French Fries – Deep Fried vs. Oven Baked

We’re comparing deep-fried French fries and oven-baked so you can easily decide which ones to make.

We're comparing deep-fried French fries and oven-baked so you can easily decide which ones to make.

Which French fries are better – Deep-fried French fries or Oven-baked? I’ve given you recipes and directions for both types. To make both types of French fries the basic steps are the same. The only difference is how they are cooked.

However, there are a few other factors you need to ask yourself when it comes to Deep-fried French Fries and Oven-baked French Fries. One is time. Another is how healthy you want the fries to be. Then the last thing you have to consider is texture – do you like the softer texture or a crunchy texture French fry?


No matter what method you choose to prepare your French fries, it takes 2 hours to soak them. So, when it comes to time, you have to decide how fast you want them. The deep-fried method gives you French fries within minutes of cooking them, whereas the oven-baked take about 45 minutes before you can enjoy them. So you need to ask yourself how fast you want to eat homemade fries.


The next thing to consider with homemade fries is the health factor. Oven-baked French Fries are healthier. Why? You use less oil to make them. Deep-fried French fries are submerged in the oil so they soak up more of the oil and are greasier than the oven-baked type.

Most nutritionists will recommend the oven-baked option because they do not use as much oil as the deep-fried kind. Here is where the third option I briefly mentioned in the deep-fried French fry recipe comes into play. An air fryer will give you similar results to traditional deep-fried French fries, only it uses way less oil.


The texture of deep-fried and oven-baked French fries are quite different. Oven-baked French fries tend to be softer and can be lighter in color as well. Deep-fried French fries turn out much crisper and have more of a golden color.


Another thing to consider is flavoring. You can go crazy baking flavors like garlic and Cajun seasoning into the oven-baked fries. This is a little harder with deep-fried French fries, but you can sort of do that too. The downfall with deep-fried French fries is that you have to quickly sprinkle the seasonings on after they come out of the oil or the seasonings won’t stick to the fries.


Either method is great. It all comes down to what you want to make and eat. If you are in the mood for amusement and fast food-style fries then deep-fried is the way to go. If you want bistro-style, healthier fries then oven bake them. Either way, your family will love you for making homemade French fries.

Deanna Samaan

Everyone has a love affair with food. That is the motto and inspiration of the blog Seduction in the Kitchen Deanna writes. Not afraid to try something different with food, her goal is to seduce you with food.Trust me you will be seduced by some of her recipes she creates and will want to make them over and over again.