homemade french fries

Every once in a while, I get a craving for homemade meatball sliders and fresh french fries.  It’s definitely a comfort food in my home, and I believe that everyone needs their comfort food, every once in a while.  

And yeah… I could be good and slice sweet potatoes and  bake them, for a healthier rendition of a homemade french fries recipe, but white potatoes, fried in oil, are just better. There’s no getting around it. 

If you’re still feeling a little guilty for craving gloriously fried potatoes, rest assured that there are no additives, preservatives, or other filler in this homemade french fries recipe. It’s just russet potatoes and salt.   And that’s not so bad, right? 

Homemade French Fries Recipe


(Serves 4)

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 2 quarts of oil for frying
  • salt to taste

Peel potatoes, then slice vertically, into 1/4″ sticks.  Having a good peeler can make this task a whole lot easier for you — if you’re in the market for one, OXO makes a good peeler.   Place raw fries in a bowl of ice water, and allow them to soak for 30 minutes. 

In a deep fryer or heavy pot, warm oil of choice to 350 degrees.  Remove fries from water and pat dry with a paper towel.   Make sure to pat the fries down well, because water in hot oil can be very messy!  Sprinkle raw fries with salt, and then add to the hot oil in small batches, for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oil and place on a paper-towel lined plate or bowl, and season with a touch more salt.  It’s important to season them while they’re still hot, so the salt sticks. 

And that’s it!  This homemade french fries recipe is easy to whip up, and they’re crunchy, salty and 100% satisfying.  They are perfect for a warm summer day’s barbecue, served along side a cheeseburger, or even on a cold winter night, with homemade sloppy joes.    

homemade french fries recipe

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