Introduction: Pan Fries

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A few weeks ago i was look at an instructable for sweet potato fries. Having tried them, i was amazed how good they tasted. But being a lazy person, I felt it took too long to make and burnt to easily. The first problem was the oven. Potato always takes a long time to bake, so that had to be eliminated. Second was that they burnt too easily, so it had to be a method fast and easy to check on and remove when perfect. The only answer was to fry them in a pan. Now this method is very versatile. It works well with regular potatoes (the ones meant for frying work best) and doesn't have to be long fries, home fries can be made along with hash browns. This time i made regular French fries.


After doing much research on french fries, i learned a few things that will make a much better french fry. First, when you add the oil to the pan, add a little bit of old, used oil. This will help make the fries brown evenly and be fluffy on the inside. The second is that the oil needs to be at 350-375 degrees before the fries can be added.The oil should foam when they are added.

Step 1: Cut the Potato

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This is the part that has the most choice, sweet potato, regular, fries, homefries (cubes) hash browns, skin, no-skin. Its all a matter of choice. I happen to like regular fries with the skin still on them.

First wash and cut the potato in half. Then into quarters. Once in quarters, carefully chop into the desired size, I personally cut each half into roughly into 6 pieces.

each potato large potato should make a serving suitable for one person.

Step 2: Cooking

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Cooking the potatoes doesn't take a master chef. First thing you need to do is to take your pan and add either vegetable oil or butter to it, a few table spoons of either will do. This choice is a health thing, but also a taste, personally i go with the butter because butter is the spice of life. Since i had made a batch of fries a few minutes before this one, the pan already has some butter in it, which i will reuse, im sure that I will get lots of complaints about this, but im too lazy to wash the pan again.

Heat the pan the medium heat, and toss your fries in. keep an eye on them, and flip every few minutes, this will ensure even cooking. After about 10 minutes they will start to brown a little, and usually are done after about 15 minutes. Keep and eye on them and remove when golden brown.

Step 3: Share and Eat

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Now remove and eat. Great with loads of salt and vinegar, ketchup or even plum sauce.



acicigoi (author)2015-02-10

this would be great for camping

imaneisraa2010 (author)2015-02-03

wow great

ksuel (author)2011-07-06

Sometimes its the simplest things that work best. OK more then sometimes.

Grape seed oil (or other decent health oil), potatoes, cast iron skillet, sharp knife, sea salt.

Fast food.... why?

lizziet117 (author)2011-01-06

Do I HAVE to share?

Lerrinus (author)2010-02-10

My dad makes these but instead of cutting them into fries, he just slices the potato, salts it and pan fries the slices. Yum! Good Instructable! :-)

droppocket (author)2010-01-22

hey what about the sweet patato---I microw it for 3 min. then slice it length wise. The fry it in oil and then sprinkle brown sugar and cinnimen on them.

Bicycleman (author)2008-12-06

These need mayo! ...possibly an aioli or a honey flavored one. I should do a home-made mayo instructables one day, Too may people rely on that store-bought infamity.

hedgiehog (author)Bicycleman2008-12-06


earnst2w8 (author)hedgiehog2008-12-07

mayonaise, it's that white stuff in a bottle

hedgiehog (author)earnst2w82009-01-05

i know what mayonaise is, but on fries?

earnst2w8 (author)hedgiehog2009-01-05

yes!! always and some ketchup ( heinz ) , we always do mayonaise on our fries here in holland. ( where are you from usa?) i thougt every one did mayonaise on their fries:D(in europe)

hedgiehog (author)earnst2w82009-01-05

I'm Canadian, so ive never seen mayonaise on anything but a sandwich.

TessT (author)hedgiehog2009-02-19

Hey, hey, now....Don't lump all Canadians together hedgie. I'm third generation and have been eating 'mayo' on my fries since I was a kid. Maybe you're one of those po' Center of the universe Eastern Canucks who was robbed of the right to White Spot Restaurants as a kid? ;-) Best 'pink mayo on the planet! I also lived in the Southern States where they were stunned when I requested gravy for my fried potatoes. So what do they put on every other kind of Potato? Weird,huh? Oh, and don't even get me started on that kiddy glue they call white gravy and soak they're biscuits in. Ooops, I digress...

OldDaddy (author)TessT2010-01-14

Well Tess, I'm a bit East of White Spots home Province but not Center of the Universe East. We have White Spot. I'm surprised that I'm not hearing Chipotle Mayo, or is that what you call pink Mayo? Now that,s a dip for your sweet potato fries, or regular fries if you prefer. Hard to find at the grocery store but easy to make. Puree a little Chipotle en Adobo and mix with Mayo to your taste. A White Spot special.

Kaiven (author)hedgiehog2009-01-08

I know right? But I'm American xD I only use ketchup OR salt on my fries, not both.

WereCheetah (author)Kaiven2009-05-11

America is a very big place, in eastern PA mayo is common as is vinegar, ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, brown sugar.... and well just about anything.

therush (author)earnst2w82009-01-11

Yes! I am from USA (massachusetts) and I love mayo on my french fries! I always feel like I belong in europe, never been. (i'm a "strange" one (depends where you're from i guess!) haha) but yeah, WOO for mayo on fries!!!!!!!

earnst2w8 (author)therush2009-01-12

oh well everyone who doesnt put mayo on their fries, just try it once its just freakin delicious:D

jokerlz (author)earnst2w82009-01-28

Well I'm from the UK Brown sauce with everything! There will I'm sure be those who disagree, they just can't cope with the complex flavors and challenging tonal texture... or something

Tobita (author)jokerlz2009-11-09

Brown sauce on fries, just too savory/salty for me.

red-king (author)jokerlz2009-08-08

i like salt, pepper, and vinegar on my fries. i'll have to try mayo at some point though.

shooby (author)therush2009-02-11

I'm from Holland, but live in Massachusetts, and yes, mayo with fries is the best! Maar soms lust ik wel patat oorlog, hier vind je het nergens.

the Masteria (author)earnst2w82009-03-14

i like plain fries

omnibot (author)earnst2w82008-12-07

That's a jar.
Yes, in fact I am a knowitall

Doctor What (author)omnibot2008-12-10

Is it a jar if it's made of plastic?

codongolev (author)Doctor What2009-01-02

what if it's really just an open door? how can a door that's ajar hold mayonnaise?

earnst2w8 (author)omnibot2008-12-07

thanks i first typed jar but i changed it to bottle :D but i'm not english so i just had to guess:D

omnibot (author)earnst2w82008-12-07

Well, you had a 50/50 chance then ;) Cool avatar btw.

nc4tc (author)Bicycleman2009-01-15

I am surprised no one mentioned Fry Sauce

Doctor What (author)2009-12-06

Scrumptious.  I just made a serving for myself.  Late night snack! 

tezzz (author)2009-08-17

Hold it ! Ah sed Hold it thar son! Now this is how to do it . They are called CHIPS. Take your french fries (Or chips) Now boil them first.. brush with olive oil then bake them or fry them or deep fry them. Take out when crispy on the outside. squeeze LEMON JUICE OVER THEM, not VINEGAR WHICH MAKES THEM SOFT. dO THE SAME FOR BAKED POTATOES OMITTING THE LEMON JUICE. cRISPY OUTSIDE SOFT INSIDE

awang8 (author)tezzz2009-09-22

Argh, reading that comment makes the little voice inside my head (used for reading) talking with a cowboy accent...

sgsidekick (author)awang82009-11-24

Ha!  I'M hearing Foghorn Leghorn!  And now I'm hungry for fried chicken and potatoes....

lowercase (author)2009-01-04

di_li_shooz! How do you add vinegar to the fries? with an airbrush? (really. I'd like to know, it sounds good.)

hedgiehog (author)lowercase2009-01-05

you can get small bottles that are made for vingear, that keep it from pouring out fast, so that you can pour it around, then just add salt and thanks to the vingear it wil stick to the fries

red-king (author)hedgiehog2009-08-08

the top on my vinegar bottle is messed up so it pours onstead of coming out slowly... meh... i put lots of vinegar on my fries anyway... lol

porcupinemamma (author)lowercase2009-01-05

I have seen vinegar put in spray bottles at chippie wagons-works great!

hedgiehog (author)porcupinemamma2009-01-05

thats a good idea

babook (author)2009-05-07

i like potato by fries it delicious much i had been to did it easy to handled it : )

soundinnovation (author)2009-04-03

Those fries look delicious. I personally am a fan of the plain fry, perhaps with some salt. I only use ketchup if the fries themselves are inferior and thus need to be improved, and it's a sad day when ketchup is an improvement on anything. As for mayo, yech. Though I have a friend from the Mid-East who always eats his fries with mayo, when he eats them at all. I'm not sure if that's common where he's from or not.

porcupinemamma (author)2009-01-05

How can you tell the difference between a "baking potato" and a "frying potato?" I think "new potatoes" are best for boiling, but I'm not sure. Can anybody help me out?

hedgiehog (author)porcupinemamma2009-01-05

im not an expert on potatos, but i believe baking potatos have a different skin, either baking or frying potatos are fine, just dont use the small white or red potatos, they dont work well

shadow12952 (author)2008-12-08

on step 1 you mentioned home fries(cubed) so are those just like little squares of fries?

hedgiehog (author)shadow129522009-01-05

they're about half inch square of potatoe, fried up this way, and you eat them with your bacon, or omlete in the morning, they go well with fried tomato

pudicobar (author)2008-12-08

OK, good job. I'd go little far. If you REALLY want them fried (pls don't come with health issues), get a taller vessel, more oil and deep fry them until very crispy. You can use the same vessel to fry potato french fries, as well as chicken, etc. Don't forget to add some 5 or 6 peeled garlic (they give some taste and stabilize oil temp).

hedgiehog (author)pudicobar2009-01-05

yes well, thats deep frying, really good, but i think its more unhealthy, so this is in the mid range. and i dont have that much oil to spare

falcotheimpaler (author)2008-12-18

Well, I know what I'm having for breakfast.

Calista (author)2008-12-17

These are utterly delicious. I added some spices - some pepper, some all spice, and some thyme. I also added garlic wine vinegar. They're absolutely delicious, and my family is clamoring at me for more now. The only thing I would warn is that if you make several batches and reuse the oil/butter (which, come on, we all do) the second batch will cook waaaay faster than the first one did.

mynameisjonas (author)2008-12-13

I just made these, they were absolutely delicious. five stars.

madest (author)2008-12-12

these fries are easy and taste excellent. balsamic vinegar gave them a sweet and sour after-taste. yummy

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