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Homemade Crinkle Cut Fries

Crispy, crunchy crinkle-cut french fries made homemade in the air fryer, stove top or oven.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crinkle cut, french fries, wavy
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Erin
Cost: $1.95


  • Crinkle Knife (French fry cutter)


  • 2 lbs potatoes about 5-6 russet or Yukon Gold
  • 3 tablespoon rice flour optional, for dusting
  • salt to taste
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Pour oil into a deep pot, to about 3-4 inches deep. Heat to 350 degrees. (This is around medium high heat, but not smoking.)
  • Wash and peel potatoes.
  • Use crinkle knife to cut ¼ inch parallel cuts through the potatoes, then cut those cross wise, at ¼ inch wide to create ¼ inch sticks with wavy edges.
  • Soak the cut french fries in an ice bath for 20 minutes to absorb excess starch.
  • Remove from water and dry thoroughly with a towel.
  • Toss the dried fries with rice flour to absorb excess moisture and aid in extra crispiness (optional).
  • Sprinkle the fries with fine salt.
  • In a few batches, air fry the french fries in a preheated 375 degree air fryer for 12-15 minutes, tossing halfway through until golden (see recipe notes for deep fry or bake instructions).
  • Remove cooked fries from the oil using a slotted spoon or deep frying basket, lie in a single layer and toss immediately with salt. Repeat with remaining batches until all the fries are cooked.


To deep fry:
Bring a few inches of neutral oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable or peanut oil to 350 degrees.
Add the fries, and deep fry in the oil for 3-5 minutes until golden and crispy.
Remove the fries from the oil with a slotted spoon or skimmer and sprinkle with salt immediately. 
To bake:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Arrange the cut potatoes on a baking sheet in a single layer. 
Drizzle the fries lightly with oil and sprinkle with fine salt, tossing to coat. 
Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and crispy, tossing halfway in between cooking time. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 637mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg