Every truck in Oahu has a spin on street fries. This Beef Tallow Furikake Fries recipe is my take on the best street food you can get and bring back to the Mainland.
Recently, I spent a few days on the iconic North Shore of Oahu chasing sunsets and recharging my batteries. I polled my audience on where to go and had an overwhelming response for checking out the food truck scene.
Everyone had a favorite and was anxious to chime in.
Not wanting to disappoint anyone (and, honestly, being on the hunt to try just about everything I could while there), I made it a mission to hit several of the most popular food truck spots. My favorite was the tuna sandwich and Hurricane french-fried potatoes at a little truck parked at Sharks Cove.
The name of the place was the Cove and I haven’t been able to find an Instagram or website for them to tag, but they were in with a killer shrimp truck and taco stand right next to a snorkel rental shop. If you are sitting at Sharks Cove, you will find them.
The days ticked on and I tried several other food trucks, all with their own signature spin on fries. Always fried to a crisp and slathered in a spicy sauce and sprinkled with furikake. A simple thing, but one that altered my french fry condiment choices forever.
I brought the idea back to the Mainland, grabbing and testing a few furikake blends in the GirlCarnivore Meat Labs. I sliced up huge russet potatoes as thin as I could and even added extra crunch by coating the fries in beef tallow (aka, the magic that makes perfectly crispy fries! Every time!).
All in all, they are food truck approved, even if you are a layover or two away from a proper island view.
I dare you to give them a try and tell me you’ll ever go back to just plain ketchup again. Actually, check out these rosemary duck fat fries while you’re at it and let’s really expand on your fry menu.
What is Furikake?
Furikake is a dried mix of finely minced seaweed, salt, and other herbs. You can sprinkle the furikake mixture over things like rice and veggies. and is a great way to really amp up the flavor just like any spice blend. There are a variety of furikake blends in any given international market and they are always fun to play with.
Click here to see the Furikake blend I used in this recipe.
How to make Furikake Fries
Start by preheating your oven to 450º F and dividing your beef tallow into two rimmed baking sheets. Then place it in the oven to melt.
Cut your potatoes into thin matchsticks and dry them with a kitchen towel.
Once the tallow has melted, remove carefully (it’s hot!) from the oven and place the potatoes evenly, in a single layer, on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
Then carefully remove again the potatoes from the oven and flip on the other side for an additional 10 minutes or so, until golden and crispy all over. Drain the fries onto some kitchen paper-lined plate to get rid of the excess fat.
Now whisk the sriracha and mayo together in a large bowl, and season with salt and pepper.
Serve your french fries on a large serving dish. While they are still hot and moist from the beef tallow, sprinkle them generously with the furikake mixture. Drizzle the sriracha sauce over them and serve piping hot!
Tips & Variations
- You can slice your potatoes in thick or thin rounds and cook the same way, until crispy and golden.
- Instead of baking the potatoes, you can fry them on the stove for half the time.
- Instead of furikake, you can use crumbled nori (seaweed), sesame seeds and if you like hot & spicy you can even use togarashi.
Want to know what to serve with this? Try some of my favorite recipes:
- Autumn Burgers with Roasted Squash Aioli and Apple Chips
- Steak Frites with Rosemary Duck Fat Fries
- Perfect Pan Seared Ribeye Steaks
- Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf
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Beef Tallow Furikake Fries
- 4 russet potatoes peeled
- ½ cup beef tallow
- Coarse sea salt
- ¼ cup Furikake Seasoning
For the Sriracha Sauce:
- ½ cup sriracha sauce
- ¼ cup mayo
For Beef Tallow Fries:
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- On two rimmed baking sheets, divide the beef tallow. Place in the oven to melt.
- Slice the potatoes into thin shoestring fries. Arrange on to a paper toweled lined rack to dry.
- Once the tallow has melted, carefully remove from the oven and add fries, evenly, in a single layer over each baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Carefully remove the fries from the oven and flip on the pan using a spatula.
- Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes until golden and crisp all over.
- With a slotted spatula, remove fries and drain onto a paper towel lined platter.
For the Sriracha Sauce:
- Whisk the sriracha and mayo in a large bowl.
- Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
For the Assembly:
- Scoop the fries onto serving dishes.
- Drizzle the sriracha sauce over the fries.
- While the fries are still moist from the tallow, sprinkle them liberally with the furikake mixture.
- Serve piping hot.