French fries are an iconic dish for the whole world, everyone knows it.
But not many people know its origins.
The French fires were invented in Belgium not France, although they are called French fries.
French fries are also delicious, and our special recommendation to eat it with BBQ sauce.
- 4 large russet potatoes
- Vegetable oil (such as canola or sunflower oil)
- Salt (to taste)
Wash the Potatoes: Start by thoroughly washing the potatoes under cold running water to remove any dirt or debris. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
Peel (Optional): You can choose to peel the potatoes if you prefer fries without the skin. However, leaving the skin on can add extra flavor and texture.
Cut the Potatoes: Slice the potatoes into evenly sized strips, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. You can also cut them into thicker wedges if you prefer steak fries.
Soak in Water (Optional): If you have time, you can soak the potato strips in a bowl of cold water for about 30 minutes. Soaking helps remove excess starch and results in crispier fries. Pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel after soaking.
Preheat the Oil: Pour vegetable oil into a deep-frying pan or a large pot, enough to submerge the potato strips. Heat the oil to around 350 °F (176.67 °C). Use a cooking thermometer to check the temperature.
Fry the Potatoes: Carefully add a batch of potato strips to the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry them for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until they are light golden brown. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking. If you prefer crispier fries, you can fry them for a bit longer.
Drain and Rest: Once the fries are cooked to your desired level of crispiness, use a slotted spoon or a frying skimmer to remove them from the oil. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil. Let them rest for a moment before proceeding.
Second Fry (Optional): For even crispier fries, you can do a second frying round. Increase the oil temperature to 375 °F (190.56 °C) and fry the potatoes in batches for about 1 to 2 minutes, or until they turn a deep golden brown.
Seasoning: While the fries are still hot, sprinkle them with salt to taste. You can also add other seasonings like pepper, garlic powder, or paprika if desired.
Serve and Enjoy: Serve the freshly fried French fries immediately as a side dish or snack. They go great with ketchup, mayonnaise, or your favorite dipping sauce.
Remember to be cautious when handling hot oil and use appropriate safety measures. Enjoy your homemade French fries!