Seasoned Oven Fries (Freeze Ahead)

We love oven fries. In England, oven chips are basically a food group. We don’t have them quite as frequently as hubs would like, but I’d say we still have them pretty often, often enough that I was curious to try to speed up the cooking process by making my own frozen version ahead of time. Plus, why buy a bag from the freezer aisle when I could save money and packaging in just over an hour (most of it passive, might I add)?

While I was at it, I decided to season the fries with Cajun seasoning. Seasoned fries are inarguably *SO* much better than regular fries, and it seemed like such an easy thing to do. I’m sure our future selves will thank us when they bite into these spicy garlicky fries crisp from the oven.

You have to freeze them in stages, starting with a flat layer so that they don’t freeze all in one clump. Then you can transfer them to a plastic bag, labelled with the cooking instructions if you’re a smarty pants! Feel free to scale this up if you have a big family or just really love oven fries. đŸ™‚

2 Russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into fries
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt

In a large pot of boiling water, boil fries for five minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl, and toss with spices and salt until evenly coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange fries in one layer on the sheet, trying not to let them touch. Place in the freezer for one hour. Transfer to a bag and keep in the freezer for up to one month.

To make fries, bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, tossing once to ensure even crispness. They will be crispier if they are well spaced on the baking tray without touching. Enjoy!

Preps 4 servings

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