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These homemade Thin Crispy French Fries will rival your favorite fast-food version. Pure perfection from your own kitchen.

Thin Crispy French Fries - As good or better than McDonald's, but made in your own kitchen!

Thin Crispy French Fries

There are four basic steps to this recipe for thin crispy French fries: boiling, frying, freezing and frying again. And just four ingredients. But if you’re like me, deep-frying anything is a daunting task.

But it was a snowy Sunday and my oldest was going to brave his way to our house to join us for dinner. I had an inkling that these would be a hit. So what’s a little mess?

Today is the big reveal for March’s Blogger CLUE Society! Our theme is potatoes or other starchy comfort foods. Even vodka is included! My assignment was the lovely Azmina of Lawyer Does Lunch.

These homemade fries were the result of her quest for the very best French fries. I think she’s found them! The recipe comes from Serious Eats and was thoroughly researched by one of their chef contributors, who happens to be an MIT grad.

I was also tempted by Azmina’s fabulous cornbread, so check that out if you need an accompaniment for your next batch of chili or just have a hankering for cornbread.

Thin Crispy French Fries - As good or better than McDonald's, but made in your own kitchen!

How to Make Homemade Fries

Break out the deep fryer. Or in my case, the Dutch oven and digital thermometer. For the first stage of this recipe, the raw fries were boiled in salted, acidulated water till tender.

There’s obviously some food science involved, but nothing I learned in nursing school (note MIT degree trumps my BSN). After air-drying for a few minutes, the spuds were briefly fried in hot oil before a stint in the freezer.

Overnight is recommended, but I only had a few hours. Right before serving, the oil was reheated and the fries cooked to a perfect golden brown.

If you’d like to try your hand at sweet potato fries, they are another fabulous side for your burgers!

Thin Crispy French Fries - As good or better than McDonald's!!

The Verdict

These were a home run hit! I can usually restrain myself, but I ate my fair share. Their first salty bath infused them with the needed flavor, so just a light dusting of kosher salt finished them off.

If you have a hankering for homemade fried potatoes, you must try these thin crispy French fries! Thanks, Azmina!!!

Thin Crispy French Fries - As good or better than McDonald's!!

Thin Crispy French Fries

The best French Fry recipe adapted from Serious Eats

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes (3-4 large), cut into 1/4 inch x 1/4 inch strips (keep in a bowl of water)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 quarts peanut oil


  1. Add 2 quarts of water to a large saucepan. Add vinegar and 2 tablespoons of kosher salt. Add potatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes or till potatoes are tender but not falling apart. Drain and spread on paper towel-lined rimmed baking sheet. Allow to dry for five minutes.
  2. Heat oil to 400°in a large Dutch oven. Add about 1/3 of fries to oil (oil temperature will drop but try to keep at 360º or above). Cook for about a minute, using a spider strainer to gently stir the oil. Remove to a paper towel lined baking sheet. Repeat with the next third of potatoes after oil reheats to 400º, then again with the final third. Let potatoes to cool to room temperature then freeze potatoes overnight (you can fry again before then, but they'll be best when well frozen).
  3. Return oil to 400° over high heat. Fry half of potatoes until crisp and golden brown, about 3-4 minutes minutes, trying to keep oil around 360°. Let drain on a paper towel lined baking sheet. Salt while hot if desired. Serve immediately.


Note that French Fries need to be frozen (overnight suggested) before final frying.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 460Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g


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45 comments on “Thin Crispy French Fries”

  1. I avoid deep frying too, Liz, because it is such a production, but these French fries certainly look worth the effort. I’ve heard of the double frying but never the freeze in between. I may have to give this a try!

  2. Yummy! I don’t think I would want to stop having these until they are finished 😀

  3. Oh boy, even at breakfast they look good:@)

  4. You just can’t beat a good crispy frenchfry, Liz.

  5. I never would have thought these steps were involved in making French fries! These look amazing!

  6. I could eat buckets of french fries right now. These look fabulous. We typically pan roast in the oven to get pretty good fries but it doesn’t beat frying. This method is interesting with the double fry. I would fly to your house for some of these!

  7. A BSN? Now I understand all that “perfection” in those photos! I worked with RNs for over 20 years and each and every one had that perfection gene that I don’t seem to possess! 🙂 The french fries look delectable and I would be very happy if someone would make them for me – they do seem like lots of work but it’s always nice to have homemade!

  8. There is food science involved apparently and you nailed this recipe, Lizzy! I never knew to freeze before frying your own homemade fries. My MIL in Italy makes the most perfect fries every summer and she just whips them out (w/out frying). I think your putting them in fridge trick worked perfectly. Now how to get a plate for lunch!! 🙂

  9. I had no idea about freezing the fries! I love science! Your fries look perfect.

  10. Really interesting method! I usually double fry — fry first at a lower temperature (blanching the fries, really). Then right before serving at a higher temperature. I’m guessing the boiling kind of acts like the first fry. Fun technique — I have to try this. Thanks!

  11. Mmmm French fries ! Who can resist to them ? They looks amazing !

  12. These look wonderful, Liz. I’m even scared to try them in case I get hooked. They look so crispy, crunchy – perfection!

  13. Liz, you are SO right!!! What’s a little mess when you get to eat PERFECT thin crispy fries like this?!!! Whoa!!! these are perfect! love!!!!

  14. Oh my – I should not read this before lunch, I suddenly have a craving for fries! I’ll have to give this a try at home they look fabulous!

  15. I was waiting for the French Fries. I thought there would be several. Perfect choice

  16. My guilty pleasure!!

  17. Oh wow! These look and sound fabulous! Crispy and crunchy are always a hit in my house!

  18. Bravo for mastering the home-made french fry, Liz. Your son should feel very honored to have been the raison d’être of your fantabulous pommel frites!

  19. Yum, I’m afraid I’d eat way too many of these! Such an interesting technique.

  20. These fries look great too 😉 want….

  21. I’ve never made fries from scratch at home, but these look awesome! I’m going to have to try these!

  22. Well now isn’t this interesting. Perfect fries at home are hard to come by. Great choice!

  23. Isn’t Azmina amazing?? And these fries… positively addicting! I don’t own a deep fryer, and I have to admit I’ve never actually really “fried” anything, but you have me thinking I just might need to change that! Amazing recipe and your photos are so tempting.

  24. Ok, now I want some french fries! These look awesome!!

  25. I’ve never made French fries at home but your post has me wanting to change this, Liz. If this recipe gets your and Azmina’s approval, I know it’s a winner. 🙂

  26. French Fries are a real popular dish around our house — and some seriously delicious comfort food! 😉

  27. Dear Lizzy, Love homemade French fries. They are so much better and healthier. xoxo Catherine

  28. French Fries are my weakness!

  29. They are awesome Liz, so perfect. I couldn’t resist these no matter the hour 🙂

  30. Simple and to the point…. one of the best potato recipes ever! 🙂 These french fries look gorgeous and no one could just eat one or a few. I would say the entire batch would be eaten right out of the fryer. 🙂

  31. I have actually been eyeballing that recipe for a LONG time. I don’t think I should wait any longer to make it, because these basically look like the perfect french fries. I know I wouldn’t be able to restrain myself!

  32. Geez, those look amazing. I’ve never heard of freezing the potatoes before frying them the second time, but I can see why it would work. It’s actually a genius idea.

  33. They look so very crisp! I wonder if I could bake them after the boiling…probably won’t be as crisp as the fried one.

  34. I love your homemade fries! I watched a tutorial on making the best chips and yes, it had all those steps but it said you could put the chips in the fridge rather than the freezer. It said resting them in the fridge/freezer creates a crispier chip. What a great thing to make on a snow day xx

  35. My husband will only eat crispy French fries. In fact on most Friday evenings we do a carry-out from The Cheesecake Factory. To go with his sliders he requests extra crispy French fries. Whoever picks up the order has to be sure to check those fries to make sure they aren’t soggy or we send them back. Crazy I know but he likes his fries the way he likes them and no other way.

    I just saved this recipe and will be sure to try them next time I make burgers. The things we do for love.

    Have you ever tried BlackFinns French fries? I think they’re the best I’ve ever had. I feel like they were cooked in carbonated water (seltzer). They’re incredible. Too bad they closed here, although that was really the only thing I liked there. I’m guessing others felt the same way.

  36. All right Lizzie. You have some explaining to do! I’ve been wanting to make this copy cat French Fry recipe that is supposed to be from some Irish chain and you beat me to it. Well, you can handle the calories and I can’t. I’ve had had that bookmarked for a long time! Damn. They look really good. Pass the ketchup, please!

  37. Hi Liz! I’m so excited to see that you made these fries. They are definitely a bit labor intensive but oh so worth it! We often think that we’ll make extras and freeze them for later after the preboil step but then we end up making the whole batch 🙂

  38. Crispy fries are the best, these look irresistible!

  39. French fries are a bit of a weakness of mine so I try and stay away from them but these are certainly very tempting looking. There is something so comforting about salty crispy fries. I wish I had some right now the thought of them is making me hungry!

  40. I’ve never heard of this technique, but with the way those fries look, Id’ say it’s totally worth the effort. 🙂

  41. Your fries look amazing Liz, I love when they done just right. Going to France soon and they have the best, can’t wait!!

  42. Lizzy,
    I love thin crispy fries. When I’m out and fries come with the meal, I always ask the server to burn them. These look delicious.

  43. These fries look so tasty, I would not stop eating them 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  44. Your fries look amazing! I so want to fry some food – doughnuts too! I need a new thermometer though. What kind do you have?

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