Craving those restaurant-style french fries at home? Well this best-ever homemade french fries recipe, made in a pan with oil, ensures a deliciously crispy outside with a soft inside is an absolute hit at every meal.
Absolute Best French Fries Recipe
With four growing kids in the house, I can never go wrong with a side dish of homemade french fries. Rarely is there any left over at our table when these tasty fries are served.
And if you love those homestyle french fries offered at restaurants than you’ll love a batch of these stovetop fries made at home. Instantly you’ll recognize the difference from frozen fries (although also good): they just can’t compete with french fries made from fresh potatoes in oil.
These homemade french fries are carefully fried on the stove top in a pan partially filled with cooking oil. Although these days many people are raving about their air fryers, not all of us have one or even want one. So this recipe is intended for those who are interested in making restaurant style fries in oil on the stove at home.
To make a batch of these homemade fries, peel whole potatoes and then cut into 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick wedges. Before frying, make sure to dab off any excess moisture with a paper towel.
As the oil heats up (avoid over-heating the oil), check that the temperature is ready for frying by placing one wedge in the oil first. If the oil sizzles rapidly, it’s ready for the potatoes. Carefully transfer them to the hot oil by hand or use a stainless steel ladle.
Serve Homemade Fries Alongside These Dishes:
A batch of homemade french fries makes for the perfect side dish. And take it from me since I prepare them once every one to two weeks in our house!
Here are some of our favorite main dishes to serve french fries along side.
- Chicken wings
- Crispy chicken strips
- Slow cooker pulled pork
- Grilled pork shoulder
- Stovetop pork loin
- Red cabbage coleslaw
Homemade French Fries in Oil Recipe
- 8 Potatoes medium sized
- Vegetable Oil enough to cover potatoes in pan
- 1 tbsp Salt
- Work in smaller batches. Don’t over fill the pan.
- Cut potatoes into ¼”-½” thick wedges. Dab the moisture off the potatoes with a paper towel.
- Fill a deep frying pan with vegetable oil about ½ way full and set to med-high setting.
- Important to not over heat the oil. Check that the oil is ready by placing one cut fry into the oil. If oil sizzles, oil is ready.
- Carefully place cut potatoes into the hot oil. Cook until ready approx 7 min, stirring occasionally to prevent fries from sticking together and cooking on all sides.
- Remove fries from oil with a spatula and place in a paper towel lined bowl. The paper towel will soak up the excess oil.
- Continue with remaining fries.
- To get a crispier fry, return almost cooked french fries into the hot oil and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove and place into another paper towel lined bowl.
- Sprinkle it with salt. Add as much or as little salt to taste.
- Serve hot.
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