Mean Chef's French Fries

Recipe by Bekah
READY IN: 22mins


  • peanut oil or other vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2
    lbs baking potatoes, like russets
  • salt, to taste


  • Pour oil in a deep fryer or heavy saucepan to reach halfway up the sides of the pan.
  • Heat to 325 degrees F, use a deep fry thermometer to determine this.
  • While the oil is heating, peel the potatoes and push through a French fry cutter to form uniform sticks.
  • As you go, place the cut potatoes in a bowl of ice water to release some of the starch and to keep them from browning.
  • Dry the potato strips thoroughly, this will keep the oil from splattering.
  • Fry the potatoes in batches so the pan isn't crowded and the oil temperature does not plummet.
  • Cook for 3 minutes until they are soft but not browned.
  • Remove the potatoes with a long-handled metal strainer and drain on brown paper bags.
  • Bring oil temperature up to 375 degrees F.
  • Return the par-fried potatoes to the oil in batches and cook a second time for 4 minutes until golden and crispy.
  • Drain on fresh brown paper bags then place in a serving bowl lined with paper towels.
  • Salt and serve immediately.