These oven-baked garlic french fries are so crispy and delicious! They are topped with fresh garlic and parsley for a savory, delicious side.
These are my favorite homemade fries, but let’s be clear – these are not an attempt to replicate those deliciously crispy and greasy fast food fries that are so, so good. This is a happy compromise between a typical french fry (less mess) and a baked wedge fry (thick and satisfying). Then we top these oven-baked garlic fries off with some raw garlic and parsley, and serve it with a savory ketchup for dipping. The garlic french fries not only taste great, but look great too, with the parsley brightening up a typically brown plate of fried food.
- Russet potatoes
- Garlic cloves
- Fresh parsley
- Olive oil
How to keep the french fries from sticking to the pan:
After struggling with cut potatoes sticking to the baking sheet, I discovered that longer baking times actually kept the fries from clinging and made them easier to flip. I bake these in a hot oven for 20 minutes or so before turning over and cooking at a higher temp for just a few minutes more.
To cook or not to cook the garlic:
We also eat a lot of garlic here, and we rarely cook it for more than 30 seconds, but eating raw garlic doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. Tossing the raw garlic with the hot fries heats up the garlic just enough to take away any harshness, while still strong enough to ward off vampires..and the dog. Even if you are wary of raw garlic I urge you to try it just once. We think you’ll like it.
How to serve the garlic french fries:
We then serve these oven-baked french fries with an savory ketchup. It really spices up an otherwise pretty ordinary condiment. The addition of black pepper, cumin, and lemon juice brightens up the ketchup and takes this simple side of oven-baked french fries to a whole new level.
Tasty and satisfying, these are delicious in summer, especially served alongside our Food Banjo burgers.
How to make the garlic french fries:
First, you'll take your russet potatoes, scrub them, and then start slicing! Cut lengthwise into about ½ inch slices.
Next, place in a bowl and toss with the salt, pepper, and olive oil. Stir to combine.
Next, place on a baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes at 475 degrees F. Then pull out of the oven, turn up the heat to 525 degrees F, flip the fries, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Once removed from the oven, place in a bowl and immediately add the garlic and parsley and toss to combine. Add a drizzle of olive oil if necessary. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Make a cumin ketchup by combining ketchup, cumin, fresh lemon juice, and pepper. Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine.
Enjoy with the french fries!
Garlic French Fries with Parsley
- 2 russet potatoes
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
- Take the russet potatoes and wash and scrub them. Cut lengthwise into ½ inch by ½ inch pieces.
- Toss the cut fries in a large bowl with olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
- Take a baking sheet and line with foil. Spread the potatoes out in a single layer onto the foil.
- Cook the potatoes in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove, then flip the fries.
- Turn the oven up to 525 degrees F. Return the fries to the oven and cook for another 5 minutes, or until cooked through and tender.
- Place the fries in a bowl and immediately toss with the minced garlic and chopped parsley (and extra olive oil, if desired). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice