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Shake Shack's Crinkle Cut Fries

Shake Shack reveals the recipes for its famous burgers, fries and shakes
Shake Shack reveals the recipes for its famous burgers, fries and shakesNathan Congleton / TODAY

Chef notes

It's easier than you think to make crispy french fries in your kitchen. For these fries, the potatoes are cut and then frozen to remove excess moisture. Plus, having a freezer stocked with pre-cut fries means most of the prep is done in advance.


Crinkle cut fries
  • 1 pound potatoes
    To cook
    • Canola oil, for deep-frying
    • Kosher salt


    To make the fries:


    Peel potatoes, and submerge in a bowl of cold water to keep them from turning brown.


    With the crinkle cutter, cut the potato lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices.


    Cut each potato slice lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick fries.


    Rinse the fries in cold water, then simmer over medium heat until just tender.


    Transfer the boiled fries to a wire rack to drain and cool. Pat with paper towels.


    Pour canola oil into a heavy, deep pot and heat until 350°F. Working in batches, fry until potatoes are pale gold and tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain.


    Spread the fries on a baking pan and freeze to wick remaining moisture. At this point, they can be frozen in a plastic bag for future frying.

    To cook the fries:


    Pour the oil into a heavy, deep pot to a depth of 4 inches. Heat over medium-high heat until the temperature of the oil reaches 350°F on a candy thermometer.


    Use a wire spider or slotted spoon to carefully lower the frozen fries into the hot oil. Deep-fry until they're deep golden brown and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the fries to paper towels to drain. Salt and serve immediately.