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Chef John's French Fries

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars
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"I don't think most people realize that any decent French fry needs to be twice fried. The first frying in done at a lower temperature, which softens the potato and prepares the starchy surface for the second frying's crispification."
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Ingredients

50 m servings 471
Original recipe yields 2 servings

Directions

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  1. Soak potatoes in a large bowl of water for about 30 minutes. Pat dry thoroughly with paper towels.
  2. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Gently add the potatoes in the hot oil for about 5 minutes, stirring and flipping the potatoes occasionally. Remove potatoes from oil with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towel and to cool completely.
  3. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fry the potatoes again until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Blot with a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt to serve.

Footnotes

  • Editor's Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 471 calories; 44.1 18.6 2.2 0 6 Full nutrition

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I gave this only 4 stars simply due to the double deep-frying, which is how I used to make them (like most restaurants do). Then I discovered simply par-boiling my cut fries, for about 2 minute...

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they are good tasting but 3* because 1. what human wants to wait 1 hr for fries? not this one. 2. only good if you like them crunchy. 3. just use peanut oil and fries and all foods taste good r...

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I gave this only 4 stars simply due to the double deep-frying, which is how I used to make them (like most restaurants do). Then I discovered simply par-boiling my cut fries, for about 2 minute...

These were perfectly crispy and delicious! ! I did season them with garlic salt and cracked black pepper ..... My 3 year old and husband gobbled them up :)

Best fries I've ever made at home. I will make them like this (double fry) every time .

Darling husband bought a french fry cutter at the flea market and was dying to make his own hand cut fries. This recipe was a great guideline for making crispy fries. Thanks!

Quick, easy and delicious. Try par-boiling and chilling before the first fry to make them really fluffy on the inside.

they are good tasting but 3* because 1. what human wants to wait 1 hr for fries? not this one. 2. only good if you like them crunchy. 3. just use peanut oil and fries and all foods taste good r...

Double-frying makes all the difference! I took advice from other recipes on this site and added sugar to the water for extra crispyness. Also, I use peanut oil - it's more expensive but tastes...

My mother (and me) was born in Belgium. She always made her French fries like this. I'm 68 and I'm still making my fries this way - nothing better than the old "tried and true" recipes, for sur...

I am quite the newbie at fried foods. I REALLY like to stick to the baked version, but baked just isn't the same sometimes. This is a GREAT recipe- but I seemed to have a bit of difficulty with ...