The Aunt Bessie's Guide to Making Chips in the Oven

Ahh, the humble chip, it brings joy to so many people. It’s a staple in many households and for good reason. There are few things in life more delicious than hot and fluffy oven-fresh chips. Whether you prefer them crispy and crunchy or soft and chunky, they make an excellent side dish or delicious on their own.

If you’re looking to serve perfectly cooked chips without the hassle of preparing them from scratch, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn how to make Aunt Bessie’s chips in a jiffy. Making chips in the oven just got 10x easier!

How to cook different types of chips in the oven

The best way to cook oven chips depends on various factors. Some considerations include:

  • Figuring out the type of oven: Do you have a conventional or fan assisted oven? If so, you will need to adjust the temperature and cooking time accordingly.
  • Preheating your oven: Now it may seem like a tedious step, but it’s a step you’ll regret skipping. The beauty of preheating your oven means evenly cooked chips with a crispy shell and fluffy filling.
  • Deciding whether to thaw or not to thaw: When it comes making chips in the oven, it’s always best to cook straight from frozen. Doing so ensures the best texture and flavour. At the end of the day no one wants a soggy plate of chips.
  • Turning and tossing chips midway: Now we don’t want to seem like we are hounding you, but this a non-negotiable step. Turning and tossing chips halfway through cooking ensures that they are evenly cooked and perfectly crisp. You’ll thank us when you take your first bite! 

How to cook oven chips

If you’re a fan of a classic and chunky chip, our homestyle chips are perfect for you. Here’s a breakdown of the best way to cook oven chips - Aunt Bessie’s style:

  1. Preheat your oven to 230°C (conventional oven) or 210°C (fan assisted oven).
  2. Remove chips from packaging and spread evenly on a baking tray. Make sure that there is enough space for the chips to cook.
  3. Place your tray of chips in the centre of the oven and cook for 20 - 25 minutes.
  4. After about 12 minutes, toss and turn your chips to ensure an even crispness.
  5. Remove from oven once crispy, golden brown and piping hot.
  6. Dish up with fishcakes and a zesty bean salad for a tasty and nutritious meal.

Helpful Tip: Once your oven cooked chips are done, sprinkle over some salt and toss. The heat from the chips will allow the salt to stick to the chips.


How to make fries in the oven

There’s a reason why we love French fries. From the delicious crispy taste to how incredibly moreish they are, it’s love at first bite! Find out how to make fries in the oven, with a little bit of help from the folks here at Aunt Bessie’s:

  1. Preheat your oven to 230°C (conventional oven) or 210°C (fan assisted oven).
  2. Remove French fries from packaging and spread evenly on a baking tray.
  3. Place your tray of French fries in the centre of the oven and cook for 15-18 minutes (fan assisted oven) and for 15- 28 minutes if you have a conventional oven.
  4. Toss and flip French fries halfway through cooking to ensure an even crispness.
  5. Serve alongside a juicy beef burger, onion rings and salad for a weeknight dinner. Is your mouth watering yet?

Chip Tip: For golden, crispy fries, cook on an open wire rack instead of on a baking sheet. The outcome is a soft and fluffy interior with a crispy salty exterior. Delicious!

How to make crinkle cut fries in the oven

Looking to spice up your weekday dinner meals? Well, crinkle cut chips can do just that and even the fussiest of eaters will love them. Learn how to make crinkle cut chips the right way below:

  1. Preheat your oven to 230°C (conventional oven) or 210°C (fan assisted oven).
  2. Place your tray of crinkle cut chips in the centre of the oven and cook for 20 - 25 minutes.
  3. After 12 minutes toss and flip the crinkle cut chips to ensure they are evenly cooked.
  4. Remove from the oven and immediately salt and toss.
  5. Plate up your crinkle cut chips with nacho cheese, minced beef, spring onions and garlic flakes, for delicious loaded fries.

Helpful Tip: Pair your chips with acidic toppings, such as tomato ketchup, vinegar or hot sauce. The acidity brings out the natural potato flavour and takes chips to the next level.

What to have with chips

The possibilities are endless when it comes to pairing chips. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Now that you have the lowdown on all things chips, check out our other great cooking tips. From rustling up the best roast potatoes, to making the easiest Yorkshire puddings, you’ll be a 5-star chef in no time!