These plant-based French fries are incredibly crispy and bursting with flavor. These French fries are excellent as a side dish, but they are also wonderful when served in the role of an appetizer or snack.
When you think of French fries, you probably have the impression that they are completely free of animal products. Technically speaking, this is the case; however, a lot of restaurants and fast food restaurants fry their fries in animal products like duck fat or lard, both of which are obviously not vegan and are in no way appropriate for people who follow a vegan diet.
This recipe disproves the widespread belief that the only way to make great French fries is to cook them in animal fat. Many people hold this misconception. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to produce the most delicious French fries with just plant-based components.
Why I Adore This Recipe in Particular
Crispiness: These plant-based French fries have an incredible level of crispiness. They are so light and airy that if you bang on the kitchen counter with them, you will hear a knocking sound.
Components That Are Commonly Found In Kitchens These wonderful vegan French fries are cooked using materials that are commonly found in kitchens.
Absolutely no animal products were used in the production of these vegan meals. These are all plant-based, yet despite that, everyone will like them!
Ingredients And Available Alternatives
Potatoes, vegetable oil, and salt are the three primary components that go into making vegan French fries. From the plethora of alternatives that are now available, this is how you should choose your ingredients:
- Potatoes: Choose Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes. When baked or fried, these two varieties of potatoes take on a crisp texture.
- Oil: Use either vegetable oil or, if you don’t mind the taste of coconut, coconut oil in place of the vegetable oil.
- When I make french fries, I like to season them with coarse sea salt instead of table salt. While sea salt adheres beautifully to newly cooked fries, table salt has a tendency to bead up and fall off.
How to Achieve the Ideal Flavor in Your French Fries
There is no such thing as a flawless French fry created by chance; rather, it is the result of careful preparation and cooking. Here are some pointers to help you create the best fries ever!
1. Make Sure You Pick The Appropriate Kind!
Choose Yukon gold or Russet potatoes for your frying or baking needs since these varieties provide the greatest results.
2. Make the Appropriate Cuts
An ideal serving of French fries would also have a flawless form. Make sure the slices are longer than a quarter of an inch. You may use a knife to cut them, or you can cut them using a French fry cutter.
3. Get Them in the Right Condition
After giving them a thorough washing, place the fries in a bowl of water. Put the bowl containing the fries in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
After that, remove the fries from the oil and pat them dry. This is significant because even a little amount of water might result in splashes of oil, which can lead to injuries in the kitchen.
4. Warm up the oil.
Your french fries will end up with a chewy texture in the middle after the initial cooking. This is significant because the ideal fries have a chewy inside but a crunchy outside.
After the french fries have been blanched in oil for a short period of time, take them from the oil using a slotted spoon and lay them on a wire rack that has been lined with paper towels. Put the fries in the refrigerator for a while so that they may cool down.
5. Offer Them Something Crisp
Once the fries have regained their original temperature, the oil should be heated once again. Fry the fries once they have cooled down until they are crisp. Take a slotted spoon and lift the fries out of the pan, then set them in a bowl.
6. Use a Minimal Amount of Seasoning
Add some coarse sea salt to the french fries, then place them in a basin and toss them lightly so that they are uniformly coated.
Salt is the sole seasoning that is typically used on French fries; however, you are free to experiment with additional seasonings if you so want.
I would suggest adding chile powder, onion powder, or garlic powder if you wanted to add something additional to the dish. Be careful not to go overboard with them; just a little will do!
Vegan French Fries
Time required for preparation: ten minutes in addition to any idle time
Cooking time: 20 minutes
1 pound Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes
Vegetable oil, for cooking
Sea salt, as requested
- Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from the potatoes.
- The potatoes should be cut into the shape of French fries. Check that they are all around the same thickness, which should be less than half an inch.
- To clean the fries, run cold water over them.
- A dish should be filled with ice water. Place the french fries in the refrigerator for two hours after submerging them in water.
- After draining the potatoes, give each one a thorough drying with some paper towels.
- In a saucepan or skillet, bring about 2 inches of oil to a temperature of 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cook the fries until they are fork-tender. Carry out this process in stages, and ensure that you wait at least ten seconds between each stage addition before beginning the next stage. Blanching the french fries is the objective here; browning them is not the desired result.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the fries from the oil and lay them on a wire rack that has been lined with paper towels. Put the fries in the refrigerator for an hour so that they may become cold.
- Bring the temperature of the oil up to 400 degrees.
- Fry the fries after they have been blanched until they are golden brown and crispy.
- Using a slotted spoon, take the fries out of the pan. Put them on a wire rack so that any extra oil may drain off of them.
- Place the french fries in a basin, and then sprinkle some kosher salt over them. Toss the french fries with care, and serve them hot.