Salt and Pepper Fries

Salt and Pepper Fries
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Salt and Pepper Fries with a hit of Tang! It’s a very simple Fry Seasoning that can be used on Deep Fried or Air Fried French Fries. Add as little or as much as desired over the Fries.

Salt and Pepper Seasoning

The ratio is 2:1 of Sea Salt to Black Pepper. This can be used by itself to season the Fries or with a bit of Citric Acid & Malt Vinegar. This takes it up and over the top with a nice hit of Tang and that Malt Vinegar is just something else with Fries. It’s only a very small amount but it really comes through. Adjust the acidity less or more based on preference.

Vinegar Salt & Pepper Seasoning

Salt & Pepper Seasoning

  • 1 Tbl Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Tbl Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Citric Acid
  • 1/8 tsp Malt Vinegar

Use about 1/2 Tbl of the above French Fry Seasoning for every 1 lbs. of French Fries or according to taste. Save the left over Fry Seasoning for the next time you make French Fries. You can also make a big batch and store in a container to use at any time.

This French Fry Seasoning is based on the Salt & Pepper Chicken mix where 1 Tbl of Sea Salt is used with 1 tsp of Black Pepper and 1/2 tsp of White Pepper. In the above recipe the White Pepper is replaced with more Black Pepper for a Sea Salt & Black Pepper Seasoning.

Alternatively stay with the 1 tsp of Black Pepper and 1/2 tsp White Pepper. Depending on how strong or balanced you want the pepper.

Want a bit more tang, add it in. Maybe some sweetness, add a bit of sugar. It’s all up to you and what you like. For me the above is pretty dang good and I can always add more seasoning afterwards.

When to Season Fries

With this French Fry Seasoning, season the Fries with the desired amount right after they come out of the Deep Fryer or with about 1/2 Tbl of the Fry Seasoning for every 1 lb. of Fries before you Air Fry.

With some seasonings you can not add before cooking the French Fries. This Fry Seasoning made up mostly of Salt & Pepper is perfectly fine.

French Fries

Any cut of Store bought Fries for the Deep Fryer. With Air Frying, Thick Cuts are best.

If you are feeling adventurous you can make some Homemade Fries. These offer up a far better Potato taste and crisp up something good when deep fried. Although not really recommended for Air Frying. Or at least just yet, this is something I am still working on.

Baked Potato Fries
Baked Potato Fries

Deep Frying French Fries

Place 1 lb. of Frozen Fries or ready made Homemade Fries in a bowl and set it aside on the counter while the Deep Fryer is heated up to 375 F – 400 F.

When these first go in, the temperature of the oil is going to drop significantly. Keep them in there until the steam has mostly evaporated. Lift the baskets up and allow the oil to come back to temp before frying a second time until all steam is gone.

Lift the basket up again and allow the oil temp to come back and fry a final time briefly. Just for final crisping and to expel excess oil. Lift them up, strain and straight to a steel bowl to season with the Salt & Pepper Seasoning. Toss well and serve.

French Fries
French Fries

Air Frying French Fries

This really is becoming my favorite way to do Fries. Not only do you save on Oil, you don’t use as much either. The best part is with minimal oil this can be exchanged with quality fats like melted Beef Suet or Rendered Chicken Fat to really bolster the flavor of Fries.

Frozen Fries
Frozen Fries

Place 1 lb. of Frozen Thick Cut Fries in a bowl and sprinkle on 1/2 Tbl of the Salt & Pepper Seasoning. Add to the bowl of Frozen Fries 1/4 C of Fat or Oil, you can use melted lard here too. Toss everything until the Fries are coated and set aside for 30 minutes. Sometimes I do throw these into the air fryer right away.

Cook at 400 F for 30 minutes. Leave them for the first 15 minutes. Then toss them around at 15, 10 and 5 minutes and more so towards the end.

Use the Steel Bowl to empty the Fries and any Hot Oil that has collected at the bottom of the Air Fryer. Toss to ensure the fries get recoated in the fat and empty back into the air fryer to continue cooking. Every time you toss the fries use the stainless steel bowl.

Air Fried Salt & Pepper Fries
Air Fried Salt & Pepper Fries
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Salt & Pepper Fries

Deep Fried or Air Fried French Fries Beautifully Seasoned with Sea Salt & Black Pepper with a bit of Tang.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: Flavored Fries, French Fry Seasoning, Fry Seasoning, Salt & Pepper Flavored Fries, Salt & Pepper Fries, Salt and Pepper Fries, Salt and Pepper Fries with Tang, Salt and Pepper Fries with Vinegar, Vinegar Salt & Pepper Fries
Servings: 2 portions
Author: JAH

Equipment

  • 1 Deep Fryer or Air Fryer
  • 1 Steel Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs Thick Cut French Fries
  • 1/4 C Oil

Salt & Pepper Seasoning

  • 1 Tbl Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Tbl Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Citric Acid
  • 1/8 tsp Malt Vinegar

Instructions

Deep Fryer Fries

  • Empty the frozen Fries into a large Steel Bowl and set on the counter. Preheat the Deep Fryer to 375 F – 400 F and combine the Salt & Pepper seasoning.
  • Place the Fries into the Deep Fryer and fry until most of the steam is gone. Lift the basket up and allow the oil to get hot again.
    Deep fry a second time until all steam is gone. Lift the basket up, wait till the deep fryer is hot again and then deep fry a third time briefly (1 minute).
  • Empty into the steel bowl and season the fries with Salt & Pepper Seasoning.

Air Fryer Fries

  • Empty the frozen Fries into a large Steel Bowl. Combine the Salt & Pepper Seasoning and add 1/2 Tbl of it to the Fries along with 1/4 C of Oil. Toss well and leave for 30 minutes.
  • Place the Fries into the Air Fryer at 400 F for 30 minutes. Toss at 15, 10, 5, and then every minute or so ensuring that the fries have adequate oil coverage.
    Use the Steel bowl to empty the Fries and hot oil into and toss to recoat the fries. Empty back into the Air Fryer and continue cooking. Do this at each interval.
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