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Spicy Baked Fries

by TastefullyJulie on May 2, 2012

Man on a Ledge is not a good movie. I thought I should let you know, just in case you were on the fence. Fence? Ledge? No pun intended.

I’m “watching” it as I type this because I told my husband I wanted to see something brainless tonight that wouldn’t require much thought. When the heck did Ed Harris get so old? Who wears a skimpy tank top with a push-up bra to a diamond heist? And…ohhhh, the dude just jumped off the ledge!

Anyway, it’s actually much more fulfilling to relive these fries that I made tonight. Mmmmm. Fries.

French fries are my favorite food. I prefer “hand-cut” fries although I’ll settle for a good shoestring. Please do not ever batter my fries (I’m looking at you, Burger King). And I refuse to acknowledge steak fries (way too high of a soft middle:crispy outside ratio).

These healthy baked “fries” are packed with flavor and they always win with the whole family. To be honest, I should admit that they aren’t all that spicy as written. You could definitely kick them up a notch, but I can’t because of the little fussy fussies.

Equally as much as I love fries, I hate scrubbing pans. I am a new parchment paper convert. I never used to buy it thought it because it was expensive and wasteful. Screw that. It’s easy and saves me time. Bingo!

You can make these on parchment like I did or directly on the baking sheet. They will get crispier right on the sheet but a lot of that crispy goodness might stick to the pan. It’s your call.

Oops, the closing credits are rolling. Why was he on the ledge, again? I think I missed something.

4.9 from 7 reviews

Spicy Baked Fries
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Serves: 4-5

  • 3 medium russet potatoes (about 1.75 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Slice potatoes into “hand-cut” size fries as pictured.
  3. Place sliced potatoes in a gallon size Ziploc bag and add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Coat potatoes with the spices and oil by shaking bag well.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread potatoes out in a single layer
  6. Bake 20 minutes. Flip the fries over and crank oven up to 450.
  7. Cook 10 minutes, flip again and cook 10 more minutes or until potatoes are crisp and not burnt. Watch carefully during the last 10 minutes.

If you want a bolder flavor you can double the chili powder. For more of a bite, try adding a pinch of cayenne powder.


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1 Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips May 2, 2012 at 8:18 am

I love your take on oven fries. Ooh, they would be good with my black bean taco filling.
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2 TastefullyJulie May 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

Oh Brianne, that has Cinco de Mayo written all over it! :)


3 Kaitlin May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

I have no idea how you managed to make fries look so mouthwatering but I need to make these ASAP! They look great!
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4 TastefullyJulie May 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

Photoshop, my dear, photoshop. Haha. I’m joking!


5 RavieNomNoms May 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

Yes yes and more yes!! Those look so good. Love fries :-) Especially baked ones!
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6 Kiri W. May 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I love that these are baked, not fried. And spicy is always awesome :)
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7 kale May 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

These look so flavorful, and yes, parchment paper all the way!!
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8 CJ at Food Stories May 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I don’t eat fries that often because of the carbs but when I do I want them to look just like this. So glad you’re using parchment now, you deserve it :-)
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9 TastefullyJulie May 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I do!


10 Choc Chip Uru May 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I cannot believe these fries are baked! They look beautifully crisp and definitely spicy :D

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11 what katie's baking May 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

spicy fries are the BEST. now i can make them at home… awesome recipe!!


12 Tumbleweed Contessa May 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I like the sound of those fries. I am having a black bean burger for dinner that they would go perfectly with. I totally agree about parchment paper! If it saves wear and tear on your cookie sheets then it may eventually save you money in replacement costs, right? ;)


13 TastefullyJulie May 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I suppose it’s saving me replacements costs right now. My cookie sheets are in rough shape, but who cares! ;)


14 Robin May 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Wow- those look surprisingly crispy! The last ones I made were a little too mushy. I’ll give these a try. Thanks!
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15 Diana @ Mood Your Food May 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

So healthy, spicy, and no scrubbing?? I’m having these for lunch tomorrow!!
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16 TastefullyJulie May 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Ha ha. I love it!


17 doodles May 3, 2012 at 12:01 am

I wholeheartedly agree about the movie……..WTH were they thinking.

Your yummy fries would be good kicked up with chipotle ranch. Going on the menu this casual friday.


18 TastefullyJulie May 3, 2012 at 7:17 am

Thank gawd someone concurs with me about that movie. It would be terrible if everyone else thought it was awesome.


19 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings May 3, 2012 at 12:05 am

hi, i found your blog thru food gawker. i’m definitely bookmarking and pinning your recipe! i need to lose a few pounds of my baby (#3) weight, and while i like fried fries, perhaps baking is the way to go for me!
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20 TastefullyJulie May 3, 2012 at 7:16 am

I’m glad you found me and I’m happy to be of assistance. Congrats on baby number three!


21 Beth Michelle May 3, 2012 at 1:42 am

Just found your blog! So glad I did. I love homemade french fries. They are the best. Lately I have been sprinkling mine with truffle salt, yum, but I may just have to try your version next!!
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22 Treat and Trick May 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

Love the spice combo you’d used! Looks so good!
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23 Judy Metcalf May 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I have not tried this yet, but I am just wondering about the length of the cooking . It sounds like a long time at such high temperatures. How large did you cut the fries? I am anxious to try them because they look so yummy and “out of the ordinary”.


24 TastefullyJulie May 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Let’s see. I sliced the potatoes about 1/2 inch think and then I cut each slice into 4 equal fries. They are just what I would call traditional French fry size, like you would get at one of those fast food places that make the steak sandwiches and fries. Does that help?

This was the first time I used parchment and they definitely took longer than when I previously cooked them directly on the sheet. Without the parchment I might go 10/10/10 and just leave the oven temp alone.


25 Judy Metcalf May 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Thank you very much!


26 Anita at Hungry Couple May 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I am definitely a baked-not-fried kind of cook and I’m ALL about parchment paper! :)
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27 Lorrie May 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Julie I LOVE your blog! Where else can you get great recipes and a movie review? And parchment paper rocks ;)


28 Katie May 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Thank you for the amazing recipe. Some baked fry recipes can be so complicated. This is simple and delicious. Parchment paper is a wonderful thing isn’t? Please keep sharing your wonderful recipes! -Katie


29 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies May 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Ha ha, I saw a commercial for that movie and was like, “Dude, I would jump off a ledge if I had to watch that.” I love oven fries and spicy ones are even better! And I totally agree, Burger King fries (although I haven’t had them in YEARS) are kind of funky. And not in a good, Rick James way.
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30 Jennie @themessybakerblog May 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Yum. These fries look amazing. They look even better than their fried counterpart. I’d like a handful of these spicy gems.


31 Nancy/SpicieFoodie May 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hi Julie,

Thanks for the movie tip. Your fries look delicious! It’s so funny because I have a recipe very similar to yours scheduled for Wednesday. Fries like this are one of my weakness. I’ll link up to your recipe:)
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32 TastefullyJulie May 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

That’s awesome, Nancy. Thank you.


33 Nancy/SpicieFoodie May 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Hi Julie,

Just stopped by to say thanks for being a part of the YBR:) Loved your recipe.
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34 Helen June 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Ooh, your baked fries look wonderful. I can hardly wait to try them. Thanks for the movie review. I’ll skip it.


35 Peggy Clyde June 4, 2012 at 11:54 pm

These look so good. I don’t know where you get your parchment paper, but I buy it from It costs $6.99 for 100 sheets that fit a large sheet pan. Thanks for sharing.


36 Adila R June 25, 2012 at 7:05 am

Made these today and didnt turn out so well :( super flimsy and not crispy at all. Hmmm I wonder where I went wrong? :(
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37 TastefullyJulie June 25, 2012 at 8:51 am

Bummer! I don’t know. Where they fully browned? Maybe they needed to cook longer? It can vary with the type of potato you use and also how thick they are sliced.


38 Peter @Feed Your Soul September 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I used your fries to compliment Mushroom Farro burgers in my healthy Friday Five offerings. You can see the full meal at Feed Your Soul –


39 Roscoe January 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

These fries burned incredibly quickly at that temperature. Will try again at a lower temperature and then crank up last ten minutes.


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