Complete Guide to Fries

Fries: America’s #1 Side Dish

As the industry shifts and evolves, fries reign supreme as the number one side dish ordered at foodservice across segments, service styles, meal occasions, and cuisines. From shoestring to steak fries, simply salted to sensationally smothered, side dishes made with America’s Favorite Vegetable are always on trend and in demand. For all our tips and tricks on how to ensure hot, crispy, and delicious fries, download our fry guide.

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Fry Facts, as reported directly from diners

Fries rank #1 for:

Fries for Takeout & Delivery

With fries on the menu, you’ve already created a menu item that diners would go out of their way for. And now with tips for better takeout, you can be sure to serve the classic fries they love, wherever they are, and whenever the craving strikes.


Be sure to choose the best product for takeout or delivery. Frozen fries come in a wide variety of formats. Some are better suited for takeout and delivery than others.

For crispier fries:

For a longer hold time:

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A combination of proper airflow and product protection is the name of the game for safe and delicious takeout, and a simple napkin can be a fry’s best friend.

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The way you pack the whole order is as important as the individual containers for the best fry experience.

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Off-Premise Inspiration

Simple never goes out of style. But give more variety to your menu by adding loaded fries and using ingredients you already have in the house. Loaded fries have been gaining in popularity and using fries as a base for various topped, smothered or layered builds is a great way to deliver the flavors and fries your diners crave. Check out a few of our favorites:

Dip Into a World of Flavor

Dips, sauces, and seasonings instantly elevate your fry offering, bringing fresh new flavor experiences to the beloved menu item. With inspiration from around the globe, a few simple twists can turn ingredients and flavors you already have in your operation into something bold and exciting. Whether you serve a classic sauce straight-up, mix and match, or creatively combine choices into a flight, our flavor ideas can help keep your fries top of mind and always craveable.

Potato Goodness

Creamy Dips: rich, fatty, and relatively mild in acidity; a great partner to a salty fry.

Ketchup-Style Dips: Primarily sweet, often with a sour or spicy kick; a vibrant contrast to salty fries.

Vinegar & Acidic Sauces: tangy, crisp, and acidic; a lighter, bright, and balancing flavor punch to oil-cooked fries.

Gravies & Savory Sauces: meaty sauces served hot; thick and savory easily turning a side of fries into a main dish.

Seasonings & Coatings: powdered, dried, concentrated flavors to coat fries directly; can add flavor on its own or pair with complementary sauce/dip.

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Unexpected Uses For Fries

Who says fries can only be used as a side? The versatility of frozen fries means you can experiment and think outside the box to develop new-to-your-menu, innovative dishes featuring the beloved fry.

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Your Source For Takeout & Delivery Tips, Tricks & More

Evolving your menu to be takeout and delivery focused is no easy task.  Our Takeout Resource offers valuable menu ideas that work well for to-go orders, cost- and labor-saving applications, storage tips and tricks to keep your produce fresh, and more.

Unlock the Frozen Potential

If there’s one question atop every foodservice operator’s mind these days, it’s “How do I make my menu work harder?” And if there’s one solution helping to optimize menus the world over, it’s U.S. frozen fries and potatoes. They’re the best tool to not only deliver the fry and potato dishes your diners crave, but also to provide operational benefits such as labor-saving efficiencies, longer shelf life, and may help increase profits. And of course, U.S. frozen potatoes have the same high quality and performance you expect from all U.S. potato products. Download our full resource guide, here.

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Fry Recipes

Sweet and Sour Chicken and Waffle Fries

Crispy chicken in a sweet and sour sauce with ripe pineapples, peppers and red onions, all served on a bed of crunchy waffle fries.

Ready Time: 35min

Beef and Broccoli Loaded Fries

Crispy crinkle-cut fries topped with soy-glazed flatiron steak, flavorful broccoli, red bell pepper, onions, and scallions.

Ready Time: 50min

Al Pastor Loaded Fries

Crispy straight cut fries topped with slow roasted, marinated pork belly, charred pineapple, pickled red onions and cilantro.

Ready Time: 260min

Korean Beef Bulgogi Loaded Fries

Spicy steak cut fries topped with kimchi and tender beef bulgogi.

Ready Time: 140min

Banh Mi Style Loaded Fries

Crispy steak cut fries topped with pickled vegetables, fresh herbs, sriracha mayo, and spicy ground pork.

Ready Time: 45min

Garlicky Greek Fries

Steak cut fries seasoned with garlic and parsley before being topped with kalamata olives, roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, chickpeas, and a lemon yogurt sauce.

Ready Time: 25min

Chicken Korma Hash Brown Bites

Crispy curry seasoned hash brown bites topped with fragrant chicken korma, cool yogurt and thinly sliced onions.

Ready Time: 65min

Chili Lime Enchilada Potato Bites

Chili lime seasoned potato hash browns, on a bed of smoky enchilada sauce, garnished with avocado, cotija cheese, and cilantro.

Ready Time: 65min

Lebanese Shawarma Loaded Fries

Waffle fries topped with roasted beef shawarma, cucumbers, tomatoes, pickled red onions, and a lemon yogurt sauce.

Ready Time: 220min

Pub Style Fries

Batter wedge cut fries, topped with grilled bratwurst, sauerkraut, caramelized onions, gooey cheese sauce, and whole grain mustard.

Ready Time: 90min

Brazilian Steakhouse Fries

A great way to enjoy “Meat and Potatoes”. Crispy steak cut fries, simply seasoned with salt and pepper. The fries are then topped with grilled skirt steak and drizzled with an Argentinian chimichurri.

Ready Time: 37min

Clam Chowder Fries

Crispy waffle fries, smothered in piping hot, creamy clam chowder.

Ready Time: 105min

Cuban Mojo Pork Fries

Batter wedge cut fries, topped with pulled pork in a citrus garlic marinade, cured ham, pickles, swiss and yellow mustard.

Ready Time: 270min

Forager Fries

Crisp shoestring fries, topped with caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, and blue cheese fondue.

Ready Time: 75min

Blue Plate Special Diner Fries

Crispy shoestring fries topped with melted cheese, crispy chicken strips, and peppercorn gravy.

Ready Time: 50min

Peri Peri Shrimp Fries

Crinkle cut fries topped with smoky and spicy shrimp and chickpeas.

Ready Time: 50min

Surf’s Up! Baja Shrimp Loaded Fries

Crunchy golden waffle fries, topped with fresh salsa, chili lime marinated shrimp, shredded cabbage slaw, and spicy mayo.

Ready Time: 30min

Cacio e Pepe Loaded Hash Brown Bites

Crispy potato drums in a creamy pecorino cheese sauce with freshly cracked black pepper.

Ready Time: 30min

Shrimp Pad Thai Loaded Curly Fries

Crispy curly fries topped with a fresh farm egg, tender shrimp, scallions, bean sprouts, carrots, coriander, peanuts, and chilies in a sweet and sour tamarind glaze.

Ready Time: 50min

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Fries

Fragrant and spicy grilled Jamaican jerk chicken with mango salsa served on top crispy straight cut fries seasoned with jerk seasoning.

Ready Time: 185min

Jersey Disco Fries

Crispy fries covered in brown gravy and topped with melted mozzarella cheese and fresh herbs.

Ready Time: 40min

Chicago Giardiniera Loaded Fries

Tender, shredded beef in au jus on top of crispy waffle fries with melted provolone cheese and pickled spicy vegetables.

Ready Time: 270min

Teriyaki Chicken Loaded Fries

Juicy pieces of roasted chicken thighs glazed with a sweet teriyaki sauce on top a bed of crispy potato wedges, carrots, and broccoli.

Ready Time: 60min

Caramel Chocolate Turtle Sundae Loaded Fries

Cinnamon and sugar-dusted waffle fries topped with vanilla ice cream, toasted pecans, sea salt caramel, and hot fudge.

Ready Time: 17min

Lasagna Curly Fries

Crispy curly fries topped with a rich Bolognese sauce, melted mozzarella, creamy ricotta cheese, and fresh basil.

Ready Time: 270min

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