Crispy Homemade French Fries {Double-Fried

Crispy Homemade French Fries {Double-Fried

The secret to crispy homemade french fries is to double-fry them. These homemade french fries are so crispy and delectable I promise your family will love them as much as we do!

My daddy loved to cook, especially for family and friends. He also loved cooking gadgets. I always said it was a good thing he didn’t have a credit card every time one of those infomercials came on television or he would have had one of every cooking gadget they advertised on television. Goodness me, I miss him!

Crispy Homemade French Fries: The secret to getting homemade french fries so crispy is to fry them twice! That is why frozen french fries turn out crispy. | TheMountainKitchen.com

My mama gave me one of those “Have-to-Have” cooking gadgets he ordered. It is called a “Le Presse” gourmet food styler. This gadget is supposed to do lots of cool things; juicing, ricing, coring, extruding, etc… I only wish I could ask my daddy why he wanted this contraption and what he was going to do with it. I have lots to learn about this gadget, but I tell you one thing I do know, it cuts slices a mean french fry!!

Using the two attachments below, you can slice fries out of a potato in just seconds!!

Crispy Homemade French Fries: The secret to getting homemade french fries so crispy is to fry them twice! That is why frozen french fries turn out crispy. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Crispy Homemade French Fries: The secret to getting homemade french fries so crispy is to fry them twice! That is why frozen french fries turn out crispy. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Crispy Homemade French Fries: The secret to getting homemade french fries so crispy is to fry them twice! That is why frozen french fries turn out crispy. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Here’s how I used the kitchen gadget to make crispy homemade french fries:

Crispy Homemade French Fries: The secret to getting homemade french fries so crispy is to fry them twice! That is why frozen french fries turn out crispy. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Peel and rinse the potatoes. Then cut them into sticks by cutting the potato in 4 or 5 vertical pieces, and then cutting each piece into sticks (or if you are as lucky as I am, break out your LePresse!).

Place the potato slices in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Allow them to soak to remove the excess starch.

The longer you can soak them, the better. Soak the potatoes at least two hours. You can also stick them in the fridge and let them soak overnight.

Crispy Homemade French Fries: The secret to getting homemade french fries so crispy is to fry them twice! That is why frozen french fries turn out crispy. | TheMountainKitchen.com

When you’re ready to make the fries, drain off the water and lay the potatoes on 2 baking sheets lined with paper towels. Blot with paper towels to dry them. It is important to get all the excess water off the potatoes. Remember, oil and water DO NOT mix!! 

I use my salad spinner. Click HERE to learn more!

Crispy Homemade French Fries: The secret to getting homemade french fries so crispy is to fry them twice! That is why frozen french fries turn out crispy. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Heat a few inches of oil in a heavy pot to 300 degrees F. In 2 or 3 batches, cook the potatoes until soft, 4 to 5 minutes per batch.
They should not be brown at this point. You just want to start the cooking process. Remove each batch and drain on new/dry paper towels.

Crispy Homemade French Fries: The secret to getting homemade french fries so crispy is to fry them twice! That is why frozen french fries turn out crispy. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Once all the potatoes have been fried at 300 degrees F, turn up the heat until the oil reaches 400 degrees F.
When the oil’s hot, start frying the potatoes in batches again, cooking until the fries are golden and crisp.
Remove the potatoes from the oil and drain on paper towels.

Crispy Homemade French Fries: The secret to getting homemade french fries so crispy is to fry them twice! That is why frozen french fries turn out crispy. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Sprinkle with sea salt and dive in!

The secret to getting home fries so crispy is to fry them twice! That is why frozen french fries turn out crispy. They have already been par-cooked and are ready for their second frying.

Now you know how to make crispy home fries, so get frying!

Need ketchup for dipping? Click HERE for a homemade ketchup recipe or HERE Homemade Ranch Dressing!

Crispy Homemade French Fries

Crispy Homemade French Fries: The secret to getting homemade french fries so crispy is to fry them twice! That is why frozen french fries turn out crispy.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Crispy, French Fries, Fried, homemade
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 303kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 russet potatoes 4 to 5-inches long (about 2 pounds)
  • peanut oil for frying
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • Peel and rinse the potatoes. Then cut them into sticks by cutting the potato in 4 or 5 vertical pieces, and then cut each piece into sticks.
  • Place the potato slices in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Allow them to soak to remove the excess starch.
  • When you're ready to make the fries, drain off the water and lay the potatoes on 2 baking sheets lined with paper towels. Blot with paper towels to dry them. It is important to get all the excess water off the potatoes. Remember, oil and water DO NOT mix!!
  • Heat a few inches of oil in a heavy pot to 300 degrees F. In 2 or 3 batches, cook the potatoes until soft, 4 to 5 minutes per batch. They should not be brown at this point. You just want to start the cooking process. Remove each batch and drain on new/dry paper towels.
  • Once all the potatoes have been fried at 300 degrees F, turn up the heat until the oil reaches 400 degrees F. When the oil's hot, start frying the potatoes in batches again, cooking until the fries are golden and crisp. Remove the potatoes from the oil and drain on paper towels.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and dive in!

Notes

Calories are calculated without the added salt. Please see our Policies and Disclaimers page for more information about Nutrition.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin C: 8.1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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8 thoughts on “Crispy Homemade French Fries {Double-Fried”

  • Ha ha are there people who sit with credit cards and order all those unbelievable gadgets they advertise? I am always so tempted but then I always chicken out. Homemade fries are the best, always. I love the crunchy took!

    • Liz, I think everyone has been tempted to order something from time to time. They are very good at persuasion…lol!

  • Bill has a gadget that cuts potatoes just like that, that he has had for about 30 years now. His is only for potatoes and has pieces that look like the metal and plastic pieces that you showed. His is shaped like a sideways wedge, and you put the potato in, and BAM! They are so much better than frozen! Never knew about double frying them though! Thanks!

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