The Best Frozen French Fries, According to Food Network Staffers
It all comes down to crispiness and flavor!
Opinions on French fries can get heated — they’re one of the few side dishes that can dictate which fast food drive-through you frequent or restaurant you choose for dinner. And the debate for which fried, crispy slice of potato extends to at-home versions, too, specifically when picking a bag from the frozen section. We decided to ask Food Network staffers which frozen French fries reign supreme — and the answers were vaster than we expected. Whether you love a crunchy fry or are all about flavor, there is a perfect option for you.
Out of all the frozen French fries on the market, my favorite thus far are the Super Crispy Crinkle Cut Fries from Grown in Idaho. They have the perfect balance of crispy exterior and creamy interior. Plus, the sturdy fry and crinkled edges are impeccable for capturing condiments and sauces when dipped. Whether you bake these fries in the oven or quickly cook in the air fryer, you will quickly become a crinkle cut fry enthusiast.
-Amanda Neal, Recipe Developer
My family’s favorite frozen French fries are Alexia’s sweet potato fries. I always have a bag in the freezer and we usually have them once a week with dinner. They’re fully cooked (you just heat and serve), which is perfect for busy weeknights. My husband and I love that they’re the perfect combo of sweet and salty, and my picky toddler actually eats them, too. (It’s the only way I can get him to eat sweet potatoes!)
-Drew Anne Salvatore, Recipe Editor
Ore-Ida’s Crispers are by far the best crispy frozen fry out there. I bake the fries in the oven for three minutes longer than the bag suggests, and they come out perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Plus, the ridged edges make them great for dipping in ketchup or ranch since it holds more of the sauce. Crispers can sometimes be hard to find in the grocery store, but when you do they’re worth buying a bag or two.
-T.K. Brady, Senior Editor
These fries are almost like a cross between a potato skin and a French fry. They have amazing potato flavor and get super crispy on the outside without ever tasting greasy.
-Melissa Gaman, Recipe Developer, Food Network
Ore-Ida are my go-to fries. It’s just tradition for frozen French fries, and they improved their production process so that they are easier to cook and turn out crunchier than ever. Sometimes I just need a handful of fries to finish a dish (like lomo saltado) or a meal, and the resealable bag makes it so convenient.
-Carlos C. Olaechea, Digital Culinary Content Writer
When it comes to picking a favorite style of French fries, I find myself torn between a few options (after all, I’m a fan of French fries in all forms). But, when a waffle fry is well-seasoned and made from sweet potatoes, it’s hard to beat. These fries crisp up nicely and have great flavor — which are both equally essential, in my opinion.
-Rachel Trujillo, Associate Content Editor