Can you boil chips before frying

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you boil chips before frying?” We will also discuss whether chips are the same as french fries and if we can boil them before frying as well as the most popular methods of chip frying.

Can you boil chips before frying?

Yes, you can boil chips before frying, this is a perfect technique that you can use to ensure you will get a desirable texture for your chips by having an incredible unique creamy interior and crispy crunchy exterior. 

So if you are a food lover and precisely a chips addict, look no further because in this article we will guide you step by step on how to boil chips before frying them and share with you tips and tricks that will ensure you get this result.

We will also recommend the best method you can use to obtain the perfect fried chips every time in a simple, easy, and fast way that will save you a lot of time and effort yet retain the yummy and irresistible taste of fried chips.

Are chips the same as french fries?

Well, to settle this question and avoid confusion once and for all, “Chips” does not mean potato chips but it is the term used to refer to the french fries in certain countries such as the U.K., Australia,  Scotland, Ireland, and South Africa. 

Thus, chips are simply thick slices of potato that are usually fried until they get a crispy and crunchy external texture and are tender from the inside.

How to boil chips before frying?

 As we promised you at the beginning of this article we will give detailed step-by-step instructions to guide you on how to boil chips before frying them to get an incredible taste and perfect crispy chips each time without much preparation or ingredients.

 So if you are excited about boiling your chips at home and getting tasty irresistible fries, then simply read carefully and follow the instructions.

  • Wash your potatoes using water and a sponge or brush to remove all dirt and debris, then peel the outer skin if desired
  • Slice your potatoes into thin slices about 1cm thick
  • Use a colander to rinse your chips under running water until they are washed out and the water is clear
  • Pour cold water into a pan then add the washed chips
  • Place the pan on the stovetop
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 3 – 4 minutes
  • Use a colander to drain your boiled chips completely
  • Pat dry your chips with paper towels as much as possible until all the moisture is removed so that you will avoid any splatter when you put the chips in the oil
  • Put a heavy pot or dutch oven on the stovetop and add 2 – 3 inches of frying oil of your choice
  • Attach a deep-fry thermometer to the pot or dutch oven
  • Heat the oil up to 320 F/160 C then try putting down some chips using a deep-fry basket or a slotted metal utensil into the hot oil 
  • Fry your chips for 3 minutes without browning them
  • Take the chips out of the oil then put them into paper towels to drain and let them cool to room temperature 
  • Reheat the frying oil used before up to 375 F/190 C to fry your chips again for 5 – 8 minutes until they become gold and crispy
  • Drain your chips from excess oil and season with a sprinkle of salt
  • Serve your fried chips hot and enjoy


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What are the most popular methods of chip frying?

If you want to fry your chips, here are 3 different frying methods that you can try based on your preference, time, and the thickness of your chips

  1. Deep frying requires using high smoke point oil like vegetables, peanuts, or canola oil which is set at 375°.  This method needs between 2-6 minutes based on the thickness of the chips
  1. Pan-frying requires using a skillet or pan and heating the oil up to 400°. This method needs approximately 15 minutes
  1. Air frying is an oil-free healthy method of frying which has become one of the best and perfect choices to eat healthy food and satisfy your craving for chips


In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can you boil chips before frying?” We have also discussed whether chips are the same as french fries and if we can boil them before frying as well as the most popular methods of chip frying.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.


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