40%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.