French Lesson: Pomme Frites & Aioli Recipe


There are few things more satisfying than hand-cut fries (or pomme frites as our beret-loving, ketchup-hating friends across the pond call them).  Something magical transpires when those beautifully starchy matchsticks hit hot oil–leaving their skins slightly wrinkly but crisp.   When paired with a simple aioli–well, that just elevates the dish to something phenomenal.

The preparation is easy and the result is delicious.

Recipe Type: Snack, Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Author: Iris “The Palate Princess” M.
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Serves: 2 – 3

For the aioli:

  • ½ c. mayonnaise (not salad dressing)
  • ¼ c. lemon juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard (I prefer La Maison Maille)
  • 1 clove finely minced garlic
  • Lemon zest
  • Freshly chopped parsley

For the pomme frites:

  • 2-3 large potatoes cut lengthwise (I used a mandoline to make perfect matchsticks.)
  • Canola or peanut oil for frying
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper (optional)

For the aioli:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Cover and chill until ready to use.

For the pomme frites:

  1. Wash potatoes and cut lengthwise. Place in a bowl of salted water. (This will take some of the starch out so they don’t stick together during frying and it will keep them crispy.)
  2. Pour oil in medium-sized heavy-bottomed pan (enough to cover potatoes). Heat on medium-high. Once the oil is very hot, drain potatoes and dry with a paper towel and begin to fry.
  3. Once the pomme frites are golden brown, remove from pan and drain excess oil by placing them on a paper towel for a few minutes.
  4. Sprinkle generously with kosher salt and serve immediately with aioli.


About Iris "The Palate Princess" M.

Food writer | Author of Food Lovers' Guide to Philadelphia, Main Squeeze: Juicing Recipes for Your Healthiest Self, and On the Line (coming soon)


  1. September 12th, 2011 14:49

    These look simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing


  2. September 12th, 2011 16:49

    Oh wow they look great. I adore aioli so so so much! So simple, yet effective.


  3. September 16th, 2013 22:21

    Yes, these look phenomenal! Definitely going to have to try that aioli.


    • Iris "The Palate Princess" M.
      September 16th, 2013 23:32

      Thanks Clint–yes, the aioli takes it over the top!


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