Baked Garlic Home Fries are a go-to side dish for dinner, or even an appetizer for game day. These are perfectly seasoned with olive oil, minced garlic, and a delicious blend of spices. Super easy to make, delicious, and healthy too!
Do you prefer sweet potato fries? Try my Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries!
Oven Baked Fries
Do you remember when potatoes got a bad rap? Folks thought they were the carb to avoid, and the poor potatoes in the grocery stores got neglected. Well, even though there are some that avoid taters at all cost, we LOVE them and eat tons of them.
Potatoes are the easiest side dish to prepare, and I’ve shared a wide variety of them on the blog. From Herb Buttery Smashed Potatoes to Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes to Make Ahead Creamy Mashed Potatoes to Sweet Potato Casserole, we eat them all. Do I have a favorite? Nope. I like them all.
Do you have a fav? Do tell!
Ingredients needed for Baked Garlic Home Fries:
- Potatoes – Three medium-sized russet potatoes will fill up a baking sheet.
- Garlic – Use actual minced garlic cloves for the best garlic-y flavor. Garlic powder isn’t the same!
- Olive Oil – A good amount of oil is needed for the best flavor.
- Seasonings – You’ll need onion powder, paprika, a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
Pro-Tip: Entertaining a large group? Double this recipe and use two baking sheets.
How to make Baked Home Fries:
Prep oven. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Slice potatoes. Wash potatoes, and slice in half length-wise. Then continue slicing thin wedges, in the same direction (the long way). Place in a mixing bowl.
Soak potatoes (optional). Soak the sliced potatoes in some ice water (for 30 minutes to an hour) to help remove some starch. This is an optional step!
Add olive oil, garlic, and seasonings. Pour the olive oil over the potatoes wedges, and toss. Mince the garlic, and add that as well. Sprinkle the seasoning blend over top of the potatoes, and mix with your hands to evenly distribute.
Bake. Spread the fries in two rows on the prepared baking sheet, so that they aren’t touching each other. Bake for 15 minutes, carefully flip them, and then bake for another 5 – 10 minutes, or until they are fork tender. Remove from the oven.
Check seasonings. Mince some cilantro, and sprinkle it over the baked fries. Taste, and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.
Serve. Serve the home fries with ketchup, mayo, or my Skinny Chipotle Ranch Dressing.
- Try to slice these fries in similar size so they bake evenly.
- Don’t crowd the pan. If you need to use an additional pan, that is ok.
- You’ll need to flip these fries once at about the half-way point.
- These home fries are best served fresh the first day.
Soaking potatoes in water helps to remove some of the starch, and therefore aids in crispier fries. I tried these potatoes once with soaking and once without. I noticed a slight difference, but not enough to warrant the extra time required. If you have plenty of time, feel free to soak them in water (optional step above), and then dry them off with paper towels before seasoning.
First of all, baked fries will never be the same as fries that are cooked in oil. To crisp up leftover fries, either bake them in the oven again, or fry them up in some oil in a cast iron skillet. They should crisp up nicely either way.
Baked fries are better for you than potatoes that are submerged and fried in oil. However, too much of anything should be avoided. I recommended sticking to one or two servings of baked fries at a time. 😀
Baked Garlic Home Fries
- 3 medium russet potatoes – sliced into fries
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 6-7 cloves garlic – minced
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper – or more
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste
- chopped cilantro – to serve
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prep a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Prep potatoes. Wash the russet potatoes. Slice them in half the long way, and then slice each half into several thin wedges (the long way). Try to slice wedges in equal sizes so baking will be consistent.
- Place the potato wedges in a mixing bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes, and then sprinkle with the minced garlic and remaining seasonings. Mix well with your hands, and then arrange on the prepared baking sheet, making sure the fries aren't touching.
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes, and then carefully flip them. Bake another 5 – 10 minutes, or until they are fork tender. Remove from oven.
- Check seasonings, and adjust as needed. Sprinkle minced garlic over top the fries, and serve with ketchup, mayo, or my Skinny Chipotle Ranch Dressing.
- To remove some of the starch, soak the raw potato wedges in cold water before baking. Make sure you dry them off before baking.
- These fries are best served immediately.
- You can reheat leftover fries by baking in the oven (again) for a few minutes, or pan-frying in some olive oil in a cast iron skillet.