Homemade French Fries

Learn the secret to making the best homemade french fries from russet potatoes right at home! These are easy to make ahead of time and fry or bake in the oven for a quick snack or side dish idea!

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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 you want!

How to Make Homemade French Fries

1. Slice the potatoes 1/2 inch thick. (A French Fry Cutter makes this easier.)

2. Soak them cold in water for at least an hour or overnight. (Longer = crispier fries)

3. Rinse them twice with cold water and pat the completely dry.

Soaking potatoes in water and then drying them to make homemade french fries.

4. Heat oil to 300 degrees. Fry them in about 6 batches for 5-6 minutes. Place them on a paper towel.

Lightly boiling sliced potatoes to make homemade french fries.

5. Increase heat to 400 degrees. Fry in batches until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

6. Place them bake on paper towels and sprinkle immediately with salt. Serve with ketchup!

Boiling french fries in vegetable oil and laying them down on a paper towel when golden brown.


How Many Potatoes Do You Need?

It takes way more potatoes than you think to make french fries. Calculate about 2 Russet potatoes/person, and choose the largest ones you can.

Why Soak Potatoes for French Fries?

Soaking potatoes in cold water helps rid the potatoes from starch, which makes them extra crispy when fried.

Soak them for at least one hour, or as long as overnight. The longer you can soak them, the better. Store them in the fridge while they soak.

Frying them Twice

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

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

Baked French Fries

If you prefer to bake these fries:

  • Place the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet at 400° F 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.

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How To Store and Reheat Leftovers

Refrigerator:

  • 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° F for  about 10 minutes. They reheat very well.

Freezer:

  • Flash freeze them on a baking sheet or plate until solid, 1 hour or so.
  • Store them in a freezer Ziploc bag in the freezer until ready to eat!
  • Reheat in a preheated 350° F oven until warm and crisp, about 15 minutes or so.

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

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Homemade French Fries

Servings:
6
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
 

Learn the secret to making the best homemade french fries from russet potatoes right at home! These are easy to make ahead of time and fry or bake in the oven for a quick snack or side dish idea!

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 F. 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 F 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%
Author: Stephanie
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade French Fries