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Sunday Cooking Lesson: Perfect French Fries - A Family Feast

Perfect French Fries

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 mins
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings


  • 23 large skin-on russet potatoes
  • 2 quarts of vegetable or canola oil in a 4 quart pot
  • Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Using a mandoline or by hand, cut potatoes into long strips.
  3. Place cut potatoes into water to remove starch, then drain and dry completely using paper towels.
  4. Using a candy thermometer, heat oil to 325 degrees F.
  5. Cook in two batches for three minutes each keeping burner on high to maintain temperature.
  6. Remove using a spider or strainer to a sheet pan, but do not place on paper towels to drain yet.
  7. Heat the same oil to 375 degrees and add pre-cooked potatoes and cook for three more minutes cooking in two batches.
  8. Place each batch on paper towels to drain then place on sheet tray. Lightly salt. Place in the oven to keep hot until the second batch is cooked.
  9. Serve with your favorite condiment.