Boardwalk Fries

I was kind of shocked when I realized I didn’t have a recipe for good, old-fashioned boardwalk fries here on the site. It’s shameful really. Sure, I have oven fries (which employ the same soaking technique I’ll touch on later) and fish & chips…but I needed to have an entire post devoted to these crispy, salty favorites.

My first taste of boardwalk fries was of course at Thrasher’s in Ocean City, MD…notorious among Marylanders, Eastern Shore folks, and really the entire nation in some cases. That’s because they’re the best. Their first trick is a soak for the cut potatoes in hot saltwater. It helps to remove some of the starch, and softens them up a bit for cooking.

The second key step is the twice-fried technique. The potatoes are cooked in hot oil for one round, basically to par-cook them. They’re then removed from the oil, set aside to drain, and then added back to the oil to attain that beautiful golden brown and crunchy exterior.

Immediately season with salt, and apple cider or malt vinegar. Never ketchup! It’s actually a rule at Thrasher’s…they don’t have it available. The place  next store has a racket selling containers of it at exorbitant prices. We don’t have boardwalks here on Chincoteague, which is just fine by me – but it’s nice to have a little taste of it here at home!


  1. Posted April 1, 2015 at 8:41 AM | Permalink

    Oh how I miss Thrashers!

  2. Posted April 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

    These look unbelievable!

  3. Posted March 5, 2016 at 11:47 AM | Permalink

    Never knew about soaking in hot salt water! Making them this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. christy hahn
    Posted March 24, 2017 at 3:57 PM | Permalink

    About how much old Bay & ape cider vinegar should be used

    • Posted March 26, 2017 at 12:37 PM | Permalink

      As much as you’d like! Start at 1/2 tsp of Old Bay, and a few shakes of vinegar.

  5. Posted August 8, 2017 at 2:10 PM | Permalink

    These were delicious! Just how I remembered in Ocean City!

  6. Posted March 3, 2019 at 2:32 PM | Permalink

    In good old San Diego we had a border walk place and the fries were awesome they had different seasoning they did the malt vinegar and where they added chili con carne, etc

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