For a fresh twist on conventional frites, try making this homemade lemon fries recipe. Salty, crispy potatoes are seasoned with citrus and black pepper to give them just the right amount of zesty flavor. Pair lemon French fries with garden vegetable tartines for a delicious meal.
Cook’s note: Keep a splatter-guard handy for this recipe. If you do get hot oil on your skin, hold it under cold running water for several minutes and seek medical attention if in doubt. Never use ice to chill a burn; it can cause skin damage.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Soak: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 4 large potatoes, peeled
- Oil for frying
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
How to make lemon fries:
Cut the potatoes lengthwise into thin strips, about 1/3-inch in width. Soak the potatoes in ice-cold water for 1 hour, drain, and pat completely dry.
Heat the oil in a deep fryer or deep skillet to 325F and fry the potatoes, in batches, for 2 minutes. Drain the fries on fresh kitchen towels and heat the oil to 375F. Fry the potatoes for a second time, in batches, for 1 1/2 minutes. Drain the fries on baking sheets lined with fresh kitchen towels. Gently toss the fries with the lemon zest, juice, salt, and pepper. Serve the lemon fries hot.
This lemon fries recipe makes 4 large or 6 small servings.