How to season fries

Posted on Last updated: May 27, 2021 By: Author Jennifer

How to season fries

How to season fries

How to season fries

Homemade Fry Seasoning is QUICK and EASY to make and perfect for adding some SPICE to plain French fries. Try it on fries made in the oven, air fryer, or deep fried!

How to season fries

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What do you put on french fries?

Is there something else besides plain old salt and pepper?

Are you a ketchup dipper?

What about the controversial mayonnaise?

I am a PURIST when it comes to my fries. I like salt and A LOT OF IT!

But, if I am feeling frisky and spicy, seasoned fries are the way to go. Some “seasoned” fries are actually coated in a thin breading that has herbs and spices in it.

If you like to keep it simple, a good dusting of the perfect seasoning mix is all you need.

And this recipe is just what you’re looking for.

What is fry seasoning made of?

Not to be confused with the popular seasoning or seasoned salt, french fry seasoning is a combination of the best herbs and spices that bring out the best of the potato!

The best part of making it homemade is that you can add your favorite herbs to suit your cravings. And, if you are salty like me, a little extra!

Need a salt-free spice mix? Feel free to leave the salt out all together!

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How to season fries


  • salt
  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • parsley
  • celery salt
  • cayenne

How to make homemade french fry seasoning

STEP ONE: Combine all the ingredients until thoroughly mixed.

STEP TWO: Store in an airtight container until ready to use. This shaker works great!

STEP THREE: Sprinkle on hot French Fries to add some spice and extra flavor!

How to season fries

How to season fries

Depending on the type of fries and how you are preparing them determines how you season them.

If you are baking or air frying the fries, season them before you cook them.

Deep frying the old fashioned way? Season them as soon as they come out of the oil when they are hot and have a little oil still on them.

Frozen fries are easy to season because they have a layer of moisture on them when you remove them from the freezer.

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How do you get the seasoning to stick to the fries?

Toss the fries in olive oil to lightly coat them. Sprinkle on the seasoning and it will stick to the potatoes. Then bake or fry as usual.

How to season fries

How to store fry seasoning

An air tight container is best. It keeps the spices from turning stale and losing their flavor. These are my favorite jars.

You can also use a spice jar with a shaker top so it’s easy to sprinkle on those hot fries!

Like all your other spices and seasoning, a cool, dry, and dark spot in your kitchen is the best place to store it.

I have a spice drawer next to my cook top that is convenient.

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Uses for fry seasoning

This seasoning mix really good on fries but it works for so many other foods!

  • Chicken Wings
  • Tater Tots
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Roasted or Baked Potatoes
  • Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches, Sliders

How to season fries

This fry seasoning blend will add a zip and kick to any fry recipe that you have. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle it on!

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French fries are without question one of the world’s most beloved foods. The ideal fry depends on many things including cooking techniques, but seasonings play a big role. Plain French fries are no longer the only option in town. Here are some of the best seasonings for fries.

Salt is the most basic of all seasonings and is easily the most important when it comes to giving flavor to fries. Most fries are consumed with salt alone as it does not mask the taste of the fry but will accentuate it instead.


Garlic is one of the most popular seasonings and is versatile because it comes in so many forms. Garlic powder goes particularly well with fries. Garlic’s sulfurous aroma transforms a plate of plain fries into something savory and extraordinary.


A source of the compounds that provide the umami component in savory foods, parmesan is used as an accent to dishes that need a dash of salty intensity. You can use Parmesan instead of salt for a low-sodium option or you can add it along with salt for even more flavor. Parmesan can go with most other spices but is especially complementary to garlic.

Old Bay

One of America’s oldest spice blends that is still being produced and sold today, Old Bay is a favorite in Maryland and is traditionally used to season that state’s famous blue crabs. Old Bay is a collection of numerous spices like paprika, mustard and celery seed. On fries, Old Bay enhances the savoriness of the crisp potato and works with the salt to create something exceptionally flavorful.


The traditional American accompaniment to fries, ketchup provides a sweet and spiced contrast to the simple saltiness of fries. Not only do its spices and acidity help to balance out the salt and fat, but it also brings moisture. Ketchup is also the perfect consistency to make a dipping sauce for your fries.

Barbecue sauce

Thick and rich like ketchup, barbecue sauce an ideal alternative if you want something spicier and smokier. It also contains liquid smoke, molasses and other seasonings that perfectly complement salty fries.


While vinegar is most common as a seasoning for fries in the United Kingdom, it has a strong following elsewhere as well. It is especially popular when the fires (also called chips) are being served alongside fish. Vinegar’s acidity not only pairs well with the salt on the chips, but it also helps to cut through the mouth-coating fattiness. The preferred vinegar for fries is malt vinegar, which has a nutty flavor with citrus elements.


Fries with mayonnaise are a popular combination in Belgium. The mayonnaise serves the same purpose as ketchup but without the sweetness. It provides a tang from vinegar and mustard seed while keeping the fries from becoming too dry.

Gravy and cheese

Gravy is a popular seasoning for fries in Canada and is a part of the Canadian national dish called poutine. In poutine, cheese curds make up the third main ingredient. The gravy used is a brown gravy, which also shows up in New Jersey’s disco fries. Disco fries are similar to poutine in that both involve cheese and gravy served over fries; however, disco fries are made with mozzarella instead of cheese curds.

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How to season fries

Baked seasoned French fries are a healthy, delicious alternative to conventional French fries. Coated in a delicious homemade seasoning blend and baked to a perfect, crisp finish.

How to season fries

French fries, there’s just something about them that I absolutely love. I’m not talking about those lackluster fast-food gobs of fried, starchy flavorless things, either. I’m talking about the real deal. Some delicious, crisp, baked (not fried) seasoned to perfection deliciousness that is a good French fry.

They’re hard to come by, but once you find them… you’ll suddenly want to make them as a side for every dish you prepare and maybe even a snack. And since these French fries are baked, they’re not quite as unhealthy as their deep-fried counterparts. Plus, they didn’t come from a questionable fast-food establishment, so you know they’re good.

French fries to me are the perfect side to so many things. Burgers, steaks, baby back ribs… I really enjoy some homemade goodies. But, they need more than just salt, they need to be seasoned to actually taste good. Salt has its own place and my French fries isn’t one of them.

I used to make them and try to accomplish frying them to get them crispy. I generally failed. They were good, but they just didn’t have the crisp I was looking for, plus frying French fries makes a huge mess. And well, requires grease. I don’t like messes and I have a monkey of a toddler that tries to climb on all of the things so frying food is saved for special occasions.

This seasoned French fries recipe doesn’t require any dangerous pots of grease and doesn’t make a huge mess. And they’re absolutely, breathtakingly delicious. Once you try these fries you will never, not once, want to go to a different fry. These are so dang good, and so dang easy.

How to season fries

How to Make Seasoned French Fries

I just want to share a few tips with you to get the best, crispiest fries as a result. First, you need thin fries. We use this French fry cutter and it works really, really well. It makes them the perfect size. The only complaint I have about it is sometimes it’s a little difficult to get through the fresh potatoes. And you want fresh, firm potatoes. If they’re getting soft, boil them and mash them, don’t use them for your fries.

Last, but certainly not least, you really need to soak these in cold water for roughly an hour. Then, drain them and dry them really, really well. You can skip this step, but it really helps them crisp up in the oven. I tried this trick with frying them and it didn’t work, but it does work for these baked fries. If you simply don’t have time, don’t fret, you can still make them. Just realize if you don’t soak them and dry them off when you’re finished soaking them, they won’t be quite as crispy as they would if you had time.

That all being said, I’ve made thicker fries (hand cut with a knife when I just can’t get enough leverage on the fry slicer). I’ve made fries in a hurry without soaking them. They’re still absolutely delicious and they’re still crispy. Just the more work you put into the recipe and the more time you can give to it, the better they’ll be.

How to season fries

There are a few secrets to making perfectly crispy French fries at home. The goal is to ensure that the center of the fries are fully cooked before the outsides get too brown. The way to achieve this is to cook the fries twice using a particular type of potato and oil.

Frying your fries two times might sound like a lot of work. However, if you want them light and crispy, that’s what you have to do. Otherwise, they’ll either be crispy but undercooked in the middle or just plain greasy and limp.

The Best Potatoes

High starch potatoes like Idaho potatoes (also called Russet potatoes) are best for French fries. This variety is denser and they have the least amount of moisture in them.

Avoid waxy potatoes, a category that includes any with red skin, new potatoes, and fingerling potatoes. These contain so much water that they will actually hollow out when you fry them because the water will evaporate.

Prepare the Potatoes

Before you begin preparing the potatoes, fill a large bowl with cold water and add a tablespoon of lemon juice. As soon as you cut the fries, you’re going to transfer them to this bowl. Cut potatoes will start to discolor if they’re exposed to oxygen for too long—even if they’re in the water. (There’s oxygen in water, after all.) But a little bit of acid in the water helps keep the potatoes nice and white.

  1. Peel the potatoes and remove any eyes.
  2. Square off the potato with your knife and slice it into 1/4-inch slabs. Cut each slab into 1/4-inch strips. The fries should be about 3 inches long. Transfer them to the cold water as you go.
  3. When the fries are cut, rinse them under cold water in the bowl until the water turns clear. The idea is to rinse off any excess starch.
  4. Add another tablespoon of lemon juice, and then a few cups of ice—enough to chill the water thoroughly. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes. This step prevents the outside of the french fries from getting too brown before the inside cooks all the way through.

The Best Oil

Refined peanut oil is the best oil to use for making french fries. You can also use canola or safflower oil. Additionally, restaurant fries are so crispy because, among other things, they use old oil continuously.

As oil heats up it breaks down—cooking oils with a high smoke point will break down more slowly—and that creates crispier fries. The general rule of thumb is that you can reuse frying oil three or four times, or for a total of six hours cooking time. It needs to be properly filtered and stored in an airtight container, preferably in the refrigerator or a cool, dark, dry place. However, it can degrade faster than that. Before moving the storage container, look for any separation in the oil and then give it a sniff test; if it smells off or acrid, don’t use it.

The Double-Fry Method

When it comes to the actual cooking, you want to fry the french fries twice. The first round is at a lower temperature to cook the inside of the potato and the second time you’ll use a higher temperature to make the fries golden brown and crispy.

You can use a home deep-fryer or just heat the oil in a Dutch oven. Use a candy or frying thermometer to monitor the oil’s temperature; thermometers that clip onto the edge of the pot ensure it doesn’t slide around.

Add this french fry seasoning to any french fry recipe for perfectly flavored french fries. Easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.

This post was sponsored by Noble Juice. All opinions are my own.

How to season fries

French Fry Seasoning

For some reason, I think of french fries as a summer food. Maybe it’s a deep association with cookouts and hamburgers? Regardless, the moment we get a true cold snap here in Florida, I react by craving summertime foods.

It’s actually managed to get below 50 F this week, so I’m in full-on winter denial mode. Lemonade and french fries are at the top of my mind. Why lemonade? Because if I’m thinking seriously about french fries, then I’m thinking about lemonade as well.

Think about it. It’s the perfect pairing! Cold versus hot, sweet versus salty, and the piquant acidity of citrus to cleanse the palate after each bite. If I sound like a mad summer sommelier, that’s because I take my food and beverage pairings seriously. I like to pair my french fries with Noble Juice Organic Mint Lemonade with Aloe.

How to season fries

Crisp and clean, with just enough of a hint of mint to keep things interesting, this lemonade is summer in a bottle. (Find it in a store with this product locator.)

Once you’re fully stocked with lemonade, you’re going to want the perfect french fry seasoning. I’ve tested dozens of different combinations of seasonings to find the best combination to complement french fries.

When I started testing recipes, I had a few guidelines in mind based on my experiences eating french fries.

How to season fries

First, the seasoning blend couldn’t be too salty. It had to be just salty enough for flavor without forcing you to feel like you’d licked a hunk of salt.

Second, the french fry seasoning couldn’t contain anything that would distract from the potato goodness. I love fancy-flavored fries as much as the next person, but rosemary chipotle fries are not what we’re going for. This french fry seasoning needed a light touch and a classic approach so as not to overwhelm.

These considerations led me to keep the list of french fry seasoning blend ingredients on the short side, making it easy to put together quickly and inexpensively.

How to season fries

These baked seasoned steak fries are one of my favorite side dishes because I am a huge potato lover and you save calories by baking them instead of deep frying them.

If you have ever been to a steak house or a burger joint, they usually have these giant, thick, delicious, and perfectly fried fries. I decided to go home and try to make them myself . . . the end result was amazing!

That is exactly what I did. I made these steak fries and fell in love. Personally, I like them more than fried fries!

How to pick the best potatoes:

This recipe calls for large Russet potatoes. When picking these out at the grocery store, it’s important you find the best ones.

You first want to give the potatoes a little squeeze. You want to be sure that there is no give and the potatoes are firm.

Soft potatoes are not as good!

Although soft potatoes aren’t bad to eat, we recommend the crisp, firm potatoes for better flavor and texture when cooking.

When finding your perfect potatoes, you also want to check for cuts and blemishes.

When the potatoes have cuts and blemishes, this means that bacteria has gotten in and you will have to cut these areas out, which may lead to some uncomfortable cutting, and wasted potatoes.

How to cut potatoes:

When it comes to cutting the perfect steak fries, there are a few things you want to know:

  • Start with a raw potato that has been scrubbed clean and patted dry.
  • Turn the potato on it’s side lengthwise and cut into three large, long sections.
  • Slice each section into lengthwise into steak fries, about 1/4 inch thick and 4-5 inches long (the length will depend on the length of your potato).

How to Make Baked Seasoned Steak Fries:

1. Following the tips above, cut the potatoes into fries. I f you like thicker fries, you will have to cook them for a little longer.

2. Mix the olive oil and seasonings together in a bowl. Add in the potato wedges with the seasonings and toss until evenly coated.

A secret to getting each fry coated in seasoning is to use your hands. If you want to avoid a mess, you can also do this in a gallon-sized resealable bag and shake them all up until they are evenly coated with delicious flavor.

3. Place the coated potato wedges on a baking sheet that has been covered in foil and bake for 45 minutes until baked through and golden.

Of course if you have decided to make them a little thicker, you will want to add some time on.

Be sure to frequently check them so they don’t burn… unless you are like me and prefer those crunchy fries.

It really is the simplest recipe and can easily be doubled to feed more people.

Try this French fry seasoning because it is the best seasoning for homemade fries!

How to season fries

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Whether you make fresh fries and cut them from a potato or you use frozen fries any will taste better with this seasoning for homemade fries. The best thing is you can easily customize this spice blend to your taste. So are you ready to learn how to make French fry seasoning? Let’s get started!

How to season fries

This seasoning gives all of your fries more flavor. This seasoning has the eat-on factor for sure.

You will only stop when all of the fries are gone.

This spice blend is great with fries but if you love pan-fried potatoes, wedges, or sliced potatoes this seasoning will taste great on these as well.

This French fry spice blend doesn’t contain any salt and it doesn’t need it because all the other spices give the fries an amazing taste!

So no salt needed.

Want to see how you can make this seasoning recipe? Take a look at the recipe video with step-by-step instructions.

That way you can easily follow along and make this seasoning from scratch.

How to season fries
French fry seasoning ingredients

To make this homemade French fry seasoning requires a number of spices from your spice rack.

Have the following ready when you start:

  • Paprika powder
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried parsley
  • Homemade chili powder
  • Black pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Cayenne pepper

How to season fries

How to make French fry seasoning

To make this seasoning recipe is really easy. Take a small bowl and all of the spices required in the ingredient list.

Measure the spices as mentioned in the recipe and put them in a small bowl.

Take a spoon a stir for a least 1 minute to thoroughly combine the ingredients and evenly distribute the spices.

Spoon the ingredients into a glass jar or airtight container.

You can also put all of the ingredients in a jar, close the lid, and shake the jar to combine the ingredients.

How to season fries

The best way to store French fry seasoning

The best way you can store your seasoning is to either put the seasoning in a glass jar.

You can also store seasoning in an airtight container. Store your seasoning in a dry and dark place e.g. in a kitchen cabinet or pantry.

Do not put your jar with seasoning in the sun or in the freezer. This will impact the flavor of the seasoning.

You can easily keep this seasoning for more than a year if not longer.

How to season fries

When to season fries before or after frying?

Always after frying especially if you are frying your fries in oil and want to reuse the oil.

When you bake your fries in the oven you can season them before you put them in the oven.

I usually season them after baking. Put the seasoning in a glass jar with sprinkling holes and you can sprinkle the seasoning on your fries.

Other seasoning recipes

If you love to make your own spice blends take a look at these seasoning recipes:

How to season fries

Have fun making trying this seasoning for homemade fries!

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How to season fries

French Fry Seasoning

Make your French fries taste better? Sprinkle them with this easy to make French fry seasoning. The best seasoning for homemade fries!


  • 2 teaspoons paprika powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1½ teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Take a small
  2. Measure the ingredients as mentioned in the ingredient list
  3. Stir with a spoon to thoroughly combine the ingredients
  4. Put in a glass jar to store

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How to season fries

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This limited-time-only new product from the country’s biggest Mexican fast food chain is easy to make with bagged fries found in the freezer section of your food store, and you can make as many or as few as you want at one time since there is enough seasoning and cheese sauce for one 2-pound bag. Get Ore-Ida Golden Fries if you can find them, and if you want the best clone you really should fry them, although baking works too.

The secret spicy ingredient in the nacho cheese sauce is brine from the bottled jalapeno nacho slices, plus a little cayenne for extra boom.

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Seasoning Blend
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Cheese Sauce
  • 1 cup Cheez Whiz cheese dip
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 5 teaspoons brine from bottled sliced jalapeño peppers
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 2-pound bag Ore-Ida Golden Fries frozen French fries

1. Combine the ingredients for the seasoning blend in a small bowl.

2. Combine the ingredients for the cheese sauce in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk until smooth and heat until hot.

3. Make the French fries following the instructions on the bag. The best way is to fry them (3 to 5 minutes in 375-degree oil). You may also bake them.

4. When the fries are done put them in a large bowl and sprinkle them with the seasoning blend. Serve the fries with the cheese dipping sauce on the side.

Makes 2 pounds (6 servings).