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Homemade French Fries in 20 Minutes

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.

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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 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.

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. If you do too many at once, it cools the oil and they won’t cook properly. Fry for about 4-5 minutes.

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

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.

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)

Leftovers

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.

Recipe

Originally Published On: September 14, 2020

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 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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: french fries, potatoes
Servings: 72 french fries
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs baking 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.

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12 thoughts on “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!

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