Everything Bagel French Fries, as seen on Symon's Dinners Cooking In, Season 1.
Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon

"Everything Bagel" French Fries

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 servings



  1. In a heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil to 325 degrees F.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/2-inch-by-1/2-inch sticks. Rinse the starch off the fries by running them under cold water. Pour the fries onto a paper towel-lined baking sheet and pat dry.
  3. Drop the fries into the oil in small batches. (You want 1 to 2 inches of oil above the potatoes, so don’t overcrowd.) Parcook the potatoes until they're light golden brown and almost cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to a baking sheet lined with paper towels or a baking sheet with a roasting rack on top for draining. Repeat until all the potatoes are cooked.
  4. Rinse the blanched fries under cold water one more time, pouring them back onto a paper towel-lined baking sheet to dry. (If making the fries ahead of time, you can freeze the fries in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 1 hour. The frozen fries can also be stored in a resealable plastic bag in the freezer up to 1 month.)
  5. Increase the temperature of the oil to 360 degrees F. When the oil is up to temp, carefully drop in 2 small handfuls of fries at a time to finish cooking them, allowing them to crisp up. This will take another 2 minutes and they will finish turning golden brown. Remove the fries from the oil to a medium bowl, seasoning well with salt and everything bagel spice immediately after they come out of the oil. Repeat with the remaining potatoes and serve immediately.