The Best French Fries You Can Make At Home

Is there anything more satisfying than a properly cooked french fry? Crispy and salty on the outside, creamy on the inside. The best reason to get out the ketchup bottle ever invented. But making restaurant quality fries at home is a challenge. Fry twice. Fry three times. That is daunting and messy and time consuming and yet rarely gets the desired result.

It is with great excitement, then, that I came across this recipe for making french fries at home, in the oven, using less oil than you would on a salad. Game on.


Patricia Wells' Fake Frites

Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds baking potatoes, such as Idaho russets or Bintje, peeled and cut into thick fries, 3/4 inch by 3 inches
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Fine sea salt to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 500° F. Bring 1 quart of water to a simmer in the bottom of a steamer. Place the potatoes on the steaming rack, place the rack in the steamer, cover, and steam just until a knife inserted in a potato comes away clean, 10 to 12 minutes. (The potatoes should not be cooked through, or they will tend to fall apart.)

Transfer the steamed potatoes to a bowl and drizzle with oil. Carefully toss to coat evenly with oil. (The potatoes can be prepared to this point several hours in advance. Set aside at room temperature.)

With a large slotted spoon, transfer the potatoes in a single layer to a nonstick baking sheet. Discard any excess oil or liquid. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake, turning so they brown evenly, until the potatoes are crisp and deep golden brown, 10 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, season generously with salt, and serve immediately.

Hat tip to Food52 for the recipe.

Michael Liss