If you like Asian food and love to munch on fries, this Chinese French fries is a stellar recipe is just for you. This is easy to put together and full of irresistible savory flavors.
The American-style fries are coated with finger-licking hot and sweet Chinese sauce. It is a delicious snack that everyone in the family falls in love with.
With just a quick five minutes, transform the classic French fries into the Asian take-out style Chinese French fries. Made with simple Asian ingredients that are easy to find in the leading grocery stores, you might have already in your pantry.
This fusion recipe is a small effort to convert the best Asian street food with American-style French fries like this honey Sriracha shrimp.
The texture of chili garlic sauce, the depth of soy sauce, and the hint of honey make a beautiful glaze to the fries and taste like a rich, hearty snack.
The goodness of this recipe
Easy. Chinese food French fries need less than 5 ingredients.
Quick. Toss under 10 minutes.
Delicious. The Asian sauce is mildly spiced and loaded with a bundle of flavors.
Family-friendly. It's sweet and saucy and would be loved by the whole family. Adjust the spice level to suit your family’s preference.
For a crowd. It is super convenient to multiply the serving size and involves less work to serve the crowd.
Vegan. Furthermore, it’s vegan and vegetarian, like this spicy edamame.
Ingredients and substitutions
French fries. Use frozen fries, make them from scratch, or even use the leftover French fries from your recent takeouts. Anything form of fries works fine here. Cook or warm the fries according to the package’s instructions before making the spice coating.
Soy sauce. I have used light soy sauce, which contributes the right amount of salt to these Chinese fries. If you use dark soy sauce, reduce the quantity to half.
Sweet chili pepper. This brings complex background flavors, which is highly recommended. You may substitute with jalapeno or serrano pepper to increase the heat level.
Garlic. I feel any Asian-style recipe is incomplete with the flavor of garlic. For the robust flavors, saute them in the oil before adding to the sauce.
Honey. It adds a subtle sweetness that works well with other co-ingredients.
Rice vinegar. Deliver the Asian classic flavors to the sauce and make the fries fully satisfying.
Red pepper flakes. It is optional when sweet chili pepper is substituted with hot peppers for a hint of heat.
How to make Chinese French fries
Make the fries. I have used the leftover fries from our restaurant’s takeout. If you are using frozen fries, air fry them or cook them as per the package instructions. If you are making the French fries from scratch, Idaho potatoes are ideal for making the base fries.
Create the flavors. Add vegetable oil, minced garlic, and chopped sweet chili peppers in a skillet. Sauté until garlic slightly changes its color.
Add other ingredients. Turn off the heat, and add soy sauce, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, and honey. Stir until all the ingredients are combined.
Toss. Toss the fries into the sauce until evenly coated. And enjoy hot and crisp Asian fried potatoes.
Upgrade to make it more special
Bacon. One of the ingredients that top the list when speaking about loaded fries. Sprinkle them over the spicy, saucy fries for a rich taste.
Parmesan. A simple classic addition makes the Asian-style fries more delicious.
Cabbage. Add them as finely shredded. Toss them finally to fries and serve.
Scallion. Another Chinese must garnish ingredients, delivers a unique crunch and aroma.
Best to serve with
Burger, hot dogs, and sandwiches. An unbeatable classic pairing dishes with Chinese French fries.
Pizza. Pair it up with mini naan pizza for the guests and family members.
How to store
Refrigerate. This recipe is meant to be enjoyed for immediate consumption. However, store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator to use within 3 days.
Reheat. Reheat gently over the stovetop.
Make the French fries and toss it with the sauce just before serving.
Skillet. A good quality skillet does the job ideally and is one of the most in the kitchen.
Measuring spoons and cups. An essential ingredient that makes sure for the perfect delicious Chinese French fries.
Printable recipe card
Chinese French fries
- Fry the frozen potato fries as per package's intruction.
- In a skillet, add canola oil, minced garlic, and chopped sweet pepper.
- Saute until the garlic is fragrant. Switch off the heat.
- Stir in, soy sauce, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, and honey.
- Stir well until all the ingredients are combined well.
- Add the fried potato fries and toss until the fries coated well with the sauce.
- Serve immediately.
- For extra heat and bold flavors. Swap the sweet peppers with jalapeno or habanero.
- Garnish. With chopped scallion or garlic scapes.
- Refrigerate. This recipe is meant to be enjoyed for immediate consumption. However, store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator to use within 3 days.
- Reheat. Reheat gently over the stovetop.
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Recommended tools for making this recipe
Sauteing pan. The ultimate tool for crispy, golden french fries. It brings that authentic, fast-food flavor home.
Chef’s Knife: The perfect tool for slicing your potatoes into even, fry-shaped pieces in this Chinese French fries recipe.
Wooden spoon. Essential for safely stir-frying all the ingredients. And this is one of my favorites.