Crispy French Fries with Mayonnaise Dip

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 26 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 4 hr
  • Cook: 6 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Mayonnaise Dip:

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


6 cups peanut oil or vegetable oil, for frying

2 pounds russet potatoes, skins scrubbed clean, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch sticks

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. To make the dip, whisk the mayonnaise and mustard together in a small bowl.
  2. Heat the oil in deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot to 350 degrees F.
  3. Add the potato sticks into a bowl of water and allow it to sit for 4 hours. Remove them from the water to paper towels to drain. Fry in batches, letting them cook until a pale gold color develops, about 2 minutes. Drain the fries on a paper towel-lined plate. Cooks Note: Soaking the potatoes in water for 4 hours is just a suggestion. You can skip this pre-step and go straight to frying.
  4. Raise the temperature of the oil to 375 degrees F and fry the potatoes in batches until they just start to become golden, about 2 minutes. Pull the potatoes out of the oil and let them stand for 1 minute. Drop the potatoes back into the oil and fry them until deep golden brown, about another 2 minutes. Drain the fries on a paper towel lined plate, and toss with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer them to a serving bowl and serve hot with the mayonnaise dip.