Learn how to make crispy low-fat Potato French fries in the oven or air fryer with this quick and easy recipe! Serve them with homemade vegan cashew mayonnaise for dipping, you’ll have a perfect healthy snack for a cozy TV night or party or even as a side dish to a main meal or in a healthy Buddha Bowl!
The Best Homemade Potato fries Recipe
Crispy French fries – Who doesn’t love them? Especially when they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – no one can resist, right? And the great thing about them is that you don’t need a lot of fat either, because it all depends on the way they’re prepared.
Maybe you have already tried to make fries yourself. Unfortunately, the result is often anything but crispy, but rather soft and soggy. From the perfect and crispy fries as from a restaurant, you can then usually only continue to dream. As with all seemingly simple recipes, it can turn out differently than planned, even with crispy fries. So today I update a very old but still the best recipe which will show you how to make perfect crispy French fries yourself from fresh potatoes in no time!
3 Tips for perfect crispy French Fries
Making crispy potato fries yourself isn‘t as complicated as you might think. Honestly, you don‘t even need a recipe for it, just 3 tips or tricks that I’ll tell you now. Here we go!
1. The right type of potato and the cut
For crispy, thinner fries, I recommend using waxy potatoes. I like crinkle cut fries best because they usually get even crispier. You can easily cut them with a crinkle cutter knife. Otherwise, you can just cut the potatoes into sticks with a regular sharp knife like I did in the recipe video. But if you prefer thicker and softer fries, it’s best to use floury potatoes.
2. Rinse and dry potatoes
It’s very important to rinse the potato sticks well under running water until the washing water becomes very clear. Then soak them in a bowl of fresh water for some minutes to remove the rest of the starch. Afterwards make sure to dry the sticks well with a kitchen towel or paper towels.
3. The secret ingredient and seasonings
Once the potatoes are dry, you can coat them with any seasoning you like as well as some cornstarch or rice flour, as this will absorb the remaining moisture for an extra crunch. Then mix them with a little oil and they’re ready to go in the oven or air fryer. For seasoning, I use paprika powder, turmeric, salt and pepper, however, feel free to use your favorites.
How to make Crispy Potato French Fries
As always, I recommend checking out the recipe video and this step-by-step instruction first. Then you can find the full recipe with exact measurements in the recipe card below!
Step 1: Cut and soak the potatoes
First, peel the potatoes and cut them into sticks about 0.4-inch (1 cm) thick. Then rinse them well under running water and soak them in a bowl of fresh water for about 10 minutes so that the remaining starch comes out.
Step 2: dry season and bake the potatoes
Next, pat the potatoes dry well with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels. Then mix the potato fries with cornstarch, seasonings and oil.
Step 3: Bake and enjoy!
Spread the fries on a baking sheet lined with parchement paper (make sure the fries don’t touch or overlap so they crisp up well on all sides!) and bake at 428 °F (220 °C) for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown and crispy, flipping halfway through baking.
Once the fries are golden brown and crispy, serve immediately while they are still hot and crispy!
Tip: You can also bake low-fat French fries in an air fryer if you have one.
Homemade Vegan Cashew Mayonnaise
And what would French fries be without ketchup and mayo? Since store-bought mayonnaise is usually not vegan, I have a great recipe for this too, how you can make creamy mayonnaise from cashews without any dairy products at all. When you have a good highspeed blender or food processor, it’s ready in no time and gets super creamy! Alternatively, you can make a simple vegan mayonnaise (sour cream) using soy milk and oil. Other delicious dips include hummus and guacamole.
This vegan Potato Fries recipe is:
- Plant-based (Vegan, Vegetarian)
- Naturally gluten-free
- Quick and easy to make
- Versatile and customizable
- Perfect for kids and adults alike
- A great side dish for lunch or dinner
More Recipes for Crispy Fries to try
If you like fries or baked potatoes as much as I do, feel free to try the following recipes:
If you try this easy recipe for homemade French fries, feel free to leave me a comment and a star rating! And if you share a photo of your delicious dish on Instagram, please tag me @biancazapatka and use the hashtag #biancazapatka because I love seeing your creations! Enjoy! 🙂
Healthy Homemade French FriesAuthor:
For the fries:
- 1 kg potatoes preferably waxy
- 3 tbsp oil
- 1-2 tbsp cornstarch or rice flour
- seasonings of choice such as 1 tsp paprika powder + ¼ tsp turmeric
For the cashew mayonnaise:
- ⅔ cup (100 g) cashew nuts
- 1-2 tbsp sunflower oil or rapeseed oil
- ¼ cup water or unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 tsp agave syrup or maple syrup
- ½ tsp salt or to taste
*Note: Check out the recipe video + step-by-step pictures above!
- Preheat the oven and baking tray to 428 °F (220 °C).
- Peel the potatoes and cut them into approx. 0.4-inch (1 cm) thick sticks. (I usually prefer cutting them with my Crinkle Cutter knife.)
- First, rinse the sticks under running water, and then soak them in a large bowl of fresh water for about 10 minutes to get rid of the starch.
- Then dry the potatoes with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels and place in a bowl.
- Combine the potato sticks with cornstarch and seasonings. Then drizzle with oil and mix again.
- Line the preheated baking sheet with parchment paper. Then arrange the fries on it so they don't overlap. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown and crispy, flipping after the first 10-15 minutes.
- Once the fries are golden-brown and crispy, serve immediately while they‘re still hot!
- Soak the cashew nuts for at least 4 hours (or better overnight). Then drain and rinse again with fresh water.
- Blend the soaked cashews with the remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor until creamy and season to taste.
- Finally fill the cashew mayonnaise into a jar with a lid and store in the fridge or serve immediately.
- You can also bake the fries in an air fryer.
- This recipe was firstly published at 03/29/2018.
- More tips and information about the recipe are mentioned in the blog post above!
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