Crispy Homemade French Fries Recipe

These restaurant-worthy fries are easy to make at home! Learn the secrets to achieving perfectly crisp and fluffy fries.

Ingredients:

  • 3 russet potatoes
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Kosher salt
  • White vinegar (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Potatoes: Wash and dry the potatoes. Cut them into even sized sticks, about ½ inch thick.
  2. Soak the Fries (Optional): For extra crispy fries, soak the potato sticks in cold water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. This helps remove excess starch which can lead to soggy fries. Rinse and pat the fries dry thoroughly before proceeding.
  3. Double Fry (Optional): Heat oil in a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot to 325°F (163°C). Fry the potatoes in batches for 3-4 minutes, until they are limp and pale yellow. Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Increase the oil temperature to 375°F (190°C) for the second fry. Fry the par-cooked potatoes in batches for another 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Single Fry Method: Alternatively, you can fry the potatoes in a single step. Heat oil in a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot to 375°F (190°C). Fry the potatoes in batches for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Season and Serve: Drain the fries on paper towels to remove excess oil. Season immediately with kosher salt. You can also sprinkle with your favorite seasonings, such as garlic powder, paprika, or dried herbs. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

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