Introduction: Curly Fries

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This curly fries recipe tastes just like the fries at Arby's and other restaurants. Honestly. I'm really proud of it. And the best part? I tried my hardest to make it easy to duplicate it so you can make curly fries in your own kitchen. :D

I spent a couple days in the Instructables test kitchen messing around trying to get it right. I tried different amounts of seasoning, I tried cornstarch instead of flour, I tried dregding the fries instead of using a wet batter, etc. After five tries, the following recipe was the winner.

And really, you don't even need to buy a special cutter and do curly fries. This batter and seasoning will work just as well on regular fries. :D

Step 1: What You'll Need:

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  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1(ish) cup water
  • 3-5 russet potatoes
You'll also want to get one of these fancy curly fry cutters.

Additional useful hardware:
  • a deep fryer or pan of oil at 350 F
  • a sheet pan
  • a baking rack
  • papertowels
  • a large bowl
  • a large-ish ziploc bag or other foodsafe plastic bag

Step 2: Cut the Potatoes

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Scrub your potatoes first - keeping the skins on is much yummier.

I found that the best way to use the cutter is to slice off maybe a half inch from one end of the potato. This will give you a nice flat surface area to get the potato to adhere to the prongs.

Also, bigger potatoes work better. Small potatoes result in less spirals.

Step 3: Soak the Potatoes

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Once the potatoes are cut, fill a large bowl or measuring cup with the hottest water you can get out of your tap.

Add the potatoes to the hot water and let them soak for 15-20 minutes. 

There are two reasons we're doing this: crispier fries AND they cook faster in the oil later since they're cooking a little now.

Step 4: Make the Batter + Battering the Fries

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Add your spices and flour into a large bag. Shake it well until it's all combined. Now you can start adding water. A little less than one cup gave me a great consistency. You want it to be a fairly thin batter. :)

Work the bag with your hands to get all the clumps out!

When the fries are done soaking, pull them out by the handfuls, shake off the excess water and dump them in the batter bag. (You might need to break up some of the longer spirals!) Shake the bag and massage it until everything is nicely coated.

Step 5: Frying

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You'll be frying them for 3-5 minutes in 350 F oil. 

Play around with the time a bit - three minutes was pretty much perfect for me. If I took it to five minutes they'd get dried out but look prettier.

Two tips for frying these:
  1. Don't crowd the basket. 
  2. Don't shake off too much excess batter.

Step 6: Let Cool and Eat!

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When they're done frying, transfer them to a baking rack over a baking sheet lined with towels. This will let the excess oil drain off quickly and keep them from getting mushy. :D

Don't add any extra salt until you try one - they're pretty salty as is! Enjoy!


SofiaQ4 (author)2016-06-08

And i just made normal froes since i didnt have the cutter to make curly fries

SofiaQ4 (author)2016-06-08

So i made these, eagerly waiting to break our fast since its ramadan, and O M G...i mean O M husband and i just looked at one another, we knew instantly that this is a keeper. To say they taste exactly like the curly fries we get at hardees is an understatement... Trust me i never ever write reveiws, just say a little prayer for the one posting the recipe, this required prayers and praise thankyou!

MouseWerks made it! (author)2016-05-15

This was pretty good. :) I had better luck after I thickened the batter back up though. And added a little less Cayenne Pepper and more salt.

tammyk73881 (author)2016-03-07

they are great. they are our family favorite now

ArielL18 (author)2016-01-24

I make these ALL THE TIME now. they've become a family favorite. I don't use the Cayenne, and they taste great without it.

jessyratfink (author)ArielL182016-01-26

Oh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear :D :D :D

kasieswain (author)2016-01-06

OMG! This recipe is delicious. I own a restaurant and I'm picky. I loved this. I made sweet potatoes and they are divine!

jessyratfink (author)kasieswain2016-01-26

Ohhhhhh that sounds so good. I need to get a fryer at home to try that out. :D

kasieswain (author)2016-01-06

OMG. I own a restaurant, and I have to say these are delicious. I love sweet potatoes so that's what I made and they are divine!

VivianaP2 made it! (author)2015-11-05

I made it couple years ago. Still made it as a good work.

DavidP126 (author)2015-09-27

They don't have to be cut curly. You can use regular frozen fries or crinkle cut fries and follow oven bake directions

Ho0ksie125 (author)2015-06-22

Why when I look something up, yours is always the best?

barsonbolian (author)2015-04-13

It looks great! But I have some questions:

How can I cut the potatoes into curly shape without this cutter?
How do I know the potatoes are done soaking?
Is it possible to just put the fries in a pan with an Inch of oil and fry them without the basket?

Thank you!

I've heard of people using spiral cutters for apples! The potatoes will be done soaking once they're very slightly translucent. :)

I wouldn't recommend frying them in that little oil if you do them curly-style - you'll end up with raw bits in the middle!

EvolvedAwesome (author)2015-04-13

mmm, YUM!

kondzio29 (author)2015-04-11

In Poland we have these in McDonald's Great work! I will try to make them

ValZ1 (author)2014-09-09

Have you tried to bake these in the oven instead of a deep fryer? Trying something as bit healthier? What is the baking temperature and time?

jessyratfink (author)ValZ12015-02-06

I did - because it's a wet batter it's pretty tricky! I did lots of testing trying to bake them before I went to frying them, but they always turned out soggy and dry all at the same time.

I also prefer baking to frying, but just could get it to work in this case!

Though maybe a cornstarch + spice mix could make it happen, I just never tested it enough.

lbeach11 (author)ValZ12014-10-06

I am going to try and bake them in the oven tonight i will let you know how they good and if they are any better.

hythutyhrts (author)2015-01-23

ya like it does sound yummy and all but u know baking them will be better just saying + ive never gone to arbys. They say they make good curly fries. Have you ever tried the adventure city curly fries they where bomb! u guys should go there. just saying

tatiannastevenson (author)2014-12-05

Omg. These were amazing! Tried them last night with regular fries and they were bomb!!! We also made fried chicken tenders that paired nicely with theses! Thank you for helping me satisfy my Arbys craving! :)

HowToBen (author)2014-09-20

Just like at Arby's. But can you please make chicken tenders just like theirs? They are so f***ing good.

cuantascacas (author)2014-06-29

Been dazed and confused for so long it's...THE RECIPE!!!!!

I've been missing Arby's curlys for almost 20 years -last trip to Bennington, VT, when I hadn't still reached college- Here in Spain I've never found such a thing... GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

NetWt4Lbs (author)2014-02-07

Arby's curly fries are my weakness...thank you, now I can make my ownnnnn :-3

crafty_chick_556 (author)2013-11-12

I have two questions can you do a minors baking contest and by cayenne do you me cayenne pepper

meowandgrowl (author)2013-10-31

These look delicious, thank you for the recipes. By the way, I enjoy your website, never know what I will see.

andrew.spencer.2 (author)2013-10-03

ERMAGERHD I LOVE CURLY FRIES!! I'm going to try this with my apple curler and see if it works!

Did it work?

andrew.spencer.2 made it! (author)CooperChain2013-10-18

YES!!! It totally worked! And they taste sooo good! We <3 you jessyratfink!!!

rmckenzie (author)2013-10-14

Or just cut up the fries normally. They still taste the same.

SinAmos (author)2013-10-07

I use an apple and potato peeler to make mine. ;)

pmahi (author)2013-10-06

I have to try this! looks yummy

nanaverm (author)2013-10-06

Looks great! I'd recommend soaking them in salted cold water for at least 2 hrs. This removes the formation of acrylamide, a carcinogen, when the potatoes are fried. Not a critical contributor to cancer, but still...

gafisher (author)2013-10-06

Oh, wow -- homemade curly fries and they look DELICIOUS! Do you work for my cardiologist? Can you write me a note for him! :-)

benoand19 (author)2013-10-06

This is my first favorite instructable

CooperChain (author)2013-10-06

Expected to find a way to make them without a fancy cutter :/

viligeidiot (author)2013-10-06

One tip for CRISPY fries.... blanche the fries in the oil for about 45 seconds to a minute and then pull them out for another minute. Drop them back in the oil until they're cooked. That's the way restaurants all over the place get nice crispy fries with a soft, fluffy interior. Also, when you soak the fries, it should be in COLD water with a bunch of salt in it. This helps remove excess water from the fries and helps with the crispiness factor. At least half an hour... preferably longer anywhere up to 8 hours.

Jackoffmanytrades (author)2013-10-06

Be easier and cheaper to just buy them at walmart. Especially if you don't have the curly cutter

james.m.k (author)2013-10-06

They look great! Bet they taste just as good!


hunter999 (author)2013-10-05

yummy yummy in my tummy!

Ryanoxpqz (author)2013-10-03

That is amazing! Almost the exact same thing is served at my school, and now I know how to make it for myself!

kretzlord (author)2013-10-03

I really think you need to have a cooking show jessy

TREX ZoaR0K (author)kretzlord2013-10-03

good point these look delicious!

jimmysgranny (author)2013-10-03

You can get a curly fries cutter on Amazon anywhere from $5.75 to $218 for a hoity toity one. I think I'll order a $5.75 one today!

M.C. Langer (author)2013-10-03

this looks freaking delicious!!!! Thanks for another good recipe, Jessy!!!


Jayefuu (author)2013-10-03

Yay you did it :D

Datawolf (author)2013-10-03

The only trick is... to own a curly fry cutter. :-/

savorthefood (author)2013-10-02

Well done Jessy. I am buying me one of those gadgets to make me these curly fries.
I gave you my copycat!!

Thanks for sharing.


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