Copycat McDonald’s Fries

I eat fast food about as often as there’s a total solar eclipse. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t think about it. And when I do, the first thing that comes to mind are McDonald’s French fries. In my younger years I gobbled up my share of Mickey D’s fries, that’s for sure, and I’ve wanted to recreate that taste and crunch at home for a while now. Finally, I have found the perfect recipe for a copycat of McDonald’s fries. The perfect flavor and texture. This is it.
Copycat McDonald's FriesMake sure you re-freeze the brined fries before deep-frying them. You want the brine to set up. If it does not it will cause a lot of grease splatter when you lower them into the hot oil.

I served these copycat McDonald’s fries along with my copycat of the famous original McDonald’s hamburger or a McRib sandwich. Like Five Guy’s fries too? Check out my copycat of their great fries!

Copycat McDonald's Fries

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Canola Oil
  • Soybean oil can substitute safflower oil
  • Corn oil
  • 1/4 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted beef stock
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 bag of shoestring potatoes 26 ounces
  • Kosher salt to taste

Instructions

  • Heat oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine ice, beef stock, soy milk and baking powder in a bowl, and mix until combined.
  • Place fries into the brine, and remove after a few seconds.
  • Put brined fries back into the freezer for five minutes.
  • Drop fries into oil, cook for 2 minutes, or until the reach your desired doneness.
  • Salt immediately and serve hot.

French Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Woo hoo! French fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy! Crispy, hot French fries! Perfection in a pan, and ready in only minutes. Don’t want to heat up the house with the oven making fries during the warmer months? Just toss some (frozen) fries into the Big Easy!
French Fries on the Char-Broil Big EasyI found the cook time on the fries to pretty much match the times on the package, so it’s about as no-brainer as you can get.

These fries would not have been possible without Char-Broil’s Big Easy Cooking Rack. It adds a ton of cooking area to the fryer. And best, you can add 9″ pie pans, giving you the ability to cook a whole bunch of things, like fries! Check out my post on the rack for tips and tricks.

You can also cook potato skins and hash brown patties on the Big Easy.

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French Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need the Big Easy Cooking Rack and some 9" pie pans to make these French Fries.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Frozen fries such as Ore-Ida
  • Your favorite toppings and condiments

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Divide fries between 9" pie pans. Do not overcrowd.
  • Lower rack into the Big Easy and cook until fries are crispy, 20 minutes or so.
  • Remove and top and garnish.

Italian Herb Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy

We love French fries. But we don’t like heating up the house on a hot day just to enjoy some fries. That’s where my Char-Broil Big Easy comes in. I can cook (reheat, technically) frozen fries in it just like I would indoors. I like to kick-up my fries, and these Italian herb fries are definitely kicked-up. A little butter and a few tasty herbs and it’s time to devour some mighty tasty fries!
Italian Herb Fries on the Char-Broil Big EasyTo make these Italian herb fries I use the Char-Broil Big Easy cooking rack. Instead of the grates that come with the rack I use 9″ non-stick pie pans. You can also use 8″ pans and just set them on top of the grates.

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Italian Herb Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need a Big Easy cooking rack or a Bunk Bed basket to cook these fries.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bag about 1 pound frozen French fries
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil slightly crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano slightly crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary slightly crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Add the fries to the cooking rack, or as I do, place them in 9" non-stick pie pans. Place into the Big Easy and cook until golden brown, 20-30 minutes. Fries towards the bottom of the rack might get done sooner, so start checking them after 20 minutes.
  • Pour the fries into a large bowl.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • Stir in the spices.
  • Pour butter mixture over the fries and toss to coat. Note: It's completely optional, but you can also return the fries to the Big Easy, after coating them, for about 5 minutes to get a little extra crunch on them and kind of 'set' the spices and butter.
  • Serve.