How to Make Crispy French Fries At Home

“Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside” are the characteristics of a perfect French fry – while fast food chains manage to deliver fries that meet these criteria (for the most part), the balance is hard to achieve at home, where fries tend to get limp and soggy after they are taken out of the hot oil. However, the trick to making crispy French fries at home lies in one key technique – dipping the fries in some batter before you fry them.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Total time: 25 min
Yield: 8 servings
Utensils: Kitchen brush, large bowl, water jar, skillet, oven and serving plates.

Russet potatoes: 2 1/2 pounds
All-purpose flour: 1 cup
Garlic salt: 1 teaspoon
Onion salt: 1 teaspoon
Salt: 1 teaspoon
Paprika: 1 teaspoon
Water: 1/2 cup
Vegetable oil for frying: 1 cup


  • 1

    Firstly, begin by preparing the potatoes. If you choose to leave the skin on, make sure you wash and scrub the potatoes thoroughly with a kitchen brush, in order to get rid of any dirt. If you do not want the skin, proceed to peel the potatoes and wash them thoroughly.

  • 2

    Once the potatoes are clean, slice them into French fries and place them in a large bowl filled with cold water. This will keep them fresh, and prevent them from browning as you work on the coating.

  • 3

    After the potatoes are sliced, and are soaking in the water, place a large, heavy skillet on the stove over medium heat, and pour in the oil. While that is heating up, begin working on the coating for the French fries.

  • 4

    In a large bowl, sift the flour, garlic salt, onion salt, (regular) salt, and paprika together, and mix them until they are fully combined. Then, pour in enough water to make the mixture into a loose sort of paste, thin enough to be drizzled easily from a spoon.

  • 5

    Once the oil is nice and hot, start dipping individual French fries into the batter and dropping them into the oil one at a time. Do not coat and drop in multiple fries, and when dropping them in, make sure the fries do not touch each other, as this will cause them to clump together and become soggy.

  • 6

    Fry them until they turn golden brown and become crispy. Then, remove them from the oil, drain them on paper towels to get rid of excess oil, and serve.

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