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In-N-Out Animal Style Fries (But Better)

The classic and fabled In N Out Burger is a special one...many opt that the animal-style fries are a favorite eating experience. Can we...

The classic and fabled In N Out Burger is a special one...many opt that the animal-style fries are a favorite eating experience. Can we make them completely homemade and dare I say.... much...much better?


Serves: 2-4



  • 3-4 russet potatoes

  • Fry oil

  • Salt to taste

Caramelized Onions:

  • 2 sweet onions diced

  • Pinch of sugar

  • Generous pinch of salt


  • 2 dill pickles diced

  • 3/4 cup (175g) mayo

  • 1/2 cup(120g) ketchup

  • 1/4 cup (80g) dijon mustard

  • 1/2 of the caramelized onions

  • 1 Tbsp (7g) thinly sliced chives

  • 2 cloves garlic grated

  • 1 Tbsp (14ml) Worcestershire sauce

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cheese sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp 28g) butter

  • 2 Tbsp 20g flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup smoked cheddar

  • 1/2 cup gruyere

  • 1/2 cup grated American cheese

  • 1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg

  • Salt to taste


Fries Method:

  1. Peel and cut potatoes into even batons.

  2. Rinse and drain, and cover with cold water until submerged. Season with salt. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour or up to 8 hours in the refrigerator.

  3. Remove fries from the water and dry off on a paper towel.

  4. Heat a heavy bottom pot filled with fry oil (about 2.5-inches) to 325F.

  5. Fry the fries in batches for 3-4 minutes giving a light turn in the middle of the cooking time.

  6. Remove and drain on a fresh paper towel. Repeat with the remaining fries.

  7. Increase heat to 375F. In batches, add fries back into the oil and fry for 2-3 minutes.

  8. Remove using a spider, and transfer to a heatproof bowl, and immediately season with salt.

  9. Drain on a paper towel and repeat with the remaining fries.

Caramelized Onions Method:

  1. Remove the tops of the onions, slice in half, and remove the peels.

  2. Dice onions.

  3. In a medium-size pot, melt unsalted butter over medium heat until bubbling.

  4. Add the onions to the pot, season with salt, a small pinch of sugar, and stir to combine.

  5. Let that cook over medium heat, stirring often for about 45 minutes. Fluctuate the heat medium to low, occasionally, so the onions don’t char.

  6. Cook until onions are deeply caramelized.

Sauce Method:

  1. In a medium bowl, add in all the ingredients besides onions and stir until well combined.

  2. Once combined, add in the caramelized onions and stir to combine.

Mornay Sauce Method:

  1. In a medium saucepan, add in unsalted butter and melt over medium heat.

  2. Whisk in all-purpose flour. Cook and stir for 45 seconds.

  3. Gradually whisk in warm milk. Cook and whisk until it begins to thicken.

  4. Remove from heat and whisk in grated smoked cheddar, grated gruyere, and grated American cheese. Whisk together until completely combined.

  5. Cover and keep in a warm area until ready to use.


  1. In a large bowl, add in the fries followed by a generous amount of the sauce, and cheese sauce.

  2. Top with the caramelized onions, and an optional garnish of thinly sliced chives, and fresh torn parsley.


Chris Bryant
Chris Bryant
May 26, 2021

Thank you for sharing, but you really need to fix it where we can save it to pinterest

Kollique Biggers _ Student - MartinMS
Kollique Biggers _ Student - MartinMS
May 29, 2021
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