French Fried Potatoes

French Fried Potatoes

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"These are the best French Fries - the sugar solution has something to do with the carbohydrates, but by doing it they don't soak up so much grease, so they get crunchy."
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40 m servings 498 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 498 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 33.2 g
  • 51%
  • Carbs:
  • 48.9g
  • 16%
  • Protein:
  • 3.7 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 305 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. In a medium bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water. Soak potatoes in water mixture for 15 minutes. Remove from water, and dry thoroughly on paper towels.
  2. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Add potatoes, and cook until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. drain on paper towels. Season with salt to taste.


  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.


  1. 310 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This is a fine recipe with one exception. The trick to french fries that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside is to first soak then in cold water. Dry thouroughly. Fry TWICE...firs...

Most helpful critical review

OK, I see alot of great reviews. Today I experimented with different temperatures and thickness of potatoes. I must be doing something wrong. My fries either came out soggy or soggy and dark. If...

This is a fine recipe with one exception. The trick to french fries that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside is to first soak then in cold water. Dry thouroughly. Fry TWICE...firs...

Out of curiousity, I divided my potatoes into two batches and soaked one batch in cold water only, and the other in cold water with the sugar added. I must say that the one soaked in sugar water...

Planned on fries tonight and decided to experiment. Per Martha S. I've been soaking my potatoes in cold water for at least 2 hours before cooking. I tried cold sugar water, warm sugar water an...

This is the way to make homemade fries as in a restaurant. It's in the sugar, guys! However... if you want them a bit crispier, here's a trick: first blanch the fries in hot oil for 2 min. Remov...

Okay gang for those who think it's odd to soak them in warm water...well the warm water is merely to dissolve the sugar. After the sugar is dissolved I add some ice and then do the soaking. Th...

Soaking potatoes ahead in warm water with sugar worked wonders, but borrowed technique from Alton Brown by first frying at 320 deg. until potatoes just began to float, removed from oil, and drai...

Such lovely, crispy fries! I will never use another recipe! The only change I made was that I drained my fries on a paper bag rather than paper towels; doing this makes them not as greasy.

Excellent! The sugar water really does work...I cut my fries very thin because I like them xtra crispy and making them the normal way you pretty much have to cut them very thin to get them crisp...

I was surprised by how well these fries tasted. I only ate a few (need to lose weight)but my husband inhaled the rest. He said they were the best fries he has ever had (thats a big compliment be...

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