{recipe} Oven-Baked Sesame Ginger French Fries (Plus 5 Tips for Making Great Fries in the Oven)

Do you ever look around your kitchen and think “what the heck am I going to feed this kid/myself?” That happens a lot around here; somehow, despite the overwhelming feeling that I’m wasting like a third of my life at the grocery store, there is no desirable food anywhere to be found, no matter how many times I open and close the fridge. On those nights that we happen to have a potato, I find that a batch of oven-baked fries is a good option because a) I know my son will eat them, b) I know I will also enjoy eating the rest of them, and c) I can feel OK about it since they are quasi-healthy as they are made from a potato. Which is totally a plant. Go ahead, sign me up for the “mother of the year” award.

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The thing is, I’ve gotten a little bored with the same old, same old, so tonight I was inspired to change things up and roast them with sesame oil, plus a hint of ginger and garlic, then toss them with toasted black sesame seeds when they were hot from the oven. Sesame seeds have a ton of health benefits, too, according to some random websites that came up on the first page of searching. That award is looking even better now, huh?

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Also, do you know what sesame seeds look like in their little pods? Adorable, that’s what.

Five helpful tips about making fries at home:

  • For french fries, I highly recommend using russet potatoes. McDonalds sells three billion POUNDS of fries every year and that’s what they use, so I’m gonna go ahead and trust them on this.
  • Don’t stress about cutting the fries into perfect fry shapes. You are doomed from the start as you are cutting an oval-shaped thing into square-shaped things. That is a lose-lose situation. Just do your best.
  • A corollary to the cutting thing: The important thing about the cutting is to make things roughly the same size and shape so they will cook at roughly the same rate. Focus on that.
  • Make sure the oven is fully heated before putting the fries in.
  • For perfect, even browning, flip the fries over mid-cooking. For imperfect, but still delicious, easier fries, don’t.

Obviously you can double, triple, quadruple, etc. this recipe, because the only person who eats like one potato’s worth of fries is a little kid + their mom gaffling some on the side. So just multiply as needed.

Recipe: Oven-Baked Sesame Ginger French Fries
Does not make enough unless you are all by yourself. Use this as a guide to multiply as needed.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 medium russet potato
  • 1 Tblsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds (I used black for attractiveness but white are fine too)
  • salt to taste

METHOD:

  • Prepare a bowl with cold water and a large pinch of salt. 
  • Peel potato and cut into french fry shapes. Put potatoes into water. 
  • Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Prepare a sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper and set aside.
  • When oven is hot, drain potatoes. Add sesame oil, ginger, garlic and a large pinch of salt to the potatoes and toss together to coat. Lay out on sheet pan in a single layer, ideally with the fries not touching each other.
  • Bake at 450 for about 20-30 minutes, until crispy and browned.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Toss with sesame seeds and add more salt if needed. Serve immediately.

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1 Perfect Fries { 09.23.13 at 9:06 am }

Good post. Thinking of recipes to prepare seems so tedious at times. Thanks for sharing.

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