Salted french fries on cutting board
The Key To Super Crispy French Fries Is Already In Your Pantry
Homemade French fries can help you save money you'd spend on takeout while delivering the same great taste. To achieve restaurant-quality crunch, reach for this pantry staple.
You likely already have cornstarch in your pantry to use in baking and for thickening soups, sauces, and syrups, but it can also help crisp up everything from tofu to fries.
The extra starch crisps up when it meets the heat for a perfect coating on your fries, even if you're using an air fryer or oven instead of a deep fryer.
Simply make a cornstarch slurry by mixing the starch with water to form a thin, batter-like consistency. Toss it with your fries until each one is coated and then cook.
While cornstarch will give you the best, crispiest results, you can use alternatives like arrowroot starch, tapioca starch, or potato starch.