Oven Baked Fries

Today I am sharing one of my favorite side dishes - oven baked fries.  My family calls them Oprah fries, because that is how my mom discovered them - through Oprah.  I don't remember if it was a recipe shared on her show, or one from her cookbook, but where ever it was, I am sure glad my mom saw this recipe, because these oven baked fries are delicious!

Along with being delicious, they are relatively healthy - minimal ingredients, and as you can tell by the name, oven baked, as opposed to fried.  They do take a little bit of time in the oven, but other than flipping, it's hands off time.  Ok, enough chatter, onto the recipe.

Oven Baked Fries (Oprah Fries)

Serves: 2

Total baking time: 45 minutes

non-stick spray

1 russet potato

1 egg

kosher salt


cayenne pepper (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Liberally spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray, setting aside.  Slice your potato in half long ways, then continue to slice long ways until you have 'fry-like' potato pieces and place in a bowl large enough to toss them in.  Separate the yolk and white of the egg, then add the egg white to the bowl with the potato slices.  Toss the potato slices until they are covered in the egg white.  Place in a single layer on the sprayed baking sheet.  Season with salt and pepper (to taste).  If you don't mind a little kick, sprinkle a little bit of cayenne pepper on the potatoes, as well.  Toss to season evenly, adding additional salt and pepper as needed.

Spread into a single layer before placing in the oven.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Flip potatoes.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Flip potatoes.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and enjoy!

A few things to note:

   Do NOT forget the non-stick spray - I learned that the hard way.  The spray is key, as is the 'liberal' part.  Be very generous!

   How crunchy (or not) the fries get is dependent on the thickness of the potato.  I prefer lots of crunchy ones, so I try to cut them pretty thin.  But if you like a little less crunch, make them a little thicker.

   If you have never separated an egg before, what I do is crack the egg, but try to keep it inside the shell at first.  Then move the yolk from shell to shell, letting the white part escape into the bowl, while trying to keep the yolk still in the shell.  I am sure there is a handy Youtube that shows how do this way better than I can explain it.  And, if you happen to get a little yolk in the bowl, don't worry too much about it.  I did that just the last time I made these and they tasted just as good as normal!

   If you are doubling the recipe, you may need to bake for an additional 15 minutes.

If you give these a try, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


  1. Oh these sound amazing, and I can't believe how easy they are! I've never thought to bake fries in the oven... I already bake other potato dishes in the oven, so I'm not sure why it hasn't occurred to me to do them in fry form. I'll have to try these. I bet the kids would love them!

    1. They are so good - you get the crunch of a fry, but not all the bad stuff that comes with frying!

  2. Hmm...I am going to have to try this with the egg wash. I bet that really makes a difference. I've been making them in my air fryer. Happy Friday!

    1. I am going to have to try that - I love my air fryer!

  3. Everytime I try to bake fries like this I either burn them or cut them too big and they are undercooked. I am gonna have to try these but in the air fryer.

    1. Let me know how they turn out! I thought about trying the air fryer, but I figured I would stick with what I know. :)

  4. I am going to have to try fries with the egg wash.