How to make REAL Belgian Fries!

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Follow these instructions carefully and enjoy the wonderful taste of the real Belgian Fries.

The Recipe

Start by peeling some potatoes. Cut them in slices 1 cm (3/8") thick and finally cut them into fries of 1 cm square. Dry the fries well in paper or a towel before putting them into the oil.

    Note: some people like to put them in cold water for a few minutes: this washes out much of the starch and tends to make them less sticky after the first frying and more crispy after the second.

Heat the oil in a hot frying pan or deep fryer to a temperature of 160C (320F). Put in a handfull of fries: not more at once because the oil will cool down too much. Fry for a few minutes (4-8 depending on the thickness and the kind of potatoes), stir regularly to prevent sticking. Put the fries into a large bowl with kitchenpaper and let them 'sweat' for at least 1/2 hour.

Finally heat to 190C (375F) and fry for 2 minutes until crispy and golden brown. This way the fries will be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, the way they should be!

Serve with a little salt (no vinegar pleeeeease) and some mayonnaise.

A list of No-no's

  • Do not slice them too thin (see below). 1 cm square is the perfect dimension. Try to cut them rectangular: pointed ends tend to burn. You'll need more patatoes of course.
  • Do not put in too many fries at once: the oil will cool down and your fries will be too wacky and greasy.
  • Do not fry them the first time until they become brown.
  • Never put a lid on your frying pan: this makes your fries wacky.
  • Never use frozen fries! Go to a McDonalds if you like them ...


French fries (also known as Pommes Allumettes) are thinner then the real ones. They taste OK but are a lot more greasy! They are fried only once at 180C.

Other variaties include Pommes Paille (1,5 mm thick, fry once) and ...

Pommes Gauffre (cut with a special knife).

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Created on December 9th, 1995. Last updated on November 14th, 1996