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11 Best French Fry Toppings To Try

french fries with ketchup and mayonnaise

With the help of my enticing guide, take your taste senses on a crispy excursion that will raise the standard French fry to new heights. This post will take you on a taste adventure as we explore delectable and surprising toppings that will transform the way you enjoy fries. From the traditional truffle and parmesan pairing to bold pairings like buffalo chicken and blue cheese, these delicious ideas will turn your fries into a flavorful symphony. There’s a fry topping to suit every taste, be you an adventurous foodie willing to push the boundaries or a traditionalist looking for a nostalgic twist. Prepare to enjoy the harmonious combination of flavors and textures as we reveal the techniques for creating the ideal, delicious French fry treat.


Ketchup

Ketchup
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This one is a no-brainer. Ketchup takes the cake (or, in this case, fry) when it comes to french fry toppings. For some reason, the tomatoey goodness of ketchup, combined with the salty french fry, just tastes like heaven. Dipping a warm french fry into a side of cold, tangy ketchup is what happiness is made of. In fact, ketchup is such a popular condiment in America that, according to the USDA, 77% of all tomatoes harvested get manufactured and processed to make ketchup.


Aioli

Aioli
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Aioli is a creamy and delicious french fry topping that blends perfectly with some crispy french fries. Aioli is an emulsion consisting of garlic, olive oil, egg, and salt and has Mediterranean roots. Aioli is often added to gyros, salads, sandwiches, and other Mediterranean dishes, but it turns out that aioli blends well with french fries too! Of course, homemade aioli is the best way to go, but if you want an easier and more convenient way to make it, mix mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon.


Cheese Sauce 

Cheese Sauce 
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What I wouldn’t give for some warm, creamy cheese sauce right now! Cheese sauce is the king of all condiments, in my opinion. It’s warm, salty, cheesy, and creamy, all at the same time. Cheese sauce on top of french fries is a match made in heaven because the creamy cheese combined with the warm, crunchy fries creates the perfect flavor profile. Cheese sauce and french fries have been around for quite some time and are a popular dish at carnivals, amusement parks, and concession stands. So, if you’re looking for a french fry topping that’s cheesy and delicious, cheese sauce is going to be your favorite.

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Truffle

Truffle
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Truffle fries are a relatively new trend. Created by Chef Jeffrey Strauss from the Pamplemousse Grill in Santa Monica, CA, truffle fries are a new and delicious french fry topping. Truffle fries are typically made from fresh-cut french fries and then topped with olive oil or truffle oil, garlic, herbs, parmesan cheese, and sometimes other blends of spices. The crunchy nature of the fry, combined with the light yet zesty taste of the truffle oil and spices, makes for a unique yet flavorful taste.


Garlic Parmesan 

Garlic Parmesan 
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Garlic parmesan french fries are similar to truffle fries in that they are made using oil and parmesan cheese. Still, the garlic parmesan french fry topping is much more garlicky. There is just something so extraordinary about the flavor of garlic and parmesan together, and then put on top of fries, you really have yourself a delightful dish. Garlic parmesan french fries are commonly served at steakhouses and go well with steak, shrimp, chicken, or any other type of whole meat. They also pair well with a wrap or sandwich, especially one with mild flavors, like a turkey and cheese or roast beef.


Mayo

Mayo
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You can’t go wrong with mayo regarding condiments and toppings for french fries. Mayonnaise tastes good on everything, so naturally, it would be a good topping for french fries. French fries and mayo go together well because the creamy, thick nature of mayonnaise combined with the light, crunchy taste of the french fry mix nicely in your mouth. The smooth texture of the mayo also helps to alleviate some of the saltiness of the french fry. Although mayo and french fries taste great together alone, they taste even better if you add a squirt of ketchup in there. Mayo and ketchup have become so popular that it’s earned itself the name “mayochup.” Hey, don’t knock it until you try it!


Poutine

Poutine
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Hailing from the Great North Country, Canada, Poutine is another tasty french fry combination that never disappoints. Poutine is a melty combination of cheese, gravy, and french fries. Traditionally, cheese curds are used instead of shredded or cheese sauce, but here in America, you’re sure to find all kinds of different variations of the dish. Poutine takes french fries to a whole other level, taking them from being just a salty side dish to taking over the show as a main meal. You can make your poutine at home reasonably easy and mix it up with different types of gravies, sauces, and cheeses for a fun, new way to eat french fries.

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Salt 

Salt 
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Perhaps the most obvious and simple french fry topping is salt. Salt is practically always a topping for french fries, but some people do prefer their fried unsalted, believe it or not. It’s common knowledge that french fries are made from potatoes, and the taste amplifies when you add a little salt. Mcdonald’s may have gotten famous for their fries, but really the secret is the salt. The salt steals the show when it comes to french fries, and most people prefer to top their french fries with it. But, you could try different salt flavors for something new and fun. Garlic salt fries, seasoned salt, and even ranch-flavored salt would taste great on order of french fries.


Chili

Chili
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Chili-cheese fries are a staple in American culture, so of course, chili is going to make it on the list of the top 11 french fry toppings. Chili fries add a bit of a kick to traditional french fries and create a new, spicy flavor to the otherwise bland french fries. Chili is commonly paired with cheese when used as a french fry topping. Chili and cheese together is truly a marriage made in heaven, and when put on top of some yummy tasting french fries, delicious is an understatement. The robust and acidic tomato base of the chile soaks into the fries so that your mouth is greeted with an explosion of flavor with each bite.


Kimchi

Kimchi
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You’re probably wondering, what is Kimchi, and how did it make this list of the best french fry toppings? Kimchi is a popular Korean dish that includes fermented vegetables such as cabbage and radishes that soak in a salted brine for a few days before serving. It is spicy yet has a pungent, earthy flavor. Kimchi may not sound like something you would want to put on your french fries, but surprisingly enough, they make a great pair. The spicy Kimchi gives the french fries a kick, and the crunchy veggies make for a good texture and flavor. Kimchi may be a favorite topping of yours if you like sauerkraut, as the flavor and texture are similar.


Bacon & Ranch

Bacon & Ranch
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Anything with Bacon in or on it is going to be delicious. So, it’s not shocking to learn that Bacon and ranch is another great french fry topping too. Salty, crispy Bacon blends well with the creamy ranch, and then when put on top of french fries, the flavor intensifies even more. Bacon ranch fries are a good main course meal if you want to make a complete meal out of it, or they pair well with anything greasy and hearty, like a cheeseburger. However, they also taste great when you’re craving something filling and hearty, and “healthy” is not exactly what you’re going for. Try Bacon and ranch fries with cheese for an even more mind-blowing taste. Cheese whiz, shredded cheddar, or even nacho cheese will all add to the salty and delicious flavor of the bacon & ranch fries.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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