When I came for the first time in United States, I was amused by the term “French fries”. Why “frites” (the word that we use in France for French fries) are called French fries abroad ? Especially since the French fries are not from France. So I did my research on this topic and here is the result of my investigation :)

There are two stories to explain the expression French Fries.

The first one came from the first world war. As the language in Belgium is also the French, when U.S soldiers tasted Belgian “frite” they thougt that it was a French speciality and so called them French fries instead of “Belgian Fries”.

The second one, came from the 3d president of US : Thomas Jefferson. As he really loved the “frites” cooked by his French chief, he called them naturally French fries. As the verb “to french” means also “to cut” the term Fench fried was really quickly adopted particularly by the Irish.

Do you know that there were arguments between French and Belgiam to know who was the first one to cook French fries ? The Belgian affirmed that “frites” were invented in 1680. The inhabitants of Namur were used to catch fishes in the Meuse (a river) and fried them for their meals. But when it was very cold, the river was frozen and it was impossible to catch fishes. So the Belgian cut potatoes shaped like fishes and fried them.

The French, meanwhile, said that “frites” were invented during the French revolution in 1789.

There a lot of recipes to cook potatoes, but French fries is one of the best : simple but delicious. Of course, I talk about home cooked French fries and not McDonald’s French fries :)

French’Licious : Do you know that in French when we say “j’ai la frite” (literally I have the French Fries) it means “I’m in a good shape”.

To finish this post, here is a little recipe to cook your own French fries.

French fries

Are French fries really French ?

By Sylvain
Published: June 16, 2012

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Ready In: 30 mins

As easy to do as delicious, French fries will delight everybody.



  1. Peel the potatoes and slice them 1/4 inch thick into traditional french fry shape.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in large frying pan until it is good and hot. Add potatoes, cooking until they become golden, then flipping them. Cook until they are the color you desire.
  3. Remove and place on a paper towel covered plate or lined bowl. Salt to taste, or use your favorite seasoning.