Have you ever wondered what the secret is to making the perfect french fry? Learn how to make perfect homemade French fries with any large-sized potato you have. Store these French fries in the freezer or cook them immediately through baking or frying!
These French fries make the perfect side to so many dishes. My family's personal favorite is to pair homemade French fries with homemade hamburgers. Of course, you could always turn it into a main dish!
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How to Make Perfect Homemade French Fries
There is an art to making homemade French fries. You can't just cut up a potato, throw it in grease, and call it a French fry. No way!
Instead, there's a simple process to follow to ensure the best French fry.
To get the perfect French fry, the potatoes must be cooked twice. Some people fry their French fries twice, but I prefer to use the method of quick boiling for the first round of cooking.
Cooking a French fry twice ensures two perfect textures exist. A correctly cooked French fry will have a soft interior that has been cooked all the way through with a golden brown, crispy exterior.
The best part about this recipe is you can easily make these fries ahead of time then freeze them for later. If you're like my family though, you'll need to cook up a batch right away! ;-)
These homemade French fries taste great whether you choose to fry or bake them.
Wash then peel potatoes and slice into fry strips. The thinner you cut the potatoes, the crispier the french fry, so cut accordingly. Steak fries work for this recipe, too!
Boil the potatoes for two minutes, then place in an ice water bath for another minute. Place potatoes on paper towels and pat dry to remove all excess water.
Drizzle the potatoes with oil and lemon juice. The lemon juice is to keep the potato from browning. Toss the potatoes around to get them evenly coated.
Place the fries on a tray lined with wax paper and freeze for several hours. Break the fries apart and place them into freezer baggies. Freeze them for later use.
If Cooking Homemade French Fries Immediately
To fry homemade French fries, heat a pot of your desired oil (we use coconut oil) to 350°F and fry until golden brown. Remove the fries from the oil, drain on paper towels, and salt to taste.
To bake homemade French fries, heat the over to 375°F and place fries in a single layer on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 35 minutes until golden brown. Flip them halfway through baking to to ensure the fries are cooked evenly.
We often either harvest our potatoes all at once, and have a ton of potatoes that need used up, or we buy them in bulk when they are on sale. Either way, we have potatoes that need to be used.
Making these French fries in bulk, then freezing them for later use is my favorite way to use up all of our potatoes!
Homemade French Fries
- 8 large-sized potatoes Russet potatoes work well
- 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup oil
- oil for frying (optional) we use coconut oil
- Wash then peel potatoes and slice into fry strips. The thinner the cut, the crispier the French fry.
- Boil the potatoes for two minutes, then place in an ice water bath for another minute. Place potatoes on paper towels and pat dry to remove all excess water.
- Drizzle the potatoes with oil and lemon juice. Work your hands through the potatoes until there is an even coating.
- Place the fries on a tray lined with wax paper and freeze for several hours. Break the fries apart and place them into freezer baggies. Freeze them for later use.
- To fry your homemade French fries, heat a pot of oil to 350° F and fry until you have golden brown fries. Remove from oil, drain on paper towels, and salt to taste. To bake homemade French fries, heat the oven to 375° F and place fries in a single layer on the parchment lined baking tray. Bake the fries until they are golden brown. This will take roughly 35 minutes. Make sure to flip the French fries halfway through for even browning.
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