Oven Fries with Sriracha Ketchup

September 28, 2017 By Cathy — 12 Comments
Crispy fries without all the guilt? Yep! These fries are tossed with garlic olive oil, baked and served with spicy sriracha ketchup.

Oven Fries with Sriracha Ketchup

I was sitting in the waiting room of the orthodontist a few weeks ago while my son was getting his new braces attached. I was armed for this two-hour plus appointment with my laptop, phone, kindle and a stack of completely trashy and indulgent magazines. All that was missing was a supply of basic food and water and I seriously could have camped out all week. Anyway, I rolled up my sleeves and dove right into checking Instagram brainstorming recipes, editing photos and reading all about the latest celebrity uncoupling.

And then a family came in and sat near me. They were chatting about their eldest daughter returning to Harvard for her sophomore year in just a few short days. She was there, talking about her upcoming class schedule and re-acclimating to college life. And no, I wasn’t eavesdropping. Well, I guess technically I was, but it wasn’t intentional. Anyway, as they were chatting and I was attempting to type, I became obsessed with her speech pattern. Her words, the content, were thoughtful and insightful, but her tone, her voice…it was grating. It was like watching an interview on The Bachelor. (And yes, I know this from personal experience.)

Oven Fries with Sriracha Ketchup


Oven Fries with Sriracha Ketchup

It was vocal fry. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it was topped off with an uptick at the end of every sentence so she seemed in a permanent state of asking instead of stating. Unable to focus on anything else (listen, it’s a small waiting room), I became mildly obsessed. This obviously bright, accomplished girl sounded anything but, simply because of her speech pattern. When and why did this happen? Is it the Kardashian fall-out? Is it when we made normal girls into plastic reality stars?

Listen, I am not preaching from high upon a soap box. My useless celebrity knowledge and proclivity for reality TV is downright embarrassing. My DVR doesn’t have a clue of what to suggest to me…between recordings of Sunday’s Meet the Press and a highly acclaimed BBC series are a stack of episodes of The Real Housewives of wherever, Survivor season 989, and someone routing to beat Bobby Flay. My husband shakes his head and says, “you’re better than this”, but I promise you that I am not.

Oven Fries with Sriracha Ketchup

So I guess I’m thinking that I’m partially responsible for this new way of communicating that, quite frankly, is nothing short of befuddling. After all, I feed the beast by checking out of my own reality, pour a glass of wine and lose myself in someone else’s, right? But what I wanted to do was take that young woman by the hands and tell her that as a very nosy, meddling, busy-body fellow woman, please pay attention to what you’re putting out to the world. It’s no different than when I yell at my boys to brush their hair before they leave in the morning, have at least one conversation that doesn’t involve video game chatter, and maybe for the love of god, wear a pair of pants with a zipper.

The truth is people judge. Should we? No. But do we? Um, yep. We’re in a constant state of judgement…of ourselves, others, the strawberries at the grocery store, and even the recipes of food bloggers. 😉 I know that you’re far more likely to attempt one of my recipes if you like the photos, so I spend almost as much time photographing as I do recipe testing. Oh, and yeah speaking of, I almost forgot that this is a food blog. So because I waxed somewhat unpoetically about vocal fry, I offer you a peace offering of real fries. Straight up, slivers of oven-baked potatoes, extra crispy with a side of spicy ketchup.

Oven Fries with Sriracha Ketchup

These are a much healthier, but no less tastier version of “fried” fries for (yes I know it’s redundant but I’m making a point). We’re using olive oil, we’re baking in the oven, and the best part? We’re not feeling even remotely cheated. This is not a recipe that requires skill, time, or a ton of steps. But a couple of tips are necessary for success.

  1. DO NO CROWD the pan. When you place the fries on the baking sheet, ideally they should not be touching, After you flip them, it’s okay, but really work on separating them right out of the gate.
  2. You MUST line the pan with either nonstick foil or parchment. They will stick otherwise. Trust me, this has been proven time and time again. Don’t waste your time or the ingredients. Line the sheet tray.
  3. Make more than you think. These babies are addictive and because they’re eh hem “healthy”, everyone eats more than they intend.
  4. Check them at 20 mins. We’re a “well-done” sort of family, so mine typically hit the 25 minute mark, but it’s your world and your oven so keep an eye on them and pull them when they are browned to your liking.

So, that’s it. Vocal fry and oven fries. Who knew that reality TV and a trip to the orthodontist would result in straight teeth and a tasty side? And as a bonus, I’m pretty sure I can now claim Bravo as a work expense.

Oven Fries with Sriracha Ketchup

5 from 1 vote
Oven Fries with Sriracha Ketchup
Oven Fries with Sriracha Ketchup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Crispy fries without all the guilt? Yep! These fries are tossed with garlic olive oil, baked and served with spicy sriracha ketchup.
Course: Side
Author: Cathy Roma | whatshouldimakefor.com
  • Oven Fries
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled and slightly smashed
  • 3 large russet potatoes about 2 1/2- lbs, peeled
  • 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • Sriracha Ketchup
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  1. Combine olive oil and garlic in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until just shimmering, Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Discard garlic. (Garlic oil can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator.)
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Slice potatoes into 1/4 slices. Stack the slices and slice into 1/4 inch strips. Alternatively you can use a mandolin to slice into strips.
  4. Toss the potatoes strips with the olive oil in a large bowl.
  5. Line two baking sheets with nonstick foil or parchment paper. Arrange potato strips in a single layer so the strips are barely touching. Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Bake until golden brown, about 20 - 25 mins, flipping the fries once and rotating the pans midway through baking. Serve with sriracha ketchup.
  7. Sriracha Ketchup: Whisk together all the ingredients until combined.
Oven Fries with Sriracha Ketchup

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12 responses to “Oven Fries with Sriracha Ketchup”

  1. Chrissy says:

    I have been working on perfecting the oven fry myself for more years than I care to think about. I’ve had so many sticking issues in the past but I have solved them and it was super easy. The trick is to heat the sheet pan. I put it in the oven while it’s heating up and when I put the fries on the tray, they sizzle.
    Also I think the other really good trick is to rinse the fries in cold water and then pat them dry before putting on the olive oil. It gets rid of the extra starch and I think that helps eliminate the sticking too.

    Love your blog!

    • Cathy says:

      Fantastic tips Chrissy! Thanks for sharing and I’ll definitely try. Nothing sadder than a fry stuck to the pan!

  2. Marla (Marmalicious) says:

    Your blog is incredible! I love all of your Instagram posts and now your blog! Well done!

  3. Lori Jira says:

    Your awesome Cathy!!! Love your blog!!! Homemade fries are requested often in our house and I am always hesitant because they always seem to be an epic fail in my book between the sticking and the fact that some are “too burnt” and yet others are “not cooked”……everyone complaining….. but yet somehow the kids still eat them all!! You have motivated me to try again!

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks so much Lori! Thin strips and a lined sheet pan and you should have fry success! Let me know if you give it a go. xo

  4. Lynn says:

    I have made oven fries many times, but not quite like this, and they turned out much better than my plain old version. I liked the subtle flavour from the garlic-infused oil, and the sriracha ketchup really jazzed them up. Slicing the potatoes into fine strips, which I’d never bothered with before, made them much crispier. Thanks for another great recipe, Cathy: this will be my new standard for fries.

    • Cathy says:

      I’m so glad that this worked for you. You’re spot on about slicing them thin for extra crispiness and I love the subtle heat from the sriracha in the ketchup for a little zing. Thanks so much for your kind feedback!

  5. Karly says:

    Any post that tells me its okay to eat more fries is a winner in my book! But seriously, these look SO good- such a great recipe to have on hand when I’m looking for a simple and tasty side.

  6. Cindy says:

    These are SOOO up my alley! So Eastside LA of you – I love it. Nice tips and tricks for keeping those guys crunchy. XO you are motivating me to use sirachi in a cake! HA.

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