French Fried Potatoes

French Fried Potatoes


  • 6 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 quarts peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Scrub the potatoes well and dry them completely. Cut each potato into 1/4-inch thick slices, then cut each slice into 1/4-inch sticks (fries).
  • Place the fries in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let soak for 30 minutes to remove some of their starch.
  • Drain the potatoes in a colander and shake well to remove any excess moisture. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet and pat dry.
  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375°F on a deep-fry thermometer. Carefully add half of the potatoes to the hot oil and fry for about 2 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove the fries from the oil with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Season with salt and pepper while still warm.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining potatoes, being careful not to overcrowd the pot. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.