These easy to make, crispy Rosemary Garlic Fries might just be the best homemade fries EVER! Kids love them too ;)
I find that the best french fries are homemade. My latest fry obsession are these Rosemary Garlic Fries. They're crisp, have just the right amount of seasoning and are incredibly addicting.
The best thing about making fries at home is that you can, if done right, make perfectly crispy fries without frying them in a gallon of oil.
What's even better is that with these Rosemary Garlic Fries you're eating real ingredients. Let's just take a second to compare them to McDonald's fries...
Let's have a look at the ingredients first:
Rosemary Garlic Fries: Potatoes, Olive Oil, Rosemary, Salt, Garlic, Pepper
McDonald's Fries: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [including hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk]*), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. *Source
Mmm...I think I know which I'd rather give my kids. The fact that McDonald's fries also have nearly twice the amount of calories and quite frankly don't taste like anything other than salt doesn't even make this a hard decision.
I think a lot of people shy away from making homemade fries because they can't figure out how to make them crispy. They also usually had bad experiences with limp and mushy fries.
There is only one simple and easy trick to making perfectly crispy fries at home.
Potatoes have a lot of starch and for extra crispy french fries you need to remove some of that starch. The easiest way to do so is by soaking the cut potatoes in water. Even if you can only find a couple of minutes to soak your potatoes, it's much better than not doing so at all.
After they have soaked, make sure you pat them dry. There is nothing worse than have soaked potatoes and then forgetting to dry them off. The excess water on the potatoes will result in your potatoes just getting steamed in the oven. That's NOT what we want here.
Soak 'em -- Dry them off -- Toss with other ingredients -- Bake -- Eat!
Easy Peasy ;)
Rosemary Garlic Fries
Extra crispy and brilliantly easy to make Rosemary Garlic Fries that are baked not fried!
- 1.3 lbs Potatoes peeled and cut into ¼ inch (6 mm) strips
- 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh, chopped Rosemary can use dried rosemary as well
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 2 cloves Garlic minced (can always use more if you'd like)
- ¼ teaspoon Fresh Cracked Pepper
Soaking: If possible, soak your peeled and cut potato strips in a bowl of water for as long as possible. If you can soak them overnight, that's awesome! If you can only soak them for an hour or two, that's great! Even just soaking them for just 15 minutes is better than not soaking them at all!
Preheat your oven to 410F (210C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove your soaked potatoes from the water and pat them dry using paper towels. If you forget to pat them dry, you'll end up with steamed potatoes and not deliciously, crispy ones.
Place the dried off potato strips in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, rosemary, salt, garlic, and pepper until coated well.
Bake the fries for 30 to 45 minutes, flipping them twice while baking, until fries reach desired crispiness.
Remove fries from the oven, season with more salt and pepper to taste before serving them with your favorite ketchup or sauce.
This recipe makes about 1lb (450g) cooked french fries. This is equal to about three large McDonalds french fry serving sizes.
Try some of my other favorite Baked Fries Recipes!
Serve these Rosemary Garlic Fries with your favorite veggie burger!
Oh man, these look so good! We just had oven fries last night, and I wish I'd seasoned them like this!
Alisa Fleming says
I think I take the dry climate I live in for granted. Crispy fries are the norm here since the humidity is so low. I'll have to try this out when we move to a more humid climate though!
The McDonalds fries sound so nasty and yours look amazing! I knew about the soaking tip, but I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder! I'm going to make these soon.
I want to eat them all!!! They look amazing, Vanessa!
Oh, yes! My kids love it too! Thank you for reminding me of this beautiful dish!
[email protected] says
These french fries are calling my name. Yum! And Thanks for the tip about soaking the potatoes.
Sarah Newman, Vegan Chickpea says
Rosemary is my favorite herb to combine with fries, sooo good! I like it with carrot or parsnip fries too. :) I'm not familiar with the soaking potatoes method - will have to give that a try!
Sarah McMinn says
Ah, I love the idea of rosemary and garlic on fries. So good! And that burger is calling me name, too!
Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day says
I wouldn't ever eat McDonald's fries, but I will happily eat yours! We love rosemary with potatoes in my house, so I know these fries are going to be a hit!
What type of potatoes do you recommend using?
Vanessa Croessmann says
Hi Myia, Russet or Burbank potatoes are best for these fries ;)
Yum, these fries look so delicious and no doubt I will be making these in the near future!
Ginny McMeans says
Who doesn't want super crisp fries! Great method.
Melissa - Vegan Huggs says
Yum! My mouth is watering just thinking about these tasty fries! I love the combination of rosemary and garlic. Adding them to potatoes is pure heaven! Thank you for a fabulous recipe! :)
Just made these and omg, so good! I’ve never made fries before and this recipe was super easy.
Vanessa Croessmann says
SO happy you liked the fries recipe, Anna!