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Enjoy these beer oven fries as a healthier alternative to deep frying. The beer soak prepares the potatoes so they’re crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.

pile of beer oven fries with smoked paprika on parchment paper with two bowls of honey Dijon and BBQ mayo dipping sauce

I’ll be honest here. There are a few things that I’ve never really been tempted to make at home. Fries are one of them. You can get fries practically everywhere, they don’t cost much, and you don’t have to lift a finger.

I don’t own a deep fryer, and baking fries always seemed to me like a waste of time that would produce a cheap knock-off. That is until I stumbled on the concept of beer soaked oven fries. Several food blogs have covered them, so I was tempted to see what all the fuss was about.

I experimented with my own seasonings (hello smoked paprika!) and beer soaking time and produced a good result. I have to confess that I did a quick job of slicing the potatoes so they weren’t perfectly even, but it wasn’t a big deal. I probably enjoy the almost burned crispy smaller pieces more than I should 🙂

I still think that the best fries in the world are deep fried, but all the grease definitely leaves something to be desired. I rather enjoyed these beer oven fries, especially with the two ways I served them. I used russet (baking) potatoes, but I also threw in a red potato to see how they would taste. I think they both work but I prefer the taste/texture of the russets.

The first way: with two quick dipping sauces. One dip is the same one I use for my fried chicken tenders, and the second one is a Dijon honey mustard. Both are super simple to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand and really complement the fries.

The second way: topped with sour cream, chopped tomatoes, and chives. This brings me back to my university days where I used to indulge on campus at the NY Fries (a Canadian fast food restaurant). I used to get their veggie fries (without cheese), and that’s what they were topped with if I recall properly 🙂

The fries are generously seasoned before they’re baked, but I added some lovely Maldon salt on top after they were finished baking.

bowl of beer oven fries with veggie topping

Will you try making these beer oven fries?

Enjoy these beer oven fries as a healthier alternative to deep frying. The beer soak prepares the potatoes so they're crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
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Beer Oven Fries

Beer oven fries - a healthier alternative to deep frying!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Inactive time:: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

Beer soak:

  • 2 large russet potatoes cut into strips/fries (I didn't peel them)
  • 1 bottle beer (I used what we had on hand - Pilsner Urquell)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Water if needed

Fry seasoning:

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

BBQ mayo dipping sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar

Honey Dijon dipping sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1.5 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 tablespoon liquid honey

Garnish for veggie fries:

  • Dollop of sour cream (to taste)
  • Handful of chives chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped

Other garnish:

  • Maldon salt (optional)

Instructions 

  • Cut the potatoes into fries. If you err on the thinner side, you'll want to adjust cooking time accordingly. Mine were cut quite roughly, into about 3/4-1 inch strips/wedges.
  • Add fries to a fairly large bowl and then pour the beer over top. Add in a tablespoon of salt and then top the bowl up with water so the fries are just covered. Give it a quick stir so the salt dissolves. Cover (I used cling wrap) and place in the fridge for at least an hour. I kept mine in the fridge for about an hour and a half. You can soak them for up to 12 hours.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the dipping sauces if you want to use those. You can play with the quantities to ensure you're getting the taste you want. If you're making the veggie fries, chop the chives and tomato. Set aside.
  • When fries are nearly done soaking, pre-heat oven to 425F and put the fry seasoning in a bowl. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean-up.
  • Remove fries from soak and dry them off with paper towel. Place them into the seasoning bowl and mix with your hands until they're evenly coated. Place fries in an even layer on your baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes and then flip half way through. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until they're as golden/brown as you like. Keep in mind that thinner fries will cook faster, so it's a good idea to watch them as they're nearing the end of cooking time. The fries pictured were baked for 50 minutes.
  • When fries are done, season with Maldon salt if desired. If you're making the veggie fries, top with sour cream, tomatoes, and chives.

Notes

  • Recipe adapted from The Beeroness. I would double the recipe (dipping sauces too) if you're making these into entrees for two people. For side dishes or appetizers, the quantities listed will work.

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17 Comments

  1. I would never have thought to use beer to flavor and improve the texture of fries – so creative! This is definitely a must try!

    1. Thank you Debs šŸ™‚ I do have a lager and lime occasionally (husband is English and introduced me to it) but I am definitely not a big beer drinker!

  2. So I have been toying with the idea of doing a baked fries recipe, because I’m with you on frying fries at home – it just seems too involved when I could just run down the street and go some for cheap. But this is something special! I’ve never heard of soaking them in beer – I’m definitely intrigued and I’ve gotta try this! And those dipping sauces… oh my, they sound fantastic! Pinning fo’ sho’!

  3. Oh YUM, these look irresistible! The combination of sour cream, tomatoes, and chives on top struck me as strange when I was reading, but then I scrolled down to the photo and any doubts I had dissipated. I need these in my life ASAP!

  4. I’ve never tried beer soaked potatoes, but they sure sound tasty! And your dipping sauces are wonderful too!

  5. Finally oven fries that look super crispy and satisfying, I am always so sad when they seem mushy. Beautiful photos as well!

  6. That’s a completely new concept to me and I like the sound of it! I’m not much of a beer drinker but I love to use beer as an ingredient ā€“ must give these a try!

  7. Never heard of beer fries before! So intriguing! I love baked fries and these don’t look any worse than fries from a restaurant!