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Homemade French Fries in a clear plastic cup.
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4.88 from 16 votes

Homemade Restaurant Quality French Fries

These homemade french fries are awesome! They taste very similar to the fries that you get a burger joints like Five Guys. Next time you make hamburgers don't forget to make some of these yummy french fries.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Soaking time20 mins
Total Time36 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, fried, junk food, potatoes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 379kcal


  • Fry Cutter or knife
  • Deep fryer or deep pot
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Bowl
  • Paper towels


  • 4 Potatoes I use Russets, they work really well
  • Oil I like to use peanut oil, but any high smoke point oil should work, lard works great too
  • Salt to taste
  • Cold water filtered water if possible


  • Wash then peel (optional) the potatoes.
  • Cut the potatoes using a fry cutter or knife to get that classic fry shape.
  • Soak the potatoes in a large bowl of cold water with a few tsp. of salt for 20 to 30 minutes. This briny water will remove the starch from the potatoes.
  • As the potatoes are soaking heat up the oil to 320 F (160 C). Use a candy thermometer if you are using a pot or just use the setting on your deep fryer.
  • Drain and dry the potatoes on paper towel. It is important to get them as dry as possible. The water will react rather violently with the oil.
  • Place the fries in small batches in the oil and cook for 4 to 6 minutes until they are lightly blonde in color. Then set aside until the rest are done or place in a bag or Tupperware to freeze for later once they have cooled.
  • Next we heat the oil to 400 to 425 F (205 to 218 C.) If your deep fryer doesn't go that high just set it to its highest setting. This will be the second fry. Again cook the potatoes we just fried except this time only cook them for 1 minute or so. The "first fry" cooked them all the way through this "second fry" will crisp them up. Place on a plate with paper towel. Then enjoy!



*Note the nutritional facts will vary depending on the size of potatoes you use. This is based about using 4 medium sized Russet potatoes. 
List of nutritional facts for homemade french fries