Crispy Oven Fries

"This is the easy version of a popular dish at our house. If I don't use the soup mix, I concoct my own version with herbs (rosemary is great here), sea salt, hot sauce, and whatever comes to hand. Any kind of potato can be used resulting in a slightly different texture of the dish. Oil should be added just to coat the potatoes, they don't need to be drenched. Or for a lighter version, spray the potatoes with cooking oil and delete the olive oil. This is so easy, but it's so good."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins


  • 5 lbs potatoes
  • 2 envelopes ranch dressing mix or 2 envelopes onion soup mix
  • 34 cup olive oil


  • Scrub potatoes well and leave skins on.
  • Halve each the long way, then cut each half into quarters to make 8 steak fry shapes.
  • Smaller potatoes can be cut into quarters.
  • Put potatoes into a large bowl and add dry soup mix and the oil.
  • You made need more or less oil depending on size of potatoes.
  • Mix all very well with a large spoon.
  • Spray a large broiler pan or large flat cooking pan with cooking spray.
  • Spread potatoes so that they are only in one layer on the pan.
  • Place in 400 degree oven for 1 hour.
  • IMPORTANT: These need to be stirred every 15 minutes to keep them from sticking to the pan and to ensure even crisping.

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  1. sugarpea
    Got home unexpectably late and exhausted, and had 10 minutes to prepare something for dinner to go with the ham and rolls I brought home from the store. I went to the computer, typed in oven fries and luckily, picked these. Perfect. Had them in the oven in 5 minutes. I cut them thinner than recommended here and they were done in 30 minutes. Thanks, Merrie.
  2. HeatherFeather
    This is very yummy. I made these last night and they came out great-and were very easy. I halved the recipe and used a little less oil. Since Merrie is my stepmom, I have also eaten these at her house where she used the method described in her description using the rosemary & herbs and enjoyed them that way too.
  3. megs_
    Yum! These are fast, easy, and delicious. Definitely a keeper - DH loves 'em. :) They even get better the next day! Thanks for sharing.
  4. Chef RZ Fan
    Yum-oh - My fam loved this one... I can't wait to try the "lighter" version with the cooking spray. Thanks for sharing both versions!
    Made these for my husband tonight-so I only used a 1/2 lb potato. I only needed 1 tbsp olive oil to coat the potatoes & used Hidden Valley fiesta ranch dressing mix (has a spicy kick). I coated the potatoes in the mix & placed on parchment paper coated with nontick cooking spray. I baked at 400 for about 30 min. Hubby loved them!



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