How to Cut Potato French Fries

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Wondering which is the best way to cut potatoes into fries? Here’s a complete step by step guide and a video that will show you how to get perfect potato fries.

How to cut french fries

Whether you’re air frying, roasting, or deep frying french fries, you need to know how to cut them. Fortunately, there’s no right or wrong way to cut french fries, but today you are about to learn the easiest and fastest way to go about it.

Before we get to it. Did you know that potatoes contain significant amounts of fiber? Fiber helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood, thereby decreasing the risk of heart disease.

Great knife skills are crucial for becoming a better cook. This is a skill you will use almost everyday with just about everything you cook.

Cutting board

So first things first you will need a cutting board, there are a lot of variations out there from plastic, wood to glass cutting boards which I totally don’t recommend.

Wooden cutting has proven to be the most reliable and safe cutting board.

You need to make sure that your cutting board is secure, a wobbly cutting board can result into knife slipping and injury which we should avoid.

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The easy fix for this is to place a damp paper towel underneath the cutting board if your cutting board doesn’t come with grips.

Knife Safety

No matter what you are cutting safety is more important. So the first step is to protect your non cutting hand by forming a bear claw.

I know this will feel weird at first but its to protect your fingers.

Chef’s Knife

A good chefs knife is the number one tool in the kitchen, it has a good weight, a smooth blade and you can cut anything with it.

In order to hold your knife properly you need to grip the base with your index finger and your thumb.

If you pinch the base with your index finger and thumb and wrap around the handle with the rest of your fingers you will have total control of your knife.

Here’s what you can make with these Potato french fries

  • Crispy fried french fries
  • Baked crispy french fries


  • Potatoes. Large Russets, yellow or red potatoes are perfect for french fries.


  • Cutting board

  • Chef’s Knife

Video on how to properly Cut Potatoes into french fries

Watch this quick recipe video below to see how easy it is to cut french fries.

How to cut potatoes into fries step by step

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Can you freeze these potato wedges?

Yes, most of the time I bulk prep. I cut these up and soak them in salted ice water for 30 minutes to remove starch and throw them in the freezer in a container or plastic bag. So they are always ready when I need them.

How to prevent potato fries from browning?

Lowering the pH of the potato helps fight off oxidation. White vinegar or Lemon juice in the bowl with the potatoes will ward off gray hues.

Which potatoes are best for french fries?

You can never go wrong with large russet potatoes or yellow potatoes.

How to store potatoes

You might have heard people saying the best way to store potatoes is in the refrigerator, trust me this is bad for potatoes.
Potatoes don’t do well with fridge temperatures they prefer temperatures between 40 °F and 50 °F (5°C to 10°C).
The best way to store potatoes for a long term is to keep them in you vegetable rack or a drawer. Make sure you remove them from the plastic bag they come in with.

How to cut french fries

How to Cut Potato French Fries

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Homemade french fries are undoubtedly the best, but before you make them you need to know how to cut them.


  • 4 large potatoes


  1. Using a large chef's knife cut a thin slice off the edge of the potato. This will serve as a base.
  2. Place the cut side facing down and cut thin slices, about 1 cm or 0.4 inches thick.
  3. Now stack the slices, then cut them to make French fries.
Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 281Total Fat 18.37gSaturated Fat 3.51gTrans Fat 8.321gUnsaturated Fat 5.504gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1943mgCarbohydrates 160.06gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

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