Easy Authentic Canadian Poutine

Poutine, a quintessential Canadian dish, is the ultimate comfort food, combining crispy fries with squeaky cheese curds, all smothered in a rich, savory gravy. This easy version of the classic recipe allows you to bring a taste of Canada into your home, whether you opt for homemade gravy or simplify the process with a store-bought option. Here’s how to make it:


  • 4 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into fries
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese curds (or fresh mozzarella cheese, if cheese curds are unavailable, cut into small cubes)
  • Gravy (homemade or quality store-bought), heated
  • Salt, to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
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1. Prepare the Potatoes:

  • Cut the potatoes into thick fries. For the best texture, soak the cut fries in cold water for at least an hour, or overnight if possible, to remove excess starch.
  • Dry the fries thoroughly with a clean towel or paper towels. Removing as much moisture as possible will help them crisp up when fried.

2. Fry the Potatoes:

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a large, deep pan to 365°F (185°C). If you don’t have a thermometer, test the oil by dropping a fry in it; the oil should bubble actively.
  • Fry the potatoes in batches, so they don’t stick together, for about 5-7 minutes per batch, or until they are soft but not browned. Remove from the oil and drain on a rack or paper towels.
  • Increase the oil temperature to 375°F (190°C). Return the fries to the oil in batches and fry again until they are golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the oil, drain, and season with salt while they’re still hot.

3. Assemble the Poutine:

  • Layer the hot fries on a serving plate or in a bowl. Distribute the cheese curds (or cubed mozzarella) evenly over the hot fries. The heat from the fries will begin to melt the cheese.
  • Pour the hot gravy over the fries and cheese. Use enough gravy to cover most of the fries, allowing the cheese to melt further and the flavors to meld.

4. Serve Immediately:

  • Enjoy your poutine hot for the best experience. The combination of crispy fries, soft, melted cheese, and warm, savory gravy makes for a deliciously comforting dish.


  • Cheese Curds: The authentic poutine experience relies heavily on the use of fresh cheese curds, which are slightly rubbery and squeak when bitten into. However, fresh mozzarella is a decent substitute if curds are not available.
  • Gravy: For a truly rich flavor, consider making your gravy with a base of beef stock, or a mix of beef and chicken stock. Vegetarian gravy can also be used for a meatless version.
  • Variations: Feel free to experiment with different types of gravy or additional toppings, such as pulled pork, smoked meat, or sautéed mushrooms, to create your own unique twist on the classic poutine.

Enjoy crafting this beloved Canadian dish, a perfect treat for gatherings, late-night snacks, or whenever you need a little comfort food in your life.