How to Make Cajun Fries

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When delivery isn’t an option, learn how to make Cajun fries at home. These Cajun fries are easy, crispy, flavorful, and PERFECT with ranch sauce. While we love restaurant French fries, we’d argue these spiced fries bring a higher level of satisfaction being that they are homemade!

Cajun fries in a wire basket, ranch sauce in a jar in the background.

Follow the recipe tutorial below to give them a try.

Cajun fries in a wire basket, ranch sauce in a jar in the background.

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients & Tools

Cajun spices on a wax paper on cutting board, potatoes and oil in the background.
  • 5 large potatoes
  • Boiling water
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tbsp. cumin powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 5 tbsp. canola oil, divided
  • Large sheet pan
  • Large glass bowl
  • Foil or silicone baking mat
  • Pastry brush

Step #2. Slice the Potatoes into Wedges

A potato on a wooden cutting board, potatoes in the background.

Cut potatoes into wedges and place them in a large glass bowl.

Potatoes sliced into fries on a wooden cutting board. potatoes in the background.

Step #3. Pour Boiling Water Over Potatoes

Potato slices in a glass bowl. potatoes in the background.

Pour boiling water over the potato wedges and let them sit until the water cools, about 20 minutes.

Step #4. Mix Up Cajun Spices

Cajun spices on a wax paper piece.

Meanwhile, mix all spices in a bowl.

Cajun spices on a wax paper piece.
Cajun spices on a wax paper piece, pouring into a small glass spice jar.
Cajun spices in a small glass spice jar.

Step #5. Dry the Potatoes

A towel over potato slices. potatoes in the background.

Preheat oven to 475ºF. Drain potatoes and pat them dry.

Step #6. Prepare Baking Sheet

A silicone brush with oil on a silicone mat.

Cover a large baking sheet with foil or a silicone baking mat. Brush it with 3 tbsp. of oil. Sprinkle some of the Cajun seasoning on top.

Cajun spices sprinkled over a greased silicone mat.

Step #7. Season the Wedges with Cajun Seasoning

Sliced potatoes in a bowl with oil.

In a bowl, combine the potatoes with the remaining 2 tbsp. oil and Cajun seasoning and mix well.

Sliced potatoes in a bowl with cajun spices.

Step #8. Layer Potatoes Onto Baking Sheet

Sliced potatoes placed on silicone mat.

Layer the potato wedges onto the baking sheet. Do not overlap.

Step #9. Bake the Fries

Cajun fries placed on silicone mat.

Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Flip and bake for about 20 more minutes, or until golden and crispy.

Cajun fries placed on silicone mat.
Cajun fries placed on silicone mat.

Step #10. Serve the Cajun Fries

Cajun fries in a wire basket, ranch sauce in a jar in the background.

Serve the Cajun fries with ranch sauce.

Cajun fries in a wire basket, ranch sauce in a jar in the background.
Cajun fries in a wire basket, ranch sauce in a jar in the background.
Cajun fries in a wire basket, ranch sauce in a jar in the background.

Since the potatoes are baked, not fried, you can control the amount of oil used. Love that Cajun zing? Adjust the spice level to your own taste.

The sauce cuts a cool contrast to these spicy hot-from-your-oven fries. They come out crispy and delicious (instead of floppy potato sticks).

Cajun fries in a wire basket, ranch sauce in a jar in the background.
Cajun fries in a wire basket, ranch sauce in a jar in the background.

We doubt you’ll have any leftovers. If you do, they can be stored in an airtight container. Keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat the fries, either lay them out in a single layer on a baking pan and warm up in the oven (400 degrees for about 8 minutes) or if you want to get a crispy, crunchy fry crust, heat a teaspoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Add the fries, letting them crisp on the bottom completely before flipping them to crisp both sides. Remove the fries from the oil and dry on paper towels.

We love these homemade Cajun fries with ranch sauce, but we also like to mix it up once in a while. Feeling saucy? Ketchup, honey mustard, mayonnaise, and garlic aioli are all excellent pairings for the Cajun spice fries. A burger might also be good with a side of these fries! With so many options, what will you serve your Cajun fries with?

Cajun fries in a wire basket, ranch sauce in a jar in the background.

How to Make Cajun Fries

Joss D
When delivery isn’t an option, learn how to make Cajun fries at home. These Cajun fries are easy, crispy, flavorful, and PERFECT with ranch sauce.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 8
Calories 108 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 5 large potatoes
  • Boiling water
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tbsp. cumin powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 5 tbsp. canola oildivided

Instructions
 

  • Cut potatoes into wedges and place them in a large glass bowl.
    A potato on a wooden cutting board, potatoes in the background.
  • Pour boiling water over the potato wedges and let them sit until the water cools, about 20 minutes.
    Potato slices in a glass bowl. potatoes in the background.
  • Meanwhile, mix all spices in a bowl.
    Cajun spices on a wax paper piece.
  • Preheat oven to 475ºF. Drain potatoes and pat them dry.
    A towel over potato slices. potatoes in the background.
  • Cover a large baking sheet with foil or a silicone baking mat. Brush it with 3 tbsp. of oil. Sprinkle some of the Cajun seasoning on top.
    Cajun spices sprinkled over a greased silicone mat.
  • In a bowl, combine the potatoes with the remaining 2 tbsp. oil and Cajun seasoning and mix well.
    Sliced potatoes in a bowl with cajun spices.
  • Layer the potato wedges onto the baking sheet. Do not overlap.
    Sliced potatoes placed on silicone mat.
  • Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Flip and bake for about 20 more minutes, or until golden and crispy.
    Cajun fries placed on silicone mat.
  • Serve the Cajun fries with ranch sauce.
    Cajun fries in a wire basket, ranch sauce in a jar in the background.

Equipment

Large sheet pan
Large glass bowl
Foil or silicone baking mat
Pastry brush

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 364mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1221IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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