Microwave French Fries

Preparing French fries in the microwave is quicker and healthier than deep-frying them in hot oil. Be sure not to overcook the potatoes or they will deflate and become soft.

Preparation time: 5–7 minutes
Cooking time: 15–20 minutes


  • ½ pound (2 medium) russet or red potatoes, peeled
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Scrub the potatoes under cold running water and use a paring knife to cut out any bruises or green spots. Cut into thin strips the size and shape of French fries.

  2. Toss the cut potatoes in a bowl with the vinegar, stirring so that all the potato strips are coated.

  3. Take approximately half the potato strips and arrange on a microwave-safe plate. Sprinkle the cut potatoes with the garlic salt.

  4. Microwave the cut potatoes on high heat for 7 minutes, and then for 1 minute at a time until they are cooked through. (The potatoes will not brown like regular French fries, but will be fork-tender.)

  5. Repeat with the remainder of the cut potatoes, sprinkling with the cayenne pepper instead of garlic salt.

Quick-Cooking with Potatoes

One way to speed up the preparation time when you're cooking potatoes is to leave on the peel. Potato peels add a crunchy texture, and carry fiber and vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Just be sure to scrub the potato skin under cold running water to remove any pesticide residue or other toxins.

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