Healthy Stovetop French Fries Recipe (+ VIDEO)

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Love french fries? Who doesn’t? The video and recipe below show you a way to make healthy french fries at home the old fashioned way where you can enjoy them and not feel like your arteries are clogging with each bite like you would feel if you ate them in a restaurant!

If you take the time to make healthy french fries, be sure to use homemade ketchup as the condiment. 

Just be aware that french fries are made from potatoes, which are nightshade vegetables. These can sometimes trigger health issues for those that are sensitive even when they are organic and properly cooked in a healthy fat.

The great news is that burger joints are starting to pop up all over that are making french fries the old fashioned way too!  Here’s a link to my review of the best burger restaurant in my community and how they make them fresh and delicious.

Be Sure to Blanch the Potatoes First

One step that nearly everyone omits when making french fries at home is blanching the potatoes first before cooking them. This greatly reduces the amount of carcinogenic acrylamide that forms during frying. Anytime starch is cooked, fried, broiled or baked, this chemical forms, and it is important to take the necessary steps to eliminate this from your food as much as possible.

Selecting a Healthy Fat for Frying

Cooking healthy french fries is all about selecting the right fat for frying. Tallow is the absolute best fat for making french fries! There really isn’t another traditional fat that comes close to the crispiness and flavor of tallow cooked french fries in my experience.

You can either render beef tallow yourself or buy it to make the french fries recipe below. If you wish to buy it, this is an excellent brand of tallow that I’ve vetted.

No Guilt Stovetop French Fries Recipe

No guilt recipe for french fries cooked on the stovetop using a healthy fat for frying. Includes traditional scalding of the potatoes first to minimize the formation of acrylamides.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sarah Pope MGA



  1. Thoroughly clean and chop potatoes into finger size pieces. Leave the skin on.

  2. Place cut potatoes in a pot and add filtered water to cover. 

  3. Place uncovered pot on the stovetop and turn on the heat to medium-high. As the water begins to simmer, lower the heat to keep the water just barely simmering.

  4. Remove the pot from the heat after 10 minutes, and drain the water.

  5. Dry the potato pieces thoroughly.

  6. Add tallow to a small fry pan and turn on the health medium-low. Make sure the tallow is about 1/2 to 1 inch in depth in the pan.

  7. Add a handful of blanched french fries to the hot oil and let cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.

  8. Remove the cooked french fries with a stainless steel slotted spoon and place on a plate covered with a paper towel. Sprinkle on sea salt while they are still hot.

  9. Top up the oil in the pan so that it is the proper depth if necessary and then repeat steps 7-8 until all the blanched french fries are cooked and lightly salted.

  10. Serve immediately.

  11. Refrigerate any leftovers after coming to room temperature.

Healthy French Fries VIDEO Tutorial

In the video below, I show you how I make french fries in my home. Enjoy!

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.

Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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