French fries are a beloved dish, but the traditional method of frying them in oil can be heavy and unhealthy. However, there’s a simple and delicious alternative: making crispy fries without a drop of oil by baking them in the oven. This method produces perfectly golden and crispy fries that are lighter and healthier without sacrificing flavor. Here’s how to make oil-free oven-baked French fries with just a few ingredients.
- 5 potatoes
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
- Additional spices or herbs of your choice (e.g., rosemary, garlic powder)
- Preheat your oven to 220°C (425°F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or baking paper to prevent sticking.
- Wash and peel the potatoes, then cut them into thin strips to resemble traditional French fries.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add the salt, pepper, paprika, and any additional spices or herbs of your choice, and mix well to combine.
- Add the cut potatoes to the bowl with the seasoned egg whites. Use your hands to toss the potatoes until they are evenly coated with the egg white mixture.
- Spread the coated potato strips in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet, making sure they are evenly spaced to allow for even cooking.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake the fries for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and carefully flip the fries using tongs or a spatula to ensure they cook evenly on all sides.
- Return the baking sheet to the oven and continue baking the fries for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
- Once the fries are cooked to your desired crispiness, remove them from the oven and serve immediately.
Note: For an alternative version, you can lightly boil the cut potatoes before coating them with the seasoned egg whites and baking them in the oven.
With this oil-free oven-baked French fries recipe, you can enjoy crispy and flavorful fries without the guilt of excess oil. These healthier fries are perfect as a snack or side dish and are sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy!