The Best Crispy French-Fries

READY IN: 43mins
Recipe by evelyn/athens

This is not so much a recipe as it is technique. Get ready for some of the best fries you've ever eaten! The oregano is a must, IMHO, but if you haven't got it, do without. Your loss.

Top Review by machepimms

Outstanding! We didn't make it easy. We used Yukon Gold potatoes, which, although they're better for you--don't like to crisp up when they fry, and we tried a new oil, thanks to Dr. Oz--Rice Bran oil. They were PERFECT! I missed the Oregano; I'll try it next time. We salted them fresh out of the fryer, then sprinkled them with a little black truffle oil. THANK YOU for this technique. :o)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, cover the potatoes with water.
  2. In a deep fryer fitted with a basket or a heavy medium saucepan, heat 3 inches of vegetable oil to 340°F.
  3. Drain the potatoes and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Add half the potatoes to the oil and cook until they begin to blister and turn golden, about 15 minutes.
  5. Shake up the basket every once in a while (not too often – especially in the beginning when the fries are still soft), or run a fork through the saucepan to make sure fries are not sticking together.
  6. Spread the fries on paper towels to drain and cool.
  7. Repeat with remaining fries.
  8. (Fries can be made to this point up to 4 hours in advance of serving).
  9. Heat the oil to 375°F.
  10. Add a quarter of the fries and cook until browned and crisp, 1 to 2 minutes.
  11. Drain on paper towels and repeat with remaining fries.
  12. Sprinkle with sea salt and some oregano.

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