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twice fried cast iron skillet french fries

Recipe by
Maggie May Schill
Jacksonville, FL

Why twice fried? Simple, though you can get pretty good fries by cooking them all the way through the first go around, this tends to leave the potatoes a little soggy. Frying them once, draining and cooling them, then frying them again will get you that classic french fried potato crunchy outside and tender inside we all love about fries. To avoid splatter, use a splatter shield. It is dangerous frying with oil, so always pay close attention to how hot your oil is. Never let it get above 350'F. Always tend you oil.

yield 2 -3
prep time 5 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For twice fried cast iron skillet french fries

  • 2-3 md
    russet potatoes
  • vegetable, peanut, or canola oil for frying
  • salt
  • pepper
  • malt vinager, garlic powder, peprika (optional)

How To Make twice fried cast iron skillet french fries

  • 1
    You will need a cast iron skillet with deep sides. Place your skillet over medium heat and heat for 6 minutes. Once the skillet is warm add about an inch to an inch and one half of oil to the pan. Heat the oil to 350'F. While oil is heating cut your potatoes lengthwise. (You don't want them too thick because they won't cook even. But, you don't want them too thin either, else they will cook too quick. I aimed for about 1/2 inch, or a little less, thick for my fries.)
  • 2
    Once oil is at 350'F gently submerge potatoes into the hot oil. Lay them going away from you to minimize your chance of burning yourself. DO NOT over crowd the pan. The fries should be able to move freely in the oil without clumping up over each other. If you want to make a lot of fries, do so in batches, not all at once.
  • 3
    Fry potatoes for about 2 minutes until the edges are just golden. Then, remove the fries from the oil, drain completely on a paper towel. (I remove the fries with a mesh spoon that is specifically built for frying food. Use any metal, slotted spoon you have, or a fry basket if available. Do not use plastic, it will melt. Do not use wood, it will cause the oil to spit-up.) Make sure the oil is still heated at 350'F, then gentle refry the fries again for another 3-5 minutes, or until super golden and crispy. Drain the fries a second time, then immediately toss with sea salt. Add pepper, paprika, malt vinegar, or garlic powder now, if desired. Cool for one minute. Enjoy!