Hot Fries

  • Serves

    serves 2-4

  • Cook

    20 minutes


These spicy, crunchy fries are our take on the classic packaged snack.

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  • 2 russet potatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs.), peeled and cut into 1/16-inch julienne
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika
  • Kosher salt


Step 1

Place the potatoes to a colander and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear. Drain the potatoes, and then spread them out on a kitchen towel or paper towel and pat dry.

Step 2

Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches in a 6-qt. saucepan and heat over medium-high until a deep-fry thermometer reads 375°. Add the cornstarch to the potatoes, and toss until evenly coated. Working in batches, fry the potatoes, stirring constantly with a slotted spoon and maintaining an oil temperature of at least 350°, until light golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes.

Step 3

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fries to a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet to drain briefly. Transfer the fries to a large bowl along with the cayenne, garlic powder, and paprika, and toss until evenly coated. Season with salt and serve while hot.

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