Homemade French Fries

You will think you’re eating at a restaurant when you taste these extra crispy, golden homemade french fries! These are easy to prepare ahead of time and bake in the oven for nights when you’re pressed for time.

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Hand dipping crispy homemade french fry into a white bowl of ketchup inside a basket of fries

Whether you’re talking French Fries or Wings, there’s no doubt that the double-frying method is absolutely KEY when you want a perfectly crispy consistency. You can absolutely make restaurant-quality homemade french fries whenever your heart desires. Just follow a few simple steps: 

How Many Potatoes Do You Need for French Fries?

It takes way more potatoes than you think when you’re making homemade French Fries. Calculate about 2 Russet potatoes/person, and choose the largest ones you can.

Soaking Potatoes for French Fries

Soaking potatoes in cold water for at least one hour or as long as overnight helps rid the potatoes from starch, which makes them extra crispy when fried. The longer you can soak them, the better.

Twice-Fried French Fries

Frying potatoes twice is the best way to obtain the crispiest result. It’s well-worth the effort.

  • Frying the potatoes at 300° for 5-6 minutes allows the middle of the potato to cook.
  • Frying them a second time at 400° degrees allows the outside to reach a crispy consistency and golden color.

Step by Step process shots for frying homemade french fries.

Can I Bake These Fries Instead?

If you prefer to bake these fries:

  • Place the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet at 400 degrees in the lower-third of the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove, toss, place in a single layer, and bake for 10 more minutes or until brown and crispy.

How To Store and Reheat Leftover French Fries

-Let any leftover fries cool completely and store them in a Freezer bag in the fridge, removing as much air from the bag as possible.

-To reheat, bake at 350° for  about 15 minutes. They reheat very well.

Freezing Leftover French Fries

-Should you happen to have any leftover fries, (unlikely), you can flash freeze them on a baking sheet or plate until solid, 1-2 hours or so.

-Then store them in a freezer Ziploc bag in the freezer until ready to eat!

Reheat in a preheated 350° oven until warm and crisp, about 20 minutes or so.

A pile of crispy, golden brown french fries in a basket sprinkled with salt.

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4.2 from 15 votes
Servings: 6
Homemade French Fries
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
 
Author: Stephanie
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade French Fries

You will think you're eating at a restaurant when you taste these extra crispy, golden homemade french fries! Add a sprinkle of salt and a side of ketchup and you're family will be in french fry heaven! 

Ingredients
  • 10 large russet potatoes peeled and rinsed
  • 2 quarts vegetable oil can sub canola oil
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Slice the potatoes into ½ inch thick sticks. Using a French fry cutter makes this much easier.
  2. Soak the potato slices in cold water for a minimum of one hour, and up to overnight. The longer, the better as this process removes the starch which makes for extra crispy fries.

  3. Rinse the fries twice with cold water.
  4. Lay the fries on paper towels or a clean dishcloth and pat them as dry as possible.
  5. Heat oil in a deep fryer or dutch oven to 300 degrees. You’ll need to fry in about six batches, begin with a quart of oil and add more as needed. Frying too many at once makes them less crispy.
  6. Carefully add the potatoes to the oil and fry for about 5-6 minutes. The oil should bubble lightly, we’re only heating the potatoes, we don’t want them to crisp yet.
  7. Place the cooked potatoes on a paper towel lined plate and fry the rest of the remaining batches.
  8. Increase the heat to 400 degrees and fry each batch a second time until they are crisp and golden-brown, about 5 minutes or so.
  9. Remove them and place them on dry paper towels. Sprinkle with salt as soon as they come out.
  10. Serve with ketchup or fry sauce and enjoy!
Recipe Video
Recipe Notes

Baking Instructions: 

  • Place the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet at 400 degrees in the lower-third of the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove, toss, place in a single layer again, and bake for 10 more minutes or until brown and crispy. 

How To Store and Reheat Leftovers:

-Let any leftover fries cool completely and store them in a Freezer bag in the fridge, removing as much air from the bag as possible. 

-To reheat, bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. They reheat very well. 

 

Using a candy/deep frying thermometer makes it easy to tell when the oil is ready.  

Nutrition Information
Calories: 377, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Sodium: 17mg, Potassium: 1480mg, Carbohydrates: 64g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 7g, Vitamin C: 20.2%, Calcium: 46%, Iron: 3.1%