Perfectly seasoned, crunchy homemade french fries just like you get from an old-fashioned Fish n’Chips shop. These English-style Chip Fries are the perfect potato side dish for BBQs, steak dinners, or of course, fish and chips!
Homemade Steak Fries Recipe
I love take-out fish and chips. All the deep-frying, breading, deliciousness that goes straight to my hips.
I’m all about it.
Funny enough, it’s not the calories that usually ends up keeping me away, but the crazy prices. Four fish and chip dinners can cost $50 or more and I just can’t bring myself to spend that.
Personally, I’d rather make a healthy fish recipe (or my blue cheese steak) and make these homemade steak fries to pair with it. I get those crunchy french fries with that tender, fluffy inside for literally the cost of potatoes and I can amp up the flavor by switching out the seasonings. (My daughter loved when I added our homemade taco seasoning to the batter, you can also do lemon pepper, garlic and herb – so many variations!)
This homemade french fry recipe is both a blessing and a curse. I love being able to whip up the best french fries whenever I want, but they are also soooo good that I want to make them all of the time. (I’m sorry in advance.)
What are the best potatoes for steak fries? I usually use russet potatoes (aka, baking potatoes) or white potatoes for that ultimate fluffy center. Yukon Gold potatoes are a bit waxy and result in a less fluffy french fry, but can also be used.
Why do they call them steak fries? In England they call them chips, but Americans started calling them “steak fries” in the 19th century, around the time that potato chips were invented in New York (1853), perhaps to distinguish between the two. Steak fries can also refer to potato wedges that are simply seasoned and baked, making this even more confusing. I’m just going to stick to calling them English-style chips.
What oil should I use to make french fries? I always prefer to use peanut oil for frying.
Peanut oil has a high smoke point, so you won’t experience burning oil or the oil smoking, which adds an unpleasant taste to the food you are cooking. (Exceeding an oil’s smoke point also destroys beneficial nutrients and phytochemicals, while releasing free radicals.) Peanut oil also has a very neutral taste and you can strain and re-use it several times. It may also be healthier than other traditional frying methods. If you can’t get peanut oil, vegetable and canola oils both have high smoke points for frying food.
Can I bake steak fries? Absolutely, but the recipe will require a few adjustments. You will want to skip adding water to the flour mixture and instead just dredge the fries in the flour mixture. Then bake at 425ºF for 25-35 minutes, flipping once halfway through. The flavor and coating won’t be exactly the same as if you had fried the steak fries.
How to cook steak fries in an air fryer: You can follow the adjusted recipe above or use the batter called for in the recipe below (however, the batter may make a mess depending on how your basket is set up). Heat your air fryer to 400ºF and bake for 20 minutes.
What to Serve Steak Fries With
- Medium Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce
- Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets
- NY Pizza Burger
- Homemade Fry Sauce from Rachel Cooks
- Sunday Gravy <– I know Sunday Gravy is traditionally served with pasta, but I LOVE dipping my french fries in it
- Homemade Poutine (check out our collection of 25+ Unique Poutine Recipes here)
- Instant Pot Hot Beef Sandwiches (check out our collection of 30+ Instant Pot Sandwiches here)
Homemade Chip Fries Ingredients
- Potatoes <– preferably russet (baking) potatoes or other non-waxy white potato
- All-purpose Flour
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Cooking oil of choice (peanut oil or vegetable oil are great for frying)
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: swap out the seasoning called for in this recipe to make fun seasoned fries. Try taco seasoning, Montreal steak seasoning, lemon pepper, etc.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Deep fryer or dutch oven, for frying <– dutch ovens are great for deep frying, making stock, homemade tomato sauce, etc. They keep a consistent temperature, don’t warp, and can seamlessly transition from stovetop to oven. I love the versatility of mine and it has lasted for over a decade and still going strong!
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Cutting Board
- Large bowl(s)
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Spiral strainer <– this is essential for any deep frying recipe, as it removes the food without the oil and is super easy to clean
How to Make Homemade Steak Fries
Prepare your french fry batter by combining the flour and seasonings together. Add the water slowly to form a batter that coats your whisk or fork – you want it to be able to stick to the french fries and not just run off.
(You can always add more water later if it’s too thick or clumpy.)
Stir to break down any clumps of flour or seasoning, and then set aside.
Peel your potatoes and cut lengthwise into 1″ wide strips. (A medium potato should yield about 12 french fries.)
As you peel and cut the potatoes, place the clean french fries into a bowl of cold water.
Allow the potatoes to soak for about 5 minutes before placing in the batter.
You can let them sit in the batter in the fridge for a couple of hours, or start frying them right away.
Place the 2 cups of peanut oil in a heavy pot (like a Dutch oven) over medium heat. The oil will need to reach about 350ºF before you can fry (a small bit of batter dropped in should start sizzling right away).
Fry the potatoes in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the fryer or dutch oven. (The amount will vary based on the size of your dutch oven or fryer but I tend to do about a half cup of fries at a time.)
Watch the fries carefully and turn once during the frying process. My fries tend to take about three minutes to cook through – the outside of the fry will take on a golden brown appearance.
Let the first batch cool slightly and taste to see if you need to adjust your seasoning.
Repeat with all French fries – you can keep cooked French fries warm by placing them in your oven at the lowest setting.
Grab your free printable for our homemade steak fries recipe:
Swap out the seasoning called for in the recipe to make unique seasoned fries: taco seasoning, Montreal steak spice, lemon pepper, etc. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 288Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 58mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g
Swap out the seasoning called for in the recipe to make unique seasoned fries: taco seasoning, Montreal steak spice, lemon pepper, etc.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information
I hope your family loves these homemade french fries as much as mine does! They are a great way to enjoy restaurant-quality fries at home, on a budget!