How do you bake frozen french fries?
- Place fries in a plastic bag and spray thoroughly with cooking spray.
- Shake for a minute or so to distribute the oil.
- Place on baking sheet (I find a baking stone works best) and sprinkle lightly with chili powder, salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Bake at 400 until slightly brown and sizzling.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread the potatoes in a single layer. Bake until golden and crisp, about 35 minutes.
- Heat a few inches of vegetable oil to 300 degrees F in a heavy pot. In 3 or 4 batches, fry the potatoes about 4 to 5 minutes per batch, or until soft. They should not be brown at all at this point-you just want to start the cooking process. Remove each batch and drain them on new, dry paper towels.
- Place a piece of foil over a metal baking sheet. Spray the fries in a bag evenly with an olive oil-based cooking spray, which will give them a crispier texture. Shake the bag to coat all of the fries with the oil. Omit this step if you prefer softer, less-crispy fries.
- Remove potatoes from oil with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towel and to cool completely. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fry the potatoes again until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Blot with a paper towel.
Place a piece of foil over a metal baking sheet. Spray the fries in a bag evenly with an olive oil-based cooking spray, which will give them a crispier texture. Shake the bag to coat all of the fries with the oil. Omit this step if you prefer softer, less-crispy fries.
- Drain potatoes, and dry thoroughly with a towel. Heat 3 to 4 inches oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Use a thermometer to ensure the temperature is correct: 325 degrees for French fries, 375 degrees for shoestring and basket-weave fries.
- So, to prepare our freezer french fries, we follow the steps below:
- Step 1: Peel, rinse, and cut.
- Step 2: Blanch.
- Step 3: Blot dry and arrange on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper.
- Step 4: Optional: Pre-season the french fries.
- Step 5: Freeze for 12-24 hours.
- Step 6: Once frozen, arrange into freezer bags.
- Microwaving fries makes them warm, but limp and soggy. If you don't mind this texture, simply place them on a microwave-safe plate, cover the plate loosely with a paper towel and microwave the fries on high-heat at 20-second intervals until warmed to your liking. Better ways to reheat fries exist, though.
Updated: 6th October 2019