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 • 4 238

  • 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.

    • StevelyBruckShut
      StevelyBruckShut  1 days back

      Lol I was actually nervous about watching this because of the thumbnail because I thought it would be ASMR lol

    • my name gunther
      my name gunther  4 days back

      the best thing is i cna add cheese later and make some crispy cheese fries

    • Akshay Panchal
      Akshay Panchal  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

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

    • Daniel Jung
      Daniel Jung  3 weeks back

      What did you put in the fries?

  • YT-dubsy
    YT-dubsy  5 minutes back

    Next video : why I microwave my steak instated of grill it

    • _ H3nrywilluk
      _ H3nrywilluk  18 minutes back

      I’m British I got this

      • I'm Hangry Y'all
        I'm Hangry Y'all  2 hours back


        • Faizaan Naseem
          Faizaan Naseem  2 hours back

          Says “think like a Brit”
          Proceeds to show flag of UK
          Pisses off Ireland

          • Lefty Animate
            Lefty Animate  8 hours back

            “Think like a Brit”
            You use tea?

            • Jacob Benavides
              Jacob Benavides  20 hours back

              No they’re burnt

              • LemonChicken
                LemonChicken  1 days back

                I never knew we made the best roast potatoes

                • Guava yeeeh
                  Guava yeeeh  1 days back

                  4:28 just so cute

                  • j
                    j  1 days back

                    when i first saw this video on my timeline, i thought i was a mukbang vid cuz the thumbnail

                    • Golden Duck
                      Golden Duck  1 days back

                      -Doesn't feel the need to measure things.
                      -Burns the fries.
                      Are you my mother?

                      • Murphy Fleming
                        Murphy Fleming  1 days back

                        "You gotta think like a brit"
                        Thanks for featuring our whole country.

                        • lilchadaldrich
                          lilchadaldrich  2 days back

                          I literally just got done eating dinner, I watched this video, and my stomach is growling...

                          • Julian Paul
                            Julian Paul  2 days back

                            Im British and I've been cooking chips exactly like this for years

                            • Riley Clements
                              Riley Clements  2 days back

                              Why I season my soil not my potatoes

                              • rocking godzilla
                                rocking godzilla  2 days back

                                God I dot know abot you but I love sogy fries I mean bathed in souse

                                • Fairy Ninja
                                  Fairy Ninja  2 days back

                                  It’s good for ASMR too

                                  • T Simsek
                                    T Simsek  2 days back

                                    4:53 that's for 4 people?

                                    That's enough for me lmao.

                                    • Unigamer derp
                                      Unigamer derp  2 days back

                                      I'm trying this right now and I think I'm about to fail at it :/

                                      • Steam M
                                        Steam M  2 days back


                                        • Ali Jaffery
                                          Ali Jaffery  2 days back

                                          U basically fried them in the oven.... Lol..

                                          • David Smith
                                            David Smith  2 days back

                                            Use king Edward's they make by far the best roast potatoes

                                            • I'm Offended That You're Offended

                                              that's nice adam, but can you please tell me more about squarespace

                                              • Sigil Hunter
                                                Sigil Hunter  3 days back

                                                Just made these based on your video, flipping awesome man!

                                                • Echs Dee
                                                  Echs Dee  3 days back

                                                  NO, DIE

                                                  • Neowti Spam
                                                    Neowti Spam  3 days back

                                                    Still waiting for poutine video

                                                    • SwigtimeFoxy
                                                      SwigtimeFoxy  3 days back

                                                      Apparently my school has similar recipe called baked fries. I’m pretty sure it’s the same thing though.

                                                      • Henrique Pacheco
                                                        Henrique Pacheco  3 days back

                                                        You know you've been spending too much time on alt-his when that tune at 0:18 makes you think "wait WTF isn't that supposed to be the German Empire?"

                                                        • Karina's Fantasy
                                                          Karina's Fantasy  3 days back

                                                          But why that for dinner when theres many other options?

                                                          • Bob 2069
                                                            Bob 2069  3 days back

                                                            These just look like chips

                                                            • Json YZ
                                                              Json YZ  3 days back

                                                              Gordon Ramsey
                                                              Jamie Oliver
                                                              Binging with babish
                                                              Adam raguasa
                                                              All of them are males
                                                              What happen to female go back to the kitchen?

                                                              • Jude Nelson
                                                                Jude Nelson  3 days back

                                                                also use celery salt for added flavour

                                                                • Vito Konte
                                                                  Vito Konte  3 days back

                                                                  6:26 That Oil seeping out of the fries is just something out of this earth :D "Swimming in oil"

                                                                  • mi so
                                                                    mi so  4 days back

                                                                    1:58 thanks for picking it up..it was giving me anxiety

                                                                    • Lorg Porg
                                                                      Lorg Porg  4 days back

                                                                      You kind of look like Justin Trudeau

                                                                      • Eileen Lester
                                                                        Eileen Lester  4 days back

                                                                        So gonna try this! TFS 💜

                                                                        • danny is gay
                                                                          danny is gay  4 days back

                                                                          Why I season my *garden* not my potatoes.

                                                                          • Bryan Adams
                                                                            Bryan Adams  4 days back

                                                                            So, you are suggesting we go over to Jamie Oliver's site?

                                                                            • Le Piotrek Kwiecień
                                                                              Le Piotrek Kwiecień  4 days back

                                                                              this guy looks like a cross between markiplier and hal emmerich

                                                                              • Jake Turner
                                                                                Jake Turner  4 days back

                                                                                Those are chips.

                                                                                • LewisMorrey
                                                                                  LewisMorrey  4 days back

                                                                                  There CHIPS not fries, fries are the thinner better ones but who cares what u call them as long as they are tasty

                                                                                  • Dragonhunter 24
                                                                                    Dragonhunter 24  4 days back

                                                                                    4:33 thats where you are wrong, my friend

                                                                                    • H. K. N 89
                                                                                      H. K. N 89  4 days back

                                                                                      Your work is awesome 😘 but you speak so much 😂

                                                                                      • 「Internally Screaming」

                                                                                        What a wasted opportunity. Should’ve just said “a little bit of olive oil”

                                                                                        • Joshua Cardinal
                                                                                          Joshua Cardinal  5 days back

                                                                                          Why not just get an air fryer

                                                                                          • Self Conscious Goblin
                                                                                            Self Conscious Goblin  5 days back

                                                                                            Adam:Nobody just eats a plate of fries
                                                                                            Meanwhile me at 2:00am: * inhaling a whole plate of jUsT fries *

                                                                                            • Moises Park
                                                                                              Moises Park  5 days back

                                                                                              I dont get it. My potatoes doesnt get cooked evenly and gets burnt. Please help Adam.