How To Make Homemade French Fries

With these homemade French fries, who needs takeout? These fries are satisfying, delicious, and as fresh as it gets!

french fries - a plateful of french fries with salt and a ketchup sauce

French fries are really the best side for almost any dish. They’re definitely one of the most popular ways to serve the humble potato, and it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love them!

Homemade fries are even better than anything you can get from a restaurant.

Once you’ve had them straight out of the fryer, you’ll be hooked, and I, Rebecca of Good Things Baking haven’t stopped making them ever since.

The outside of the fries are crispy, while the insides are soft and melt in your mouth. They make for the perfect snack or side dish.

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Ingredients For Homemade French Fries

2 pounds of russet potatoes —  About 4-5 potatoes, depending on the size

2-3 quarts of oil — Use an oil that is neutrally flavored and that has a high smoke point. Vegetable oil, canola oil, and peanut oil are all great options for frying.

Sea salt — Sprinkle this generously on your fries immediately after they’re finished frying so that it sticks well. You can substitute with kosher salt and pepper but I love the coarse texture and crunch sea salt adds to home fries.

Tools Needed To Make Homemade French Fries

You don’t have to have any fancy equipment like a deep fryer to make these French fries. You can use a regular pot and metal slotted spoon if that’s what you have on hand!

I do recommend using a frying thermometer when deep frying, as the temperature of the oil can affect how your fries cook.

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How To Prep Home Fries

1 — Wash the raw potatoes well. If you wish, peel your potatoes or leave the skins on.

2 — Cut the potatoes into slices between 1/2″ and 3/4″ thick and lengthwise to make matchsticks.

french fry recipe - close up photo of sliced potato on a cutting board

3 — Add the potatoes in a large bowl and cover them with cold water. Soak them for at least 1 hour, or up to 12 hours. If you plan to soak the potatoes for more than an hour, refrigerate them while doing so. Don’t let them soak too long or they will start to break down.

 

To Fry The Potatoes

1 — Set out a pot that’s at least 6 quarts, and pour 3-4″ of a neutrally flavored oil into it.

2 — Heat the oil to 325° Fahrenheit. Use a frying thermometer to monitor the temperature.

3 — While the oil is heating, place a cooling rack over a baking sheet to hold your hot fries so the oil can drain off.

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4 — Remove the fries from the water, then pat them dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. If they are wet when added to hot oil, it will pop and splatter.

5 — Place a layer of fries in the oil, but don’t fill the pot.

6 — Use a metal slotted spoon or skimmer to stir the French fries so they don’t stick together.

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7 — Fry for 3-4 minutes, then remove them from the hot oil. The fries should still be pale and slightly firm when you poke them with a fork.

8 — Repeat this step with the remaining potatoes until all of the French fries are cooked, allowing the oil to reheat to 325° F between batches.

9 — Cool the fries in the refrigerator until they are completely chilled. This should take about an hour, but they can be frozen or refrigerated for up to 24 hours at this stage.

10 — When you want to finish frying, heat the oil in the pan to 425° Fahrenheit.

11 — Fry the potatoes for another 4-5 minutes, or until they are golden brown. The exterior should be crispy when you take them out of the oil, but it will soften a little bit as they cool. Place the fries on the cooling rack.

12 — Sprinkle the homemade French fries generously with salt, and serve them while they’re still warm. If you’re making them for a party, they plate beautiful in our DIY Ombre Fry Stands.

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Recipe Notes and Tips

— Russet potatoes are the best variety of potatoes to use for homemade French fries. They have a low moisture content and are high in fiber, which results in crisp fluffy fries.

— When cutting your fries, try to make them approximately the same size. A little variation is fine, but they will cook more evenly if they are about the same thickness.

— This recipe is very easy to double or triple, depending on how many fries you want. See the notes below for making ahead and freezing!

— When heating your oil, be sure to monitor it. If it gets too hot, it could cause the glass on your frying thermometer to break. If this happens, do not use that oil. Allow it cool and then dispose of it.

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How To Freeze French Fries

If you want to freeze your French fries, they freeze really well after the first round of frying.

After the first round of frying, place the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Put the sheet in the freezer until they are frozen solid.

Transfer the frozen fries to a freezer-safe container or bag and store them in the freezer for up to two months.

To finish frying them, thaw the frozen fries in the refrigerator. Continue with the second frying and salting.

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Homemade French Fries

Print Recipe
5 from 7 votes
With these homemade French fries, who needs takeout? These fries are satisfying, delicious, and as fresh as it gets!
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Sides

Equipment

  • Deep fryer or pot
  • Metal slotted spoon
  • Frying thermometer

Ingredients

  • 2 lb russet potatoes about 4-5 potatoes, depending on the size
  • 2-3 qt oil, vegetable, canola or peanut oil
  • Sea salt to taste

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 740mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 6
Calories: 202kcal

Notes

  • Russet potatoes are the best variety of potatoes to use for homemade French fries. They have a low moisture content and are high in fiber, which results in crisp fluffy fries.
  • When cutting your fries, try to make them approximately the same size. A little variation is fine, but they will cook more evenly if they are about the same thickness.
  • When heating your oil, be sure to monitor it. If it gets too hot, it could cause the glass on your frying thermometer to break. If this happens, do not use that oil. Allow it cool and then dispose of it.

Instructions

To prep homemade French fries:

  • Wash the raw potatoes well. If you wish, peel your potatoes or leave the skins on.
  • Cut the potatoes into slices between 1/2″ and 3/4″ thick and lengthwise to make matchsticks.
  • Add the potatoes in a large bowl and cover them with cold water. Soak them for at least 1 hour, or up to 12 hours. If you plan to soak the potatoes for more than an hour, refrigerate them while doing so. Don’t let them soak too long or they will start to break down.

To fry the potatoes:

  • Set out a pot that’s at least 6 quarts, and pour 3-4″ of a neutrally flavored oil into it.
  • Heat the oil to 325° Fahrenheit. Use a frying thermometer to monitor the temperature.
  • While the oil is heating, place a cooling rack over a baking sheet to hold your hot fries so the oil can drain off.
  • Remove the fries from the water, then pat them dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. If they are wet when added to hot oil, it will pop and splatter.
  • Place a layer of fries in the oil, but don’t fill the pot.
  • Use a slotted metal spoon or skimmer to stir the french fries so they don’t stick together.
  • Fry for 3-4 minutes, then remove them from the hot oil. The fries should still be pale and slightly firm when you poke them with a fork.
  • Repeat this step until all of the french fries are cooked, allowing the oil to reheat to 325° F between batches.
  • Cool the fries in the refrigerator until they are completely chilled. This should take about an hour, but they can be frozen or refrigerated for up to 24 hours at this stage.
  • When you want to finish frying, heat the oil in the pan to 425° Fahrenheit.
  • Fry the potatoes for another 4-5 minutes, or until they are golden brown. The exterior should be crispy when you take them out of the oil, but it will soften a little bit as they cool. Place the fries on the cooling rack.
  • Sprinkle the french fries generously with salt, and serve them while they’re still warm.
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7 thoughts on “How To Make Homemade French Fries”

  1. I have attempted to make homemade fries before, but they always turned out soggy. This recipe was excellent, and my fries turned out perfectly!5 stars

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