Lets start with the secret sauce A.K.A thousand island dressing.

In a bowl add 1/2 cup of mayo & 2 tablespoons of ketchup…

now add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar & 2 teaspoons of sugar…

now chop up two dill pickle spears.

Traditional thousand island has sweet pickle relish in it, but In-N-Out uses chopped up dill pickle.

Just another reason why I love In-N-Out so much.

Add your pickles to your bowl along with a pinch of salt and fresh black pepper.

Whisk away & add whatever you think is missing. I added a dash more vinegar, but that’s just me. You might want to add more sugar…

Also traditionally this dressing will have some minced white onion in it, but I decided to leave it out because I figured we’ll have some really good onion action going on the fries in just a few.

Cover your dressing with pastic wrap and pop it in the fridge for an hour or so to let all the flavors blend.

While your dressing is sitting in the fridge preheat your oven to 400 degrees, grab a few potatoes (I used russet) and cut them into strips.

Line a baking sheet with wax paper, then spray that wax paper with Pam. If your don’t do this you’ll find yourself ¬†desperately trying to scrape your fries off the wax paper later on. I speak from experience.

Drizzle your potatoes with some olive oil & season them with a bit of salt. Now pop them into your preheated oven for about 40 minutes.


While those were baking I did this…

To a hot pan add a couple tablespoons of olive oil and a couple tablespoons of butter.

To that heavenly combination add 1 minced onion to your pan.

We’re going to caramelize these onions so the trick here is to keep the heat low enough for the onion’s sugars to turn to carmel without burning, but high enough so it cooks.

Ahhhh, beautiful.

Just keep the heat low and cook em’ slow. Works every time.

Assembly time!

Grab an oven proof plate and pile on some fries.

Now top them with shredded cheddar cheese.

Yes I know In-N-Out uses that weird fake cheese. I seriously can’t stand that stuff, so real cheese it is.

Now top it with your perfectly caramelized onions and pop this plate in a warm oven just until the cheese melts.

After the cheese has melted add a generous amount of secret sauce to the top of your fries…

and just try to keep your hands off of them.

Now you see them…

Now you dont!

These were a HUGE hit in our house and they were so fun to make!

I think we might even like them more than the original ones.



  • Thousand Island dressing
  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 1 caramelized onion
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • olive oil, salt & pepper to taste

6 Responses to Animal Style Fries

  1. Catherine says:

    Great blog Melissa! I can’t wait to try these!!!

  2. Jessica H says:

    Thanks for that Melissa! I’ll love you and hate you for it!
    GREAT blog by the way!

  3. Sarah says:

    These look fabulous! As I was looking at your blog, my chef husband glanced at the pictures and said, “use Kennebec potatoes for the best fries.” Maybe I’ll have him steal some from work to try out this recipe! ;)

  4. GORGEOUS!! Haven’t had In N OUt Animal style fries, but love your step by step spoon feeding for me!! Mouth is watering…ready to try!! xoxoxo Janet

  5. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much ladies!! Sarah, I’ll look for those Kennebec potatoes!

  6. Mom says:

    I recognize those little boy hands :)

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