In-N-Out Animal Style French Fries (Copycat)

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Animal-Style French Fries are fried golden brown, topped with melty American Cheese, buttery melted caramelized onions and a signature fry sauce. Serve with a fork or eat with your fingers if you dare, these fries are a cult favorite! Animal-Style French Fries are fried golden brown, topped with melty American Cheese, buttery melted caramelized onions and a signature fry sauce. Serve with a fork or eat with your fingers if you dare, these fries are a cult favorite!

Kenji’s delicious recipe for the Double Double Animal-Style Cheeseburger was such a spot on hit, I’ve carried it through to the next day to recreate the Animal Style French Fries to accompany it. Kenji declined to make the French fries because he declared that In-N-Out has never really been known for their fries. This, I hate to admit, is pretty true. The French fries were always the weakest link in the very short chain of a menu with only a double cheeseburger, cheeseburger, hamburger and fries on the menu.

The animal style French fries however are another story. They are wonderful, but with a fault. Because In-N-Out French fries are only fried once before serving you don’t get the ultra crispy fries you are used to in a fast food place. Any other burger shop you go to is going to fry frozen pre-fried potatoes so that they get the elusive double fry.

So I did what any self respecting fry enthusiast would do. I took the idea of the animal style French fries and fixed the only flaw it had, the single fry and instituted the important double fry. The result are a more crispy french fry that doesn’t immediately get soggy under the weight of its toppings.

Animal-Style French Fries are fried golden brown, topped with melty American Cheese, buttery melted caramelized onions and a signature fry sauce. Serve with a fork or eat with your fingers if you dare, these fries are a cult favorite!

Keep the sliced potatoes in a bowl of cold water while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt to skillet.
Reduce heat to medium low, and cook, tossing and stirring occasionally until onions are well browned, about 15 minutes.

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Once onions begin to sizzle heavily and appear dry, add 1 tablespoon water to skillet and stir. Continue cooking until water evaporates and onions start sizzling again. Repeat process, adding 1 tablespoon of water with each iteration until onions are meltingly soft and dark brown, about 3 times total.  Transfer to a small bowl and set aside while leaving any residual butter in the pan.

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In 'n Out Animal French Fries (Copycat)

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  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Course: Side
  • Cuisine: American
Animal-Style French Fries are fried golden brown, topped with melty American Cheese, buttery melted caramelized onions and a signature fry sauce. Serve with a fork or eat with your fingers if you dare, these fries are a cult favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion , finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 4 slices deli-cut American Cheese
  • 2 lbs russet potatoes , peeled and cut into 1/4 inch fries

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Keep the sliced potatoes in a bowl of cold water while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  3. Add onions and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt to skillet.
  4. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook, tossing and stirring occasionally until onions are well browned, about 15 minutes.
  5. Once onions begin to sizzle heavily and appear dry, add 1 tablespoon water to skillet and stir.
  6. Continue cooking until water evaporates and onions start sizzling again.
  7. Repeat process, adding 1 tablespoon of water with each iteration until onions are meltingly soft and dark brown, about 3 times total.
  8. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside while leaving any residual butter in the pan.
  9. To make the animal fry spread: Add mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, sugar, and vinegar to a small bowl and stir to combine.
  10. Dry the potatoes. Heat oil to 365 degrees
  11. Fry for 3-4 minutes or until the fries start turning a bit whiter.
  12. Remove with slotted spoon and do the next batch.
  13. To double fry, put the potatoes back in the hot oil after they've cooled and fry a second time for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.
  14. Place fries on plate, cover with slices of American Cheese, melted onions, and the animal style spread.
  15. Serve immediately!

Recipe Notes

Sauce and Onions adapted from Kenji at the Serious Eat's Food Lab.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Animal-Style French Fries are fried golden brown, topped with melty American Cheese, buttery melted caramelized onions and a signature fry sauce. Serve with a fork or eat with your fingers if you dare, these fries are a cult favorite!

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    1. I remember in high school when someone told me I thought I was part of a secret club! But now when you order the fries they come in a special “Animal Style Fries” box, way less secret!

    1. Yup! It is so good. Funnily enough you can ask for Animal Style Burgers for no extra cost, but getting the fries animal style literally doubles the cost of them!

    1. My husband is the same way! He is pretty good with Animal style burgers but prefers his fries plain. I LOVE the fries animal style 🙂

  1. I have never eaten at a In n Out Burger before and really never had the desire to until now. (They don’t have them where I am from.) Now thanks to you, I know I am missing out. But hey, I can make your at home version which look scrumptious. But really, now I’m sad I have no In n Out.

    1. You and I should be best friends, that is exactly how I feel too! I joke if I were ever a contestant on the biggest loser or some show like that and they had one of those temptation challenges with desserts I would ACE it. A temptation challenge with fries? I’d be passed out with a stomach full of fries on the floor hugging what fries I couldn’t finish.

  2. I’ve never heard of anything animal-style, but boy after seeing this I want to try both the hamburger and the fries. We actually hamburgers tonight for dinner so this would have been perfect.

  3. Oh my gosh this would be such a treat!I think going with the double fry was a good move. I’d love to make some for the family!

    1. The double fry is essential! That is why people complain about their fries, the single fry makes for wimpy fries after five minutes.

    1. Yeah, on oven baked fries they would also be amazing. I should totally do that too! I am not a huge fan of frying in the house either.

  4. Those look delicious! I need to try these out very soon. Sounds like they’re pretty simple to make too. I can’t wait to try them! I’ve actually never heard of In N Out, so it must not be in my area, but I’m glad you’re sharing this recipe.

    1. It is so amazing how they are just a part of everyday life for everyone here but not at all part of life outside the West Coast.

    1. YES! I had to leave the room while my husband ate the rest of it and I made him bring me food upstairs so I wasn’t around it anymore. THEY ARE THAT GOOD.

  5. I have never tried fries like this before. They look so good. My kids are going to love them. I love trying new recipes.

  6. Looks soooo good! I really miss In-n-Out.. Makes me want to live in Cali again! Quick tip: ask for your fries to be “well done” next time – they come out super crispy and wonderful.

  7. Okay we get it commenters this looks good, it tastes great to people who’s never had the original, etc. lol Can someone who actually has made this and had had the original as well comment and tell me how accurate this is? An entertainer I like is in love with animal fries but I love nowhere NEAR and In and Out so want to ft as close of a copy cat as humanly possible. 

  8. I made these and they were delish! I’ve never been to a In n’ Out but heard about it from a colleague and had to try it.

    I do find it difficult to believe that only one large onion was used for this recipe – I used three large onions and by the time they were done caramelizing it was still way less onion than shown.