French Fries and Onion Rings

These fried treats are surprisingly east to make at home

French fries and onion rings are classic, beloved sides. However, they tend to remain relegated to restaurants. Frying food can be intimidating to many home cooks, who worry about making a mess or needing to buy specialized equipment. The truth is that with a little practice, making perfect french fries and onion rings is easy to do at home with tools you probably already own. If you’re ready to give it a shot, we’ve rounded up our favorite French fry and onion ring recipes.

The key to making French fries is the double fry technique. By first cooking the fries at a low temperature you cook them through and prime the exterior for crisping. It’s the second, high-temperature fry that gives the spuds a beautiful, crackly crust. This technique is used in our bistro French fries, which are cooked in duck to give them a deep, meaty flavor, and our herbed fries topped with sage, rosemary, and parmesan.

Once you’ve mastered the potato French fry, you can try the sweet potato fry. They can be fried just like the traditional, but if you’re still apprehensive about frying you can try our sweet potato oven fries, which are baked and served with a creamy curry-honey dipping sauce.

Onion rings—tender onion fried with a crispy batter—give French fries a run for their money. Using beer in the batter can make it extra airy, as in our flour-and-lager battered onion rings flavored with honey, paprika, and dry mustard.

Find all of these dishes in our collection of crispy french fry and onion ring recipes.

Hot Fries

These spicy, crunchy fries are our take on the classic packaged snack. Get the recipe for Hot Fries »

Beer-Battered Onion Rings

A flavorful batter infused with honey, paprika, and lager beer is the secret to these crunchy onion rings. Get the recipe for Beer-Battered Onion Rings »

Sweet Potato Fries

The pale yellow, thin-skinned sweet potato and the moister, orange-fleshed American “yam” (which is not really a yam, but another kind of sweet potato) both work well for these alternatives to conventional french fries.

Sweet Potato Honey Fries with Curry-Honey Sauce

An aromatic combination of spices elevate the humble sweet potato oven fry to something truly special. Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Honey Fries with Curry-Honey Sauce »

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Cornmeal-Crusted Onion Rings

Buttermilk-dipped and cornmeal-crusted onion rings are fried extra-crispy at Anthony’s Steakhouse in Omaha. Get the recipe for Cornmeal-Crusted Onion Rings »

Bistro Pommes Frites (Bistro French Fries)

The secret to the stellar bistro fries? Duck fat, a superior frying medium that gives the potatoes a deep, meaty flavor.

Herbed French Fries

Classic double-fried french fries get extra savory flavor from a sprinkling fresh herbs and grated parmesan.