College Student Meals – Toaster Oven French Fries

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Oven baked french fries are lower in fat and calories than deep fried potatoes and you can even bake them in your toaster oven.How To Make French Fries in a Toaster Oven - ZagLeft

French fries are a favorite snack of mine.  Truth be told, they’re my not-so-secret addiction. Whether it’s enjoying a heaping pile of fries along with a fully-loaded, juicy hamburger served with a chocolate shake or as a stand-alone order all by themselves, french fries are heavenly to me.

While I thoroughly enjoy eating french fries, I do try not to over-indulge.  French fries are usually fried after all, which means they contain more calories and more fat than I’d like to consume.  However, when you bake “french fries” in the oven, you eliminate most of the fat and calories and they taste great.

For single or smaller servings, I make these Toaster Oven French Fries.

College Student Meals - Toaster Oven French Fries - ZagLeft

Potatoes are low in calories and are fat, sodium and cholesterol free.  They are a good source of fiber and keep you feeling full for longer periods of time.   Potatoes are also a great source of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and iron.  Now you can feel good eating them!

Toaster Oven French Fries from ZagLeft

Oven baked french fries are not only a healthier way to eat french fries but easier to make than you might think.

Scrub your potato.  Either leave the skins on or peel them (I prefer the peel on).  Slice the potato lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, and cut again into 1/4-inch strips.  As you cut the potatoes, toss them into a bowl of cold water.  This removes some of the starch from the potatoes and prevents them from turning brown.  It also helps the outsides stay crispy. After you’ve kept the potato slices in the bowl of water for about ten minutes, pat them dry and toss them in a bowl with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.

Toaster Oven French Fries - ZagLeft

Place them on the toaster oven baking tray and bake them for about 25 minutes.  Eat them just out of the oven or create potato “nachos” and top with shredded cheese, sour cream and olives or any of your favorite nacho toppings.

How to make toaster oven french fries - ZagLeft

 

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How To Make French Fries in a Toaster Oven - ZagLeft
College Student Meals – Toaster Oven French Fries
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Oven baked french fries are lower in fat and calories than deep fried potatoes and you can even bake them in your toaster oven.

Course: Side
Cuisine: American, Appetizer
Keyword: french fries, toaster oven
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Joanie Zisk
Ingredients
  • 1 medium Idaho potato
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
Instructions
  1. Set the toaster oven to "Bake" and preheat to 425 degrees F.
  2. Scrub the potato.
  3. Slice the potato lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, and cut again into 1/4-inch strips. As you cut the potatoes, toss them into a bowl of cold water and let them soak for about ten minutes.
  4. Pat the potato slices dry and toss them in a another bowl.
  5. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper.
  6. Place on the baking tray and cook for 25-30 minutes or until golden.

 

 


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17 COMMENTS

  1. Just got my convection toaster oven so am a bit in the dark on how to use it. You didn’t mention
    what degrees you cook your french fries at. Please advise. 🙂
    Laura

    • Laura, thank you so much for letting me know. In a conventional toaster oven, bake the french fries at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes. I’ve never baked in a convection toaster oven, but since convection ovens generally cook foods faster, I would suggest cooking the fries at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes (check at the 10 minute mark and continue cooking if needed).

  2. Oh man, I am all about french fries!! I have to say, when I was in college, living in a dinky apartment, my extra large toaster/convection oven got more use than ANYTHING else. (That includes the pot that boiled the ramen!) I wish I’d had thought of something like these though!

  3. Cool Joanie! I am a huge fries fan. It is the foil that concerns me. My toaster oven instruction says it is unsafe to use foil in it. I really want to try this recipe. What’s your recommendation? Any alternative for the foil?

    • Zac, follow the instructions in the manual for your toaster oven. I can use aluminum foil in my toaster oven but if yours says you shouldn’t, don’t use any. The only thing the aluminum foil does is keep the tray clean. It doesn’t affect the cooking so I’d advise you not to use the foil.

      • Hello,I just bought a Waring convention oven and also a bpa free silicon non stick baking mat for the tray or the glass or metal pan you choose to use in oven.Its great for tater tots, anything you would use to line with foil or to have food not stick to pans.Buy on Amazon .com less than $10.00 I hope this helps anybody.

  4. Hi,

    Thanks for the recipe.
    We have been remodeling our kitchen for about 5 weeks now and had to make everything in the microwave, toaster, toaster oven. Hopefully by this Saturday I can cook again, everything else is working finally :).
    I’m making these fries right now, they look really good in the little oven.

    Thanks again so much!

  5. I wish there were more recipes for toaster ovens. College students aren't the only ones who use them.

    I live in the south and it's gets really hot. Much more convenient to use the toaster oven rather than the stove.

  6. I think I am the greatest lover of french fries in this world. I can eat every meal with fries. Thanks for mentioning a new way for french fries. I will give it a try. and inform you about my experience. Thanks. 🙂
    Love from Pakistan.

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