How to Deep Fry Frozen Fries – A Step by Step Process

Want crispy French fries? Deep frying them is usually the best way to achieve this. 

Ever had problems with deep frying frozen fries? You did a certain something that probably didn’t work out well with the fries? 

We’re here to tell you that deep-frying frozen fries does not have to be tedious when you have a guide. 

Kitchen slip-ups happen to the best of us, but you can prevent problems with deep frying your frozen fries using our step-by-step process on how to deep fry frozen fries. 

How to deep fry frozen fries – A step-by-step process

Things you need: Deep fryer, oil, and French fries.


  1. Fill your deep fryer up with oil. 
  2. Heat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. To your fryer basket, add the fries and spread them evenly, the basket should not be too populated by the fries. 
  4. Carefully put the fryer basket into the deep fryer. It may sizzle a lot, be careful not to get hurt. 
  5. Let it fry for at least 4 minutes untill you notice it turning a light golden-brown shade. 
  6. Once the fries are done, set them on a paper towel so they can soak off the leftover grease.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 with the rest of the frozen fries. 
  8. Serve it with your favourite condiment and enjoy!

How to deep fry frozen chips without a deep fryer

Did you know that you can deep fry frozen chips without using your deep fryer? Allow us to explain how you can do that with a skillet on a stove.

How to deep fry frozen chips with a skillet on the stove

What you need: skillet, frozen fries, and oil.


  1. Add the oil to your skillet and heat over medium heat. 
  2. Add a handful of frozen fries to the oil when you’re certain that it is really hot.
  3. Let it cook till it reaches the level of crispness that you enjoy.
  4. Take out the chips and let them drain out the excess geese on a paper towel.
  5. You may add salt and pepper if you want. 

Can you really deep fry frozen chips without defrosting them first? Is this process safe?

Yes, you can. In fact, not letting the chips defrost offers a better chance of crispy chips than letting it defrost. 

Hence, do not let your chips thaw before using them. 

It is recommended that you leave your chips frozen while you fry them as this gives the chips a crispier texture instead of a marshy feel. 

Basically, not letting your frozen chips defrost before deep frying actually results in high-quality, crispy, and golden-brown fries. 

It is perfectly safe to deep fry frozen fries without letting them thaw first. Rather, defrosting frozen chips before deep-frying can expose them to absorbing more grease and an unappealing greasy flavor. 

How long can you deep fry frozen French fries?

Usually, approximately between 35 seconds and 4 minutes, depending on how brown you’d prefer them to be. 

Regardless, it is still recommended to check for the manufacturer-recommended cook time before deep-frying your French fries. 

Can you fry frozen fries twice?

You can fry frozen fries twice. The first fry may give your fries that slightly yellow hue and it may not be as crispy as you would love. With the second fry, you get a more crisp, light golden texture. Professional kitchens usually employ the double fry procedure. 

Here’s how you can do that:

What you need: deep fryer, frozen fries, paper towel, and oil.


  1. Pour your oil into a deep fryer.
  2. Set to 325-350 degrees Fahrenheit and let it heat.
  3. Fry for about 3 minutes and refry them again at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Let excess grease drain out of the fries on the paper towel.
  5. Repeat the process for the remaining frozen fries. 

Read also: Can You Eat French Fries with Braces?

Can you deep fry steak fries?

No, it is not recommended to deep fry steak fries. Steak fries are a healthier version of French fries which have less oil because they are not cooked with oil. Steak fries are usually cut into big chunks and are baked to produce that tasty and crisp potato slices. 

Steak fries are chunkier and thicker in comparison to regular French fries. How are steak fries made? It is a pretty easy procedure actually. 

Allow us to guide you through how to make steak fries in the oven. 

If you intend to make steak fries, here’s what you’ll need: 

One tablespoon of cooking oil, ½ tablespoon paprika, ½ tablespoon steak seasoning, and 1 lb. russet potatoes. 


  1. Wash the potatoes carefully and well.
  2. Cut each of the potatoes into wedges (cut each potato into 4 quarters and cut each quarter into about 3 wedges).
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Add the potato wedges into a bowl, add the steak seasoning, paprika, and cooking oil.
  5. Mix the potato wedges with the oil and seasonings till they are well-coated.
  6. Over a parchment-lined baking sheet, lay out the seasoned potato wedges in a single layer.
  7. Place it in the preheated oven.
  8. Leave to cook for about 35 minutes or till the potatoes are browned and crispy.
  9. Flip over the steak fries after about 20 minutes of cooking so the opposite side can cook evenly as well. 
By Luong Tan

Luong Tan, the creative and passionate founder of Bourbono, is a multi-talented individual with a deep love for the culinary arts. An accomplished food blogger, cookbook author, and former Ambassador of US cuisine in Vietnam (2015-2016), Luong has been on a mission to share his appreciation for food with the world.

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