Homemade French Fries Recipe featured on Wisconsin Homemaker

Homemade French Fries

This easy stovetop classic, Homemade French Fries Recipe, is made with three ingredients and makes the best, crispy fries ever.
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Keyword 45-minutes-or-less, potato fries, potato recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 182kcal
Author Deborah L Melian


  • 2 lbs russet potatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable oil approx. more if needed
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


For the Potatoes

  • Wash, slice lengthwise and then divide each slice into thin strips. Place these potato strips in a bowl of cool water to keep the potatoes from browning. Set aside.

For the Oil

  • Using a medium sauce pan, fill with approximately 2 cups of oil or at least 1/4 filled. Set the heat to Medium High heat to a temperature of 350 degrees F. Use a digital thermometer to check the temperature.
  • Once the oil has reached this temperature, you are ready to fry the potatoes.

To Make French Fries

  • Drain the water from the bowl of potatoes and blot the potatoes dry with a towel. Keep them covered until ready to fry.
  • Next, use a cooking spider or slotted spoon to carefully lower about 1 cup of sliced potatoes into the hot oil.
  • Make sure that the oil comes back up to temp at 350 degrees F. You may have to increase the heat on the burner, but only do so incrementally.
  • Once the oil is at temp, keep an eye on the thermometer, so that the oil remains as best as possible at 350 degrees. F.
  • If it gets too hot, you can turn the burner down incrementally.
  • The potatoes should turn golden brown in about 10 minutes or so. When they do, remove them from the hot oil and allow the fries to cool on a baking rack that has a baking sheet under it to catch any excess oil. You can line this baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.
  • Then, continue the process of frying the potatoes until all are finished and golden brown. (See Note below)
  • Second fry the potatoes once more and repeat the process until all the fries are nice and crispy.
  • Sprinkle lightly with sea salt or your favorite seasoning mix. Serve. Enjoy!


• If at any time you find that the oil is getting low, you can always add more oil to the pan, but be sure to allow ample time for the temperature to come back up to 350 degrees F.
• Serve with your favorite grilled meat, sandwich or eat as is.
• To make “loaded” fries, you can top the fries with one or more of the following:
  • sour cream
  • chopped bacon
  • chopped green onions
  • queso
  • salsa
  • shredded cheese
  • sriracha
  • creamy ranch dressing
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • gravy
  • jalapeños
  • aioli


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 630mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg