How long do french fries last in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long do french fries last in the fridge?”, and how to make french fries?

How long do french fries last in the fridge?

Covered and cooked french fries last 3-5 days in the fridge if kept at a steady temperature of 40℉ or below. Frozen and thawed french fries can be kept for 1-2 days in the fridge until you are ready to fry them. 

This does not apply to french fries thawed under cold water or in the microwave. Keep in mind that thawing removes moisture from the french fries so the texture won’t be the same after 2 days of additional refrigeration. 

How long do french fries last in the freezer?

Uncooked frozen french fries last up to 1 year in the freezer if kept at a steady temperature of 0℉. However, frozen french fries are best consumed within 3 months of storage. 

The shelf-life of french fries in the freezer is affected by how often you open the package to remove fries and thus, expose it to temperature fluctuations. 

Your best bet is to portion the fries before freezing them so you won’t have to thaw the whole batch when you need only a handful of fries.

How long do french fries last at room temperature?

Cooked french fries should not be kept for more than 2 hours at room temperature where the temperature ranges from 40-140℉. 

This temperature range is called the ‘Danger zone’ because bacteria grow exponentially at this range. In any case, it is never a good idea to keep the french fries at room temperature.

Frozen and uncooked fries last about 6 hours at room temperature. Once completely thawed, these fries should not sit out for more than 2 hours if the temperature is anywhere between 40-140℉. 

Can you refrigerate cooked fries?

Yes, you can refrigerate cooked fries. In fact, this is the only way to do it because cooked fries should not sit on the counter for long. Once the fries are cool, transfer them into a shallow air-tight container.

For added protection, cover the container using aluminum foil or a good plastic sheet or wrap. Always keep the french fries stored near the backside of the fridge shelf. This is the spot where the temperature fluctuations are minimal. 

How to tell if the french fries have gone bad?

The bad smell of the fries won’t go unnoticed. Before If the fries give off an unusual smell, they are done for. 

If the fries develop patches or spots of discoloration, they have gone bad. Similarly, anything off about the texture of the fries should be enough to tell you that the fries are no longer any good.

How to store french fries to extend their shelf-life?

  1. Fill a pot with water and bring it to a rolling boil. Submerge the french fries in the boiling water for about 5 minutes. It helps to deactivate the enzymes that are involved in the browning and spoilage of french fries during storage.
  1. Remove the partially boiled french fries and drop them in a bath of ice-cold water. This will halt the cooking process. 
  1. Then spread the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet or tray. The french fries should be placed as such they do not touch or overlap each other.
  1. If you boiled a large batch, you can place parchment paper over the first layer of fries and place the fries on top. 
  1. Slide the tray in the freezer and let the fries pre-freeze for at least an hour. When the fries are frozen solid, portion them and toss them in an air-tight freezer bag. 
  1. Squeeze out as much air as possible from the bag. Put a clear label on the bag and chuck it in the freezer. 

How to make the perfect french fries?


  • 5 pounds russet potatoes
  • Vegetable or peanut oil, for frying
  • Sea salt


  1. Cut the washed and peeled potatoes into 4-5 vertical slices. Cut each slice into potato sticks.
  1. Place the cut potatoes in a bowl full of cold water. Let them soak for at least 2-3 hours at room temperature or 4 hours or overnight in the fridge. 
  1. Heat a few inches of oil in a deep pot to about 300℉. Fry the potatoes in 3-4 batches. Do not overcrowd. Each batch will take about 4-5 minutes. Make sure you do not brown the potatoes. This step is done to just kickstart the cooking process more like a warm-up.
  1. Remove the potatoes and place them on a paper towel to drain the oil.
  1. After frying all the potatoes in 300℉ oil, heat the oil to 400℉ and fry each batch until the potatoes are crispy and golden brown.
  1. Remove the fries on paper towels and serve warm.

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In this article, we answered the question “How long do french fries last in the fridge?”, and how to make french fries?