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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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