These Greek oven baked fries are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Topped with feta and served with homemade tzatziki, these are the perfect side dish for many dishes including gyro or souvlaki.
Mediterranean recipes, especially Greek recipes are always so full of flavor thanks to fresh and wholesome ingredients that they regularly call for. Creamy feta, fresh herbs and extra virgin olive oil can elevate many dishes such as spanakorizo, Greek potatoes and Greek salad. These baked Greek fries will become your favorite once you try them, because they're so good! Read on for more ideas, my instructions and watch the video for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the best crispy oven baked fries, Greek style!
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Why this recipe works
I love potatoes and I’ve got a few good potato recipes including Mediterranean potato salad, batata harra (Lebanese spicy potatoes) and skordalia (Greek potato and garlic dip) here on the blog. And today we're adding another recipe to the collection: Greek baked fries! It’s crispy, light and fresh, the flavors are right there and with a nice Greek twist.
Let me tell you why I’m such a big fan of this recipe:
- Baked, not fried: baked fries are healthier and frankly, easier to make. Just toss the potatoes with some olive oil and you’re halfway there!
- Flavors: The combination of feta, oregano and lemon takes you right to the shores of the Mediterranean. Trust me, you don’t want to miss that.
- A great side dish: These baked fries go with so many dishes and make a quick side dish. More on that below!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Potatoes - Both russet potatoes and yukon gold potatoes work well for baked fries. I love using yukon gold because while the potatoes are super crispy on the outside, they stay very tender and creamy on the inside and that’s just perfect. For the most flavorful baked fries, don’t peel the potatoes.
- Olive oil - Extra virgin olive oil all the way! High quality EVOO is not only a healthy choice, but also comes with a lot of flavor for the potatoes.
- Garlic - Adding freshly grated or minced garlic to this recipe makes all the difference. I strongly suggest that you peel the garlic and mince or grate it yourself. Not the packaged minced garlic, not garlic paste or garlic powder, but freshly minced garlic.
- Seasoning - It's pretty simple: salt, pepper and dried oregano. You can opt for other spices such as cumin, coriander, paprika or thyme as well.
- Toppings - The best part! You can top these Greek fries with crumbled feta, chopped parsley, coriander or even dill. Squeeze some lemon juice if you like it a little tangy. Keep in mind that it's best to get a block of feta and crumble it yourself for better flavor and texture instead of using store bought crumbled feta.
How to make Greek style oven baked fries
- Prepare the potatoes: Wash the potatoes thoroughly and then dry them very well. Slice into ¼-inch thick sticks and place them in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, minced garlic and the spices to the potatoes and toss well to make sure every stick is coated.
- Bake in the oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F and coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer the potatoes to the sheet pan and spread them into one single layer. Make sure they don’t overlap, this helps with even cooking and crispiness of the potatoes. Bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re fully cooked and crispy on the outside. Stir and flip the potatoes halfway through so they get crispy.
- Final touches: Place the oven baked fries in a serving platter and top them with crumbled feta, chopped herbs such as parsley and a drizzle of lemon. Serve immediately.
Tips to make the best baked fries
- Well coated fries: Make sure every piece of the potatoes is coated well with olive oil. This is how you get crispy fries.
- Don't overcrowd: To have crispy and nice fries don't overcrowd the pan and make sure the fries are not overlapping. If the sheet pan is crowded, the fries will start steaming which will make them a bit soggy.
- Make them fresh: Serve right when the fries are out of the oven. The longer they sit, the less crispy and crunchy they're going to be.
Frequently asked questions
These are best eaten right out of the oven and fresh. However, if you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Reheating instructions: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread the fries on a baking sheet in a single layer and reheat for 10 minutes until hot and crispy.
Baked fries are best when served hot right out of the oven, therefore I recommend not making them in advance. However, you can cut the potatoes into sticks and soak them in cold water a couple of hours in advance.
The key to crispy fries is to not overcrowd the baking sheet and to flip the fries halfway through baking. Also, make sure every stick of potato is coated with olive oil for the ultimate crispy baked fries.
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Greek Oven Baked Fries
- 6 yukon gold potatoes
- 3 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ cup feta cheese crumbled
- ½ cup fresh parsley chopped
- ½ lemon optional
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
- Wash and scrub the potatoes thoroughly and then dry them well.
- Slice the potatoes into ¼-inch sticks and place them in a large bowl.
- To the potatoes, add the olive oil, minced garlic, salt, pepper and dried oregano. Toss well to make sure all the potato sticks are well coated.
- Spread the potatoes on the baking sheet in one single layer. Make sure they don't overlap.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Flip the potatoes and then bake for another 15 minutes until they are crispy and golden.
- Once baked, transfer the oven baked fries to a serving platter and top with crumbled feta, chopped parsley. Drizzle with some lemon juice if desired.
- Adding freshly grated or minced garlic to this recipe makes all the difference. I strongly suggest that you peel the garlic and mince or grate it yourself. Not the packaged minced garlic, not garlic paste or garlic powder, but freshly minced garlic.
- You can opt for other spices such as cumin, coriander, paprika or thyme as well.
- Layering the potatoes in one layer will help with even cooking and crispiness.
- Reheating instructions: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread the fries on a baking sheet in a single layer and reheat for 10 minutes until hot and crispy.