Nigella Lawson shares her top tip for making the perfect crispy fries without a trace of fat – and it involves putting them in COLD oil for cooking
- Nigella Lawson, 60, shared her recipe for the perfect Tuscan fries on Instagram
- She said the secret to oil-free fries is to put the raw potatoes in cold oil
- The UK TV chef’s post garnered over 48,000 likes from impressed fans
Nigella Lawson has revealed the hack she uses to make perfect oil-free fries every time – and fans claim the dish looks ‘divine’.
Post on Instagramthe British TV chef, 60, shared a photo of her Tuscan fries as she revealed her unorthodox cooking method, using cold oil.
She explained that the trick is a ‘stress-free’ alternative to traditional potato frying methods.
“You might think it would make them unbearably greasy, but in fact you get crunchy, oil-free fries of utter fabulity,” Nigella wrote, admitting it seems “crazy.”
Putting the potatoes in cold oil allows them to cook more slowly, which means the insides can become soft and fluffy while the outside becomes crispy.
British TV chef Nigella Lawson, 60, has impressed fans with her recipe for making oil-free Tuscan fries (file image)
Nigella explained that the method, featured in her 2012 book Nigellissima, works by placing raw potatoes in cold corn or vegetable oil, then bringing them to a boil and watching them bubble for about 15 minutes.
She listed a selection of ingredients to recreate the dish, including waxy potatoes and flavorless vegetable oil, with a few unpeeled cloves of garlic tossed into the oil towards the end of cooking for added flavor in an extract shared by her website.
Nigella’s method of making Tuscan fries at home takes about 30 minutes and has impressed more than 48,000 of her fans.
One person wrote: ‘They look great! Will make this one for sure. ‘
“This is the best recipe for French fries,” said another.
A third added: ‘Wowsers they look incredible! I have never tried Tuscan fries but now will! Thank you for sharing. ‘
In an excerpt from her book, published in 2012, Nigella (pictured) revealed the importance of placing raw sliced potatoes in cold vegetable oil and then reheating
More than 48,000 fans loved Nigella’s Tuscan fries on Instagram, with lots of gushing that the dish looks ‘great’
Another commented: ‘They were a revelation to me. I’ve been making them at least once a month since I first tried them. ‘
Nigella, who will be releasing a new cookbook later this year, will be sharing a selection of other comfort food recipes in a new BBC2 series starting October.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake and Crab Mac ‘n’ Cheese are among the mouthwatering dishes she is expected to showcase in six episodes.
“More than just a mantra, Cook, Eat, Repeat is the story of my life,” said Nigella of the show that accompanies a book of the same title.