Best Baked French Fries

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 6Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into thick fries
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; spray with cooking spray.

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  • Step 2

    Place sliced potatoes in a colander; sprinkle sugar over potatoes. Set aside until liquid is released from potatoes, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain liquid and dry potatoes well.

  • Step 3

    Mix potato slices, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a resealable bag until evenly coated. Spread coated potato slices in a single layer, leaving space around each potato, on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Step 4

    Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes; flip fries and continue baking until crisp and browned, about 20 more minutes.

  • Cook's Note:

    When I cut the potatoes I make 3 cuts lengthwise, so I’m left with 4 ovals. Then each oval is sliced into 3 strips. The sugar releases the juices in the potatoes and allows them to crisp more, so don’t leave out the sugar.

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