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How to Make Homemade French Fries

[ 9 ] July 17, 2009 |

How to Make Homemade French Fries


Homemade French Fries

Homemade French Fries

Homemade French Fries Recipe.  Homemade French Fries are a staple accompaniment to PoBoys, Steaks, Fried Seafood dishes.

French fries may not have started out as a Cajun recipe, but they sure are a standard basic menu item in just about all Cajun restaurants (and homes!)

Ingredients for Homemade French Fries

Idaho or white potatoes (1 potato per person)

Sea Salt or Tony’s Creole Seasoning

Canola or vegetable oil

The Potatoes: 

Thoroughly scrub the potatoes and leave skin on or peel the potatoes.

Cut a piece off one end of the potato so that it will sit flatly on a cutting board.

With a sharp paring knife, cut potato into 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch slices.

Then, lay flat on the cutting board and cut into strips.

Cut evenly as possible for even cooking time.

Place in a bowl of cold water.  Drain.

Place back in a bowl in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Homemade French Fries

Fresh Cut Potatoes

The Oil: 

Using a heavy bottom deep pot, skillet, or electric fryer, pour in fresh canola or vegetable oil.

Always be careful to leave 2-4 inches from the top to leave room for the oil to bubble up.

Optimal temperature is 350 to 375 degrees.

An electric fryer either has an automatic temperature setting or a button to help you.

If you are using a regular pot and do not have a thermometer, drop a small amount of a potato into the oil.

If it bubbles up quickly, the oil is ready.

Homemade French Fries

Ready to Fry!

Deep Frying French Fries: 

Once the oil is properly heated, carefully drop potatoes into the oil.

Be careful not to overcrowd the pan.  Potatoes should freely move around.

Potatoes should be golden brown and probably will be floating to the top of the oil.

Remove with a slotted spoon and drain excess oil on layers of paper towels.


Homemade French Fries

Homemade French Fries

Serving Suggestions for Homemade French Fries

Serve with Sea salt or Tony’s Creole Seasoning sprinkled on top.

Or for a bit if indulgence, top with finely shredded cheddar cheese.

Note: Oil and water DO NOT MIX!! Keep water away from the hot oil. If you pour water on the oil, the mixture will explode. If the oil smokes or catches fire, cover it with a pan lid or cookie sheet. You can use baking soda to put out any grease fires, but be careful that you don’t spread the flames around.

Sometimes you just want to drop some french fries in the oil can cook them up in a hurry… The BEST frozen french fries we’ve ever tasted are the Whole Foods store brand 365 Crinkle Cut French Fries. They are awesome!

Frozen French Fries

Frozen French Fries


Beryl Stokes

Cajun Cooking TV Chefs

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  1. Melanie Chen says:

    I’m asian, so most of your recipes are a little bit too heavy than what I’m used to but I tried your homemade fries and they were wonderful. I really love watching your videos becuase they just radiate cozy warmth and that feeling of home. I especailly love the little guests of honor, and their videos always make me laugh. I’ve noticed you haven’t posted anything lately, so I’d just like to let you know I’m looking forward to watching you again!

  2. Beryl says:

    Hi Melanie, Thank you so much for your kind comment! It really means a lot to us. We really appreciate you!

  3. Rachel says:

    Hey! Thanks so much for the recipe, the fries turned out amazing!!! Love your show and site!!

  4. Jeroen says:


    because the temperature of the oil drops after you put in the potatoes you need to fry them in 2 stages.

    next time try the following (if u like);
    First fry the potatoes for 1 to 2 minutes and get them out. leave them out for 2 to 4 minutes, then put them back in (until they are okay)..

    You will taste the difference!

    thanks for sharing all those recipes.

    the Netherlands

  5. Jeroen says:

    check for a better explanation for what i tried to explain about the 2 stages fry.

  6. Xavier says:

    You are sooo funny! Love your vids!

  7. Affiliate Marketer says:

    I really miss home in Louisiana.I currently live in Rhode Island. There is no food like Cajun and Creole cooking. There needs to be a restaurant here with some people from La.Love the videos 😛
    Gong to move back as soon as I’m done with school and live there for life lol

  8. Percy Benoit says:

    Hi Mike, On a few videos why is there on sound?

    Thank I Love your videos.

  9. Beryl says:

    Thanks, Percy. About the sound, we used to play the radio in the background while we were cooking and dancing. YouTube is cracking down and deleteing all of the sound on videos citing copyright issues.

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