Easy Crunchy Shoestring Fries | Mc Donald’s Style Crispy French Fries at Home

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The golden and crispy delights, have become an iconic and universally beloved culinary creation are French Fries (shoestring fries). Whether enjoyed as a side dish, a snack, or a comfort food, their allure is undeniable. Today, we pay tribute to the humble French fries, exploring their origins, various styles, and the secrets to achieving the perfect fry.

Try my other version of french fries also which is Nandos Fries  (peri peri french fries) and it is really an amazing snack.

Last week I made french fries in the same manner that I written below (step by step with photographs) and really it was awesome snack I’ve ever made. My kids were enjoying to have it as evenings snack with some chilled beverage. In summers you can have Kulukki sarbath, rooh afza, cold coffee with ice cream, mango milkshake with ice cream or mango juice.

In winters we can serve it with hot beverage like almond tea, cutting tea or masala chai. We enjoyed it a lot in summers as well as in winters.

So, the next time you savor a plate of crispy fries, take a moment to appreciate the culinary journey that has brought this beloved snack to your plate. Indulge in their crispy exterior, fluffy interior, and endless possibilities for seasoning and dipping sauces. French fries truly are an irresistible delight that unites people across cultures and brings joy to countless meals.

It is excellent when we serve it with chicken burger, paneer patty burger, veggie burger or aloo tikki burger. French fries are enjoyed by all ages even they are kids, young or old aged.

 

Styles of French Fries:

French fries have evolved into various styles, each with its own unique characteristics and preparation methods. Some popular styles include:

 

Classic French Fries: Thin, crispy, and golden, these fries are the epitome of the traditional fast-food fry. They are typically cut into shoestring or matchstick shapes, fried until crisp, and lightly seasoned with salt.

 

Steak Fries: These thick-cut fries are substantial and satisfying. With a crispy exterior and a fluffy interior, steak fries are often served alongside hearty dishes like burgers or grilled meats.

 

Curly Fries: Known for their distinctive spiral shape, curly fries offer a whimsical twist to the classic fry. The spiraled design allows for increased surface area, resulting in an extra crunch with every bite.

 

Waffle Fries: Taking inspiration from their namesake, waffle fries are cut into a grid-like pattern, resembling miniature waffles. This style creates a delightful combination of crispy edges and a soft center, perfect for dipping into sauces.

 

Sweet Potato Fries: An increasingly popular alternative to regular fries, sweet potato fries offer a slightly sweeter and nuttier flavor. These fries, often seasoned with spices like cinnamon or paprika, provide a delightful contrast to savory dishes.

Making of French Fries

  • Initially take a bowl filled with full of water. Put the slices of potatoes(3inch*1inch) in it. 
  • Now add 4-5 ice cubes in it. It helps the potatoes to get hardness.
  • Afterwards place boiler on medium high flame and add water according to the quantity of potato slices. Pour 2 teaspoon vinegar into it.
  • Now add iced potatoes in boiler and add 1/2 teaspoon salt/according to the quantity of potato slices. Boil the slices for a while.
  • After boiling for sometime transfer the slices on wired stand and wait until it get dried.
  • Now place a kadai on medium high flame and pour oil for deep fry.
  • After the slices are dry transfer into kadai for frying them. Place them carefully as the oil will be hot.
  • Keep in mind that we have to half fry them and bring it out after some time. Transfer the slices onto the wired stand until it get cool down.
  • After it cool down then again place it in kadai for full fry.
  • Don’t over fry them. Fry the slices until it turn to golden brown color.
  • The crunchy and crispy french fries are now ready. Serve it after getting it some cool down and enjoy with your near & dear ones.

 

Expert Tips

Select the right potato: Choose starchy potatoes like Russets or Yukon Golds, as they have a higher starch content, resulting in a fluffy interior and a crispy exterior when fried.

Cut them evenly: Consistency is key. Cut your potatoes into uniform sizes to ensure even cooking. Aim for sticks or wedges of about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in thickness.

Soak and rinse: After cutting the potatoes, soak them in cold water for about 30 minutes to remove excess starch. This will prevent them from sticking together and help achieve a crispier texture. Rinse the potatoes well afterward and pat them dry to remove any excess moisture.

Double-fry technique: This technique is widely used to achieve the perfect French fry texture. Start by frying the potatoes at a lower temperature (around 325°F/160°C) for about 5-7 minutes until they are cooked but not yet golden. Remove them from the oil and let them cool for a few minutes. Then, increase the temperature of the oil to around 375°F/190°C and fry the potatoes again until they turn golden and crispy.

Proper frying temperature: It’s important to maintain the oil temperature throughout the frying process. Use a deep-fry thermometer to monitor the oil and keep it around 325°F/160°C for the first fry and 375°F/190°C for the second fry. This helps ensure that the fries cook evenly and absorb less oil.

Don’t overcrowd the fryer: Fry the potatoes in small batches to avoid overcrowding the fryer. Overcrowding can lower the oil temperature and result in soggy fries. Give them enough space to cook and crisp up properly.

Use the right oil: Choose oils with a high smoke point, such as peanut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil. These oils can withstand the high frying temperatures without breaking down and imparting off-flavors to the fries.

Drain and season: After frying, transfer the fries to a wire rack or paper towels to drain any excess oil. While still hot, season them with salt or any desired seasonings, ensuring the flavors adhere to the fries.

Serve immediately: French fries are best enjoyed hot and fresh. Serve them immediately after frying to savor their crispy exterior and fluffy interior. Delaying can cause them to lose their texture and become limp.

Experiment with seasonings and dips: Don’t be afraid to get creative with your seasonings. Try adding spices like garlic powder, paprika, or even a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to elevate the flavor. Pair your fries with an array of dipping sauces, from classic ketchup to tangy aioli or spicy sriracha mayo, to enhance the taste experience.

 

FAQs

Q: Can I use a different type of potato for making French fries?

A: While Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes are commonly used for French fries due to their starch content, you can experiment with other varieties as well. Keep in mind that different types of potatoes may result in slightly different textures and flavors, so feel free to try out different options and see which one you prefer.

 

Q: How long should I soak the potatoes before frying?

A: Soaking the potatoes for about 30 minutes is generally sufficient to remove excess starch. However, if you’re in a hurry, you can soak them for as little as 15 minutes. The primary goal is to rinse off the starch and prevent the fries from sticking together during frying.

 

Q: Can I reuse the frying oil?

A: Yes, you can reuse frying oil, but it’s important to strain it through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any food particles. Allow the oil to cool completely and store it in a clean, airtight container. Properly stored oil can be reused a few times before it should be discarded due to flavor deterioration.

 

Q: Can I bake French fries instead of frying them?

A: Absolutely! Baking French fries is a healthier alternative to frying. Preheat your oven to around 425°F/220°C, spread the fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for approximately 20-30 minutes or until golden and crispy, flipping them halfway through. Keep in mind that the texture may differ slightly from traditional fried fries, but they can still be delicious.

 

Q: How do I prevent my fries from turning out soggy?

A: Sogginess can result from several factors. Make sure you’re frying the potatoes at the correct temperature and in small batches, as overcrowding the fryer can lead to soggy fries. Additionally, ensure that you pat the potatoes dry after rinsing them to remove excess moisture. Using a wire rack or paper towels to drain the fries after frying will also help remove any excess oil and maintain their crispness.

 

Q: Are there any gluten-free options for French fries?

A: Yes, French fries are typically gluten-free as long as they are prepared in a dedicated fryer or in oil that hasn’t been contaminated by gluten-containing products. However, cross-contamination can occur if the fryer is also used to cook breaded items. If you have gluten intolerance or celiac disease, it’s essential to check with the restaurant or prepare your fries in a gluten-free environment.

 

Q: Can I freeze French fries?

A: Yes, you can freeze French fries. After the initial frying, let the fries cool completely, then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. When ready to enjoy, preheat your oven and bake the frozen fries at a high temperature until they are heated through and crispy.

Try our Other Potato Recipes

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French Fries Recipe Card

North Indian Kitchen
French Fries is a worldwide liked snack by all ages. It's really light weight and easy to make dish. Anytime, Anywhere.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Snacks, Starter
Cuisine World
Servings 4
Calories 308 kcal

Equipments

1 Boiler
1 Kadai

Ingredients

  • Potatoes as required
  • 2 teaspoon Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt/ as required
  • Ice cubes as required
  • Oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • Initially take a bowl filled with full of water. Put the slices of potatoes(3inch*1inch) in it.
    2. Now add 4-5 ice cubes in it. It helps the potatoes to get hardness.
    3. Afterwards place boiler on medium high flame and add water according to the quantity of potato slices. Pour 2 teaspoon vinegar into it.
    4. Now add iced potatoes in boiler and 1/2 teaspoon salt/according to the quantity of potato slices. Boil the slices for a while.
    5. After boiling for sometime transfer the slices on wired stand and wait until it get dried.
    6. Now place a kadai on medium high flame and pour oil for deep fry.
    7. After the slices are dry transfer into kadai for frying them. Place them carefully as the oil will be hot.
    8. Keep in mind that we have to half fry them and bring it out after some time. Transfer the slices onto the wired stand until it get cooldown.
    9. After it cool down then again place it in kadai for full fry.
    10. Don't over fry them. Fry the slices until it turn to golden brown color.
    The crunchy and crispy french fries are now ready                      

Video

Notes

  • Choose starchy potatoes like Russets or Yukon Golds for the best texture.
  • Soak the cut potatoes in cold water for about 30 minutes to remove excess starch.
  • Double-fry the potatoes for a crispy exterior and fluffy interior. Fry them at a lower temperature first, then increase the temperature for the second fry.
  • Maintain the frying oil temperature at around 325°F/160°C for the first fry and 375°F/190°C for the second fry.
  • Fry the potatoes in small batches to prevent overcrowding and ensure even cooking.
  • Use oils with high smoke points like peanut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil for frying.
  • Drain the fried potatoes on a wire rack or paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • Season the fries with salt or other desired seasonings while they are still hot.
  • Serve the French fries immediately for the best flavor and texture.
  • Feel free to experiment with different seasonings and dipping sauces to enhance the taste.
  • If baking the fries, preheat the oven to around 425°F/220°C and flip them halfway through baking for even crispiness.
  • Frozen fries can be stored in the freezer for up to three months and reheated in the oven.
Nutrition Facts
French Fries Recipe Card
Amount per Serving
Calories
308
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Sodium
 
616
mg
27
%
Potassium
 
670
mg
19
%
Carbohydrates
 
28
g
9
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
87
IU
2
%
Vitamin B1
 
1
mg
67
%
Vitamin B2
 
1
mg
59
%
Vitamin B3
 
2
mg
10
%
Vitamin B6
 
1
mg
50
%
Vitamin C
 
31
mg
38
%
Vitamin E
 
9
mg
60
%
Vitamin K
 
9
µg
9
%
Calcium
 
37
mg
4
%
Vitamin B9 (Folate)
 
26
µg
7
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
Magnesium
 
41
mg
10
%
Phosphorus
 
91
mg
9
%
Zinc
 
1
mg
7
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    I want this recipe from last 2 months and now I get it. So easy and quick recipe. Thanks North Indian Kitchen

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