How Long to Deep Fry French Fries in a Deep Fryer?
Let’s face it, fried food just doesn’t taste the same when it is saved for later and reheated. The flavor is lacking and instead of a crispy, flaky texture, you are left with either a soggy, sad mess or a hardened lump of fat.
Having your own personal deep fryer allows you the luxury of deep-frying your own foods so that you can make the just-right portion size, and you won’t even have to worry about your fried food getting too cold or too soggy on the way back from the drive-thru or restaurant.
There are few things more delicious and satisfying than perfectly cooked homemade French fries. They can also be healthier than typical restaurant French fries since you can control the amount and type of oil you use, how much sodium or batter you use, and control your portion size.
When you make your own French fries, you know exactly what’s going in them, how much of each ingredient, and who has touched them. I would take a hot and crispy homemade French fry fresh out of my own personal deep fryer any day over a limp and stringy chunk of cold potato and who knows what else from a restaurant.
How to Deep Fry French Fries in a Deep Fryer
So how do you make amazing French fries in your own deep fryer at home? There are a few tricks and techniques to get the perfect batch of French fries.
Cut the fries to the correct size and shape
For the fries to absorb the right amount of oil and fit well in a small personal deep fryer’s oil tank and/or basket, you will want to first scrub your potatoes clean and then julienne them into matchsticks. They do not all have to be the same shape and size, so don’t worry about that. Just try to get them as similar to each other as possible for consistency of flavor and texture.
Choose your batch size carefully
You can scrub and cut as many potatoes as you want, but you may need to fry them in multiple batches depending on the size of your deep fryer. You don’t want to stuff your oil tank or basket too full and have hot oil splashing everywhere, as this is both dangerous and difficult to clean up.
Heat the deep fryer to 325° Fahrenheit
Before you turn on the deep fryer, fill it with enough vegetable oil to cover your potato pieces completely once they are submerged. Be careful not to exceed the capacity of the deep fryer, and that there will still be room for the fries without the oil spilling over. Also, be sure to fill the oil tank before turning the heat on. You don’t want to pour oil into a hot pan and have it splash back and burn you.
A common mistake people make when using a deep fryer is thinking that one size fits all for temperature settings. Controlling the temperature will allow you to achieve the flavor and texture you want for different types of foods. Most deep fryers have an adjustable thermostat that will allow you to control the temperature. If 325° is the high setting on your deep fryer, then set the fryer to 275° Fahrenheit instead.
Cook for 5 minutes
On the lower heat setting (either 325° or 275° depending on your deep fryer’s settings), cook a small batch of French fries for just five minutes. They will not look done; at this point, they should only be slightly colored and still soft. Remove from deep fryer and drain them on a paper towel to soak of the oil for about 5-10 minutes.
Turn the heat up
Once the fries are cooled, turn the heat settings on your deep fryer up to 375° Fahrenheit (or 325∂, if that is the highest temperature your deep fryer reaches).
Fry them twice
This is the secret to perfectly delicious French fries! Take the French fries from the paper towel and place them back into the deep fryer for another 3 minutes, or until golden brown.
Drain, season, and serve
Remove the fully cooked French fries form the deep fryer and allow to drain on a clean paper towel for a second time. Season with salt and pepper, or your favorite seasonings. Serve hot with your choice of condiments.
Enjoy your perfect homemade French fries!