Shoestring French Fries

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Shoestring Fries are the perfect French Fries to make any time you’re craving a pile of crispy-crunchy fries. And, shoestring fries stay crispy longer than thicker fries!

Shoestring Fries in basket with salt

Why I love Shoestring Fries

Shoestring French Fries are my favorite kind of fries when I’m looking for a giant pile of crispy crunchy french fries that won’t go soft. There’s a good reason why Shoestring Fries are so much lower maintenance than normal fries:

  • the size of the cut means that there is less potato in the middle of the fry. The soft center of thicker cut fries maintains a level of moisture inside. As they cool or sit, that moisture escapes from the fries and makes them soft.
  • With the Shoestring Fries, the opposite is true since they are so thinly cut the whole bite is crispy and crunchy. The middles are minimal if at all present meaning it is all crunch!

The other great thing about Shoestring Fries is they don’t fill you up with all that warm fluffy starchy goodness of thicker french fries. Yep, in my scientific French fry eating research, I have found that I can eat a ton more of these Shoestring Fries than a normal plate of fries.

SEASONING Options for Shoestring Fries

A few other flavoring/topping ideas for these crispy little shoestring fries:

  • Covered with caramelized onions, secret sauce and cheese like with my In-N-Out Animal Style Fries.
  • Cheddar powder and powdered milk with a bit of salt for Cheddar and Sour Cream Fries!
  • My Loaded Garlic French Fries which are SO good you’ll be totally addicted to them.
  • Blue Cheese Powder (this is my new addiction since I discovered it at the Fancy Food Show in January) and chopped bacon.
  • Taco Seasoning packet with a dipping sauce of sour cream and a bit of hot sauce mixed in.
  • Creole Fries the Bold Creole seasoning from Tony Chachere’s (another Fancy Food Show find I’ve loved!)
  • Ground or fresh (super finely minced) ginger, a touch of sesame oil mixed with canola oil, minced garlic and salt dipped in teriyaki sauce

Tools I used in this ShoeString Fries recipe:

Shoestring Fries made with russet and sweet potatoes



Shoestring French Fries

  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Course: Side
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Shoestring French Fries are the perfect French Fries to make anytime you're craving a pile of crispy-crunchy fries and they stay crispy longer than thicker fries.


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • Kosher salt to taste


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

  1. Wash and peel your sweet potatoes. Cut into 1/8 - 1/4 inch thick fries. The easiest way to do this is using a french fry cutter or a small mandoline.
  2. In a large colander, rinse the potatoes for about 10-15 seconds under cold water.

  3. Dry with paper towels or a clean dish cloth.
  4. Heat your oil in your pot to 315-330 degrees using an oil thermometer.
  5. Add the fries but make sure you don't overcrowd your pan.
  6. Fry for 1-2 minutes (no browning yet) and drain on a brown paper bag.

  7. Once all the fries are done with their first dip in the oil, start the second round of frying.
  8. Fry them the second time for an additional 1-2 minutes, until they're browned and crispy.

  9. Season while hot with kosher salt and any other flavorings you want. Old bay seasoning is popular or even a cajun blend.
  10. If you're making ahead for a crowd, you can heat them in the oven at 325 degrees for 5-7 minutes to crisp them back up.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Amount per serving: 88 calories, Calories: 88g, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 15mg, Potassium: 624mg, Fiber: 4g, Vitamin C: 17.2g, Calcium: 45g, Iron: 4.9g

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Shoestring French Fries are the perfect French Fries to when you're craving a pile of crispy-crunchy fries and they're crispy longer than thicker fries.

Shoestring French Fries are the perfect French Fries to when you're craving a pile of crispy-crunchy fries and they're crispy longer than thicker fries.
Shoestring French Fries are the perfect French Fries to when you're craving a pile of crispy-crunchy fries and they're crispy longer than thicker fries.

About the Author

Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Great recipe!
    I don’t use oil now, instead I use a convection oven/air oven. It’s a table top, so I can put it outside in our Florida hot weather.