← Go Back

baked garlic cilantro fries

Posted on February 9th, 2012  |  85 Comments

So I know it’s a little late.

I can hear you saying in your head, “Lauren, the Super Bowl was last week. Get it together.”

I know. But a gal doesn’t need the Super Bowl to eat some fries.

No sirree bob.

Also doesn’t need loads of grease in the form of long sticks.


What does a gal (or guy) need??

Baked garlic french fries dressed in cilantro. A friend to your tastes as well as waistline when you’re craving that handful of salty goodness.

I hear they go well with ketchup.

and chicken nuggets.

fish sticks even.

Basically they will make you and your loved ones crave this junk. The good kind of junk. Who knows, one day you could even sneak some carrots and parsnips in there with non the wiser.

Sneaky (smart) you.

Be creative. Cook. 



baked garlic cilantro fries

by lafig

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20-25 mins

Keywords: potatoes cilantro garlic

Ingredients (2-3 servings)

  • 5-6 yukon gold potatoes, cut into thin fries
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 – 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4 c. loosely packed cilantro leaves, finely chopped


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and get a baking sheet with rack ready (if no rack, just line with foil/parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil. Cut the potatoes into fries and place in a bowl of cold water to soak for a few minutes.

Drain the water and dry the fries with paper towel. Once dry, toss the fries with the olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Lay on a baking sheet in a single layer, preferably one that has a cooking rack so the fries can have the air circulating all around them (and no need to flip.) Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven and how crispy you like your fries. If using a baking sheet without a rack, halfway through the cooking time, flip the fries.

Once done, toss fries with cilantro in a bowl.

Enjoy by the handful!

Powered by Recipage
Tags: , ,

85 Responses

  1. your photographs are really amazing.now who can say no to these healthy fries.

  2. Mariska says:

    Looks amazing. Will try these for sure!

  3. angie says:

    Can you describe how you went through the process of cutting them?

    • lafig says:

      To cut the fries I started by halving the potatoes lengthwise, then with each half I made roundish slices about 1/4 inch thick. From there I just made matchsticks from the slices, aiming for about 1/4 inch thick and 3 inches long.

    • Nickie B. says:

      There is a fry cutting thingie out there on the market, i believe it’s called Perfect Fries. Whatever it’s called it has an As Seen On TV sticker on the box. Here in Canada it sells for about 15$. I have never met a fry I didn’t like and I’ve had many fry cutting devices that broke or just didn’t work to start with. This one I’ve had for about 2 yrs, I use it at least once a week and it really does make perfect fries! Once I got lazy and didn’t even peel the potatoes and all the picky eaters in my house actually didn’t even notice, they ate them up just as quick! Now I rarely peel potatoes for fries, healthier, but more important, easier for me to make! I’m not affiliated with the company, I just love this kitchen gadget :)

  4. Andrea says:

    These look delicious! I will definately be trying :)

  5. OMG how can i have missed this all my life?

  6. lafig commented on the talking kitchen:

    To cut the fries I started by halving the potatoes lengthwise, then with each half I made roundish slices about 1/4 inch thick. From there I just made matchsticks from the slices, aiming for about 1/4 inch thick and 3 inches long.

  7. These are sooo pretty… and I’ve never, ever combined cilantro with fries. Do I sense a fiesta coming on? :)

  8. whoa..these fries look seriously mouthwatering! Great photography.

  9. Amazing!… gorgeous clicks too!

  10. Abby says:

    Does the type of potato play a big factor in the taste and final product or can I use whatever potatoes I have on hand tonight? By the way, looks delish!

    • lafig says:

      I’m not sure, I don’t think flavor would necessarily be a factor, maybe texture? I’m thinking of making another type of fry soon so I’ll try using Idaho and let you know. I think as long as you soak the cut fries in water, rinse and dry them real well they will turn out just fine. Let me know how it goes if you try it out!

  11. Tiffany says:

    These sound amazing! And I love the pictures. Thanks for the new idea!

  12. Kristen says:

    Any idea how to find a baking sheet with a cooking rack? I’m not sure what one looks like but I think I could find a lot of uses for one! Thanks so much and I’ve bookmarked this recipe for later. Looks delicious! :)

  13. lafig says:

    This baking sheet/rack was a gift but I’m sure you can find one at Bed Bath & Beyond or Sears. I use it for pretty much everything, making fries, roasting chickens, and cooling cookies just to name a few!

  14. […] Lay on a baking sheet in a single layer, preferably one that has a cooking rack so the fries can have the air circulating all around them (and no need to flip.) Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven and how crispy you like your fries. If using a baking sheet without a rack, halfway through the cooking time, flip the fries. Once done, toss fries with cilantro in a bowl. Drain the water and dry the fries with paper towel. baked garlic cilantro fries | the talking kitchen […]

  15. Naomi A says:

    I am quite possibly the biggest fry enthusiast I know. And these look absolutely divine! I can’t wait to make them next time I make fish & chips.

  16. Wine Dine says:

    These fries look so divine and inviting that we have to make them tomorrow!!! Just love… love them :)

  17. Tracychef says:

    Can’t wait to try these! And I love the new french fry cutter that Pampered Chef just came out with, should be great for this recipe!

  18. Ambika says:

    Wow! The fried look gorgeous! This is my first visit to your page Lauren and I am loving it here, will keep coming back for more :)

  19. I have been all about sweet potato fires lately but these may bring the regular old potato back into my diet. I will for sure me make these soon.

    • lafig says:

      funny you say that, I’ve been planning to make some spicy sweet potato fries soon, i bet this recipe would be really good with sweet potatoes too!

  20. […] some baked garlic cilantro fries, equally […]

  21. […] hotdogs with slaw & onions (my new favorite brand), and baked garlic cilantro fries __________________ Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> […]

  22. Samir says:

    My wife, son and I enjoyed these immensely – thanks for sharing!

  23. […] was another Pinterest recipe that I found. You can find the original recipe here. I followed the recipe almost exactly. I didn’t have fresh cilantro at the time and I found […]

  24. Amber says:

    I’ll be making these tonight. They look delish! Have you tried them with real garlic?

    Question…have you tried baking the fries after you tossed them in cilantro? Why toss them after you’re done baking?

    • lafig says:

      I’m just a fan of the fresh cilantro, but baking it could cause discoloration and at such a high heat, ruin the flavor and nutrients from the fresh herb.

      When I make soups with cilantro I’m careful not to add it until the end to get the desired flavor, so that was my rational.

      Let me know if you try a batch!

  25. Johanna says:

    Made these tonight for the family and they loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

  26. Amber says:

    I did end up making these last night and they are sooooo good, and very easy to make. I’ll definitely be making these again in the future; my bf absolutely loved them as well!

  27. […] soaked them in water like I did the garlic fries, not sure if it’s a needed step or not.. I’ll make another batch and let you know, but […]

  28. […] Serves 2-3, Fries inspired by thetalkingkitchen.com […]

  29. Chris says:

    Mmmmm….so glad someone pinned this! I’ve made oven fries before and they come out good but not quite crispy enough. I love the idea of using a rack to bake them on – can’t believe I didn’t think of it after my success with cooking bacon this way – will try it for sure!

  30. […] Baked Garlic Cilantro Fries from The Talking Kitchen Besides the fact that I may have just slaughtered my cilantro (hopefully not, but I do need to get a bigger pot to grow more of it!), these will be made ASAP! […]

  31. Emilia says:

    I made these last week, and they might have been the best fries I have ever had! So delicious, thank you!

  32. Caroline says:

    Cannot wait to try these! Love garlic and fries!! Have you made truffle fries before?? Love love love truffle oil!!

  33. adav says:

    made these for dinner tonight and I love love LOVED them!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  34. kelly says:

    It is possible to post a picture of the baking pan w rack your referring to ive never heard or saw such a thing?!? Thanks in advance these sound amaaazing!!

  35. […]  You can view this recipe at http://thetalkingkitchen.com/baked-garlic-cilantro-fries/ […]

  36. Brittany says:

    I’ve made these twice already.. SO good! and SO easy!

  37. Robin says:

    Made these tonight and they are very good! Thanks for the recipe!

  38. Tanja says:

    Looks so great! Thanks for sharing! Will try this at the weekend

  39. Laurie says:

    Making these right now and 25 minutes wasn’t near enough time…they are soggy and limp at the 25th minute at 425 degrees….maybe plan some more time from prep to finish – these aren’t a quick eat item. Unless I was doing something wrong…I cut 5 small potatoes into 3/4″x4″ slices, tossed with oil and garlic powder and put in a pre-heated oven for 25 minutes…

  40. victoria says:

    Do you boil the potato first then wait to cool, and then cut? if not how?

  41. Food Geek says:

    WOW! These look stunning! So healthy too, I will definitely be giving them a try. Thanks.

  42. iLulo1990 says:

    I applied this recipe <3
    see it :$


    It was a delicious and easy to prepare ،
    thanks for sharing ()

  43. Haylee says:

    Made these tonight with burgers and they were great! Thanks for the easy and yummy recipe!

  44. Adriana says:

    Thank you for this delicious and easy recipe! I made it for dinner and my husband loved and I loved them! We are adding these to our favorites! They are so yummy and healthy 😉 a million thanks

  45. johanne says:

    I can’t believe I ran into your recipe…I had these at a high end restauarant here in Dallas. We loved them and always wondered how to make them…making them right now!! thank you!!

  46. Maria Albina says:

    Love the recipe…
    Love the photographs…
    And above all, looooved ur humility in taking time to acknowledge each of your commentators :)

  47. sue Hepburn says:

    This recipe is fantastic with sweet potatoes! I just left out the cilantro, which I’m not a big fan of anyways. I’ve been making these fries for years, but the tip about the rack has made them even better. Thanks!!
    We got our cookie sheet w/ rack at Costco.

  48. natashalh says:

    My man will love these when he gets home from deployment! I can’t wait to make them with him.

  49. Loved the look of these. I know this is a very old post for you. I featured it on my Friday Five @ Feed Your Soul Too – http://www.feedyoursoul2.com/2013/06/friday-five-sides-all-sides.html

  50. Jenny says:

    I saw the picture of the fries on the Feed Your Soul To website. I just had to follow the link because the picture grabbed my attention. My husband does a version similar to this but they aren’t as crispy looking. I think the secret may be soaking the potatoes in water and patting dry. The starch in the potatoes seeping out when cut may be interfering with the olive oil coating the potatoes. Thanks so much for the idea! Browner crisper sticks look more like fries and will be even more appealing to the grandchildren. Thank you for taking time to share!

  51. Meredith says:

    Just tried these and they were AMAZING!! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!

  52. Ashley says:

    These look amazing! Thank you for sharing! I read your comment about using fresh garlic… What changes would you make to the recipe using garlic cloves? Thank you!

  53. Abby Pal says:

    I tried this last night after staring at your recipe forever, wondering if it was worth trying…IT WAS! My sister cannot have gluten or white potatoes so all i did was change it to red potatoes and she loved them! My parents also loved them! thank you so much for such an easy and simple recipe.

  54. Scherry says:

    Can’t wait to try. I would substitute coconut oil rather than olive oil. Olive oil is not mean to be heated because it oxidizes.

  55. Lea M says:

    2nd time making these and they are delicious ! Love the cilantro with them. I don’t cook longer than the required time and they come out soft how I like them. I kinda overdo with the oil but like em like that. Nothing like a good batch of homemade fries!

  56. Caroline Sabourin says:

    In case you don’t have or like cilantro….try dried rosemary..! Yum :)

  57. Blue says:

    I don’t have Cilantro. . May another herb sub. ?
    I have Fresh Rosemary. Fresh oregano and fresh lemon thyme? Even Pineapple Sage

  58. Cilantro on fries… wow I never even considered this. Thank you! I bet these would go well with a spicy curry mayo dip!

  59. Nickie B. says:

    I forgot to thank you for posting the recipe, it looks awesome and of course, this fry lover will be trying them ASAP :)

  60. Lea M says:

    Made these several times. Love them. Def a must try recipe! Thx. XO

  61. Kristy says:

    My family absolutely loved these! Thanks for sharing!

  62. Monika says:

    I live in Europe and we do these with different kind of herbs like origano or “piment d’espelette” if you like it spicy.

    But I do not cut them in fries but in wegdes and they bake for 45 minutes husband and kids love them and we do live in Belgium (country of the fries)

    Have a nice day

Leave a Reply