French Fried Potatoes


The best potatoes for French fries are soaked in a sugar solution before frying. The sugar solution has something to do with the carbohydrates and prevents the potatoes from soaking up a lot of grease, so they get crunchy.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 cups warm water

  • cup white sugar

  • 2 large russet potatoes - peeled, and sliced into 1/4 inch strips

  • 6 cups vegetable oil for frying

  • salt to taste


  1. Stir together warm water and sugar in a medium bowl. Soak potatoes in water mixture for 15 minutes. Remove potatoes from water and dry thoroughly on paper towels.

  2. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Cook potatoes in hot oil until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season with salt.

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)

498 Calories
33g Fat
49g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 498
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 36mg 182%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 778mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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