|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 25g||31%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||21%|
|Total Carbohydrate 64g||23%|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||25%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 25mg||124%|
|*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.|
Hot and crisp French fries are the perfect snack or side dish. Salty and crunchy, restaurant-style fries are easy to make at home. Our recipe yields delicious fries like you would get at the drive-thru, without mysterious additives and enhancements. Select an oil that suits your taste and diet, and make room on your plate for these wonderful salty bites.
The secret to perfect French fries lies in a few details. First, the soaking time. A cold water bath will remove starch and sugar, allowing the fries to crisp up and cook evenly. Secondly, the oil temperature. A food thermometer ensures the perfect crispiness on each fry. And finally the type of potatoes. Russet is the best kind for frying, and avoid waxy potatoes altogether. Red, new potatoes, and fingerlings yield soggy fries. If you keep an eye on these three details, you'll be in for a treat!
Fries are great accompaniments for steak, as in the classic steak and frites, but also for hot dogs, burgers, rotisserie chicken, and grilled fish. Although some techniques double-fry the potatoes, we found that ours yields perfect fries. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, like the classic ketchup and mayo combo.
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"Crisp, yummy fries. The title is correct...these are perfect." —Renae Wilson
6 large russet potatoes
Peanut oil, for deep-frying
1 dash salt, or to taste
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Peel one potato and slice it in half lengthwise.
Place a potato half on the cutting board, cut-side down, and cut it into slices about 1/4-inch thick or slightly thicker.
Stack several slices on the cutting board and cut into 1/4-inch thick fries.
Repeat with the remaining potatoes. The more uniform the size, the more consistent the frying time will be.
Soak the cut potatoes in ice water for 1 hour at room temperature.
Heat the oven to 200 F and place a rack in a baking pan to keep batches of fries warm.
Drain the potatoes thoroughly and then pat dry with paper towels. Remove as much moisture off of the potatoes to avoid splatter when putting them in the oil.
Add about 2 to 3 inches of oil to a heavy pot or Dutch oven and attach a deep-fry thermometer. Alternatively, use an electric deep fryer. Heat the oil to 370 F.
Carefully lower some fries—about two handfuls—into the hot oil using a slotted metal utensil or deep-fry basket.
Fry for 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender and golden brown.
Turn the fries out onto paper towels to drain.
Transfer to the rack in the baking pan and place it in the oven to keep warm while making subsequent batches. Repeat the frying process with all the potatoes, keeping an eye on the oil temperature.
When finished frying, sprinkle the fries with salt.
Serve and enjoy!
Make Top-Notch Fries
For perfect fries:
- Choose your oil wisely. Unless there is a peanut allergy, peanut oil is a great choice for frying. Its mild flavor and high smoking point are ideal for French fries and other deep-fried foods.
- Soak your potatoes: Soaking eliminates the sugars, allowing the outside of the potatoes to develop its signature crunch. It also removes the starches so the potato pieces don't stick to each other.
- Control the temperature: Attach a deep-fry thermometer to the pot to keep track of the oil's temperature. Maintaining the correct temperature is crucial to achieving the perfect French fry.
Sprinkle the Flavor
Any favorite spice blend can be used to make seasoned fries. Sprinkle the French fries with the seasoning blend after draining:
- Mix 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and a dash of ground cumin.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon of garlic salt, and 1 teaspoon of white pepper.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning, with 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper flakes.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of dried mushroom seasoning, with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of white pepper, and 1 teaspoon of onion granules.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of truffle salt with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
What if I Want to Double Fry?
If you want to double fry for a different style of crispy fry, just follow these simple instructions:
- Cook the soaked and dried potato strips in 325 F oil for about 5 to 6 minutes.
- Remove the partially cooked potato strips to a rack.
- Increase the oil temperature to 350 F. Cook the potatoes again for about 2 minutes, or until they are tender and golden brown.
- Drain on paper towels and then transfer to the baking pan to keep warm in the oven.