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 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. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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 :)


  6. 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.

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