Salt and Vinegar Bake Fries

(from castro15’s recipe box)

Categories: Fries


  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 4 large russet potatoes, skin on, scrubbed
  • 6 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Finely chopped chives, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 450.

  2. In a large pot, combine 6 cups water, the vinegar, and 1/4 cup kosher salt and bring to a boil over high heat.

  3. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes: Stand each potato up on its long side and cut it lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick ovals. Stack the ovals and cut them lengthwise into batons.

  4. Line a baking sheet with a kitchen towel. Put the potatoes into the water, bring to a boil, and boil for 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to the lined baking sheet to soak up all the additional liquid. Spread the potatoes out in one layer and blot them dry with paper towels. Let cool.

  5. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl and toss with 2 tbsp. of the oil and 1 tsp salt. Divide the remaining 4 tbsp. oil between two large rimmed baking sheets.

  6. Heat the oiled sheets in the oven until very hot but not smoking, 5 to 6 minutes. Using an oven mitt, remove the sheets from the oven and quickly divide the potatoes between them, making sure they all actually sit on the surface of the pan. Return to the oven and bake until the undersides are brown and crisp and the top edges are darkened, about 20 minutes. Open the oven, scrape the fries with a metal spatula to turn them, then bake until the fries are golden and crisp all around, another 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season with more salt. Garnish with chives.

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