How to Make French Fries for Your Homemade French Fry Seasoning

French fries with rock salt on a chopping board

French fries are a food that is enjoyed by almost everyone and make a perfect addition to meals that need a potato pick-me-up. Whatever you prefer, you’re sure to find a French fry style for your favorite French fry seasoning that is perfect for you.

Stovetop Fries

Gather your potatoes and take the time to wash, dry and peel them. You’ll need 1 to 3 medium-sized potatoes per person.

Fill a dry pan about 1/3 full of vegetable oil. It’s best to use peanut oil or a blended oil. Set your stove on medium-high heat, about level 8.

Use a sharp knife to cut the potatoes. You can slice them whatever thickness you wish- just make sure you make them as even as you can.

Before placing the potatoes in the oil, make sure it’s hot. You can test it by placing a single fry in. If it begins to cook right away, the oil is hot enough. Cook until the potatoes are golden brown.

When you take them out of the oil, set them aside where the excess oil can drain off and they can cool. If you want salt or French fry seasoning on them, you’ll want to add that while they’re still hot.

Baked Fries

Peel your potatoes and cut them to about 1/2” thick. They should be thicker than either of the other 2 methods to keep them from drying out.

Combine potatoes, water, 2 tablespoons salt, and vinegar in a large pot and boil for about 10 minutes. This is known as “parboiling” and keeps the potatoes firm. You should place everything in the pot and then turn the heat up to high.

Drain the potatoes, toss with buttermilk, and allow to sit for 5 minutes. The buttermilk will give a crispy outside to your fries, which normally comes from the oil in the fryer, but you won’t be deep frying.

Pour some oil onto a baking sheet with a rim and heat to 400° Fahrenheit. You’ll want to cook the potatoes in the oil, but it needs to be hot to keep them from getting soggy and greasy. Heating the oil in the oven is a great solution, and it should be ready in about 2 to 3 minutes.

Combine baking soda, cornstarch, and flour with your preferred seasonings. Whisk them together, as they are the second half of your oven-fried French fry crust. Drain the buttermilk from your fries and toss them with the flour mixture. Make sure that you evenly coat the fries. Allow them to rest for about 5 minutes, then layer (without overlapping) in the hot oil and place in the oven.

Cook for approximately 10 minutes before flipping them over. The side that has been face down will be a nice golden brown.

Masala French Fries

The next method is Masala French fries. Start by washing the potatoes, taking care to leave the skins intact. Then, with a sharp knife, cut them into the typical thin French fry shape.

Mix together the spices to make the masala, adding salt and pepper to taste. Additionally, mix in the tomato paste. Then, coat the potatoes with this mixture, making sure that you coat them well.

Allow the fries to rest for a bit so that the excess water is removed, and the French fry seasoning mixture gets soaked in.

At this point, you can either deep fry the French fries or bake them, whatever method you prefer.

However, if you want to make a quick and simple fries, check the video below:

As you can see, there are several ways that you can use to make your own homemade French fries to go along with your homemade French fry seasoning. Take time to do some experimenting and find the one that you and your family like the best.