This is the best parmesan truffle fries recipe ever! Homemade crispy French fries are finished with parmesan and real truffle oil for the best truffled fries you will ever have! Making these homemade gourmet fries is easy and a fun twist to a family favorite.Jump to Recipe
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I don’t know why it took me so long, but I finally have truffle oil as an ingredient in my pantry repertoire! Truffle fries use to just be one of those things that I would get at a restaurant or at a local vendor, but recently I’ve really liked to have them at home!
The first time I ever tried truffle fries was at a local French market that only happens once a year around here. A ton of craft and food vendors were there and the line for this one particular food vendor was extraordinarily long. Everyone was raving about the truffle parmesan fries, so I tried them. And I was not disappointed at all! I LOVED them so much that I wanted to figure out how to make them! (Oh and they are pretty easy to make).
Are you not sure about truffle fries or do you want to learn more about truffle oil and what it can be used for? Check out this article here >>>> The 3 Best Truffle Oils and how to use it!
What are truffle Fries?
Truffle fries are a wonderful gourmet-ish version of French fries. It’s basically crispy crunchy fries with a drizzle of truffle infused oil, parmesan and maybe some herbs as well. Some truffle fries recipes go to all the lengths of even making the fries with truffle pieces!
This recipe here, however, uses real truffle oil as opposed to truffle mushroom pieces. By all means, please don’t use truffle oil with “truffle flavor” as an ingredient, see article above!
What do truffle fries taste like?
Truffle fries should be crunchy, salty and have that drizzle of earthy truffle infused olive oil. Depending on which oil you use, some truffle fries can taste slightly garlicky, while others will have an earthy and aromatic mushroom and umami taste.
The taste should not overpower the French fries, but rather it should compliment them. That is why you must use REAL truffle oil!
Black or white truffle oil for truffle fries?
The question remains, which is the best truffle oil for fries? Let’s keep the end dish in mind. If you are making a beefy steak dinner, you may want to go with black truffle oil as opposed to white truffle oil. But in general, I prefer white truffle oil for its milder flavor that has more of a garlic undertone.
It’s really up to you which oil you end up choosing. You can’t go wrong! However, if you are extremely indecisive about which truffle oil to use for fries, I recommend trying them both (on separate fries of course). Check out this awesome set of black and white truffle oil! I also highly recommend Truff Black Truffle Oil.
How to make fries with truffle oil
There are 3 different methods for making French fries. My preferred method, and the one that will give you the crispiest French fries, is deep frying. You will actually be frying them twice for the crispiest French fries ever.
The other methods are air frying the fries and baking the fries. Air frying will allow for you to use less oil and baking them is a little easier on the cleanup than deep frying. But like I said, deep frying is preferred.
Best potatoes for French fries
If you are wondering what are the best potatoes to make French fries, hands down you need to use russet potatoes. Russet potatoes are a sturdy and hardy potato that will yield the crispiest French fries. Using russet potatoes for fries will give you the best chance of avoiding mushy fries.. yuck!
Ok, onto our methods for making fresh cut fries below…
Take your potatoes, wash them well and cut them into evenly sized strips. Leave the skin on for extra goodness!
Deep frying French fries, requires about 1 quart of vegetable oil, or peanut oil for frying. If you have a deep fryer, feel free to use it, if not that’s fine! You can just use a large saucepan. If you are in the market for a deep fryer, check this one out!
Now I did all of the testing for you and I am going to give you the secret to how to make the crispiest fries… and here it is: DOUBLE FRIED FRENCH FRIES! Yes, that means you need to fry them twice. I tried both frying the fries one time and double frying and there was a BIG difference between the two!
When I fried the French fries once, I fried them for about 11 or 12 minutes in oil, until they looked crispy and were golden brown. However, they were severely lacking in the crispiness department when I only fried them once. The fries were kind of rubbery, and didn’t have that great crunch that you really want in your fries.
ON THE OTHER HAND… the second batch I fried, I fried them twice. Let me tell you, the double fried French fries were everything I hoped for in a batch of fries: perfectly textured, crispy crunchy fries!
Do yourself the favor and follow the steps below to double fry your fries!
Double Frying French Fries
Heat the oil in the pan or deep fryer until it reaches about 350 degrees F. I didn’t keep track of them temperature, so I just tested a fry first, to see if the oil was hot enough. With a slotted spoon, carefully add the cut potatoes into the hot oil for about 6 minutes, stirring and flipping them from time to time.
Remove the potatoes from the oil, with a slotted spoon, onto paper towels to drain. They should not be golden brown yet, remember we are double frying them. Let them sit on the paper towels for about a minute.
Add the fries back into the oil, and fry for about 5-6 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and drain again.
Immediately drizzle the truffle oil over the fries, add the salt, grated parmesan cheese and parsley while they are still hot and toss it all together. You can also add garlic salt, instead of just the salt, if you wish to make these into garlic truffle fries. In my opinion, you don’t need to add any garlic. The truffle oil has hints of mild garlic flavors.
If you want to make air fryer truffle fries, there are several differences in this cooking method. You will want to make sure to cut your potatoes very thin, like matchsticks, so that you end up with crispier fries. This is the air fryer I recommend below.
Toss the cut potatoes with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, this will help them to get crispier.
Add them into the air fryer in a single layer in order to ensure crispiness and set the temp to 400 degrees F. Allow them to “fry” for about 10 minutes, then shake the basket to flip the fries around. Fry them in the air fryer for another 6-7 minutes or until they are cooked through and crispy.
Once, they are done, remove the fries from the air fryer basket and toss the seasoning and truffle oil with French fries.
Now onto baking truffle fries in the oven… Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Go ahead and cut the fries evenly with the skin on and toss in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. On a large baking sheet or baking pan, place a layer of parchment paper to cover the bottom. This is essential so that the potatoes will not stick to the pan.
Bake the fries in the oven for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through. When they are golden brown, they are done. Remove them from the oven and immediately drizzling with the truffle oil and spices, tossing it together.
Just so you know, baked French fries may use less oil and be easier, however they will not be as crispy as deep fried French fries.
Can I make truffle fries with frozen fries?
Absolutely! If you want to know how to make truffle fries with frozen fries, just follow the package directions of your fries and immediately drizzle the fries with the truffle oil and spices right when they are done cooking!
Do you have to soak fries before frying?
If you double fry the French fries, there is no need to soak the potatoes before frying. Double frying will allow you to achieve the crispiest and crunchiest French fries ever!
Are truffle fries vegan?
If you skip the parmesan, then yes. All of the main ingredients in these gourmet French fries are vegan, from the potatoes to the oil for frying and even to the truffle oil.
Serving truffle fries
Make sure to serve these truffle fries while they are hot! I love to pair these fries with a spicy dipping sauce, or even a truffle aioli if you want more truffle flavor. These fries would pair awesome with Toum (Lebanese garlic sauce). Enjoy!
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Parmesan Truffle Fries
- 2 large russet potatoes
- 1 quart oil for frying peanut or vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp truffle oil *see note below!
- 1 tbsp parmesan grated
- 1 teas salt or salt to taste
- 1 teas chopped parsley for garnish optional
- Wash the potatoes and cut them into even sized fries. They should be thin, but not matchstick sized.
- Heat the oil in a pan or in a deep fryer until it reaches about 350° F and get ready to double fry the French fries (for extra crispiness)
- With a slotted metal spoon, carefully add the fries to the hot oil allowing them to fry for about 6 minutes. Stir them every once in a while
- Remove the fries onto a paper towel and let them sit there for about a minute. They will not be done at this point
- Add the fries back into the hot oil and fry for another5-6 minutes or until golden brown
- Remove the fries and let them drain on some paper towels
- Immediately drizzle the truffle oil on top of the fries and add the salt and parmesan
- Serve the fries while hot