Today is National French Fry Day

Cajun French Fries

Today is National French Fry Day

Well, it was on the 14th, but I forgot to post it so doing today. Who cares because french fries are good any day and any time.

Cajun French Fries
Cajun French Fries

Season fresh or frozen fries using this delicious homemade french fry seasoning for the best flavor! This easy seasoning is bursting with flavor. Try it, and you’ll never have fried another way!

Ingredients

  • Russet Potatoes: Use Russet for the best results. When fried, they’re the perfect texture for French fries – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
  • Vegetable Oil: Peanut oil or canola oil works best when it comes to deep-frying, as they have a high smoke point.
  • Smoked Paprika: It adds a rich, smoky flavor without packing any heat.
  • Garlic Powder: A kitchen staple made from pure garlic; this ingredient will enhance anything it’s sprinkled on.
  • Dried Oregano: This classic herb strikes a tasty balance between sweet and spicy. Sprinkle on your Cajun fries for bold flavor.
  • Salt & Pepper: I used Kosher salt, but you can use regular table salt or sea salt. Freshly ground black pepper tastes the best.

How to make the Cajun fries

STEP 1: SOAK THE POTATOES

  • Slice the potatoes into 1/2-inch thick sticks.
  • Soak the potato sticks in cold water for 1 hour or overnight. Rinse the fries again and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Pat dry and let them sit for 5 minutes.

STEP 2: MAKE CAJUN SEASONING

  • Add all Cajun seasonings into a small bowl.
  • Mix well.

STEP 3: DEEP FRYING

  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or Dutch oven to 300ºF. Use a slotted spoon to lower the potato sticks into the oil very carefully. Fry for about 4-5 minutes and transfer them to a paper towel lined plate. (Fry in batches to avoid overcrowding.)
  • Increase the heat to 400ºF and fry each batch a second time for about 2-3 minutes until they’re golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove them with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels.
  • Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning immediately as soon as they come out. Serve with ketchup and enjoy!

CAN I BAKE THESE POPEYES FRIES IN THE OVEN?

Yes, these Popeyes Cajun fries can be baked instead of fried. You may prefer to bake your fries as a healthier alternative. To do so, preheat your oven to 475°F and brush a foil-lined baking tray with vegetable oil. Toss your potatoes in a tablespoon of oil and sprinkle lightly with your Cajun seasoning mix. Place the potatoes in a single layer on the tray and bake for about 15 minutes, before flipping the fries and baking for another 10 minutes. Keep a close watch on your fries to prevent burning. Remove from the oven when they’re golden brown and sprinkle more Cajun seasoning mix.

BEST DIPS FOR POPEYES FRENCH FRIES

  • Ranch Dressing (or Thousand Island Dressing)
  • Ketchup
  • Sour Cream and Onion Dip
  • Sriracha Mayo
  • Garlic Aoili
Cajun French Fries

Cajun French Fries

Season fresh or frozen fries using this delicious homemade french fry seasoning for the best flavor! This easy seasoning is bursting with flavor. Try it, and you’ll never have fried another way!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 137 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large russet potatoes peeled and rinsed
  • Oil for frying
  • For the Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Slice the potatoes into 1/2-inch thick sticks. (You can use a French fry cutter for an even thickness.)
  • Soak the potato sticks in cold water for 1 hour or overnight. This process will help to remove the starch and make the French fries extra crispy.
  • Rinse the fries again and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Pat dry and let them set for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk together all Cajun seasoning ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside
  • Heat oil in a deep fryer or dutch oven to 300ºF. Use a slotted spoon to lower the potato sticks into the oil very carefully. Fry in batches so that you won’t overcrowd your fryer. Fry each batch for about 4-5 minutes, and transfer them to a paper towel lined plate. Note that they won’t be crisp yet.
  • Increase the heat to 400ºF and fry each batch a second time for about 2-3 minutes. until they’re golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove them with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels.
  • Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning immediately as soon as they come out. Serve with ketchup and enjoy!
Keyword appetizer, cajun, french fries, side dish, snack

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