Different Types Of French Fries You Should Try At Least Once

Sometimes indulgence comes in the form of the simple but versatile potato. Besides, my love for French fries or rather potatoes has no boundaries right from my childhood days. For this reason, whenever friends got together, we barbecued potatoes in small fires and relished it with salt and red chili powder. In contrast, nowadays uniformly cut, golden, crisp French fries dusted with fine salt and seasonings are a favorite. 

Let's look at the many types of French fries you can make. Also, if you are looking to find answer to the question "how many different types of French fries are there?" this article is a fun read. Moreover, many are skeptical to try the frozen variety due to the nagging question on their mind "are frozen fries good?" Yes, hygienically packed frozen food preserves nutrition better than fresh wherein decay sets in after 2-3 days. Nevertheless, let's keep this discussion for another article.

Traditional Fries:

Perfectly straight, crisp and delicious is what comes to my mind spontaneously when we think of traditional French fries thanks to pretty much all the fast food chains world over. Furthermore, Ppopular variations include cheese fries, chili cheese fries, batter dipped fries and Cajun fries.

Crinkle Cut Fries:

Cut in a corrugated fashion, these look & taste amazing. In addition, the grooves are perfect for holding your favorite seasonings or dips. Also known as “wavy fries” have you tried them yet?

Waffle Fries:

These crispy fries with a fun tic-tac-toe texture which are obtained by quarter-turning the potato before each next slide over a grater. However, waffle fries are a nice change from the usual but a bit hard to find.

Curly Fries

As the name suggests, these are characterized by their distinct spring shape and are made from whole potatoes using a specialized spiral cutter. Moreover, this has also become one of the popular type of French fries in India.


A very popular variation, these are often large and unpeeled and are either baked or fried. Equally important, these are popular as a bar food seasoned with mostly paprika and served with sour cream.

Steak Fries:

These are thickly cut without the skin and comparable to what the British call chips (in fish and chips).  On the other hand, these are prepared in the same fashion as regular French fries.

Sweet Potato Fries:

These fries are made with sweet potatoes are a fun and delicious alternative to the traditional white potatoes.  Though the nutritional benefit in comparison to regular French fries is debatable after deep frying, it does score a few more points.

Also readLoaded sweet potato fries recipe

Shoestring Fries

These are thinly cut, extra long, very crispy and addictive and make a perfect snack, side dish or a topping on your favorite burger or salad.

Also read: 7 Different ways of eating a burger

Home Style Fries:

A popular breakfast side dish, home fries are usually diced and then pan or skillet fried.

Tater Tots:

Known for their cylindrical shape, crunchy outside and fluffy inside, tater tots are a registered trademark of Ore-Ida which has become generalized. However, many believe tater tots are not exactly French fries as potato meat is accumulated together and than deep fried.

Cottage Fries:

Cottage fries are made from potatoes cross cut into slices with the skin on and fried and seasoned. Moreover, they’re called cottage fries because they supposedly look like the shingled roofs on those cute little houses seen in travel brochures. 

Tornado Fries:

Originating from Korea, Tornado fries are a new and exciting way to eat an entire potato spiral cut on a stick and fried and seasoned as per your choice.

Hope you enjoyed reading about the different types of French fries. Do let us know your favorite type of French fries in the comments section and you can share your pictures on our Facebook page.


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