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French Fries

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + soaking Cook: 5 min./batch


4 servings

Updated: Apr. 16, 2022
One of the culinary highlights of going to the fair is also one of the simplest—fresh-cut, fresh-cooked french fries. This recipe you can make at home is so much better than any fast-food or frozen variety. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
French Fries Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound russet potatoes
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Cut potatoes into 1/4-in. julienned strips; soak in cold water for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain potatoes; pat dry with paper towels. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 340°. Fry potatoes in batches until lightly browned, 3-4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  3. Increase heat of oil to 375°. Fry potatoes again in batches until crisp and golden brown, 1-2 minutes, turning frequently. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with salt. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 190 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 449mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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