Homemade Cajun French Fries

These Homemade Cajun French Fries are warm, crispy, perfectly seasoned and easy to make at home. They’re the perfect side dish for a barbeque day!

How To Make French Fries

Making homemade french fries are not as difficult as you might think.  Start with some nice russet potatoes, cajun seasonings!

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Here are the spices I use for my Cajun seasoning recipe.

homemade french fries

Here you have them. Give them a nice mix.

What Kind of Potatoes Should You Use To Make French Fries?

homemade french fries

I like to use the classic Russet Potatoes.  Make sure they are firm.  Give them a good wash before cutting.

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Cut off all ends creating a rectangle. Cut potatoes into strip as photographed. Place potatoes into a bowl of sugar water and soak for 30 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to dry for 5 minutes.

What Kind of Oil Should You Use to Fry French Fries?

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I like to use vegetable oil or canola oil. The key is using something with a high smoke point. Neutral-tasting oils are great for frying: peanut, canola, vegetable….these all have a smoke point far above 350°F. Some oils, like corn, coconut and sesame, have smoke points beyond 350°F, but they tend to add flavor into the finished french fry.  Heat oil to 350 degrees F.

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Carefully drop potatoes into hot oil, and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, transfer to paper towel lined plate.

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Shortly before serving, fry a second time and transfer to paper towel lined plate.

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Right after 2nd fry, sprinkle with pinches of Cajun seasonings.

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Homemade Cajun French Fries

These Homemade Cajun French Fries are warm, crispy, perfectly seasoned and easy to make at home. They're the perfect side dish for a barbeque day!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • Dutch Oven


Cajun Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Oregano
  • 2 large russet potatoes

Sugar water

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar


  • Heat oil in Dutch oven or large pot until temperature reaches 350 degrees F.
  • Place cajun seasonings into small bowl and mix to combine.
  • Cut potatoes into desired thickness. Place water and sugar into a large bowl, mixing until dissolved. Transfer potatoes into water and soak for 30 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to dry, 5 minutes.
  • Carefully drop potatoes into oil and fry until golden, for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Right before serving, fry potatoes a second time for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Immediately sprinkle with pinches of Cajun seasoning. Serve immediately.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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56 Responses
  1. hi Jenny, I have 2 questions for you…
    1. why soak them in sugar water, I have heard of soaking them in vinegar water but never sugar water.
    2. Why fry them twice? I’ve never heard of that.

    I just want to say I love your recipes! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  3. Marcus in TX

    If I may, what is the proper mixture for the seasoning? It looks as though it is a 1:1 mixture for each, but I wanted to make double sure. It looks GREAT, and cannot wait to try this recipe! Thanks!

  4. Kim in MD

    These look so delicious! I made almost the same recipe last week, except after drying the potatoes I tossed them with a little canola oil, seasoned them and baked them in a 400 degree oven (turning once) until crispy and golden (about 30 minutes total). They were delicious! The smoked paprika really makes these fries! Try them baked…you will not be dissapointed! 🙂

  5. I just gave these a try last night and they were amazing!! The first batch just wasn’t as crisp as I wanted them to be so for the second batch, I fried them a third time and it was perfect. Thanks for the recipe!!

  6. Laura

    So odd question…did you of your adorable boys make that dish you have in the picture at an “as you wish” here in AZ? Just wondering..and By the way my husbands loves my new “cooking skills” Thanks to your wonderful recipes..so thanks ;)Don’t worry I totally give you all the credit 😀

  7. homemade fries are the best aren’t they?
    i love cutting my fries super thin for that nice crisp edge
    if you ever get a chance try using peanut oil. i know it’s expensive, but it truly makes a world of diff.
    have a good holiday girl!

  8. Kim

    I just tried Cajun seasoning for the first time last week and I loved it! I definitely need to try these!

  9. Georgia

    I’m curious. I’ve never soaked potatoes before frying before. What does the soaking in water for 30 minutes do for the potatoes?

    1. Matt

      Soaking in water removes some (probably lots) of the starch. Just make sure you pat them dry before dropping into the hot oil, or you’ll get splashed. The fries come out crispy on the outside, but cooked perfectly inside without burning (in my experience anyway) when I twice fry them. I reckon they taste better too. I just use normal tap water with no sugar, though. 🙂

  10. Yum, I love the cajun seasoning you’ve made and I can imagine adding to lots of other things besides fries! These look really yummy though.

    Also, I just realised that I have the same kitchen counter top as you 🙂

  11. Mmm, the only thing better than french fries are TWICE fried ones! I love seasoned fries, so much better than regular fries.

    Have you ever dipped french fries in ice cream? The ice cream has to be a bit melty, obviously, but the combo is amazing!

  12. At first I thought the title said that you made fries with an ice cream maker. I was a little confused. I don’t think I am quite awake yet. I don’t know if putting a comment enters me in for the ice cream maker, but I already have one.

    1. Amberly

      I was just going to say that I wondered how it would taste with sweet potato fries instead of regular ones!

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