How to Make Waffle Fries: An Easy Step by Step Recipe

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French fries are an absolute favorite in my household—we eat it with burgers, hotdogs, with cheese, plain, you name it. I would just usually use regular store bought or homemade fries <when I have the time>, but lately I’ve been making a lot of waffle fries.

The kids loved it! These bigger, crispier, and looks more fun than regular fries! If you’d like to up your fries game like I did, read on.

Below, I’ll teach you how to make waffle fries from scratch. The steps are fairly simple, so don’t worry if this will be your first time to make them. Good luck!

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How to Make Waffle Fries. Serves: 4

Ingredients

4 Pieces Large Russet Potatoes

Russet potatoes are the best type to use for mashing, roasting, and frying. These have a light and floury texture and has skin that is nice and chewy when cooked.

Peanut Oil

If you do not have peanut oil, canola oil or other neutral oils will do.

Kosher Salt

You can use other types of salt for seasoning, but I prefer Kosher because they have excellent texture and the perfect size. If you’re feeling fancy, Himalayan pink salt is great, too!

Pepper

Freshly ground pepper is the best for this recipe.

Step by Step Directions

1. Wash And Dry The Potatoes

The first thing you need to do is wash the potatoes and dry them with a paper towel. You can peel them, but if you like the fries skin-on, so you can skip this step. Feel free to peel yours!

After peeling the skin of potatoes, you should put them in cold water to prevent oxidation.

2. Prepare The Mandoline or a Crinkle Cutter

When making waffle cut fries, you will need either a mandoline or a crinkle cutter/French fry slicer.

Both will work for this recipe, but I strongly suggest that you get a mandoline—it’s more expensive, but it’s the safer option. Not only does it have different blade settings, but it also has a protective food holder that will make sure your fingers are always protected.

3. Cut The Fries

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This is the most exciting part! This one may look tricky at first, but it’s actually very easy. You just need to make sure that you rotate your slicer.

Once you make your first cut, you’ll notice that it does not have the waffle shape just yet. You’ll see the shape starting your second cut. Simply follow the following steps:

Step 1. Cut your potato downward with the mandoline or crinkle cutter. The first piece will not have a shape.

Step 2. Rotate the same potato 90 degrees, and slice downward once again. You will now see the waffle shape!

Step 3. Repeat the same step (rotating 90 degrees and slicing downward) until the potatoes are all sliced.

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Pro Tips:
  • Submerge sliced potatoes in water with a smidgen of salt to remove starch.
  • Prepare a pot of boiled water with a touch of salt and sugar, boil sliced potatoes for 1 minute, take them out then put them in a bowl of ice water and soak about 20 minutes. This will make your waffle fries more crispy.
  • Take potatoes out and dry thoroughly water with towel papers.

4. Prepare The Pot With Peanut Oil.

You will need a medium to a large pot for this recipe. Fill it with three to four inches of peanut oil <or any neutral oil> and turn on the heat. Using a thermometer, wait for it to reach 320F.

5. Fry The Potatoes on 320F.

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For this recipe, you will be frying the potatoes twice. For the first fry, add the potatoes to the pot after the oil reaches 320 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure that you do not overcrowd the pot, so cook the potatoes in batches.

If you are going to make big batches regularly, you may want to invest in a deep fryer. The digital ones--those that have temperature displays--will definitely make your life easier.

After four minutes, remove the potatoes from oil and place them on a paper towel. They don’t need to appear golden brown just yet, because you will be frying them again.

6. Fry The Potatoes Again, This Time on 375F

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Once all the fries are cooked on 320F, heat the same oil to 375F. Like how you did it the first time, fry the cooked fries in batches <not overcrowding>, this time until they’re golden brown.

Place them once again on a paper towel to drain out all the oil.Season your fries with salt and pepper while hot and serve!

Pro Tips:
  • Now that you know how to make waffle fries, you can experiment on different dips and toppings! You can start with a cheese dip, some homemade ranch, or if you have time, some homemade chili!
  • Most mandolines have an adjustable knob that can let you set different levels of thickness. You can play around with this in the first few tries so you can see what texture works best for you!
  • You don’t always have to use potatoes, you can also try other root vegetables like taro, which has a unique sweet and nutty flavor, or sweet potatoes, which have an excellent shelf life.

How to Make Waffle Fries: An Easy Step by Step Recipe

Author: Vivian C.

Recipe type: Beverage

Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 4 Pieces Large Russet Potatoes
  • Peanut Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper
Step by Step Directions
  1. Wash the potatoes and dry them with a paper towel. Peel the skin of potatoes, then put them in cold water to prevent oxidation.
  2. Prepare the mandoline or a crinkle cutter
  3. Cut your potato downward with the mandoline or crinkle cutter. Rotate the same potato 90 degrees, and slice downward once again
  4. Prepare the pot with peanut pil
  5. Add the potatoes to the pot after the oil reaches 320 degrees Fahrenheit. After four minutes, remove the potatoes from oil and place them on a paper towel.
  6. Fry The Potatoes Again, this time on 375F until they’re golden brown.
  7. Season your fries with salt and pepper while hot and serve!

Easy, Right?

How to Make Waffle Fries

How did your fries turn out? I hope you were able to achieve the texture you wanted! If you didn’t, try again! Great fries, especially waffle cut fries, takes practice, so don’t give up just yet if you don’t get it the first time.

If you have comments or suggestions, kindly use the comments section below! I would love to hear from you!

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