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Easy Homemade French Fries

french fries in a serving platter with a small bowl of ketchup in the center of the platter
Easy Homemade French Fries

My family loves these Homemade French Fries. Super simple and easy. No gadgets needed and if you have a gadget, it will be even easier! But I do love to cut these with my knife and make some a little thicker and others thinner. I know, I’m super weird! hahahaha, but I love that each one is a bit different than the other.

My oldest, who is a huuuge McDonalds french fries fan, says these are just as good as theirs so I am taking that compliment and sharing the recipe with you! The key to perfectly crunchy french fries, that are still tender on the inside, is the soaking them in water for at least 4 hours to get that starch out and voila! you will have the perfect conditions for that excellent fry. So go ahead and try them!

a hand dipping a french fry in ketchup
Easy Homemade French Fries
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french fries in a serving platter with a small bowl of ketchup in the center of the platter

Easy Homemade French Fries

Super simple and easy french fries that will have you thinking they are from your favorite fast food restaurant!
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Course: Appetizer, lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, European, French
Keyword: copy cat french fries, fast food french fries, french fries, homemade french fries, mcdonalds french fries, papas fritas, potato recipes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Refrigeration: 4 hours
Servings: 4 people


  • 6 large russet potatoes
  • Corn or vegetable oil enough for frying


  • Peel the potatoes and rinse.
  • Cut each potato lengthwise into 4 pieces or wedges.
  • Working with each piece or wedge, slice the potato in one direction and then in the other direction to form the shape of a french fry. Continue on to the rest of the potatoes.
  • As you finish slicing them, place them in a deep bowl.
  • Once done cutting the fries, fill the bowl with water and stir in the fries and toss that water. Fill bowl with water again and cover the bowl. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Once ready to fry, drain the water and lay the fries on a plate with paper towels underneath to suck the water. You may dab the top of the potatoes with a paper towel as well.
  • Place enough oil in a large skillet about 1 inch and a half deep, you want the fries to not be over crowded. Heat to medium-high.
  • Once the oil is hot add the potatoes to fry. Make sure they are laying as even as possible in the skillet, then let them be until you notice they are starting to get a golden color. Then you can stir them a bit to make sure they all cook evenly and get color evenly.
  • Once ready, lay them on another paper towel lined plate.
  • Add salt or any other garnishes desired and enjoy!


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