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Double frying is the secret to outstanding fries. The first plunge in oil cooks the potatoes through for a fluffy texture; the second one, at a higher temperature, forms a crisp exterior.

French Fries French Fries
Double frying is the secret to outstanding fries.
Yield: serves 2

Ingredients

  • Canola or peanut oil, for frying
  • 2 large russet potatoes (about 1 lb. 10 oz.), unpeeled, cut into 1⁄4″-thick sticks
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Pour oil to a depth of 2″ into a 6-qt. heavy-bottomed dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat until the temperature registers 375° on a deep-fry thermometer. Add all the potatoes and cook, turning occasionally and maintaining an oil temperature of 325° (adding the potatoes will cause the temperature to drop), until pale and tender, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer fries to a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  2. Increase oil temperature to 385°. Working in small batches, add potatoes again; cook, stirring until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer fries to a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Season fries with salt.

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