Homemade Shoestring French Fries is a french fry recipe that's made three ways, these are deep fried

Homemade Shoestring French Fries

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Crispy, homemade shoestring french fries are perfect for appetizers or a side dish! I’m going to show you how to make these french fries baked in the oven, an air fryer and classic deep fried!



  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • Canola oil for frying method, olive oil for oven bake and air fryer method


  1. Slice the potatoes into shoestrings with a mandoline slicer or use a knife to cut thin slices lengthwise, then stack the slices and cut into thin strips.
  2. Soak the potatoes in a large bowl of cold water for 30 minutes, changing the water once during the soaking.
  3. Dry the potatoes completely on paper towels until no moisture remains. You can leave the potatoes sit at room temperature for another 30 minutes to air dry even further.

Deep Fry Method:

  1. Fill a large, heavy bottomed pot 1/3 of the way full with canola or vegetable oil. Do not over fill the pot with oil or the oil will boil over the pot.
  2. Heat the oil over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees, this should take about 10 minutes.
  3. Fry the potatoes in batches 3-5 minutes. How many potatoes you put in the pot at a time will depend on the size pot you are using. You don’t want to overcrowd the pot or it can boil over and the potatoes won’t get as crisp.
  4. Remove the fried potatoes to a plate lined with paper towels and season with salt and pepper while still hot.
  5. Garnish with parmesan cheese if desired.

Oven Bake Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Add the dried potatoes to a large bowl and toss with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and add to a baking sheet that’s been sprayed with cooking spray, making sure the potatoes are in a relatively even layer.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and toss the french fries.
  5. Place the french fries back in the oven and cook for another 15 minutes.
  6. At this point you can toss the fries once more and cook another 10 minutes or eat them as is, depending on how crispy you like them. I baked my fries for the extra 10 minutes.

Air Fryer Method: 

  1. Add the dried potatoes to a large bowl and toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Season with salt and pepper then place onto the trays of your air fryer. You’ll need to use all three shelves for this recipe. If you have a basket or bucket type air fryer, you’ll need to toss them a couple of times in between cooking.
  3. Cook using the french fry setting on your air fryer (see note*). Again, depending on the level of crispiness you want, you may want to cook them for one more session or you can add an additional 5 minutes at 400 degrees.
  4. Remove the french fries from the air fryer and season with salt and pepper and grated parmesan cheese if desired.

Recipe Notes

If your air fryer doesn’t have the french fry option, we like to cook these at 400 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Flipping in between cooking if you have a basket type air fryer instead of racks.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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