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Freezer-aisle fries like you’ve never had before! Tossed in a sticky, spicy honey glaze, these are the perfect exemplar of that very specific and beloved texture: crispy-gone-soggy. This recipe is based on a similar dish that often appears in many Indian-Chinese restaurants known as honey chili potatoes. Use crinkle-cut fries, waffle fries, tater tots, or even fries from your favorite take-out place if you’d like. Just make sure to warm the fries through in the oven before tossing them in the sauce. If you want to retain some virtuousness, serve these with steamed white rice and steamed green vegetables such as broccoli, Chinese broccoli, or bok choy. —Shilpa Uskokovic

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4 servings


oz. frozen crinkle-cut or waffle fries or tater tots


Tbsp. Diamond Crystal or 1¾ tsp. kosher salt, plus more




Tbsp. cornstarch


cup honey


cup Sriracha


tsp. soy sauce


Tbsp. ketchup


Tbsp. vegetable oil


small red bell pepper, cut into 1″ pieces


small white onion, cut into 1″ pieces


garlic cloves, coarsely chopped


tsp. toasted sesame seeds


Step 1

Cook fries in an oven or air fryer according to package directions; season lightly with salt and keep warm.

Step 2

Meanwhile, separate dark green tops from scallions. Thinly slice and set aside. Thinly slice remaining white and pale green parts and set aside separately.

Step 3

Stir cornstarch in ¼ cup water in a small bowl to dissolve. Add honey, Sriracha, soy sauce, ketchup, and 1 Tbsp. Diamond Crystal or 1¾ tsp. kosher salt and stir to combine; set sauce aside.

Step 4

Heat oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over high. Cook bell pepper, onion, garlic, and reserved scallion white and pale green parts, stirring often, until vegetables are slightly blistered and just starting to soften, about 3 minutes.

Step 5

Stir reserved sauce well (in case any cornstarch has settled at the bottom) and pour over vegetables. Cook, tossing, until sauce is thick and glossy, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, add warm fries, and stir until well coated in sauce.

Step 6

Transfer glazed fries to a platter or shallow bowl. Top with sesame seeds and reserved scallion greens.

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