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Homemade French Fries in Oil Recipe

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.

Homemade french fries in a white serving pan.

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.

Hand dipping one french fry into ketchup.

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.

White bowl filled with homemade french fries made in oil on top of a paper towel.

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.

Homemade French Fries in Oil Recipe

Jane and Sonja
Making delicious restaurant style french fries in pain with oil at home.
5 from 33 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 60 kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 60kcalFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.04gSodium: 1744mgPotassium: 0.4mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.02mg
Keyword potato, side dish
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Homemade french fry made in oil being dipped in ketchup with text overlay.
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Rebecca Stosser

Saturday 18th of March 2023

Excellent fries so happy I found this recipe!! I was looking at another recipe that said to cook the fries for 15 then 10min no way!!! I threw them in the oil that I cooked our chicken in easy peasy! These were yummy!!!!

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