Brown Sugar Baked Fries

by Erin

No fryer needed to make these slightly sweet and savory brown sugar baked fries. The brown sugar adds just a little sweetness to your favorite salty side dish.

Brown Sugar Baked Fries.

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Dishwashers are a perk when it comes to kitchens and made sure mine had one when I moved 4 years ago. However, I would probably get more use out of my dishwasher if it were cabinet space.

Cooking for one, I don’t generally build up enough dirty dishes to fill it and I like to hand wash my pots and pans. Otherwise I will end up needing something that’s been sitting in it for the past 5 days.

Oddly enough, I have used it as a drying rack for items that I hand washed. But being obsessed with fun baking bans and kitchen gadgets while residing in a tiny kitchen means storage space is much more desirable.

Baked Fries with Brown Sugar.

But I digress. Let’s talk about fries that require not fancy pans or gadgets to make. Brown sugar fries?

Yes, I was skeptical at first too but their crispy-ness and slightly sweet yet salty flavors will win over even the most judgmental fry-person. And they are baked in the oven! Who knew such beautiful fries could be made without a deep frier?

These tasty fries would pair quite well with any burger, but I enjoyed them alongside a vegetarian edamame burger.

One year ago: Pineapple Burgers

Brown Sugar Baked Fries.


Yield: 2 Servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1 lb. Russet potatoes
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar


  1. Peel and rinse off the potatoes. Cut them into uniform-width fries. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  3. 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 for 5 minutes then remove the foil.
  4. Continue baking for 8-10 minutes then rotate the pan. Continue baking for another 8-10 minutes, then use a spatula or tongs to flip each fry. Sprinkle on 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and continue to bake for another 5 minutes or until desired doneness.
  5. Remove the fries to a bed of paper towels to remove excess oil. Sprinkle on the remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar just before serving.

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Source: Adapted slightly from A Beautiful Mess.

Brown Sugar Baked Fries

Post updated 7/9/2024, photo above is the original.

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Spicy Edamame Burgers July 7, 2024 - 7:34 pm

[…] I also appreciate that they aren’t as squishy as many vegetarian burger patties tend to be. Which means I could top them with my usual suspects without worrying they’d all fall out. And then of course I served these healthy yes spicy edamame burgers with a side of baked brown sugar fries. […]

Sarah @ the magical slow cooker May 9, 2013 - 7:33 pm

Great idea with the brown sugar. I bet a mayo/ketchup dip would be great with these. Thanks for the recipe.

Naina @ chow bella May 8, 2013 - 3:05 pm

These look amazing! I have never heard of brown sugar on non-sweetpotato fries – can’t wait to try it!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) May 8, 2013 - 1:48 pm

whaaaa??!! That’s so crazy it just might work! I love fries and I love brown sugar so might as well love em together!

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction May 8, 2013 - 7:56 am

These sound incredible! I’m going to have to try this with sweet potato fries, too!

spiffycookie May 8, 2013 - 10:45 am

I bet they would rock with sweet potatoes!

Tracey May 7, 2013 - 8:47 pm

Wow, those look amazing!! Sounds like the perfect salty and sweet snack to me!

Zainab| Blahnik Baker May 7, 2013 - 7:24 pm

healthy fries = amazing!!

sally @ sallys baking addiction May 7, 2013 - 3:43 pm

I am going to name these a life changing recipe. I love brown sugar and I love fries – a win/win here. I must try them!

spiffycookie May 7, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Absolutely! So good.

Megan May 7, 2013 - 11:20 am

I have a really hard time getting my fries crispy in the oven — these look perfect though! I must try your method :)

Angela May 7, 2013 - 11:08 am

Mmmm…..thinking I might try this with a sweet potato that’s been hanging around my kitchen for a while now.

Yvonne @ bitter baker May 7, 2013 - 11:05 am

I have never made my own fries. But I feel like I really have to start now!! These look amazing :)


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