The Best Twice-Cooked Chips

Twice-cooked chips and hamburger

The Spruce 

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
4174 Calories
459g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 4174
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 459g 589%
Saturated Fat 34g 171%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 669mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In countries like the U.K., Ireland, Scotland, Australia, and South Africa, french fries are known as chips. Not to be confused with potato chips, British chips are thick slices of potato that are fried until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The trick to getting the chips to taste like they are straight from the chip shop is to fry them twice in the hot oil. The first fry is at a lower temperature and softens the potato; the second turn in the hot oil is at a higher temp and achieves that signature crispy exterior.

This recipe requires only potatoes and vegetable oil or other deep-frying oil. The potatoes are sliced, rinsed, and boiled, and then drained and dried. Parboiling ensures the chips are cooked through with a fluffy interior. The chips are fried in batches, drained, and fried again until golden, ensuring they are crisp. Sprinkled with salt, they are addictive and taste great with burgers and fried fish.

Ingredients

  • 250 grams / 1/2 pound potatoes (per person, peeled)
  • 1 liter / 33.8 ounces vegetable oil (or lard or dripping to cook—your choice)
  • (Optional) 1/4 tsp salt, for sprinkling

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Six potatoes with skins on
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  2. Cut the potatoes into about 1/2-inch (1-cm) slices, then slice these into 1/2-inch (1-cm) wide chips. Place the chips in a colander and rinse under cold running water.

    Cut potatoes in colander with water
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  3. Place the washed chips in a pan of cold water, bring to a gentle boil, and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.

    Cut potatoes in cold water to boil
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  4. Drain the potatoes in a colander.

    Drained potatoes in colander
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  5. Dry potatoes thoroughly with a tea cloth or paper towel.

    Drained potatoes on paper towels
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  6. Heat the oil to 320 F/160 C in a deep-fat fryer or large, deep saucepan. Fry the chips a few handfuls at a time in the fat for about 3 minutes. Do not brown them.

    Potatoes frying in oil
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  7. Once they seem drier and slightly cooked, remove from the fat and drain on paper towels. Keep them covered and at room temperature until needed.

  8. Reheat the oil to 375 F/190 C and cook the chips until golden and crisp, 5 to 8 minutes.

    Golden brown potatoes fried in oil
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  9. Drain and sprinkle with salt if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy.

    Fried chips and hamburger
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Tips

  • Choosing the right type of potato is important to get a good chip. A starchy potato is best as it has a soft, dry texture, making it good for chips. Look for King Edward, Maris Piper, Romano, Désirée, or russet potatoes.
  • You can use beef fat or good vegetable oil for frying chips. If you prefer a traditional flavor, you can use lard. Beef fat or lard produces a full-flavored chip and, if cooked properly, the chip will be crisp and brown on the outside and soft within. Chips cooked with vegetable oils do create a similar chip (and have less cholesterol) but have less flavor.
  • Cooking in batches keeps the oil temperature from dropping. Make sure you don't add too many fries at once or they may turn out soggy. Check the temperature each time before adding more fries to make sure the oil is hot enough.