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How to Make French Fries

by Lily
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Have you ever tried making french fries before? Homemade french fries are the BEST! I was a little intimidated the first time I tried making these (15 years ago), and I have made a few mishaps over the years. I will share my top tips for how to make easy homemade french fries.

These are not healthy, although I’ll give a few ways to make these healthier. Personally, if I’m going to make french fries, I go all out. Like, let’s deep fry those bad boys!


  • Potatoes: I prefer to use golden, Yukon, or any white potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also an option.
  • Oil for frying: I go into more detail below, but I recommend an oil meant for frying foods because it has a high smoke point.
  • Salt: I prefer flaked salt or sea salt.
  • Optional: You can add some freshly grated parmesan, rosemary, or truffle oil to take these up a notch.
french fries are gluten-free

Tips for This French Fry Recipe

  1. Cut the fries into the right thickness. Peel and cut into semi-thin fries. You don’t want them to be too thin that they overcook and you don’t want them to be too thick where they are soggy.
  2. Use a high rimmed pot. Once upon a time, I made the mistake of trying to fry potatoes in a small pot. The oil boiled over once I added the potatoes (because they have moisture), and I set my stove on fire. If you ever encounter something similar, do not add water! Just smother the fire with a large pot lid.
  3. Fill the pot no more than a quarter with oil. This gives you 3/4 of the pot empty which is a safe amount for frying.
  4. Do not leave the oil unattended. Never fry any type of food without being present. The oil can catch on fire.
  5. Prepare a plate with a paper towel on top. The paper towel helps absorb some of the residual oil.
  6. Add the fries when the oil is ready. You can test the oil by dipping part of the fry in the oil. If the oil starts to bubble, then the oil is ready.
  7. Use a frying spatula. When removing the french fries from the oil, a frying spatula helps to drain the fries from the oil prior to placing them on the plate.
  8. Don’t add too many french fries all at once. It’s better to cook french fries in small batches. The fries are done when they are golden brown and float to the top.
  9. Don’t mix the french fries frequently while they are frying. This tends to cause the fries to break apart. I mix my fries once halfway through the frying process.
  10. Salt the fries immediately after removed from the oil. I like to use Moldon’s flake salt.

Which Oil is Best for French Fries?

My general answer is to use whatever oil you normally like to use for frying. I’ve tried 4 different oils and compare them below:

  • Vegetable Oil / Canola Oil – Both of these oils make similar tasting french fries. The french fry is heavier in taste and less crispy.
  • Sunflower Oil – This makes a lighter tasting french fry, kind of like the way Inn-N-Out fries taste. The fries are also a little more crispy.
  • Coconut Oil – This is a “healthier-ish” option, however, you need to be careful to not exceed the smoke point of the oil. So, you will need to cook the fries on a lower heat and for a longer period. These fries have an aftertaste that some people love and some people do not. The fries are heavier in taste.
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil – There is no heavy aftertaste like with regular coconut oil. These are heavier in taste as well.

How To Make French Fries Healthier

If you are concerned about the effects of deep-frying on your health, then choose one of the alternatives below. I especially love the baking option!

Air Fryer Option

Place cut fries into the air fryer basket. Spray preferred oil on fries. Cook. Salt and enjoy it!

Oven Option

Place parchment paper on the cookie sheet. Mix potatoes in melted butter, coconut oil, or olive oil. Place on a cookie sheet without overcrowding. Cook at 425F on the top rack until starting to brown. Flip fries carefully. Continue to cook until the desired doneness.

Other Tips For Frying Potatoes

If you find that the potatoes start to turn a different color while they are waiting to be fried, you can rest the potatoes in water. However, before careful right before they go into the hot oil. I strain them for a few minutes prior to cooking them. The water and hot oil do not mix!

I’ve tried substituting sweet potatoes for regular potatoes, and I prefer the sweet potatoes baked.

how to make french fries

Are French Fries Gluten-Free?

Yes, french fries are gluten-free if they are made with potatoes, oil, and salt like this recipe. Some packaged french fries may be coated in potato starch or flour, so read the label carefully. However, when making french fries at home, it’s easy to ensure the recipe is only using the required ingredients.

Are French Fries Vegan?

Yes, french fries are vegan if they are made from potatoes and fried in an oil that’s not made from an animal.

What Do the French Call French Fries?

The French call french fries pommes frites, meaning fried potatoes. If the fries are cut thinly, they are called allumettes.

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homemade french fries

How to Make Easy Homemade French Fries

  • Author: Lilian B.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Here’s our easy homemade french fries recipe. Also, we give an option for baking that’s a little healthier without sacrificing flavor.


  • Frying Oil
  • Potatoes (about 1 to 1.5 medium potatoes per person)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Prepare Potatoes

  1. Peel potatoes.
  2. Slice into fries. Make sure the fries aren’t cut too thick. Also, make sure the fries are cut similarly so that they will cook evenly.

Frying Option

  1. Fill a high rimmed pot with 1/4 full of frying oil.
  2. Heat oil on medium-high heat. Monitor at all times.
  3. Place fries into hot oil very carefully using a frying spatula.
  4. Do not mix fries until they are starting to float to the top.
  5. Mix fries one time.
  6. Once all fries have risen to the top, remove and set aside.
  7. Salt fries.

Baking Option

  1. Heat oven to 425F.
  2. In a bowl, put cut fries and fat of choice: avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or butter.
  3. Mix fries until all sides are coated.
  4. Put a parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  5. Put fries on parchment paper. Try not to overcrowd the cookie sheet.
  6. Bake until the top of fries are golden.
  7. Remove from oven and very gently turn fries over. If potatoes are breaking, then the potatoes are not cooked enough to be flipped.
  8. Once fries are golden and cooked, remove from oven. Salt to taste.


The nutrition values below are for a medium-sized russet potato (about 5 ounces) baked in the oven with 1 tablespoon of olive oil per potato.

  • Category: Side
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 potato
  • Calories: 215
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 402 mg
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 13 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Mona April 11, 2020 - 11:42 pm

Mine were not that crispy. What should I do to make them crispier?

Lilian B. April 12, 2020 - 12:19 am

Hi Mona, how did you fry/bake the fries?

Mona April 14, 2020 - 12:22 am

I fried them in vegetable oil.

Lilian B. April 14, 2020 - 9:24 pm

My recommendation if you would like super crispy fries is to try frying them in sunflower oil. Or if you want to fry in vegetable oil, just make sure you don’t add too many fries at once. Don’t remove the fries until they are golden brown and float to the top.

Anna T April 4, 2020 - 7:39 am

I am no longer buying frozen fries. Thank you for the different options for health. So easy to make!

Lilian B. April 7, 2020 - 12:20 am

Thanks Anna!


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