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Poutine consisting of fries covered with cheese curds and gravy in a white dish

How To Make Canadian Poutine!

Crispy fries covered with rich delicious gray and melted cheese curds? YES PLEASE! This is Canadian Poutine, and it is out of this world DELISH!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Soaking potatoes 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine canadian
Servings 3 people
Calories 3422 kcal


  • 1 Deep Fat Fryer
  • 1 Saucepan


  • 2.25 lbs russet potatoes choose large potatoes that are similar in size; cut into ¼"-½" fries (no need to peel)
  • 1 qt vegetable oil for deep fat frying
  • ½ lb white cheese curds can use another color if white is not available!


  • 1 cup beef broth use unsalted or low salt if you can
  • 1 cup chicken broth use unsalted or low salt if you can
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • cornstarch only needed if you feel you need to thicken the gravy; use according to package directions


Soak The Potatoes

  • Begin by soaking your cut up Russet potatoes in cold water. You'll want to soak the fries for at least one hour. You could even soak them overnight if you like! After soaking, drain and then pat the potato strips dry and try to remove as much moisture as you can. Set these aside and heat up your deep fat fryer to 300F.
    strips of russet potato soaking in water in a blue bowl

Cheese Curds

  • 30 minutes before starting to make your Poutine, take the cheese curds out of the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature. This helps them melt a bit easier. 😊

Rich Delicious Gravy

  • Start by making a roux. Melt some butter in a saucepan and then whisk in flour, stirring constantly for around 5 minutes until you achieve a nice light brown roux.
    a roux with a blue whisk in a saucepan
  • Then add the chicken and beef broths, a little at a time. Bring to the boil and then simmer for a few minutes until you get a nice gravy. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and keep it warm until you are ready to smother your fries with it! (If you feel you need to thicken the gravy add a little cornstarch according to package directions.)
    gravy in a saucepan

Crispy Fries!

  • Fry the dried strips of potatoes at 300F for around 5 minutes. Try not to overcrowd and fry in batches if necessary. Drain on paper towels and then increase the heat to 350F.
    french fries in a fryer
  • Fry the fries at 350F for another 5 minutes, or until they are a nice golden brown. Drain on paper towels and then immediately transfer to a plate
    french fries in a fryer

Assemble Your Poutine!

  • Lay your fries down on your plate. Top with the cheese curds. Then smother with HOT gravy! You want this to be really hot so that the cheese becomes melty! Enjoy!
    Poutine consisting of fries covered with cheese curds and gravy in a white dish


If you can't find white cheese curds (or cheese curds), you could sub mozzarella.  Just pull some apart to make some "mozzarella curds"
In a pinch you could use frozen french fries and ready made gravy.  It's all good! 
Be sure the gravy is really hot when pouring over your fries and curds so the cheese will get nice and melty!


Calories: 3422kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 31gFat: 341gSaturated Fat: 62gPolyunsaturated Fat: 181gMonounsaturated Fat: 72gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 695mgPotassium: 1684mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 36IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 612mgIron: 4mg
Keyword cheese curds, comfort food, french fries, poutine
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