Oven Fries — CRISPIER Than Deep-Fried

  • Published: 27 June 2019
  • Oven fries that are better than deep-fried? Maybe. Easier and cleaner? Definitely! Thanks to Squarespace for sponsoring this video. Go to Squarespace.com for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch, go to squarespace.com/ragusea and add code “RAGUSEA" at checkout to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.

    I suppose this is more of a techniques than a recipe. Take whatever potatoes you want. Peel them, or don't. Cut them into fry-like shapes, being sure to get roughly equal thickness, and cut them maybe twice as thick as you want them — they'll shrink a lot during cooking. I do one large Russet potato per person. Boil them until you're afraid they're going to fall apart — I do about eight minutes. Gently drain them and lay them on a pan wide enough to hold them all in a single layer. Drizzle on enough oil to thoroughly coat all the pieces. Shake the pan to coat the pieces and get the fries evenly distributed.

    Roast at 450ºF. Check on them after 45 minutes — add more oil if they look dry, and move around any pieces that seem to be cooking unevenly. Roast them some more until they're brown and crispy, maybe another 45 minutes. Be careful not to overcook them — very brown will taste burned. You can pull them when they're still a little floppy, because they will harden as they cool. The ones I made in the video are just a bit overcooked.

    Place kitchen towel or a couple layers of paper towel in a large bowl, and dump the fries in. Let the towel soak up the excess oil, and then whip it out. Season the fries in the bowl and then toss. I use coarse salt, pepper, garlic powder, chopped cilantro and grated parmesan.

    MY COOKING PHILOSOPHY: I don't like weighing or measuring things if I don't have to, and I don't like to be constantly checking a recipe as I cook. I don't care that volume is a bad way of measuring things — it's usually easier. I like for a recipe to get me in the ballpark, and then I like to eyeball and improvise the rest. If you're like me, my goal with these videos is to give you a sense of how the food should look and feel as you're cooking it, rather than give you a refined formula to reproduce.
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Comments • 4 130

  • Adam Ragusea
    Adam Ragusea   3 months back

    Q: What do you mean you devised this recipe? I've seen this before.
    A: Cool! I haven't seen another recipe that applies the par-boiled roastie technique to a fry shape, but I'm not at all surprised to hear that others exist. There's nothing new under the sun. But I did work out the particulars of this one on my own. Totally possible I just reinvented the wheel. Still good fries, though!

    Q: Have you thought about adding baking soda to the water to make the outside more crispy?
    A: No, but I'm intrigued. Alkalinity helps with browning. I will say, however, that I'm not sure I would want to accelerate the browning process on these. The interior needs a long cooking time in order to get really soft and fluffy, and I wouldn't want the exterior to get overly brown while I'm cooking the interior. Really dark brown on these tastes burned.

    Q: Have you thought about roughing up the fries a bit before they go in the oven to get more fluffy exterior that'll go crisp in oil?
    A: That works great with a more conventional roast potato shape, but these long thin shapes are really delicate when they first go in the roasting tray. That little shake I give them is about all the trauma they can take at that stage.

    Q: What's up with that thumbnail?
    A: I thought it was funny and intriguing! (And yeah, maybe I thought it could draw the ASMR crowd...)

    Q: Have you thought about using a slotted pan?
    A: I'm intrigued, but would't the oil drip out the bottom? We need that oil.

    Q: What's up with you having ads now?
    A: A man has to make a living for his family. Also, Squarespace really is good. http://squarespace.com/ragusea

    Q: What's up with two ad breaks per video?
    A: The particular format of the ads is negotiated on a case-by-case basis with the sponsor. You'll see a different format in next week's recipe. Personally, I like this format, because it discloses the sponsorship arrangement right off the bat, but then gives you some more content before you get to the main ad body.

    Q: Why was your first talking-head shot out of focus?
    A: I shoot by myself, and the talking-head shots are tough. I had my camera on face-tracking autofocus, I could see on the monitor that it had zero'd in on my face, but it's not possible for me to see on a tiny monitor halfway across the room if the shot really is in focus. Between this and my day job, I really don't have time to go back and fix stuff unless it's a real disaster. I'm learning every video, though, and I think it'll all keep getting better. The entire reason I started making cooking videos in the first place was to work on my video skills. I'm still pretty new to the medium.

    Q: Why were some of your shots over-exposed?
    A: I'm still really struggling with how to light and expose for white ingredients. I'm working on it. Everything looks overexposed on the cheap field monitor I'm using, so that's no help. I've tried using the level meter, but the black table and the white plates just seem to throw it off.

    • Akshay Panchal
      Akshay Panchal  3 days back

      @Adam Ragusea I see in future one of the Italian car manufacturer using your surname. "LAMBORGHINI RAGUSA". Hell yeah, that sounds cool.

    • Avi M
      Avi M  3 days back

      Hi, is the oven supposed to be on fan or non fan?

    • Daniel Jung
      Daniel Jung  2 weeks back

      What did you put in the fries?

    • OntarioStorms
      OntarioStorms  2 weeks back

      It brings me sadness that over 2000 dangutangs would DV this........The fools.....

    • Oops Adaisy
      Oops Adaisy  2 weeks back

      Made these today and they were delicious. Unbelievably crunchy and not at all greasy. Thanks for this :)

  • propyne
    propyne  11 minutes back

    You mentioned your Thanksgiving turkey in relation to the pan - sure wouldn't mind seeing your take on that!

    • Calvin Lane
      Calvin Lane  2 hours back

      That draining method is the method most people use....where have you been?

      • MaxDavinci
        MaxDavinci  5 hours back

        I just make pan fried wedges and coat them with cajun seasoning afterwards

        • Tommy Hitto
          Tommy Hitto  9 hours back

          Dat oven fries still crunch omg love em extra but any fries are best fries so yeah....:) With a coke and sum rock I like (RATM and Delta Parole rn) while I play cod or bf.

          • Barty Crouch JR.
            Barty Crouch JR.  10 hours back

            u fried them with olive oil, no different deep friez

            • dominic parry
              dominic parry  11 hours back

              Just had an ad for cholesterol after this, Not sure if it's a warning...

              • vikingbags
                vikingbags  12 hours back

                These look dank!

                • Sauce Stache
                  Sauce Stache  12 hours back

                  I had a plate of fries last night... just fries hahah NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT ADAM! hahah

                  • MontanaSnack
                    MontanaSnack  11 hours back

                    Cokking them rn and its 8pm in eu

                • Mahrukh Khan
                  Mahrukh Khan  13 hours back

                  You are funny. Subscribed.

                  • Joey Beckstead
                    Joey Beckstead  14 hours back

                    boiled = 10%
                    oven = 10%
                    oil = 80%

                    • Koji 888
                      Koji 888  15 hours back

                      I love olive oil ... But I'm not making these like that. I use a spray bottle. And boiling is a waste of time.

                    • Jotaro Kujo
                      Jotaro Kujo  18 hours back

                      Do an ASMR video with those fries!!

                      • Coffee Juice
                        Coffee Juice  23 hours back

                        Just air fry it

                        • Fred Hammon
                          Fred Hammon  1 days back

                          I'm trying it now. One of the frustrating things about trying to follow recipes that call for boiling is does the time start from when the water reboils, which stops immediately upon adding things, or after it begins to boil again? I'll let you know if I ended up mashed potato candidates instead. Eight minutes from reboil.

                          • T 1
                            T 1  1 days back

                            When he said because no ones eats a big plate of fries I had this picture in my head of me

                            • ZizOu -_-
                              ZizOu -_-  1 days back

                              *THICC FRIES*

                              • Charlie May
                                Charlie May  1 days back

                                Why don't you just try and sell us insurance while you're at it.. love the insight but not the adds

                                • Darko
                                  Darko  1 days back

                                  ay mans gotta feed his kids

                              • Exotic_ Dummy
                                Exotic_ Dummy  1 days back

                                I thought that this was gonna be an ASMR video at first

                                • Baro V
                                  Baro V  1 days back

                                  Am i the only one who thought this was markiplier

                                  • Harry Barker
                                    Harry Barker  2 days back

                                    Parboil, stick them in the oven till bearly browned then deep fry 🤤

                                    • Rizq Anaqi
                                      Rizq Anaqi  2 days back

                                      the reason you clicked on this video 6:25

                                      • Snack
                                        Snack  2 days back

                                        1:27 They’ll need to be *t h i c c*

                                        • SIRHACHIBI
                                          SIRHACHIBI  2 days back

                                          Can this work with sweet potatoes?

                                          • night&day Gaming
                                            night&day Gaming  2 days back

                                            my mom loved this video until he chewed the fries with his mouth open

                                            • Tomas Magnusson
                                              Tomas Magnusson  2 days back

                                              vinegar fry is on the right

                                              • justin titus
                                                justin titus  2 days back

                                                i watched it. now get off my recommended.

                                                • Anne Marie
                                                  Anne Marie  2 days back

                                                  Thanks for the video. Can this be done with sweet potatoes?

                                                • JD FILMS
                                                  JD FILMS  2 days back

                                                  That’s ASMR level 1000

                                                  • Eclipse538
                                                    Eclipse538  3 days back

                                                    i think Alton Brown was a vital influence to you in your younger years! great content

                                                    • Disciple of Christ
                                                      Disciple of Christ  3 days back

                                                      You really awesome love your videos bro

                                                      • André Shinya
                                                        André Shinya  3 days back

                                                        How Adam like his food: *c r i s p e e*

                                                        • jonny jr
                                                          jonny jr  3 days back


                                                          • chocolate cream
                                                            chocolate cream  3 days back

                                                            Technically, you fried them in an oven if their still simmering in oil.

                                                            • Elias Siegers
                                                              Elias Siegers  3 days back

                                                              OMG I did the fries and I can tell everybody to try it out. These fries were from a different world :)

                                                              • WhyPie
                                                                WhyPie  3 days back

                                                                This video showed up in my recommendation and I clicked because I thought he was markiplier lol

                                                                • 1ns0MNla
                                                                  1ns0MNla  3 days back

                                                                  fuck off with that squarespace shit, thats not what i came to see

                                                                  • Rabbi Shekelstein
                                                                    Rabbi Shekelstein  3 days back

                                                                    You forgot to season the oxygen

                                                                    • niteshade123
                                                                      niteshade123  3 days back

                                                                      thank you youtube recommendation section, very cool!

                                                                      • Meashayshay2
                                                                        Meashayshay2  3 days back

                                                                        These fries are so rich and delicious omg. I regret not making more ;-; I only made a small test batch, big mistake lol. I also left the skins on mine. I used to do a salt boil before making fries and went into frying right after. I like this way better though~

                                                                        • Robert Criddle
                                                                          Robert Criddle  3 days back

                                                                          I just waisted 6:53 minutes of my life 👎🏻

                                                                          • Kiwi Kingdom
                                                                            Kiwi Kingdom  2 days back

                                                                            @Robert Criddle *sAY pFfT oNe mOre tIme*

                                                                          • Robert Criddle
                                                                            Robert Criddle  2 days back

                                                                            Kiwi Kingdom lame response dude.stay in your uneducated cave pfft

                                                                          • Kiwi Kingdom
                                                                            Kiwi Kingdom  2 days back

                                                                            @Robert Criddle Same goes for you?

                                                                          • Robert Criddle
                                                                            Robert Criddle  2 days back

                                                                            Kiwi Kingdom stating the obvious doesn’t make you a smart person pfft

                                                                          • Kiwi Kingdom
                                                                            Kiwi Kingdom  2 days back

                                                                            No one made you waste it but yourself lmao

                                                                        • Asian Octopus
                                                                          Asian Octopus  3 days back

                                                                          what's the point of all this work if it's just as greasy as deep fried fries

                                                                          • Metalli // Metalsonic3
                                                                            Metalli // Metalsonic3  2 days back

                                                                            A pot you just use for regular boiling and a tray that had just a bit of oil (or even a baking paper to cover the surface) are alot easiler to clean and deal with than a pot full of oil. If you do have a good setup for deep frying and don't mind storing and dealing with the used oil then yeah, that's definitely the way to go - the method on the video I'd say is for those who really don't like deep frying.

                                                                        • lostvayne
                                                                          lostvayne  3 days back

                                                                          Kyo Orenji jususu o nomimasu
                                                                          I just learned this

                                                                          • diegoyotta
                                                                            diegoyotta  3 days back

                                                                            "Nobody just eats a plate of fries" 😏 right... right...

                                                                            • spiney_tlg77
                                                                              spiney_tlg77  3 days back

                                                                              Enough for 4 people?
                                                                              My stomach : am I a joke to u

                                                                              • Bruce
                                                                                Bruce  3 days back

                                                                                dude, melted butter with a pastry brush, and onion salt as you cook them = win.........everything else perfect.

                                                                                • ProjectiluvOP
                                                                                  ProjectiluvOP  4 days back

                                                                                  Do not ever eat infront of a Mic again.

                                                                                  • Randy Chopa
                                                                                    Randy Chopa  4 days back

                                                                                    Tried it. Its too oily for me. Giving me headache in every bite