Perfect French Fries & Special Sauce

This perfect french fries recipe is the best recipe we’ve ever tried. Ice bath, double frying and perfect salt are the keys.


This perfect french fries recipe is the best recipe we've ever tried. Ice bath, double frying and perfect salt are the keys.


You heard me, french fries are on the menu tonight. Who cares about the rest of dinner, it’s unnecessary. All that matters is you, me, and a basket of hot french fries just like the JCW’s fries. I realize not all of you live in Utah, so let’s take it back a step and talk about why I teamed up with Real Salt to make the perfect french fries recipe.


JCW’s is a burger joint here in town, and we believe that as far as fast food goes either JCW’s or Iceberg have the best fries. In fact, I can actually turn down french fries from everywhere else around here unless it’s from one of those two places. Actually, if they’re cold I’m barely interested, but Hot French Fries, ok those are totally craveable. I kind of have a thing for hot french fries and I like to blame it 100% on my mom. She’s the one that started it.


This perfect french fries recipe is the best recipe we've ever tried. Ice bath, double frying and perfect salt are the keys.


We never really ate out growing up. We pretty much always had dinner at home, but there’s one thing my mom could never resist, hot french fries from BurgerVille. I tell you what, those were the good fries in Washington. My dad would sometimes come home from a late meeting and bring my mom a little package of hot fries from there… ahhh true love. We’d sit back and watch a show on tv and chow down on the deliciousness. Now, this wasn’t very often, but that smell, oh my gosh that smell! There’s nothing like hot, slightly oily, salty french fries. Come on, some one has to agree?! Now, years later I’m all grown up with a family of my own, but two years ago when I discovered JCW’s fries I found myself craving them, but these babies have something extra deliciously evil about them.


This perfect french fries recipe is the best recipe we've ever tried. Ice bath, double frying and perfect salt are the keys.


One night Mr Handsome and I found ourselves wanting to just veg out. There’s a redbox right up the road by JCW’s, so I batted my lashes and nonchalantely suggested hot fries and a movie. He came back with hot fries and a little container of what he referred to as, “special sauce”. As you may know, Utah is all about the fry sauce. Everywhere serves it. It’s essential for fry enjoyment and it’s only ketchup and mayonnaise mixed together. (Don’t knock it until you try it). But this, this was different. It was slightly warm, maybe just from being with the fries, but either way it was warm and it was mayo and BBQ sauce. Yup. And guess what, it may give me clogged arteries one day, but I tell you what, worth it. WORTH. IT.

So, that’s how it all went down and now I’m here to tell you that you too can create this deliciousness at home. Ice water bath the fries to make them cold thus making a tender in the middle crisp on the outside fry plus, double frying the potatoes, (fry, rest on paper towel, and fry again) and Real Salt from Redmond (seriously, you have to use it. It’s literally the only brand of salt we use.) will give you perfect fries. Then slightly heat up a little BBQ and mix it with mayo (not low fat mayo!) and go ahead and let the artery clogging joy begin.


What Kind of Potato Makes the Best Fries?

The ideal french fry is golden brown in color, crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and not too oily.

Russet potatoes are the favorite variety for french fries.


What Oil Is Best For Cooking French Fries?

Peanut oil is the best oil for deep fried foods.

You can also use canola oil, flax seed oil, or even light olive oil.


How Do You Reheat French Fries?

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with foil and add fries in a single layer.

Place pan of fries in preheated oven and bake for 2-3 minutes.

Or, the best way to reheat fries, so that they are fresh-tasting and crisp, is on the stovetop.

Heat a heavy-bottomed pan on medium-high with oil.

Stir fries around the pan frequently to evenly crisp up.



Perfect French Fries & Special Sauce

This perfect french fries recipe is the best recipe we've ever tried. Ice bath, double frying and perfect salt are the keys.
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Perfect French Fries & Special Sauce

This perfect french fries recipe is the best recipe we've ever tried. Ice bath, double frying and perfect salt are the keys.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: 200+ Easy Appetizers Recipes
Keyword: french fries, fried, fries, potatoes, salt, side
Servings: 4 cups fries, depends on potato size
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 4 Russet Potatoes peeled
  • Peanut or Canola Oil we prefer peanut
  • Real Salt Redmond brand

Special Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 Cup BBQ Sauce


  • Place the potatoes on a cutting board and slice a little off of each end.
  • Slice the potato lengthwise in about 1/4" slices, Lay half of the pile flat and slice into fries.
  • Fill a large bowl with ice water and let the potatoes rest in the water for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pot over medium heat.
  • Drain the potatoes well on paper towels, and then add in handfulls to the oil.
  • Fry one batch at a time until tender, about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally to break up the fries, and then lay out flat on paper towels.
  • Allow to cool, turning the oil off or to low in the meantime.
  • Heat the oil back up to medium heat and fry the potatoes in batches again until crispy, 3 to 6 minutes depending on size.
  • Drain and quickly salt to taste.

Special Sauce

  • Heat the bbq sauce until warm, in the microwave for a few seconds.
  • Stir in the mayo and serve with hot fries.


A cold water bath is essential for perfect fries. The ice water will cool the fries down so the centers will be tender and outside will get crispy.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.6g | Protein: 5.4g | Cholesterol: 5.6mg | Fiber: 3.3g | Sugar: 7.5g
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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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43 comments on “Perfect French Fries & Special Sauce”

  1. I randomly stumbled upon this recipe and it made me smile! I am the first assistant at Jcws and I think this is so cool! The secret to our sauce which is actually called “ultimate fry sauce” is very simple. We mix 3oz of our hickory sauce which is our house bbq sauce that has the very slightest kick to it that we keep on a steam table to keep it warm with about 1tbsp of mayo. But this is a pretty close recipes though! Good job!

    • Alice, you pretty much just made my night. 🙂 We are totally having hot french fries tomorrow night. It’s the fact that it’s warm that’s my favorite. Why that matters I don’t know, but it totally does! xoxo!

  2. hi there! could please tell me sauce recipe for French fries? if you can 10 different types…
    thank you :-);-):-)

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  4. Thanks for sharing. The dip seems to match the fries perfectly. Good post.

  5. Oh, this is wonderful 🙂 I love homemade fries!

  6. I LOVE making homemade fries! I will definitely have to try the sauce next time. Thanks!

  7. Now I’m craving some fries! I will have to try mayo and BBQ sauce the next time I have fries. It sounds pretty tasty!

  8. To bad I’m on a diet because I know who’s fries recipe I’d be using!! Definitely bookmarking this one for later!! 🙂

  9. Homemade french fries are on my kitchen bucket list. I’m typically all about saving my calories for dessert but I always make an exception for really awesome fries. Totally agree they must be hot but they also can’t be to brown. Yours look soooooo perfect!

  10. I would need extra of the extra of sauce 🙂 Looks delish!

  11. All I want in life (…or at least, at this moment) are these fries. A double order! With the sauce, of course!!!

  12. Oh. My. Word. Artery clogging or not… these babies look AMAZING – and I’m all over that Special Sauce! 🙂

  13. I’m a f.o.o.l. for French fried! These sound soooo good!

  14. Okay, these french fries are PERFECT!!

  15. My very favorite way to eat fry sauce, and I have got to try your fries!!

  16. I have to say that I’ve used an embarassing amount of that Real Salt you gave me! I’m seriously going to send you a picture, it’s almost half gone. For real, it’s fabulous. Oh, and French friesm you are so right about a double fry being the best way ever.

  17. WANT!!!! I love bbq sauce and mayo mixed together!!

  18. Oh, now these are dangerously easy! Love the super simple ingredients list for the fries and special sauce. Scrumptious combination!

  19. I’ll take a bucket of these for my 2nd breakfast please. 🙂

  20. So simple and yet always good!

  21. Can I have this for breakfast?? SO YUM. 🙂

  22. I’m with Rachel — have been craving fries for a week now! These sound wonderful, and I love a good BBQ dipping sauce!

  23. I’m just all hungry and craving french fries like craaaazy now!

  24. I’ve been craving french fries like craaaazy lately. This is not helping!

  25. Oh my gosh! Yes! These are awesome!