Perfect Oil-Free Fries

I know what you’re thinking… why do you need to waste your time reading a blog that just tells you how to bake a bunch of potato slices?? Well, you don’t. I’m sure you can figure out how to make a great oil-free fry on your own. However, why go through the trouble of figuring out the details of getting a great fry when I figured that out for you?? I’ve made A LOT of fries in my life. I mean, potato fries are a staple food in a plant-based vegan diet. Every vegan blog/website/instagram features huge plates of potato-y goodness. When I made the swap to a plant-based diet, I was super excited to make my first batch of oil-free fries. Something I didn’t expect? Every recipe I tried gave me either over-cooked or under-cooked fries!

BUT do not fear! with some time and patience, I figured out a solution! A mixture of cooking techniques is what makes these so great. Boiling softens them up before they hit the oven. This ensures they get cooked all the way through without risking them getting burnt!

One of my favorite things about potatoes is their versatility. For this reason, I chose to not include any specific seasonings in this recipe. You can make curry fries, spicy fries, Italian fries, garlic fries…. ANY KIND OF FRIES! Or you can just leave them plain and enjoy the delicious potato flavor.

Perfect Oil-Free Fries
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. A perfect fry.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: oil free, Vegan
Author: Plant Based Brittany
  • Whatever kind/however many potatoes your stomach desires
  • whatever seasoning you're craving
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.

  2. Peel & rinse potatoes.

  3. Cut potatoes into fry/wedge shape. Be careful to not cut them too thin or they will fall apart more easily when boiling!

  4. Place potatoes into a pot of water. Cook on stove on high heat until the water is boiling. Once boiling, cook for about 5-6 minutes. Keep a close eye on your potatoes in this step. You want them to be tender enough to poke through with a fork, but not so tender that they are completely falling apart.

  5. Once potatoes are nice and tender, remove from water with slotted spoon.

  6. This would be the time to add your preferred seasoning! Another nice thing about boiling them? The seasoning sticks to the fries better!

  7. Place potatoes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Be sure the potatoes aren't touching or they won't crisp up as well.

  8. Bake in oven for 40-50 minutes. Cook time will be determined by the thickness of your potato slices.

1 Comment

  1. Yum! Interesting that other fries recipes resulted in under or over cooked fries. These look wonderful. (BTW, this post showed up beautifully this morn in my RSS feed reader when I checked my news feed this morn.) I’m curious, since you have a health background, where do you stand on the whole high carb vs low carb, high fat vs low fat debate? Do you have strong opinions about that? (maybe the answer to that should be saved for a whole post!)

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