Poutine Recipe Canada’s Comfort Food

4.9 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 30 mins
Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 3 Calories: 580 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Have you heard about poutine? It's the heaven of comfort foods. What more can we say except: Thank you Canada! 



  1. Preheat your oven to 350F/180C.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the french fries and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes per side.
  4. Dry the fries on a paper towel.
  5. Spread the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  6. Pour the gravy over the fries. Top with the cheese curds.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.


  • For crispy fries, soak the cut potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes before frying.
  • Don't overcrowd the skillet when frying the fries. This will lower the temperature of the oil and make the fries soggy.
  • If you don't have cheese curds, you can use shredded cheddar cheese.
  • To make your own gravy, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in 2 cups beef broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until thickened.

Here are some tips to reduce the calorie count of poutine:

  • Use baked fries instead of deep-fried fries. Baked fries have fewer calories and fat than deep-fried fries.
  • Use low-fat or fat-free gravy. Low-fat or fat-free gravy can help to reduce the calorie count of poutine.
  • Use reduced-fat cheese curds. Reduced-fat cheese curds have fewer calories and fat than regular cheese curds.
  • Add vegetables. Vegetables add flavor and nutrients to poutine without adding a lot of calories.
Keywords: fries, cheese, gravy

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where does Poutine originate from?

Poutine originated in Quebec, Canada, in the late 1950s. It is believed to have been created in rural Quebec, and its popularity has since spread across Canada and even to other parts of the world.

What type of gravy is used in Poutine?

Poutine is typically topped with a brown gravy, which can vary in flavor and richness. Some prefer a beef-based gravy, while others may use chicken or even vegetarian gravy.

Can I customize Poutine with additional toppings?

Yes, poutine can be customized with various toppings to suit your taste. Common additions include pulled pork, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, or even fried eggs. These additions can elevate the dish and make it even more indulgent.

Is there a specific way to eat Poutine?

There's no strict rule for how to eat poutine, but most people use a fork to scoop up a portion of the fries, cheese curds, and gravy. The goal is to get a bit of each component in every bite.

Is Poutine a snack or a meal?

Poutine can be enjoyed as both a snack and a meal, depending on the portion size and the accompanying additions. Smaller portions are often considered a snack, while larger servings with added toppings can be a filling meal.

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