Baked Thick-Cut Fries

Lazy Wives' Fries

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
69 Calories
0g Fat
16g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 69
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 2g
Calcium 11mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Unpeeled fries are called luie wijven friet or ''lazy wives' fries'' in Dutch. Of course, cooking fries with the skin-on is not only easier, but may even be healthier (some say that most of the nutrients are just below the skin and are removed by peeling) Either way, we love these fries, because they have a distinct potato taste and seem to soak up less fat than their French cousins. We usually just toss them in a little oil and bake them in the oven, to further reduce the fat content. 


  • 6 large baking potatoes (washed and cut into fat, thumb-sized strips or wedges)
  • Optional: herbs such as rosemary or thyme
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F / 250 C.

  2. Arrange potato strips in a single layer on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, placed on the top oven rack.

  3. Drizzle with oil, season and toss with your hands. You want every bit of potato to glisten with oil, but you do not want them drenched.

  4. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the fries reach the color and crispness that you like.

  5. Drain on paper towels and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.


  • Serve with some homemade mayonnaise and a wedge of lemon.

Recipe Variations

  • To jazz up these simple baked fries, toss with fresh rosemary or thyme or dried chili pepper flakes before putting it in the oven.