You’re In A No-Fry Zone…Oven-Baked, Parmesan Fries

Oven-Baked Fries

The potato gets a bum rap. In the colorful world of vibrant green, red, orange and yellow vegetables the potato is like a poor, little hobo. All dirty and dusty, drab in color, with pock marks all over him. But oh, the glorious things you can do with a potato. I would have to say he gets the vote as my favorite vegetable. You can mash him, fry him, bake, roast or scallop him. He can be stuffed, made into a chip or even a salad. He’s a versatile little fellow.

Such a humble vegetable…but so good

But mama loves her fries. There, I’ve said it, I’m coming clean. French fried potatoes are my absolute favorite food. That being said, I don’t find cooking anything in a vat of oil all that appetizing. So, when I’m at home I like to make my fries in the oven, and they’re Β just as good. No, actually better. These are lightly tossed with some olive oil, parsley, coarse salt, fresh black pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes, and then topped off with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. For me they’re a meal in itself!

Baked Parmesan Fries

3-4 medium russet potatoes

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, minced fine

3/4 teaspoon coarse salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh, ground pepper

pinch red pepper flakes

freshly grated Parmesan cheese


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F, and spray baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Peel 3-4 russet potatoes. Cut in half length-wise then cut each half length-wise into 4 slices, trying to have all slices the same thickness. Put potato slices in a bowl of cold water so they don’t turn brown while your preparing them.

3. Drain potatoes, and pat dry with a paper towel. Put potatoes in large bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to coat each fry. Spread out onto a metal baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 38-42 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

4. Using a metal spatula, gently remove fries from baking sheet and toss in a shallow bowl with parsley and grated Parmesan cheese generously over the fries.

Serves 4 (or 2 in my house)

Oven-baked Parmesan Fries

25 Comments on “You’re In A No-Fry Zone…Oven-Baked, Parmesan Fries”

  1. wanda says:

    These fries look too good to eat!

    Of all your recipes, I think I can manage this one.


  2. nina says:

    these look delis…i also make sweet potatoes in the oven…thanks MAMA ❀

  3. Beth says:

    That’s a good lookin’ fry!

  4. Vicki @ WITK says:

    These look so good! I could eat an entire pile of these for dinner.

  5. Mama, you’ve nailed this one! Who needs a deep fryer anyway? Flavorful, practical and a whole lot better for you. These with a burger and a pale ale is sounding mighty fine right about now…

  6. Those look fantastic! We make oven fries quite regularly but I’ve never put Parmesan on them. That looks like it tastes amazing πŸ˜€

  7. I whole heartedly agree – potatoes are THE best! In any form… These look fabulous.

  8. Wouldn’t be able to eat just one!

  9. Sue Corotis Roth says:

    OMG ! I just made these fries on Thursday. I wanted “no fry ” fries with my slider dinner ! Yummy !

  10. Parsley Sage says:

    Delicious! These are so yummy looking. Potatoes are like the world’s best veggie πŸ™‚ Well done, buzzed!

  11. I love oven fries. I haven’t had them in a while now because the weather turned quite warm. These look amazing though. I might have to rearrange my dinner plans to put these on the menu.

  12. I just made these for dinner tonight. They were delicious! It was silent all through dinner, which for my family of 5, is a big deal. They loved them, and the “extras” I made for leftovers were gone.

  13. Liz says:

    Wow, these look fabulous! I now know what I’m doing next with the potatoes in my pantry….

  14. daksha says:

    Wow, these look so yummmmmm! MUst try thanks.

  15. Jackie says:

    I can’t believe those are baked! You got a gorgeous brown crisp on them, I’m gonna have to give those a try! =)

  16. justine says:

    I make oven fries with garlic and parsley, which i love. But now i’ve gotta add parmesan, too! Gorgeous pix, by the way….

  17. Meghan says:

    Those are some good looking fries! They would only serve 2 in my house as well πŸ˜‰

  18. Food Frenzy says:

    We made these yesterday and they turned out wonderful. Thank you!

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  20. Berte Bass says:

    This is on the top of my list. Looks delicious. Your article is amazing Berte

  21. Alisa says:

    Soaking the potatoes in sugar solution for at least 6 minutes before drying it and cooking it will make it extra crispy. The recipe I saw said something like 1/3 cup sugar to 2cups water.

  22. Parmesan on fries. Decadent, but surely delicious!

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