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Homemade Shoestring Fries

Homemade Shoestring Fries

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  • Author: Stacey Doyle


If you love the perfectly crispy edges that come with thin, shoestring fries then this homemade recipe is for you.


  • 46 Potatoes (I used Idaho, cleaned, peeled, and sliced lengthwise into matchsticks)
  • Oil (for frying (such as Canola or Vegetable and enough to fill pot about 2 inches deep))
  • Salt (to taste)

Optional Toppings:

  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Chili Pepper or Crushed Chili Flakes
  • Parmesan
  • Chopped Fresh Herbs (I used Italian Flat Leaf Parsley)
  • Malt Vinegar
  • Melted Cheese
  • Chili (perfect for Chili Cheese Fries)


  1. Clean, peel and cut each Potato lengthwise into very thin matchsticks, place into a large bowl of iced water.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F.
  3. Once all of the Potatoes have been sliced and have been in the ice water bath for at at least 2 – 3 minutes, remove from water and pat them dry with a paper towel. *It’s best to work in batches*
  4. While the Potatoes are drying, pour the Oil into a heavy bottom, deep pot or use a deep fryer. Make sure that the Oil is about 2 inches in depth. Heat until hot, to test, I like to take a small piece of potato and drop into the hot oil, once the potato starts to sizzle or bubble rapidly, the oil is ready.
  5. Carefully add 1 – 2 handfuls of Potatoes at a time and fry for 5 – 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  6. Season with Salt to taste.
  7. Remove the Fries from oil and transfer to pan or plate that is oven safe and keep warm in the oven until all batches are ready.
  8. I served mine with Salt, Pepper, Parmesan Shavings and Flat Leaf Parsley.


If you prefer, you can double fry the fries for a crispier bite. After they have initially been fried, allow them to rest for about 3 – 5 minutes, then add them back to the hot oil to cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Remove from oil, keep warm in the oven, season to taste, serve and enjoy!

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