Baked skinny fries

Baked skinny fries

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
A simple side dish of homemade chips isn't always unhealthy - this version coats the potatoes in spices too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal118
  • fat3g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0g
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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp fine cornmeal or polenta



    An Italian storecupboard staple, polenta has its roots in the peasant cuisine of northern Italy…

  • ½ tsp paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • ¼ tsp garlic powder



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 2 large potatoes, cut into 1cm-thick chips



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Pour the oil onto a baking tray and put in the oven for 3 mins. Mix the cornmeal or polenta, paprika and garlic powder together and season. Toss the chips in the mix, then tip onto the tray. Shake well, then cook for 40 mins, shaking halfway through, until crisp and golden.

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1st Mar, 2017
Yep, this is the one! Guaranteed crispy fries! The polenta did the job. I went with microwaving it for 3 minutes before baking as well. Much quicker cooking time.
24th Aug, 2014
These are so good that for the first time I bother writing a review! There will be no coming from this recipe after many many disappointing attempts at other ones. I think the key is the hot oil and the polenta, so perfect and yet so easy!!!
4th Jun, 2014
Wish I'd come across this recipe sooner - great way to make health-conscious but tasty fries! Only thing is that 40 + mins is quite long if you are a bit short of time, so to speed up the process I microwave the potatoes after I've cut them into chips for about 3 mins, then follow the rest of the recipe, they then take around 25 mins in the oven instead of 40 or more. The polenta/cornmeal/semolina gives a really nice texture, wouldn't be the same without. Good value for money as cheaper than buying ready-made!
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25th Feb, 2014
These are very simple to make and taste great! I left the skins on for that added crispness, and let them bake for slightly longer than the recipe states as they weren't quite done after 40mins. Served them along side the Ultimate Makeover Beef Burgers, also on this site. A perfect side dish.
31st Mar, 2013
acampbell - a serving will be a quarter of what the recipe has made. Or half a potato....because it serves 4.?
29th Jan, 2013
the recipe says 118 kcal per nutrition serving but how much is one serving, as the recipe is for four?
20th Apr, 2012
Delicious. I make these all the time now, and sometimes mix n match with sweet potato. Used breadcrumbs as had no cornmeal or polenta - works well.
11th Apr, 2012
Really tasty. By heating the oil nice and hot first they don't take long to cook at all and turn out nice and crispy just as they should be.
6th Apr, 2012
full marks from us! yummy
12th Feb, 2012
Absolutely delicious. The hot oil makes all the difference. Great healthy alternative.


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