Restaurant-Style Baked Fries

These crispy baked fries are oven baked with a light coating of olive oil, but they taste just like your favorite restaurant french fries!

Crispy Baked Fries

This post is sponsored by California Olive Ranch. All opinions are our own. 

Alex and my first date was awkward. We were 19 and he got up the courage to ask me to dinner. I don’t remember much, but I remember two things. First, I was quite sure there would be no second date. Second: he ordered a delicate angel hair pasta, while I ordered a huge double bacon cheeseburger with french fries. It makes me giggle to think of me gobbling down a huge burger while Alex daintily twirls his pasta! (Except there was nothing dainty about Alex’s eating habits at age 19.)

A lot has changed since then, of course. But we’ve held on to our love for french fries. And this baked fries recipe: well, we’ll go ahead and put it out there. It’s life changing.

Restaurant Style Baked Fries with Garlic Rosemary Aioli

How to make baked fries at home

Who doesn’t want to make their own homemade fries? They take a bit of time to hand-cut and roast. But the hot oven takes a russet potato and makes baked fries that rival any restaurant fryer. These baked fries are so delicious and taste so fresh, you’ll start to prefer them to restaurant fries!

One of the favorite tricks Alex and I learned early on in learning to cook together was that roasted vegetables taste fantastic. Sweet potatoes, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts, mixed with a bit of olive oil and salt become something altogether new after spending time in a 450F oven. This baked french fries recipe is made using the same roasting technique! Another one of our “secrets” to these crispy baked fries is using powdered mustard. It brings a savory quality to the french fries that’s just right.

Here are the basic steps for this baked fries recipe (or go to the recipe below):

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Cut the potatoes into fries. It takes a few minutes to get them all cut, but it’s time well spent!
  • Mix with olive oil, mustard powder, black pepper, and kosher salt.
  • Place onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for about 20 minutes on one side, then 15 minutes on the other, until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Related: Homemade Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Video: How to cut potatoes into fries

The hardest part of making baked fries is figuring out how to cut them! We’ve taken out the guess work and made a video to show you exactly how it’s done (it’s much easier to watch than read about it!). Take a quick look below:

Whisking Garlic Rosemary Aioli

How to serve baked fries

This baked fries recipe was inspired by some garlic rosemary fries we ate at our dear friend’s wedding (one of our travel companions in Greece). We morphed the garlic rosemary flavors into an aioli, a Mediterranean sauce made of garlic, olive oil, and egg yolk. The olive oil is drizzled in until the sauce forms a creamy emulsion. These baked fries are fabulous without the aioli, but it amps them up quite a bit.

You’ll notice there’s quite a bit of olive oil in the aioli recipe. Olive oil is a healthy fat, and it’s known to help you fight stress, improve mood swings, decrease mental fatigue and even manage your weight. So, it’s doing good things while flavoring your crispy baked fries!

Of course, you can serve this baked fries with anything you’d like. Make it into vegan comfort food by serving with the traditional ketchup! Or try Honey Mustard Sauce or Zesty Green Goddess Dressing.

Crispy Baked French Fries

More about olive oil

We made this baked fries recipe for one of our favorite olive oil producers ever, California Olive Ranch. We love COR first of all because the oil is top quality and delicious. But, their commitment to quality is also exemplary: they’re working to make truly great olive oil come out of California using both time honored farming techniques and modern technology. They’ve developed their own ranches and helped family farmers throughout Northern California develop previously unusable farm acreage into olive orchards. Even more importantly, they use sustainable production methods. Read more about California Olive Ranch here.

Looking for more roasted vegetable recipes?

Outside of these baked fries, here are a few more roasted vegetable recipes:

This baked fries recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy free, and gluten free. The aioli recipe is vegetarian and gluten free.


Restaurant-Style Baked Fries

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These crispy baked fries are oven baked with a light coating of olive oil, but they taste just like your favorite restaurant french fries!



For the baked fries

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ½ teaspoons mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the garlic aioli (optional)

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Cut the potatoes into fries (watch the video below): Wash the potatoes, leaving the skins on. Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base. Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a ¼-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long strips. Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries. The pieces can be uneven, but aim for as uniform of thickness as possible. See the video instructions below!
  3. Place the fries in a large bowl with the olive oil, mustard powder, black pepper, and kosher salt. Mix thoroughly to combine.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the fries on the paper, placing them as far apart as possible.
  5. Bake 20 minutes on one side, then flip the fries and bake 15 additional minutes until the fries are crisp and golden brown, watching carefully as the cooking time can depend on the fry thickness and oven. (If the majority of the fries seem soft, continue to bake a few more minutes.)
  6. Meanwhile, make the aioli: Mince the garlic and the leaves from rosemary sprigs. Use the side of a knife to grind them into a paste with 1 pinch kosher salt. In a bowl, combine the garlic rosemary paste with the egg yolk and white wine vinegar. Whisk to combine. Gradually the olive oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly, until a thick and creamy texture is reached.
  7. Cool the fries for a few minutes, then serve immediately with the aioli. (Note that the fries are best served immediately; they become softer as they sit.)
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: crispy, fries, baked, baked french fries, Crispy baked fries

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    October 14, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I love hearing about people’s first date stories, especially if they went less than perfect! My fiance and I tried to go for lunch on our first date, but the place we tried to go was closed! We had to awkwardly drive around while finding a place to go in my very small hometown :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    October 14, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Aww, such a sweet story!! I wish I could eat burgers like I did at 19! But now roasted vegetables make me equally excited to be eating…totally with you roasting them is the best! And I love homemade fries :)

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    Bethany @ Athletic Avocado
    October 14, 2015 at 8:28 am

    These look oh so crispy, I want them on my dinner plate tonight!

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    October 14, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Great story about your first date. Sometimes you have to kiss a frog more than once to evoke that magic! Love this recipe. Who can resist golden brown fries with a fantastic dipping sauce?

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    October 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    We’ll roast just about anything… and it almost always produces great results! First dates… how about dinner and a movie? Especially when the movie was Fatal Attraction. Yup. We’ve been married over twenty years now… guess I didn’t hold it against him, despite the bunny scene… that was almost a dealbreaker!

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    Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist
    October 14, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Nothing better than french fries…except french fries with garlic rosemary aioli! I’m feeling pretty depressed right now about my garlic allergy…I’ll come up with a good substitute :-) I love hearing how you two started out! Amazing how bizarre chemistry can be at times…

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    October 15, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Fries and aioli to me are what pb&j are to many- a classic combination that are difficult to improve on. I’ve gone the whole route of deep frying the fries at home, but it’s time consuming and labor intensive- not to mention that it can get unhealthy. It’s still better than getting them at most restaurants, but not an everyday project. I’ve had mixed luck with making oven fries at home, but I’ve never tried them at that high of a temperature. I’m going to have to try these, if only so I can move homemade fries and aioli from a once a year treat to more of a once a month treat.

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    October 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Your first date sounds so sweet!! I can’t believe you guys met at 19, that’s so romantic. Were you college sweethearts?

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    Nicole @
    October 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    These look fantastic. I can’t wait to try them!

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    October 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    My husband and I made these tonight, they were awesome! Thanks for the much needed “healthy” fries recipe :)

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