How to Make Shake Shack Cheese Fries at Home

As most of you know, shake shack is an American fast-casual restaurant chain, which is mostly known for offering a wide range of American favorite food items. However, the Shake shack cheese fries is one of those very few food items that helped shake shack to climb up the ladder of popularity very rapidly. Actually, it’s hard not to fall in love with this super creamy and smooth cheese!

If you ask me how much I love this dish, I have to say I must have it every now and then just like the Air Fryer Cheese Sticks Recipe. But that’s quite impossible to go out there in a local shake shack chain every time. So, I usually prepare this dish at home whenever I crave it.  Moreover, this American cuisine can be your go-to side meal as well.

Today I’m here to provide you with the original version of the shake shack cheese fries recipe. It will take 30 minutes of steeping time along with a little preparation and cooking time. Let’s know how to make shake shack cheese fries.


  • Heavy cream (2 cups)
  • White vinegar (1 tablespoon)
  • To sauté, canola oil (preferable amount)
  • Kosher salt (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Finely sliced onion (3/4 cup)
  • Jalapeno (6 slices)
  • Black peppercorns (2 tablespoons)
  • Cheddar cheese (2 cups)
  • American cheese (2 cups)
  • Homemade French fries (As much as you want)


  • Set your heating equipment to medium-high heat and heat a pot. Then coating the pot using oil.
  • Add peppercorns, onions, jalapeno, and salt in the pot and keep sauteing for at least 4-5 minutes, which may need to be extended as well, until the onions are translucent.
  • Then start the next step by deglazing a pan adding the white vinegar at the same heat. At the same time, scrape the browned bits very carefully.
  • Then pour in the heavy cream in the pot and take 1 more minute to heat it. Turn off the heat and let the cream steep there for 30-35 minutes.
  • Now, use a mesh sieve (fine and smooth) to strain the solids out of the cream slowly. Then pour the cream back into the pot and set the heat to medium-high.
  •  Bring the cream to the boiling point. When you see bubbling showing up around the edges, pour both the cheeses by whisking and wait until smooth.

When the cheese is smooth enough, pour it over the French fries and serve as early as possible… Enjoy your Shake shack cheese fries!

Alternative food items to use the sauce for

The possibilities are endless! Apart from French fries, I myself have used this sauce for numerous food items. Here goes some:

  • Drizzle on top of the roasted potatoes
  • Simply dip roasted potatoes
  • Dip your homemade tortillas or Lupe Tortilla Fajita
  • Dip freshly roasted asparagus
  • Simply drizzle on cauliflower and broccoli
  • To get the instant mac and cheese feel, stir the sauce into cooked pasta
  • Utilize this for your favorite nachos
  • Simply slather the sauce on Wagyu Beef Burger or Whataburger Patty Melt
  • Pour the sauce into Homemade Chili Sauce
  • Dip your homemade Potato Wedges
  • Dip baked potatoes
  • Add the sauce to your Chicken Po Boy Sandwich

A lot more options are open as well. So, if you find anything new, don’t forget to share it with me…

Nutritional Information

If you are health conscious and thinking about the amount of shake shack cheese fries calories, I assure you, it’s pretty healthy an American cuisine. Along with 710 calories per serving, it offers a healthy amount of minerals.

Serving (4-servings)Nutritional ValueDaily Value
Calories710 (2971 kJ)
Total Fat44g68%
Saturated Fat19g95%
Trans fat
Total Carbohydrate64g21%
Dietary Fiber7g28%
Protein12g34 %
Note: Daily Value percentage is based on a 2,000-calorie diet a day.


Are fresh cut fries better than frozen?

It’s relative and there is no objective answer. The person using the fries knows which one fits him/her better. Yet, statistically, frozen French fries are much more popular compared to fresh-cut fries. But the freshly cut French fries are statistically much tastier and healthier compared to the frozen ones.

There are little to no preservatives in the freshly cut French fries. So, this quality renders it healthy.

How to store and reheat leftover cheese sauce?

You should keep the leftover sauce covered in the refrigerator so that the sauce solidifies easily when it chills. It remains good for a considerable period of time. I have stored it for more than a week.

To reheat, get the sauce out and place in the saucepan over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes. Keep whisking and add milk in every 30 seconds until you get the desired consistency. If you want to do it in your microwave, do carefully keeping the heat and stirring very frequently.

It has been quite some time since Shake Shack has released their secret to the super creamy and smooth cheese sauce. When you pour the cheese sauce all over the homemade fries, there is nothing to beat the taste and texture. Yet, you may ruin the full recipe for want of well-described instructions. So, following the instruction is very significant.

So why waiting anymore? Grab the ingredients, and have the Shake shack cheese fries ready on your table within 45 minutes…

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