Garlic Thyme Fries

My take on the fast food french fry. With an additional garlicky herb seasoning.


I looked into how fast food restaurants prep their fries for this recipe.

The brine seasons the chips from the inside. The addition of a beef stock cube adds that fast food taste.

Be cautious with salt for the seasoning, the brine has seasoned the potato from the inside, and the garlic and onion powder are quite salty.

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Please refer to my Instagram highlights to watch me make this.



(Serves 2-3)



750g potatoes, russets work well here

Vegetable oil



1 beef stock cube

2 tbsp salt

1 tbsp maple syrup



2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp dried Thyme

¼ tsp salt to taste

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 





Peel your potatoes. Cut into fries. Try to cut into the same thickness and length.


In a large bowl, combine 1 litre of water, salt, a crumbled beef stock cube and maple syrup. Whisk until the salt is dissolved.

Add your cut fries to the brine. Leave to brine for 1hr at room temperature. You can leave these for up to 3hrs if you like.


Once brined, drain the fries and pat them dry with kitchen roll. They need to be thoroughly dried. At this stage you can leave them in the fridge overnight to dry further. The drier the fry the crisper the end result. You can also achieve this in a freezer for 2hrs on a wire rack.

You can skip this step if you’re desperate for fries in the immediate future. But make sure they’re as dry as possible!


In a small bowl, combine all seasoning ingredients and stir until combined. Set aside.


Heat oil to 175c. If you don’t have a deep fat fryer, do this in a large heavy bottomed pan. You’ll need about 1 litre of oil.

If you don’t have a thermometer, you can test the oil temperature by adding a small teared piece of bread, it should start to sizzle and the edges should turn golden quite quickly.

Fry for about 5-6 minutes until cooked through and golden brown.

Remove fries from oil with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel. Quickly transfer to a colander and toss with seasoning. You want to do this more or less straight after removing from the oil as the seasoning will stick better.

Serve and eat immediately. Enjoy!

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