Recipe Box, Best French Fries Ever

Short and simple today as I am recovering from 4 days of chaos  fun with my children and grandchildren


They had a very good time, with weather stollen from summer…


As usual, there was a lot of cooking going on

BBQ wings

And what’s more kid friendly than French fries?


These are the best French fries ever

steak house fries 2

As in the history of French fries

Italian fries

Maybe even potatoes

light and crispy fries

And we’ve made a lot of potatoes!

baked Italian fries

But these are…


All the kudos go to HHjr, he’s the main cook on beach weekends, endless energy in the kitchen


Okay, here’s the secret…

You soak them

and then cook them twice   😵

Totally worth the effort



There are lots of versions of this recipe out there and this one is adapted from The Pioneer Woman.  She has a great explanation of why this process is so successful here

Best French Fries Ever!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soak 1 hour
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • Idaho potatoes
  • sea salt
  • peanut oil


  • Wash potatoes, and cut into even sticks, skin on. Keeping the size of the fries as uniform as possible will aid in even cooking.
  • Soak potatoes in a bowl of cold water to cover, for a minimum of 1 hour.
  • Pat potatoes completely dry with paper towels.
  • Heat oil to 275-300 and fry potatoes in batches until they have softened but not started to brown or crisp.
  • Drain potatoes.
  • Increase heat to 400.
  • Return partially cooked fries to oil and fry until brown and crisp.
  • Drain again on paper towels and sprinkle immediately with sea salt.
Keyword best ever french fries, fried potatoes, potatoes, twice fried french fries

They don’t even need sauce but serve some on the side if you like


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19 Responses to “Recipe Box, Best French Fries Ever”
  1. Jenna, kudos to your son for being the chef on beach weekends. The fries look amazing, and I have been reading about this method. What a wonderful weekend to share with the grands…Happy Wednesday

  2. Fun to see your grands. Great weather for all of us lately.
    Those fries sound delicious. I didn’t know about that method.

  3. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    I’ve never heard of this way to fry fries. You know I told you recently how much I love these salty-flavorful treats! I’ll give it a try!

  4. Jodi says:

    I love french fries and will definitely try these, and OH those grandkiddo pics!!!!!!! LOVE!!!

  5. Yum! I love French fries. Looks like a lot of fun with your family 😄

  6. We love french fries at our house. I soak them but never tried cooking them twice! I can imagine they are wonderful. Thanks for the information!

  7. Karen says:

    I totally agree with you Jenna about double frying the potatoes, it is worth the effort. While I’m sure there was a little chaos, I’m know that you and your family must have had a wonderful time together.

  8. Mary says:

    I’m a professed Frenchfryoholic Jenna, I’m in! (I’ve tried the double fry method and it totally works 🙂 Love seeing the kids having fun on the water and that adorable smile!

  9. OMG-that first Grand pic is the best! I’m still smiling:@)

  10. agnesstramp says:

    This sounds so good, Jenna! I love french fries and this recipe sounds amazing, definitely trying this!

  11. They look delicious – all the pics made my mouth water!! I bake my fries, but they do taste better fried!!

  12. What a wonderful day the grands had and all the good food you were cooking up. I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to stop eating those fries……….

  13. Helen Adams says:

    Hi Jenna,
    Your Potatoes are making me so hungry, now I will have to have these fries! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday and you have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  14. JESS44903 says:

    Who doesn’t love a good fry?! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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