How to Cook Raw Potatoes in Minutes to Make French Fries

Raw potatoes sliced into French fry shapes cook up amazingly quickly when cooked in hot oil. While French fries aren't a healthy treat, you can at least choose the oil -- such as organic canola oil -- you use when you cook them at home, to reduce some of the potential health risks associated with fried foods. Choose any type of potato and your favorite healthier oil to cook up French fries right in your kitchen.

A pile of French fries. (Image: loooby/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Peel four large potatoes and use a sharp chef's knife or a mandoline to cut them into French fry shapes that are 1/4-inch thick.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat.

Step 3

Heat the pot until the oil reaches 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a deep fat thermometer to check the oil temperature.

Step 4

Add the raw potato to the oil carefully and stir with a long-handled spoon to prevent the fries from sticking to each other.

Step 5

Cook the potatoes for just three minutes, stirring constantly.

Step 6

Remove the potatoes from the oil using a wire mesh strainer.

Step 7

Dump the French fries onto a plate lined with paper towels and allow the potatoes to drain.

Step 8

Increase the heat on the stove and use the thermometer to check that the oil reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 9

Place the French fries back in the oil and fry them for one more minute.

Step 10

Use the strainer to remove the fries from the oil and dump them onto a plate lined with clean paper towels.

Step 11

Sprinkle the French fries with salt to taste and serve hot.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 large potatoes

  • Vegetable peeler

  • Sharp chef's knife or mandoline

  • 32 oz. oil

  • Large pot

  • Deep fat thermometer

  • Long-handled spoon

  • Wire mesh strainer

  • Plates

  • Paper towels

  • Salt


To make extra crisp fries, soak the sliced potatoes in ice water for 30 minutes, then dry thoroughly before frying.


Be careful when putting the potatoes in the hot oil. Avoid splashing the oil on yourself to reduce risk of injury.

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