Active Time
40 MIN
Total Time
4 HR
Serves :

Chef Michael Corvino of Kansas City, Missouri, shares his meticulous eight-step method for better-than-ever french fries. His obsession pays off: These are the best fries we’ve ever tasted. Slideshow: More Potato Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    

Cut and discard 
1/2 inch from ends of potatoes. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; cut halves crosswise into quarters. Slice quarters lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slabs.

Step 2    

Place potatoes in a large bowl; rinse under cold running water until water runs clear. Drain potatoes and place in a stock pot; add 8 cups water, vinegar, and kosher salt.

Step 3    

Set pot over
medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are just tender enough to be pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes.

Step 4    

Using a spider or slotted spoon, carefully lift potatoes from water and 
arrange in a single layer on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. Let stand until cool.

Step 5    

In a large heavy pot, heat 2 inches of oil to 250°F. Working in batches, fry 
potatoes until tender, about 6 minutes. Lift potatoes from oil and place on rack to drain.

Step 6    

When potatoes are cool, arrange on a parchment paper—lined baking sheet and freeze. (Potatoes can be kept frozen up to 1 month in an airtight container.)

Step 7    

Heat 2 inches of oil to 350°F. Working 
in batches, fry frozen potatoes until puffed and golden, 
3 to 5 minutes. 
Remove fries and place on paper 
towels to drain.

Step 8    

Place hot fries in 
a large bowl. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, and toss well to coat. Serve immediately with XO sauce, 
aioli, spicy mayo, 
or your favorite dip for dunking.

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