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Homemade french fries on parchment paper next to a small cup of ketchup.

Homemade French Fries

The trick to the best Homemade French Fries is a cold soak in water and two rounds of frying: a round to cook the potatoes and a round to make the fries crispy.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Soaking Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings (3 oz each)
Calories 373kcal



  • In the bottom of a large bowl, add cut potatoes. Cover completely with cold water and soak for at least 15 minutes (up to 24 hours).
  • Drain well and spread evenly on a clean kitchen towel, patting dry on top with a second towel. Toss and continue patting until the potatoes are mostly dry, then divide into 3 piles.
  • Set a colander over a bowl for draining. In a Dutch oven, deep pot, or deep fryer, heat oil over medium-high heat to 330 degrees. Add 1/3 of the potatoes to the oil and cook 4 minutes. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer to the colander to drain.
  • Return the oil temperature to 330 degrees and repeat with remaining potatoes, letting the grease drain for at least 10 minutes after the third batch.
  • Increase the oil temperature to 350 degrees. Again working with 1/3 of the fries at a time, return to the oil and fry until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the oil temperature is higher than 350 degrees, the fries will brown quickly and should be removed to prevent scorching.
  • Remove to a baking sheet, season with salt to taste, and repeat with remaining French fries.


  • Potatoes: Starchy Russet and Idaho potatoes are best for homemade fries. Since starches potatoes break down and darken when cooked, the fresher the potato, the better. Peeling is optional; leave the skins on for a more rustic look.
  • Vegetable oil: Choose a neutral oil with a high smoke point, like canola, peanut, or grapeseed.
  • Yield: 2 pounds of potatoes yields roughly 12 ounces of homemade fries, enough for 4 servings, 3 ounces each.
  • Storage: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For best results, reheat in an air-fryer or oven.


Serving: 3 oz | Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 709mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg