Baked Garlic Herb Fries with Avocado Ranch

garnished baked fries with fresh herbs and white bowl of avocado ranch

These Baked Garlic Herb Fries are the perfect easy side dish! They’re extra crispy, loaded with garlic herb goodness and dipped in a refreshing avocado ranch!

This post was originally published in April 2019 – I’ve since updated the photos!

French fries have, and probably always will be, my weakness. There is just something about going out to a restaurant and eating a big batch of fresh, crispy, golden brown fries smothered in salt, grease and ketchup (or ranch because I literally put ranch on everything) that makes my heart soar.

So when I figured out a few years ago when you could actually bake your fries at home and you could produce the same delicious result sans the grease and additional health benefits I WAS SOLD. 

Why You’ll Love These Fries 

My husband and I make homemade fries literally every week to accompany our Easy Black Bean Burgers. They’re easy, delicious, and make you get that feeling like you’re actually out at a restaurant but you’re actually staying at home saving a ton of money. Win win!

These take “baked fries” to a completely different level! Not only are they super crispy, but they’re also tossed in a garlic butter sauce with fresh herbs. They go from “meh” to OH MY GOSH SKIP THE PAPER TOWELS I’M LICKING MY FINGERS CLEAN WITH EVERY BITE.

The garlic butter sauce is my love language. The herbs add a necessary freshness that coats the crispy potatoes. Oh, and the shredded parmesan on top is equivalent to the cherry on top on the sundae!

Oh, and did I mention that they’re meant to be dipped in the most amazing avocado ranch?!

overhead shot of close up of baked garnished fries

You guys know how much I love ranch. This particularly ranch is particularly creamy, smooth, tangy, cooling and so refreshing. Baked Garlic Herb Fries and Avocado Ranch is like, the new Peanut Butter and Jelly. At least in my mind – ha!

So many people are afraid to bake their fries because they think they won’t be as crispy or they’ll just turn out super soggy and underdone. Look below for some life changing tips for homemade fries!

Keys to Crispy Baked Fries:

  • cut them super thinly – almost like shoestring fries
  • once you’re done cutting them, dry them off as good as you can with a paper towel.
  • toss them in oil and salt and pepper in a large bowl prior to laying them on the baking sheet.
  • make sure they aren’t touching on the baking sheet.
  • individually turn them using tongs halfway during the baking process.

So now that you know how to make delicious homemade baked fries – let’s get into how to make this recipe!

Ingredients You Need:

  • Large russet potatoes
  • Minced garlic
  • Salted butter
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh garlic 
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper
  • Avocado
  • Mayonnaise
  • Whole milk
  • Spices (garlic, salt, pepper, oregano)

How to Make the BEST Baked Fries:

Preheat the oven to 450. Thoroughly wash the potatoes. Dry them off with a paper towel prior to cutting.

The best way I achieved the shoestring fry was this: Cut the potatoes in half longways. Cut the half you just cut into half again. Slice the fries long ways and then chop the fry you just sliced in half AGAIN. This should get you the long, thin shoestring fry you want that will crisp up.

sliced fries in metallic bowl

Once the fries are chopped, dry them thoroughly with a paper towel! Add them to a large bowl. Toss with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil and at least ½ tsp of salt along with cracked pepper. Toss around with your hands to make sure they are fully coated.

Place them in one layer on the baking sheet, side by side, making sure they aren’t touching each other! This is extremely important to achieve that crispiness that we’re hoping for. You may need to separate them onto 2 baking sheets depending on how big baking sheets you have.

extreme closeup of freshly baked fries

Bake at 450 for 15 minutes. Take them out and flip them individually and roast for another 15 minutes – keeping an eye on them.

While this is baking, make your avocado ranch! To a food processor, add ½ of a ripe avocado, about 4 tbsp of mayonnaise, 2 tbsp of milk and spices of your choice! I used about 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp oregano, ¼ tsp salt and a crack of black pepper. Pulse until it’s blended and super smooth. If it’s too thick, add a splash more of milk to thin it out! It should be smooth, creamy and delicious.

side by side photos of avocado ranch in blender, one blended, one un-blended

During the last 10 minutes of the baking process, mince 3 large cloves of garlic very finely. In addition, roughly chop about ¼ cup of fresh parsley.

In a non-stick skillet, melt 1 tbsp of butter on medium heat. Once melted, add in your minced garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, continually stirring it around and making sure it doesn’t burn, which it can quite easily! You want the garlic to just become fragrant before taking it off the heat.

dipping a fry in the creamy ranch

By now, your fries should be done baking. Place them back in the large bowl from earlier. Pour the fresh garlic/butter mixture over the fries as well as the fresh parsley and toss them. Grate some fresh parmesan on top of them and add a generous pinch of salt if needed.

Eat while hot and maybe also have a cold beverage and definitely dip these in the avocado ranch but most importantly, ENJOY!

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few more you might like:

Loaded Southwestern Sweet Potato Fries

Rosemary Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

Cheesy Potatoes

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5 from 8 votes

Baked Garlic Herb Fries with Avocado Ranch

These Baked Garlic Herb Fries are the perfect warm weather side dish! They’re extra crispy, loaded with garlic herb goodness and dipped in a refreshing avocado ranch!

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword avocado ranch, baked fries, baked garlic herb fries, crispy fries, homemade ranch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Haylie


Baked Garlic Herb Fries

  • 3-4 large russet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt (more if needed and for garnish)
  • crack of pepper
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • optional: freshly grated parmesan (for garnish)

Avocado Ranch

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp whole milk (more if needed to thin it out)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • crack of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano


Baked Garlic Herb Fries

  1. Preheat oven to 450. Wash your potatoes thoroughly and then dry them with a paper towel. Slice them in long thin shoe string style fries. Once sliced, dry them again to get as much moisture out as possible with paper towels. 

  2. Add the sliced fries to a large bowl. Add olive oil, salt and pepper and toss together with your hands to make sure they are fully combined. 

  3. Add the fries to a baking sheet in a single layer - making sure they aren't touching each other. You may need to use 2 baking sheets. 

  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Take them out and using tongs, flip each fry individually. Place them back in the oven and bake them for another 15 minutes. 

  5. During the last 10 minutes of the baking process, mince the 3 large cloves of garlic as well as roughly chop the parsley. Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant, stirring around continuously to make sure the garlic doesn't burn. Take off heat and set aside once done. 

  6. By now, your fries should be done. Add them back into the large bowl and pour the melted butter/garlic mixture on top of them as well as the chopped parsley. Toss until fully combined. Add a pinch of salt if needed. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan if desired. 

Avocado Ranch

  1. To a food processor, add the avocado, mayo, whole milk and spices. Pulse until fully blended. If it's too thick, add a splash of more milk until desired consistency. Dip the fries in the ranch! Enjoy! 

22 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    These look amazing! So crisp and flavourful. I can never get my baked home fries crispy enough and I wonder if it is because I have never dried them after cutting. I bet that step makes a huge difference; I will definitely try that next time. The ranch dressing looks perfect for these. I could eat it with anything, too!

  2. 5 stars
    The new pb & jelly? LOL! Love it! Baked fries are SO good and because they’re baked I feel like I get to enjoy just a little more. Add a delicious ranch dip and I’m in heaven! I could totally make a meal out of these alone 🙂 Happy Sunday to ya!

  3. Hello Haylie, fries are also my weakness. I dipped my fries in grave or in a sundae. This fries that you made is superb. The photos looks very delicious and inviting, makes me crave for more fries. Can’t wait to try this one. Thank you for sharing.

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