Healthy Recipe #2: Oven-Roasted Fries

In the post Fat City we promised a recipe for oven-roasted potatoes you can use to replace French fries.  (Restaurant fries are laden with unhealthy oils, including trans fats.  You can fry potatoes at home using healthy oils, but roasting potatoes is easier and better for you.)  Experiment with other starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes.  Feeds three to four people.


1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

1  teaspoon minced garlic

1/2  teaspoon dried basil

1/2  teaspoon dried dill weed

1/2  teaspoon dried thyme

1/2  teaspoon dried oregano

1/2  teaspoon dried parsley 

4 large Yukon Gold potatoes, or potato of your choice

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


In a large bowl, combine oil and spices (except salt and pepper). Wash the potatoes and cut into wedges, leaving the skins on.  (Thinner wedges are crispier and cook faster.)  Add wedges to the bowl and coat evenly. Arrange on a foil lined baking sheet, add salt and pepper to taste. 

Roast for 30-40 minutes at 425 degrees, flipping the potatoes after 20 minutes to brown on both sides. 

Health note:  Potatoes are avoided by some due to their high glycemic index, which can raise blood sugar.  Combining them with olive oil slows down metabolism and smoothes the sugar spike.  The spices are both flavorful and rich in antioxidants.

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Reader Comments (11)

I love the website/blog so far. And I love the recipe for these potatoes. We often make oven-roasted potatoes (I love to use Sweet potatoes), and my family has come to prefer them. They aren't so greasy and fatty. And with all of the herbs they have actual flavor. (You don't need tons of ketchup).

Anyways, great site. I'll be checking back here often. I love the idea of 52 positive changes, and I totally agree that we need to be spending time concentrating on the rest of the word of wisdom (rather than the "no smoking/drinking" part.

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchococatania

Thanks for the recipe! My husband and I were just talking about ways to make french fries healthier and these look like a great tasting healthy version.

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara

these look so delicious! we love roasting potatoes at home - i will have to try these.

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

I love making roasted potatoes; they're a stand-by dish that we always seem to have everything for. I use Herbes de Provence to season mine. It's so good and takes literally a second or two to shake it on.

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

My family loves oven baked "fries"...I often make them with sweet and regular potatoes following a very similar methodology. We have fun experimenting with spices and herbs. One of our favorite mixes on sweet potatoes is cinnamon and chili powder, in roughly equal amounts.

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhwar

Yum! I do mine a similar way except instead of the spices listed I use only sea salt and a pinch of cayenne. The super high roasting temperature really does the trick. I look forward to trying them with this new spice mix!

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCB

We've been making similar fries for awhile with one slight different. We boil the potatoes until they just get soft, then we cover them with the oil and spices and then we bake them. Amazingly delicious.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMax Drown

Made these last night for dinner.. They were delicious! Thanks, for the recipe!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

I tried these tonight, and they were so delicious! My family agreed they were even better than fried potatoes, this will be a new staple at our house, thanks for sharing!

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Sweet potatoes with garlic, sea salt, and olive very good!

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGwen

We frequently make potatoes like this - I love the flavor. I have a similar recipe that we use with fish that adds lemon juice to all the seasoning - Yummy!

July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShantell

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