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Cajun French Fries (Easy Spicy Fries!)

Get a taste of the bayou with your favorite side dish when you make spicy Cajun French Fries to serve with your favorite creole dishes or just a simple hamburger or hot dog.

sheet pan of french fries with two bowls of dipping sauce

Adding a little Cajun spice to your french fries is easier than you think, I bet you already have all the spices needed.

You can add them to frozen french fries like I made here, or if you have a favorite way to make french fries from scratch add the homemade Cajun seasoning to those.

Either way, you will want to eat the whole pan, they are that good!

What are Cajun Fries?

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside like French fries should be, and dusted with slightly spicy Cajun seasoning.

Think of them as gourmet seasoned fries that will go perfectly with any dish or enjoy them as an appetizer all by themselves.

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What are Cajun Fries made of?

Cajun Seasoning Spices

  • paprika (smoked paprika works great too!)
  • cayenne pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Cajun Spice Blend – You can make it homemade with the recipe below or you can use a pre-made blend from the store.

Frozen French Fries – I like to use the restaurant style straight cut fries but feel free to use your favorite brand or cut of fries. Just check for differing cooking times and temperatures.

You can always make your french fries homemade. See notes below*

How to make Cajun Fries

First: Preheat oven to 450F or according to package directions. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Second: In a small bowl, mix the cajun seasonings. In a large bowl, add the frozen french fries. Sprinkle with half the seasoning. Toss to coat.

Third: Spread french fries on the baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with remaining spice blend.

Fourth: Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or according to package directions until golden brown and crispy. Flip the fries half way through cooking. Remove from the oven and serve warm with your favorite dipping sauces. Enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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What do you dip Cajun Fries in?

Are Cajun Fries spicy?

They have a slightly spicy seasoning, but it is more a hint of heat than light your mouth on fire heat.

You can adjust it also based on how much of the hot spices you add.

Can I deep fry or air fry these?

Yes, follow the instructions on the package or the recipe you use to make your homemade french fries.

Just be sure to season after your deep fry or air fry so the seasoning sticks to them.

fries on a pan

Homemade French Fries

I like to use frozen fries because it’s super easy and I am short on time mostly but if you are wanting to make your fries from scratch, here are some instructions to get you started.

One: Cut the potatoes into 1/4 inch square sections. Russet potatoes are the best!

Two: Soak in a bowl of ice cold water for 20-30 minutes.

Three: Remove and pat dry with paper towel before cooking. Sprinkle with 1/3-1/2 the seasoning before proceeding with cooking method.

  • Air Fryer: 400F for 10-15 minutes or until crispy.
  • Deep Fry: 375F for 3-5 minutes or until you have tender crispy fries.
  • Oven Bake: 450F for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown.
two bowls of french fries

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • If you’re having trouble getting the seasoning to stick use a little bit of cooking spray first.
  • If you are making your own french fries make sure to soak them in water for a while to remove some of the starch and then dry them before cooking. This helps a lot with the flavor and the texture of the fries.
  • I also love to make battered french fries and add this cajun seasoning to the batter and then sprinkle some on after cooking.
  • Sprinkle 1/3-1/2 of the seasoning on the fries prior to cooking and then sprinkle the rest when cooking is finished.

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Cajun french fries go with everything, especially a Po Boy sandwich or your favorite burger, serve up this spicy fries recipe with your next grilled dinner and let me know what you think in the comments.

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pan of cajun fries with dipping sauce

Cajun French Fries

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Get a taste of the bayou with your favorite side dish when you make spicy Cajun French Fries to serve with your favorite creole dishes or just a simple hamburger or hot dog.


  • 26 ounces Frozen French Fries

Cajun Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 3/4 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450F or according to package directions.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the spices and mix thoroughly.
  4. In a large bowl, add the french fries.
  5. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the cajun seasoning over the fries. Toss to coat.
  6. Spread the french fries on the prepared baking sheet in a a single layer.
  7. Sprinkle an additional 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning.
  8. Bake at 450F for 20 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Flip or move around half way through to ensure even cooking.
  9. Remove from the oven. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauces.
  10. Enjoy!


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*Save any remaining seasoning for another recipe!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 697mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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