Crispy Homemade French Fries (restaurant quality) are EASY to make at home, using this classic 2 step process that ensures a crisp exterior, but soft inside!
I LOVE french fries, which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because Crispy Homemade French Fries are easy to make and delicious, and a curse, because they are easy to make and delicious! See my dilemma? Uh Huh.
I tried a recipe for beer battered fish last year, and ended up making some homemade french fries (chips) to serve on the side. Boy, oh boy… they were delicious, and actually very easy to make. Crispy on the outside… soft on the inside. Thought I’d share it with you.
By the way… do you know the history of how french fries came to be? There’s an interesting article on Wikipedia that is full of interesting facts you might enjoy reading.
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Here’s How To Make Delicious Homemade French Fries:
Peel, rinse, and then cut the potatoes, by slicing them lengthwise into 1 inch slices. Cut each slice into finger thickness sized strips. Dry the potatoes as much as you can by patting them dry with paper towels.
Heat oil in large skillet or stock pot until it reaches 350 degrees. I used my electric skillet, which has a temperature gauge on it. (No electric skillet? Try using a meat or candy thermometer to get the accurate temperature).
Cooking Homemade French Fries
To ensure you get a good “fry” on the potatoes, make sure the oil is heated to 350 degrees. Carefully add cut, dried potatoes into the hot oil. Let them cook for about 8 minutes, turning to cook on both sides.
Remove the french fries from the hot oil. Use a slotted spatula or slotted spoon to help remove them, letting excess hot oil drip back into the skillet.
Place hot potatoes onto a baking pan or a wire rack with paper towels underneath, to drain the oil off of them (without the paper towels sticking to the fries). Then let the fries rest on paper towels for just a minute while you reheat oil back to temp.
Cook The Homemade French Fries A SECOND Time!
Heat the oil back to 350 degrees. Once oil is at temperature again, carefully add the fries for a second cooking (this is what gives them a crispy texture on the outside). Cook for 3-4 additional minutes, until crispy and hot! Remove chips and drain on paper towels once again.
Season to taste with salt (or seasoning salt). Serve and enjoy your crispy homemade french fries!
It’s really easy to make delicious and crispy homemade french fries in the comfort of your own kitchen. The key is cooking them twice and the temperature of the oil being ACCURATE and hot enough. If I can do it, so can YOU. Hope you have a great day, and please pass the ketchup to dip my fries in, okay?
Looking For More SIDE DISH Recipes?
You can find all my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have a good variety of side dishes you might enjoy, including:
- Crunchy Homemade Onion Rings
- Cajun Tater Tots with Dipping Sauce
- Air Fryer French Fries
- Cheesy Skillet Potatoes
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- 3 large russet potatoes
- Vegetable oil (enough for 2 inches depth in skillet)
- Salt (or seasoning salt), to taste
- Peel, rinse, then cut potatoes, by slicing potatoes lengthwise into 1 inch slices, then cutting each slice into finger thickness sized strips. Dry the potatoes as much as you can by patting them dry with paper towels. The drier the potato strips, the less oil splatters you should have.
- Heat oil (enough to cover skillet with 2 inches of oil) in large skillet or stock pot until it reaches 350 degrees. Use a thermometer (meat or candy) to gauge temperature. I used my electric skillet, which has a temperature gauge on it. Carefully place cut, dried potatoes into hot oil. Let them cook for about 8 minutes, turning to cook on both sides. Remove potatoes from hot oil (I used a slotted spatula to help remove them). Place hot potatoes onto a baking pan or a wire rack with paper towels underneath, to drain the oil off of them).
- Let them rest for just a minute while you reheat oil temperature back to 350 degrees.
- Carefully add the chips for a second "fry". Cook for 3-4 additional minutes, until crispy and hot! Carefully remove fries from hot oil with a slotted spatula or spoon and drain on paper towels.
- Season to taste with salt (or seasoning salt). Serve hot, and enjoy!
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