Homemade Crispy Seasoned French Fries


My family loves homemade fries and with 4 children the bag fries from the store just weren't enough and became too expensive. So I tried batter — after all, it makes chicken, shrimp, and onion rings crispy so why not potatoes! Now even my husband can't get enough of these French fries. They even stay crispy when you reheat them in the microwave.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Looking down at a large bowl of crispy, golden brown french fries.

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  • 2 ½ pounds russet potatoes, peeled

  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon onion salt

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup water, or as needed


  1. Slice potatoes into French fries and place them into a large bowl of cold water to prevent them from turning brown.

    Overhead of potatoes being sliced into french fries and placed in a bowl of cold water.

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  2. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan or large skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. While the oil is heating, sift flour, garlic salt, onion salt, paprika, and salt into a large bowl. Gradually stir in enough water to make a slightly thick batter that can be drizzled from a spoon.

    Overhead of flour, garlic salt, onion salt, paprika, and salt being sifted into a bowl.

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    Overhead of french fry batter in a glass bowl.

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  4. Drain fries and pat dry; dip into the batter one at a time.

    French fries being dipped into a batter in a glass bowl.

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  5. Place fries in hot oil and prevent them from clumping together. Fry until golden brown and crispy on all sides, about 7 to 10 minutes.

    Overhead of fries cooking in oil on a skillet.

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  6. Drain fries on a paper towel-lined plate.

    Freshly cooked French fries drying off on a paper towel.

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Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

193 Calories
3g Fat
38g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 193
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 751mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 444mg 9%

* 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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