How to Make McDonald's French Fries

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McDonald's French Fries

In 1948, Dick and Mac McDonald operated a self-service restaurant featuring hamburgers, soft drinks, and potato chips. One year later, French fries first appeared on their menu. Now, over 60 years later, McDonald’s restaurants operate in 119 countries, and French fries are a staple menu item.

While heading out for a meal at your local McDonald’s restaurant is a special treat, especially if you have a coupon, now you can use this McDonald’s French Fry recipe to make your favorite snack right in your own kitchen. If you are feeling adventurous, try making a McDonald's Big Mac and a McDonald's Smoothie to round out your meal.

Start to finish: 1 hour (includes 30 minutes to soak potato slices)

Serves: 4

McDonaldsfries.jpgFlickr: BuBBy
Offered by McDonald’s
Customer service phone 800-244-6227
Served as Side dish, appetizer
Main ingredients Potatoes
Cooking method Frying
Similar to French fries
Author Julie Clark

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McDonald’s French Fries Ingredients

  • 2 large Idaho russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 6 cups vegetable oil[1]
  • 1/4 cup beef lard (or save the fat from previously cooked burgers)
  • Salt

McDonald’s French Fies Recipe

  1. Peel and cut the potatoes into shoestring slices, ¼ inch thick and 4 to 6 inches long.
  2. In a strainer, rinse the potato slices in cold running water until water becomes clear.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, corn syrup, and hot water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Place the potato slices in the sugar water mixture. Cover with water by 1-inch and cover with ice. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. In an electric deep fryer, heat the vegetable oil and beef lard at high heat until the thermometer registers 375 degrees F. It is important to adhere to the fill-line of your electric fryer, as the oil and fries will bubble up when they are added.
  6. Remove the potato slices from the sugar water and dry them thoroughly. #Add potato slices, a handful at a time, to the fryer basket and submerge the basket into the hot oil. Fry until potatoes are soft and begin to turn light brown, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove fries from the oil; place fries on a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Allow fries to rest for about 10 minutes before beginning the second fry cycle. (Fries can rest for up to 2 hours at this stage).
  8. Return the fries, in small batches, to the hot oil for a second fry cycle. Cook the fries for 1-2 minutes until the fries begin to puff slightly and darken in color.
  9. Drain fries once again in a towel lined with clean paper towels and sprinkle liberally with salt.

Recipe by CopyCatRecipeGuide's Food Editors

Making McDonald’s French Fries

In this video, a home chef demonstrates how to make McDonald’s French fries.


  • Once the potatoes have been peeled, cut, and placed in the sugar water solution, they can remain in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. This will allow you to plan ahead and greatly decrease your meal preparation time, which is especially useful if you’re planning to make these fries on a weeknight.
  • The distinctive flavor of McDonald’s French fries is partially due to the beef extract used in preparing the fries.[2] This recipe calls for beef lard to replicate that flavor. You can omit this ingredient if you would prefer.

Also See: How to Make a Smoothie Like McDonald's, How To Make McDonald's Chicken Nuggets, How to Make McDonald's Hotcakes, How to Make a McDonald's Big Mac, How to Make McDonald’s Special Sauce