Who doesn’t love French fries? These crispy, golden, and delicious fries have been a favorite side dish for many years. They are not only loved by kids but also adults. Perfectly cooked French fries can be the highlight of any meal. In this article, we are going to share an easy and delicious recipe to cook French fries at home. So let’s get started!
To cook French fries, you need the following ingredients:
- 4-5 medium-sized potatoes
- 3 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
- Salt (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon paprika (optional)
Here are the step-by-step instructions to make perfect French fries:
Step 1: Wash and Cut the Potatoes
Wash the potatoes and pat them dry with a paper towel. Using a sharp knife, cut the potatoes into thin slices lengthwise. For thicker fries, cut them into 1/4 inch slices, and for thinner fries, cut them into 1/8 inch slices. Try to cut them as evenly as possible to ensure they cook evenly.
Step 2: Soak the Potatoes
Soak the potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes. This will help to remove any excess starch from the potatoes and make them extra crispy when you fry them.
Step 3: Preheat the Oil
In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil to 320°F. You can also use a deep fryer if you have one.
Step 4: Fry the Potatoes
Using a slotted spoon, remove the potatoes from the water and pat them dry with a clean towel. Carefully lower the sliced potatoes into the hot oil one at a time, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. Fry the potatoes for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until they are soft but not brown.
Step 5: Drain and Cool
Using a slotted spoon, remove the fries from the oil and drain them on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Let them cool for at least 10 minutes at room temperature.
Step 6: Fry Again
Increase the heat of the oil to 375°F. Return the fries to the hot oil (in batches) and fry for an additional 2-3 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. Remove the fries from the oil and drain them on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the fries with salt, garlic powder, or paprika, if you like.
Tips for Perfect French Fries
– Slice the potatoes evenly for best results.
– Soak the potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes before frying.
– Pat the potatoes dry with a clean towel before frying to prevent oil splatter.
– Use a thermometer to ensure the oil is at the right temperature.
– Fry the fries twice for extra crunchiness.
What type of potatoes are best for French fries?
Russet potatoes are the best type of potatoes for French fries. They have a high starch content and a low moisture content, making them crispy and fluffy.
Do I need to peel the potatoes?
It’s up to you. Leaving the skin on the potatoes will give the fries an extra texture and flavor. However, if you prefer peeled fries, go ahead and peel them.
What type of oil is best for frying French fries?
Vegetable oil or canola oil is best for frying French fries because they have a high smoke point and neutral flavor.
Can I bake instead of frying?
Sure! Preheat your oven to 425°F. Toss the sliced potatoes with 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once halfway through.