Make your own french fries at home to get them exactly as crispy as you like. Season with salt or other seasonings for the perfect side dish.Jump to Recipe
Potatoes are one of my favorite foods. But, surprisingly, french fries are one of the ways I like them the least. That’s because I am really picky about my fries. They have to be crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside.
I still haven’t found perfect french fries out anywhere, but some have come close. So, instead of searching around, we decided to make our own! This also allows me to season the fries exactly how we want.
There’s a neat restaurant near my parent’s house called Victory Lane Cafe. It’s decorated in all race-themed stuff. And it includes a lot of NHRA drag racing memorabilia, which is the car racing I prefer.
But, the best part has always been their french fries. They are cooked just how I like and seasoned with Lawry’s seasoned salt. I set out to make mine just like theirs since I only get them when I go to visit Florida. The ones here are waffle fries, and we made those before. But they aren’t as easy, so we wanted to try with regular straight fries this time.
Step by Step
Heat the oil in a deep pan over medium heat to 325F. I used the bigger of my cast-iron skillets for this.
While the oil heats, peel the potatoes. Then cut them into thin strips.
Carefully place the potatoes in the hot oil, a few at a time. If you do too many at once, it cools the oil and they won’t cook properly. Fry for about 4-5 minutes.
Move to a wire cooling rack to let excess oil drip off the french fries. Season with desired seasonings. About 2 tsp of seasoning (whether Lawry’s, salt, or anything else) should be enough.
Store any leftover french fries in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, place in an oven or toaster oven at 350F for about 5 minutes.
Originally Published On: September 14, 2020
Homemade French Fries
- 3 lbs baking potatoes
- 3-4 cups vegetable oil
- 2 tsp salt
- Heat the oil in a deep pan over medium heat to 325F
- Peel the potatoes and cut into strips
- Carefully place the potatoes in the hot oil
- Fry for about 4-5 minutes
- Move to a wire cooling rack and sprinkle with salt
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
25 thoughts on “Homemade French Fries in 20 Minutes”
Our deep fryer has been sitting in storage for far too long. This is the perfect recipe to bust that out! Love big chunky fries.
I want to get a deep fryer for things like this. Or an air fryer. But we just did them in a stockpot with enough oil.
we used to make sweet potato fries all the time but haven’t in forever! I have never tried to make regular french fries but now I want to!
I haven’t tried it with sweet potatoes yet but I will have to do that next time! My husband loves sweet potatoes and I think the boys will eat them, too.
I love that you cut these homemade fries so thick. We make ours in the oven and leave the skin. These do look like something you’d order out. Nice and golden.
I haven’t tried leaving the skin on for french fries. But maybe I’ll have to do that next time for something different.
Nothing better than homemade French fries and this recipe is the best!! Love how easy it is and that it takes just 20 minutes…YUM!!!
Yes, being able to make them quickly is the best!
I’ve never tried doing homemade fries…but I have always wanted to. You have inspired me to go for it!
You should give it a try! I want an air fryer next so I’ll try them in there to avoid the oil. But even in a pan with oil, they are still easy and delicious!
I love thick cut fires too because they are so satisfying and you don’t have to eat so many
These look delicious.
It’s so true, I don’t feel like I eat as many when they are thick-cut fries.
I love french fries. I always eat them hotdog sandwiches. they go well together
These look like the perfect french fries. I love your tips on reheating them as I never know how best to reheat and serve.
I wish I would have seen the post before since I have already spent thousand of dollars before buying french fries from several restraunts. But from today I am going to make it by myself and I am going to write down the recipe. Thanks for sharing!
I love french fries, One thing I always hated about making fries at home was it takes time, but I loved your recipe. A quick recipe to make french fries, Amazing, will surely try this. Thanks for sharing!
YUMMY!!!! Potatoes are my love language. And homemade french fries are delish comfort food. Thank you for sharing this quick home version. I can’t wait to try.
For me, homemade french fries are the best, and I like the thick-cut fries, too.
wow those look like the perfect fries. I like the same way you do (crispy outside, soft inside) so I have to try this recipe!
Yum. I could probably eat these every day!
I love french fries, and this homemade kind is just perfect. I love how chunky they are. By the way, you can also sprinkle them with cornstarch before frying – makes them even crispier 😉
These look great! I tried some homemade french fries last time and it did not look like this. Would love to reattempt and follow your tips. Thank you for sharing.
Things like this are excellent options for the air fryer. They always come out good.
These looks really simple to make but I bet they are so fluffy in the middle and delicious! Thanks for sharing.
This is really good! I my place we have cheese powder to shake with the french fries, it truly boosts the taste. You may want to try.