Brown Sugar Baked Fries

My favorite baked french fry methodThere’s a bar in town that has the very best fries. They put brown sugar on them. Genius. If you’re a Springfield local and you haven’t tried JOB’s fries yet, you totally should. But if you’re not local, or you don’t feel like leaving your house, then you could just make these instead.

How to make perfect baked fries at homeThese are the best homemade baked fries. So, so good. How ever many you make in your first batch, you will wish you had made more. But of course, your waist line might not. So… don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Easy, delicious and healthy baked friesBrown Sugar Baked Fries, makes 2 servings. Slightly adapted from here.

3-4 small potatoes (I used Russet)
4 tablespoons oil (I used olive)
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons brown sugar

First peel and rinse off the potatoes. Cut them into fries. Try to keep them as uniform in width as possible, otherwise the super thin fries will cook too much while super thick fries will not cook all the way. Plunge the cut potatoes into warm water and let them soak for 20 minutes. Drain and lay them out over a bed of paper towels and pat dry.

Making baked french fries is easy!Coat a rimmed baking sheet with 3 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle on half of the salt and pepper. In a bowl coat the now dry potatoes with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Lay them out on the rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle on the remaining salt and pepper. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 475°F. After 5 minutes remove the foil. Continue baking for 10-12 minutes then rotate the pan. Continue baking for another 10-12 minutes. Then use a spatula or tongs to flip each fry. Sprinkle on 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and then continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Remove the fries to a bed of paper towels, to remove excess oil. Sprinkle on the remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar just before serving.

Brown sugar baked friesThe best baked fries ever!If you make these then you gotta make burgers. It’s a must. But you will probably fill up on fries. Or at least I did. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

P.S. Need a fun burger idea? Try a spicy edamame burger or a red wine portobello mushroom burger.

  • Hi emma, this is definitely a must-try– now I’m totally curious about its taste. I was reading your best of April post–and now I’m here, wanting to have those fries.

  • I made these yesterday – you are right the BEST homemade fries I’ve ever made, by a very large margin!

  • I just tried these fries out, and they are amazing. Luckily my boyfriend didn’t like them so much, so I ate his too. 😉
    I just couldn’t stop.

  • A little sugar goes a long way.
    Home made fries – always awesome 😉

    I tend too add a little to my spag bol too
    sugar not fries!

  • STOP. oh my GOODNESS. yum. All of your recipes are everything I’ve ever wanted!

    Juliette Laura

  • These sound really interesting… I’ve never heard of anyone doing chips with brown sugar here, so I think I need to experiment!

  • Made these tonight with a twist. They were fantastic! I blogged it on my site.

    Thanks so much!!

  • These look SO delicious! I will have to try them as soon as possible!

  • That sounds amazing. Totally going to try it. I’ll bet it’s great with sweet potatoes too.

  • These look tasty! I would love to try this with sweet potatoes as well! YUM!

  • wow this looks delicious !

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  • > It’s not even 10AM here on the West coast and I’m already craving lunch because of this post. YUM!!


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  • Wow this looks purely amazing 🙂


  • I live in Belgium, the country or fries and i can tell you this makes me want fries VERY badly. 😉

  • ooh, these look really interesting. I wonder what they would be like with sweet potato instead of regular! probably like desert, haha.

    -Emma from

  • I am not sure about sugar on fries… i am not very kind of sweet flavor, i prefer tomato sauce than ketchup… i supose i should try

  • These look seriously dangerous! Fries are definitely my favorite bad food so I would love to try a baked version and with sugar coating OMG.

  • This sounds so good!! Defiantly going to be attempting this ill let you know how it goes.

  • YUM!!

  • that looks delicious!
    I want to make this tomorrow night for dinner 🙂

  • these look absolutely delicious. I love you recipe ideas!


  • I absolutely cannot wait to make these and try them. My mouth is seriously watering just thinking about them!

  • yum, I’m going to try these with sweet potatoes and a veggie burger tonight!

  • Oh my god, that sounds so good!!

    Jillian –

  • I have never thought to put brown sugar on fries… this sounds absolutely amazing 🙂

    Erica of

  • Brown sugar fries what? This sounds so good!!

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  • Oh my! Anything with brown sugar is a favorite:)

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  • Mmmmm these sound amazing!

    Lulu xx

  • Oh I can’t WAIT to try these and add them to my “non-menu planner” which can be seen here:! Thanks!


  • These look so scrumptious! Thanks for sharing yet another great recipe!

  • These look so good! I love your recipes 🙂 I’ve got a few on my blog too.


  • a restaurant in portland (Oba if you ever make it here) has something similar… I never even thought to try to make them at home (duh! ha) thanks!

  • I usually do this same thing minus the brown sugar and do vinegar for salt and vinegar chips but will so be trying this on the weekend when I can afford the splurge on the calories! thanks for the easy recipe! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  • Looks great!!

  • What a great idea!! I love salty + sweet combos, and this sounds perfect!

  • These look fabulous! Very excited to give these a try!


  • this looks wonderful! I love to try different recipes for potato, i will definitely try this one. thanx for sharing

  • These sound insanely good

    xo Jennifer

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  • ahhh…these sound so AMAZING!! must try asap. I love that you were inspired by a local favorite! so awesome 🙂

  • UMAMI burger, a chain here in L.A has the best sweet potato fries. There secret is brown sugar on top. Since the first time we had them we added that when we make them at home. Yum!

  • I never soaked my fries,so thanks for the tip,gonna try this the next time!


  • awww you make us hungry!! nice one!




  • Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it. I posted a similar recipe today on my blog for sweet potato fries!

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  • Lunch is fast approaching and you’re making me want a burger with fries! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  • Wow! Now I don’t know wether I love you or I hate you. I neeed those fries in my life now!

  • MmmMmmmmm. And, my littlest’s name is Job! Sounds like this was meant to be : ) Can’t wait to try.

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  • They look soo yummy! I’d love to try these x
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  • I love french fries and with Brown sugar seems a good variant. I will try this.

    xo Janika

  • Oh the deliciousness. These look so good. And I just made burgers yesterday! Ah! If I had known I would have made these with them. Next time.

  • ooh I never thought of this! I’m gonna have to try it for myself 🙂

  • With just 4 tablespoons oil, this should not really be a problem for your waist line.

  • I agree! The JOB has the best fries in town! My husband and I like to call them “crack” because they cause so much euphoria. 😉

  • I love sweet & salty snacks. I have to try this asap!


  • haha, of course I check in before lunch and I’m starving. But really, these look incredible! yum.

  • This look so good and so much healthier than a fried version. Yum!

    xx Kait


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  • omgggg amazing!

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  • oh my!! not skinny obviously but definitely delicious !

  • Oh I am hungry now after seeing this pictures !

    XX Luba

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  • Oh – I love homemade fries. I’ve never heard of anything like this. Can’t wait to try them with something grilled – ’tis the season!

  • Oh wow, how ingenious can’t wait to make them!

  • Looks so yummy and today I did a potatos too. Have a nice day.

  • YUM! I make homemade fries all the time but have never thought to try sweet style. I’ve never tried soaking them in water either- does this make a big difference?

  • Wow! This is very different compared to how I usually make mine. Will def try this. Brown sugar adds a nice touch of difference too.

  • hmmm never thought about making fries with cinnamon!
    my mom always cooks carrots with a tad of cinnamon and it is sooooo yummy!

  • Hmmm it seems so good ! I think I would put a little bit of cinnamon too. And maybe I would try it with sweet potatoes (but maybe it would become TOO sweet). Thanks Emma, amazing recipe as usual 🙂

  • These are so beautiful! I’m having a potato craving too. Once I get back from my trip in rural China, I’ll be making these to satisfy the hungry American in my 😛

  • Looks super yummi!
    Have you tried adding LEMON ZESTon top when serving? best.fries.ever.

  • I found this AMAZING recipe via Pinterest. It’s already on the dinner menu for tonight. Is there a printable version of this recipe?

  • Looks yummy! I love sweet potato fries so I bet this is really good. Thanks for the recipe, Emma 🙂

  • oh, this is looking so yummi, I Love potatoes so much.. thank for share 🙂

  • Oh my gosh, these look amazing!


  • I am making chicken breast sandwiches for supper tonight. So making these as the side along with some asparagus! Thanks!

  • Ok, sugar on fries? That sounds weird but I suspect they may be really good. Now I’m going to have to try them to see whether my suspicions are correct.

  • Oh my goodness my mouth is watering!

    xo Lisa

  • I was planning on making veggie enchiladas for dinner but these are calling my name. It’s normal to eat french fries and Mexican food together, right?

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  • Popped on here at just the right time! Ok, these look AMAZING and must be made ASAP!!! Thanks!

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