Crab Fries with Beer-Cheese Sauce

  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 bag of frozen french fries**
  • Old Bay spice, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Beer-Cheese Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or grated
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup beer (I used a standard lager)
  • 2 cups shredded American cheese
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Spread the fries out on a baking sheet and drizzle lightly with canola or olive oil. Season liberally with salt and pepper and toss with hands to evenly coat all the fries.
  2. Bake according to the package directions, or until golden and crispy. As soon as they come out of the oven, place in a large bowl and douse with Old Bay spice (this is definitely a “to taste” ingredient, so add as much or as little as you like). If needed, sprinkle with more salt. Transfer the seasoned fries to a serving dish and eat while hot.

For the Beer-Cheese Sauce:

  1. While the fries are baking, make the sauce by melting the butter over medium heat in a small saucepot.
  2. Grate the garlic into the butter and cook for 30 seconds. Add the flour, stir to combine, and cook for 1 minute. Add the beer and cook until mostly reduced. Slowly whisk in the milk, stirring constantly, and cook until the milk has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Whisk in the cheese, hot sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Keep warm until ready to serve with the fries.


  1. You can definitely make your own fries. I love this no-fry method for super crispy oven fries. Bake and then toss with the Old Bay once they come out of the oven.