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fried, wavy cut potato sticks on baking sheet with a silver cup of fry sauce
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Crinkle Cut French Fries

Crispy, crunchy wavy cut french fries made homemade. Can be fried right away of frozen for baking or frying later.
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 tbsp 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 1/4 inch parallel cuts through the potatoes, then cut those cross wise, at 1/4 inch wide to create 1/4 inch sticks with wavy edges.
  • Soak the cut french fries in an ice bath for 20 minutes to absorb excess starch.
    wavy cut potato sticks in an ice bath in a glass bowl
  • 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).
  • In a few batches, deep fry french fries in oil until golden, about 8 minutes. See recipe notes below for instructions for freezing. (If freezing for later use, only fry half way.)
    french fries deep frying in a cast iron stock pot of hot oil
  • 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.
    deep fried wavy cut potatoes arranged in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet


  1. Dusting cut fries with rice flour is not required, but helps make them more crispy. 
  2. If you're planning to prepare these for storage for the freezer, and for later cooking, just follow the directions as they are written but par fry the fries half way. Arrange par fried french fries in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid, then store in a zipper bag and freeze until ready to cook.
  3. To cook from frozen, fry in 350 degree oil for 3-5 minutes until golden brown or bake at 400 degrees in the oven until crispy and golden, about 20 minutes. 
  4. Do not drain fried fries directly on paper towels, as this can make them soggy. Instead lay them on a hard baking sheet or fry, toss with salt and serve right away. 
  5. Discard of used oil once cooled, or strain and reserve for one more use. Let hot oil come to room temperature in a safe place where it won't get knocked over or pulled down by children-even cooling oil can cause life threatening burns. 


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