I don’t understand why many of us are so stuck on French fries when many different types exist. Please do yourself a favour and try out some of the recipes I’ve listed below.

Crinkle-Cut Fries

These are regular fries but with a different shape that weirdly makes them taste more exciting. To make this, you’ll need a crinkle knife. (You can also use the crinkle knife to cut plantain. You’ll thank me later.)

Get the recipe at My Recipes

Loaded fries 

Fries from heaven! Loaded fries are made of anything you want to put inside. You can add bacon, sausage, chicken, minced meat etc. Just make sure to include cheese. And maybe a mixture of mayo and ketchup to top it off. 

Get the recipe at Mandi Sarro

Shoestring Fries

These are some of the thinnest fries you’ll ever see, and so they’re crispy as heck. They taste great with fry sauce (or ketchup and mayo mixed together).

Get the recipe at Kitchn.

ALSO READ: Dear Nigerian Women, Alfredo Is Not The Only Pasta That Exists O

Curly Fries

I don’t know why Nigerian restaurants don’t serve curly fries; they bang like crazy. They’re longer than standard french fries have spring-like shapes. Rich people use a spiralizer to cut it, but here’s a video showing how to improvise with a knife. You’ll need to ensure the oil is 190°C hot before frying. This article tells you how you can know when your oil is that hot. 

Get the recipe at Soul Food Cooking

Garlic fries 

Garlic fries are made with salt, parmesan cheese, parsley, and chopped garlic (of course). The more cheese, the better. 

Get the recipe at Caribbean Pot 

Home fries

I’m obsessed with home fries, and I make them every other day. They’re thick cuts of potatoes that taste mouth-dripping good when pan-fried in bacon grease. For best results,, fry the bacon first, then use the leftover grease for your fries. You can use any type of potato. 

Get the recipe at Spruce Eats

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries are amazing because the sweetness goes well with the crispiness from the frying. 

Get the recipe at Dinner at the zoo

ALSO READ: 11 Okra Recipes You Didn’t Know You Needed Today

Tater Tots

Tater tots are deep-fried, grated potatoes shaped into cute small cylinders that taste great with mayonnaise. 

Get the recipe at Urban treats


Potato Wedges are thick potato fries. They’re not as crunchy as most fires, but they’re just as delicious. I actually really like that they’re soft, which makes them nice to eat with eggs.

Get the recipe at Yummy.ph


Cheese fries 

These are fries topped with any melted cheese. The cheese is basically a replacement for your ketchup. 

Get the recipe at Khin’s kitchen

Cottage fries 

Cottage fries taste and look like thick, soft potato chips, and can be made with or without the potato skin. They’re seasoned with a variety of seasonings like cayenne pepper, black pepper, curry and other herbs. They’re simply delicious.

Get the recipe at Kitchn

ALSO READ: All the Exciting Ways You Can Eat and Drink Your Eggs


Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.