this is how I like my French fries

Up next in Things That Are Better Roasted with Coconut Oil: French fries. I’m such a sucker for matchstick potatoes, roasted with coconut oil, salt and pepper, little else. Greek potatoes are nice and I can get down with a good breakfast hash, but tall and skinny French fries are my fave. I’m talking about the kind that are 90% about the cutting and 10% about everything else. It’s a similar method to what we do with sweet potatoes, and it’s so simple I’ve almost talked myself out of posting it, especially after watching a screening of the fancy-food-centric Hundred-Foot Journey movie tonight, but it’s summer and everybody wants easy food, and besides that who doesn’t like French fries, so here you go, along with some also hard-not-to-love links, below.

this is how I like my French fries
this is how I like my French fries
this is how I like my French fries
this is how I like my French fries
this is how I like my French fries
this is how I like my French fries
this is how I like my French fries
this is how I like my French fries

Other things worth noting:

+ When Tim and I first met, I was blogging here, and he was blogging at ETTLT stands for Eat Today to Live Tomorrow, and although the site took a hiatus for awhile, while Tim dated and married me and started helping over here, it’s never really left. Now, we’re trying to be more regular about posting over there, filing away little health-related articles from our daily life and learning. If you’re into that sort of thing, keep up with us over there. I especially hope you read this post, about our favorite essential oils.

+ 4 articles I’ve read in the last couple weeks that I want to never forget: on shame, on relationships, on our bodies, on marriage.

+ 3 recipes I wish someone would come over and make me right now because I’m feeling laaaaazy: this, this or hellllllo this

+ A fascinating (!!) article about the importance of body temperature that I can’t stop thinking about.

My Kind of Baked French Fries


Serving Size: 1 to 2

My Kind of Baked French Fries

I like a fry that is crispy and skinny, strong enough to stand firm when I'm holding it in my hand, not wilty or whispy or soft. I like fries that are good for dipping in ketchup or honey mustard (or homemade aioli when I'm feeling fancy). But I feel I must emphasize that this is how I like fries and so if you like your fries fatter or softer or more seasoned, we can still be friends, at least if you're asking me. This is the way I'm addicted to making them and the way I'm addicted to eating them, and in case you lean towards the tall, skinny type, too, here you go. As written, the recipe makes a large plate of fries, i.e., enough for me and maybe me and Tim if there's other food around. If you want more, simply multiply the recipe accordingly.


  • 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil, slightly softened
  • 1 large organic baking potato (skin still on!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional additions: Italian seasoning blend, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, turmeric


Preheat the oven to 400F. Place coconut oil in large, rimmed baking dish or pan, roughly spreading it around with your fingers.

Slice your potato in half lengthwise. Slice each of the halves in half lengthwise. Then, working with one section at a time, keep slicing the potato lengthwise until you have a lot of long, skinny matchstick pieces. I like to go super skinny with my fries in order to maximize crispiness, but you could leave them a little fatter if you prefer.

Place matchsticks in pan, and toss with coconut oil, salt and pepper, working everything together so it distributes evenly. Add additional seasonings if you like, although just plain salt and pepper is great on its own. Shoot for getting the matchsticks in an even layer if at all possible. The more in touch each fry is with the surface area of the baking dish, the faster it will crisp up.

Place baking dish/pan in oven and bake for 30 minutes, toss fries at least once during that time. If fries are crisp and golden at 30 minutes, remove and serve. If they're still soft in spots, keep baking in increments of 5 to 10 minutes longer until done. Mine usually take 30 to 45 minutes, but it depends on how large your slices are as well as whether or not you spread the fries in an even layer.

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 45 Comments

  1. Marie @ Little Kitchie

    Have to try these method for fries! Also, such gorgeous photos!!!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Aw, thanks, Marie! I hope you do try it and I would love to hear what you think!

  2. Mallory @forkvsspoon

    I have just finished reading the articles that you have linked to…Thank you!! I have emailed them to myself for furture re-reading and reflection. It is one of those times when you are getting articles and words and essays just when you need them in life? And the fries and the photos…lovely, as usual!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Mallory, I think I am always in those times where I am picking up articles and essays here and there, in part because I’m on the computer most of the day. : ) That said, these were some particular gold nuggets that I didn’t want to forget!

  3. molly yeh

    oh heavens to betsy, my heart just skipped at beat at these photos.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Oh, you. Thanks, M!

  4. Sini | my blue&white kitchen

    I too love my fries baked. I’m totally fascinated by the idea of using coconut oil! Must try it next time as I usually use olive oil.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      It’s the best!

  5. jessiev

    Oh yes. i LOVE baked fries. i add in a little dijon. swoon!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Mmmmm sounds good!

  6. Melissa

    Those may be the best looking baked fries I’ve seen. Bookmarked!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      High praise, Melissa! Thank you!

  7. Joanna

    So I just clicked on every single one of those links to read. You, always pointing me in a good direction, which includes fries. HELLO.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      I wish we could sit down and talk about ALL OF THEM.

  8. Grey

    Read this yesterday and marked as unread knowing I’d want them very soon. I made these today for lunch – delish! I bake potatoes in the oven already a few forms already (usually hashed or diced). The shoestring shape and coconut oil changes everything!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Yesssss I love when people do that. High five!

  9. Katie Bazzel

    Shanna! Crazy that you mentioned essential oils to me a few weeks ago and I wasn’t that interested, because yesterday I was with an out of town friend who told me all about how her and her family have started using them. As soon as I rubbed peppermint oil on my hands and breathed in, I was convinced. Looks like I’m continuing to get “weirder and weirder” but like you said, I’m learning to be okay with it. :) Now I’m debating on whether to read the body temp article hah! Don’t know if I’m ready for more. Thanks for another great post!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Haha, my kindred spirit, we’ll be weirder and weirder together, which is some consolation at least. : )

  10. Jacqui

    Love the black and white and looove french fries!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Thanks, buddy!

  11. Nicole

    I’ve just gotten into baking fries! Why I waited so long is beyond me. These look heavenly! I’ll have to try the skinny matchstick cut and coconut oil next time. Love the links you shared, too. Just one big lovely post!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Right? Deep-frying and I are fighting right now, mostly because the smell of oil steaming grosses. me. out. But now, baking, that’s a whole different story!

  12. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    your baked fries are so pretty! I do mine with coconut oil too, but this post was a total reminder to take more time with the knife and the potato!! My fries always end up as wedges.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Sweet! Here’s to more skinny fries for everyone!

  13. Kathryn

    Oh yum! I love the idea of baking fries in coconut oil. Great pictures too!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Thanks, friend!

  14. felicia | Dish by Dish

    Shanna! I like my fries tall and skinny but sturdy enough to hold in my hands too! Hurray to skinny fries fans! At least we are still friends!

    Seems like we’re on the same wavelength this week – i just posted on baked plantain fries today (that surprisingly are good too! crispy, and so much easier to cut than potatoes – have you ever tried them?

    If not, buy a couple of super green plantains (because yellow or black make for less sturdy fries), peel them, slice them as you would skinny fries, and bake them!! Here’s the link if you’re keen :)


    1. Shanna Mallon

      haha we’ll always be blog friends, buddy, and thanks for the tip about plantains! I’ve never had fries made of them, but they sound so yum!

  15. Nik@ABrownTable

    I like my fries sturdy and not soft and wimpy, too! Beautiful photos.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Like minds! Love it. Thanks, Nik!

  16. Joyti

    I love oven fries too! So good. I like the sturdy, slightly crisp ones too, they’re the best.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Yes! Kindreds!

  17. Lisa

    So jealous that you already saw The Hundred Foot Journey! What did you think???

    I’m definitely also on team skinny fries as well :)

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Lisa, We loved it! The scenery, the heartwarming family story, but mostly the fooooood : )

  18. Alicia

    Mmm, fries…I don’t think I’ve ever even attempted to make my own. Sounds fun! You bring the fries, I’ll bring the muhammara. 😉

    1. Shanna Mallon

      haha! that sounds good to me!

  19. kristie /

    Gorgeous photos! And you just made my favorite indulgence, baked fries, even better with the addition of coconut oil. I wish I had thought of it!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      I hope you enjoy!

  20. Todd

    Definitely trying this asap!! My goodness….

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Hope you enjoy!

  21. Ethnic Food

    Thanks for this delectable french fries recipe.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      You’re so welcome!

  22. Natalie

    my goodness, shanna, thank you so much for linking to my writing! i really appreciate you and your constant affirmations. glad to have made your acquaintance. thank you again — i did not notice til now otherwise i would have said something earlier! it means so much to me.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Natalie, I’m so glad I found you! Your writing hits me over and over and helps me see things I didn’t before.

  23. Chaucee

    These fries look JUST how I like mine too. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make them at home. Thanks for the recipe!

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