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How to Make Great Fried Potatoes – Potato Chip Thin French Fried Potatoes

Updated on January 30, 2010

How to make seriously great fried potatoes.

OK, so, I thought hard before writing this…casue what I’m about to describe is so easy that it barely qualifies as a recipe – but since I’ve never really seen anyone else describe frying potatoes by this method, and since I think they blow pretty much any other kind of French fry out the water – I’ve decided to let you in my little secret.

These are like a hybrid between a French fry and a potato chip, taking the best from both delicacies and elevating the art of the fried potato to a next level!

There is very little that can go wrong here, but you will want to find a potato that is higher in starch, for best results. That being said, as pretty much any potato will work - with different potatoes providing different, but all tasty, results.

Fried Potato Slices

  • Potatoes
  • Oil
  • Salt
  1. Take as many potatoes as you want to serve and slice them as thinly as you can (think potato chip thin here). To make thin slices, I like to cut a strip off the bottom of a potato first off. This gives me a flat base for the potato, which makes it more stable when thinly slicing.
  2. Heat up some neutral flavored oil (vegetable oil) for deep frying, bringing it up to between 350 and 360 or so.
  3. Slide your potato slices in the oil, being careful not to overcrowd the fryer, and let fry for about 2 to 4 minutes, or until the potatoes are just starting to brown and are cooked through. (The timing will vary depending on how thinly you can slice potatoes). Just after you add the potatoes to the oil, use some metal tongs to give it a gentle stir to make sure that the potato slices aren’t sticking to each other in the hot oil.
  4. Drain them well, salt them generously and serve as you would French fries, with a little Heinz ketchup, and if you like, a little malt vinegar on the side.

It’s hard to describe exactly why these are so good – but they really are. By slicing them very thinly you just about maximize surface area – which means that every bite is filled with perfect, tender crisp golden fried goodness.

Be warned though, try these once and you’ll never again be satisfied with ordinary French fries!


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    • cgreen7090 profile image


      7 years ago from Tennessee

      mmmmmmmmmm. great lens.

    • applesuender profile image


      8 years ago

      I LOVE fried potatoes!

    • John D Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      John D Lee 

      8 years ago

      Hi Ally,

      You could get a pretty inexpensive Asian style plastic mandolin for like 10 bucks - they work very well for this, or you can just use a good chef's knife and cut them thinly (what I do).

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      8 years ago

      Can someone tell me how to cut them thin because my slicer broke? Thanks and this is a great snack food until my slice broke and I haven't made them since

    • Katherine Baldwin profile image

      Katherine Baldwin 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Sometimes, the most simple things are the best. Who doesn't love fried potatoes?

    • The Rope profile image

      The Rope 

      8 years ago from SE US

      Good hub, you never know who just might need this info! As always, thanks JD for sharing.

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      Mama Sez 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I agree with you, this is really good! My mom used to cook this for us when we were little. Thanks for reminding is now my turn to cook this for my children.


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