Savour the delicious fusion of these oven-baked seasoned fries, boasting a perfect crispiness, and the tantalizing harmony of garlic, butter, and cilantro. These delectable Garlic Cilantro Fries aren't just a side dish; they're a culinary revelation, ready to be relished either on their own with your preferred dip or as the star of any meal.
Whether you're seeking a quick snack or a flavour-packed side to accompany your main course, Garlic Cilantro Fries will not disappoint.
Calories in Garlic Cilantro Fries
These delicious fries serve 4 and are 257 calories per serving
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Ingredients you need for Garlic Cilantro Fries
To make these fries you will need the following ingredients:
- Potatoes - a floury variety like russets are best
- Garlic - fresh garlic minced, but lazy or jarred mince garlic is fine also
- Seasonings - salt, pepper and paprika (not smoked)
- Butter - salted
- Low Calorie Spray - I prefer to use a low calorie spray without any added emulsifiers.
- Cilantro - fresh coriander
Once you've gathered all the ingredients and prepared them accordingly, you're all set to create this easy and delightful recipe.
See the recipe card for specific quantities and instructions.
Mastering the Art of Perfect Oven Fries
Explore these tips to achieve the perfect oven baked fries.
- Choose the Right Potatoes: Selecting the proper potatoes is paramount for achieving flawless oven-baked fries. Opt for varieties like russet, Yukon Gold, King Edwards, and Maris Pipers, celebrated for their high starch content, resulting in a delightfully fluffy interior and a crispy exterior.
- Master the Potato Chopping Technique: Whether you prefer the rustic charm of leaving the skin on for added taste and fibre or a peeled appearance, the choice is yours. Whether you fancy shoestring, wedge, or steak-cut fries, mastering the technique is key. Utilize a sharp knife like a santoku knife or invest in a potato chipper (french fry cutter) for effortless transformation of a whole potato into perfectly sized fries.
- Soak for Crispiness: After slicing the potatoes into your desired chip size, soak them in ice-cold water for 30 minutes. This step removes excess starch, preventing sticking during cooking and ensures a crispier texture, resulting in golden and crunchy chips with a tender interior.
- To Parboil or Not: For thin fries, skip parboiling. However, for thicker cuts, a brief 5-minute parboil creates a fluffy interior and a crisp exterior.
- Patting Dry: It's important to pat the chips dry before cooking, either using a clean kitchen towel, or I like to use my salad spinner, which is the perfect gadget for removing excess moisture from washed vegetables/fruits.
- Oil or Spray Oil: Whether you choose regular oil or spray oil, both are suitable for cooking the chips. Don't hesitate to use a modest amount of oil occasionally to achieve the best results. Just one tablespoon of oil amounts to around 120 calories, and when divided among four servings, it doesn't contribute significantly to the calorie count. Opt for oils with a high smoke point, such as avocado oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, for the best results in cooking chips
- Choose Your Seasoning: Elevate the flavor with seasoning; basic salt and pepper work wonders, but consider additions like paprika, dried herbs, or spices such as chili powder or cayenne. In this recipe, we keep it simple with paprika, salt, and pepper, allowing the flavor profile to shine through from the butter, garlic, and cilantro (coriander).
What to serve with Garlic Cilantro Fries
Consider incorporating garlic cilantro fries as a side dish for your meals. Here are some great recipes that would pair well with these:
- Doner Kebab Fakeaway
- Lamb Kofta
- Golden Parmesan Crusted Chicken
- Tomato and Mozzarella Hasselback Chicken
- Peach Barbecue Chicken Tray Bake
- Marinated Mouth-Watering Steak
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Extras for Garlic Cilantro Fries
Looking to vamp there up another level? Here are some extra add on you could add onto the fries.
- Enhance the flavour with a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan, feta, or mature cheddar for that irresistible cheesy touch
- Experiment with additional spices such as smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, or chili flakes for an extra kick.
Pair these up with your favourite sauces or dip. I love these with a simple garlic mayo.
Here is how I make mine
- 2 tablespoons of reduced fat mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons of fat free Greek yoghurt
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- Little lemon juice just to loosen sauce
- Pinch of salt
- ½ tablespoon of finely chopped fresh parsley
and just combine all in a bowl. This will make enough for 4
- Roasted cherry tomatoes, caramelized onions, or sautéed mushrooms can provide depth of flavor and texture.
- Sliced, chopped or mashed avocado adds creaminess and a mild, buttery flavour.
Pickled Jalapeños or Peppers:
- For a spicy and tangy kick, add pickled jalapeños or banana peppers.
Fresh Lime or Lemon Juice:
- A squeeze of citrus just before serving can add a little bit of zing to the fries.
FAQ for Garlic Cilantro Fries
Yes these can be cooked effortlessly in an air fryer also. Just ensure you don't overcrowd the basket and shake a few times through cooking. I recommend cooking at 200c/400f for 20-30 minutes
You might be tempted to skip to save some calories, but trust me the butter adds incredibly flavour and balance against the garlic. The garlic might be a bit too pungent on it's own.
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