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Perfect Crispy Homemade French Fries in 20 Minutes

Make the best homemade french fries to get them exactly as crispy as you like. Season with salt or other seasonings for the perfect side dish.

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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 fries on the outside, but soft on the inside.

I still haven’t found perfect french fries while 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, they make the best 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 there 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.

Homemade French Fries Tips

  • After cutting your potatoes, soak them in cold water to keep them from browning while you work. 
  • To get crispy french fries, make sure the oil is hot enough. If the oil isn’t hot and they take too long to cook you will end up with soggy fries. 
  • A French Fry cutter will make this recipe even easier and quicker, but cutting with a chef’s knife works just as well. 
  • Try a bunch of different seasonings to figure out which you prefer. Some to try are sea salt, black pepper, Everglades Seasoning, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, onion powder, chili powder, parmesan cheese, or cajun seasoning.
  • If your French fries are too soggy, increase the oil to a higher temperature. If the fries are getting too crispy and burning before the inside is cooked, set the oil to a lower temperature. 
  • While we made these on the stove top, you could follow the same directions to prepare them in a deep fryer. 

Homemade French Fries Basic Ingredients

Russet Potatoes

Russet potatoes work well for this recipe because of their size and how firm they are. They cook well and are easy to work with. You could also substitute with Yukon gold potatoes or red potatoes. Or, try making homemade sweet potato fries by using a sweet potato. 

Vegetable Oil

While vegetable oil is usually the best oil for deep frying, you could also make these with peanut oil or canola oil. Just make sure to check the ingredients and allergies. For those allergic to peanuts, even frying in peanut oil is too much for them.

Salt

The best French Fries are salted fries. I also like to try a few other seasonings. One of my favorites is Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. 

French Fries Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs russet potatoes
  • 3-4 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp salt

Preparation

Heat the oil in a deep pan over medium heat to 325 degrees F. I used the bigger of my cast-iron skillets for this. Make sure you have about 2 inches of oil in the pan. 

While the oil heats, peel the potatoes. Then cut potatoes into thin strips. 

Potatoes on a bamboo board with some cut into strips next to a chef's knife all on a wooden surface

Carefully place the potatoes in the hot oil, a few at a time, in a single layer. If you do too many at once, it cools the oil and they won’t cook properly. Fry for about 4-5 minutes, until golden brown.

Round wire spoon removing fried potatoes from hot oil in a cast iron skillet on a gas stovetop

Use a slotted spoon to move the cooked fries to a wire cooling rack to let the excess oil drip off the french fries onto paper towels. Season with desired seasonings. 

Homemade french fries next to a hot dog on a round white plate with a small round white bowl of ketchup next to a white towel behind the plate all on a wooden surface (vertical)

French Fries Leftovers

Storage: Store any leftover fries in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Reheating: To reheat, place in an oven or toaster oven at 350F for about 5-10 minutes. You could also reheat in an air fryer basket at 330F for about 5 minutes.

Freezing: Once the fries are completely cooled, transfer to a freezer bag or freezer container. Freeze for up to 3 months and reheat the same way you would store-bought frozen french fries. 

Recipe

Originally Published On: September 14, 2020

Last Update On: December 3, 2023

Homemade french fries next to a hot dog on a round white plate with a small round white bowl of ketchup next to a white towel behind the plate all on a wooden surface

Homemade French Fries

Make the best homemade french fries to get them exactly as crispy as you like. Season with salt or other seasonings for the perfect side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course:
Side Dish
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Vegetarian
Keyword:
deep fry
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french fries
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fried
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potatoes
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Gluten-Free
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Nut-Free
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Whole30
Servings: 72 french fries
5 from 8 votes

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs russet potatoes
  • 3-4 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • 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
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Nutrition Facts
Homemade French Fries
Amount Per Serving (12 pieces)
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Sodium 787mg33%
Potassium 946mg27%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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.

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25 thoughts on “Perfect Crispy Homemade French Fries in 20 Minutes”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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