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Homemade French Fry Seasoning

French fries are perfect all on their own, but if you want to make them even better sprinkle them with this Homemade Fry Seasoning. The perfect seasoning blend that adds some extra flavor to homemade french fries, sweet potato fries, and waffle fries.

this homemade fry seasoning adds flavor and a little smokiness to crispy fries

Homemade Fry Seasoning Recipe

What do you like on your french fries? Is there something else besides plain old salt and pepper? Are you a ketchup dipper? What about mayonnaise?

I am a purist when it comes to my fries. I like salt and a lot of it. But, if I am feeling wild and spicy, seasoned fries are the way to go. Some “seasoned” fries are actually coated in a thin breading that has herbs and spices in it.

Whatever your favorite cut of french fries is (mine is steak fries) keep it simple, and a good dusting of the perfect seasoning mix is all you need!

Need a salt-free spice mix? Feel free to leave the salt out all together!

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simple ingredients for a spice blend

Ingredients Needed

Salt – I like Kosher salt but you can use sea salt.

Paprika – Regular paprika is great. Substitute smoked paprika.

Garlic powder – I like garlic powder or granulated garlic.

Garlic salt – If you don’t have this you can just add more garlic powder.

Pepper – Ground black pepper.

Parsley – For a pop of color.

Celery salt – I love this, but you can leave it out if you like.

Cayenne pepper – This is optional if you don’t want the extra heat.

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How to Make Homemade French Fry Seasoning

First: Combine all the ingredients until thoroughly mixed.

Second: Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Third: Sprinkle on hot French Fries to add some spice and extra flavor!

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

sprinkle this fry seasoning on frozen or fresh fries.

How to Season Fries

I like to use 2 teaspoons of the seasoning per 8 ounces of fries.

Depending on the type of fries and how you are preparing them determines how you season them.

Oven-baked fries: Brush with oil or spray with cooking spray, sprinkle on seasoning.

Air Frying: I like to spread the fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook for a few minutes. Once they start to cook, open the air fryer and sprinkle on the seasoning. 

Deep Frying: Season the fries as soon as they come out of the deep fryer when they are hot and have a little oil still on them. This helps the seasoning stick to the fries.

How do you get the seasoning to stick to the fries?

Toss the homemade fries in olive oil to lightly coat them. You can also spray with a light cooking spray, or brush the oil on them with a pastry brush.

Sprinkle on the seasoning and it will stick to the potatoes. Then bake or fry as usual. 

Frozen french fries are easy to season because they have a layer of moisture on them when you remove them from the freezer.

After you make them, try them with this Fry Sauce and these Mini Chicken and Waffle Sliders.

store this fry seasoning in spice jars or make a batch as a gift for a neighbor

How long does it last?

Store your seasoning in an airtight container. It keeps the spices from turning stale and losing their flavor. You can also use a spice jar with a shaker top so it’s easy to sprinkle on those hot fries!

Like all your other spices and seasoning, a cool, dry, and dark spot in your kitchen is the best place to store it. I have a spice drawer next to my cook top that is convenient.

Uses for Fry Seasoning

If you like this seasoning mix, try my other popular spice mixes like Chicken Seasoning, Homemade Steak Seasoning, and Homemade BBQ Seasoning. You will want to use these on everything!

keep this french fry seasoning in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight

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homemade french fry seasoning is great on burgers too

This homemade french fry seasoning will add a kick to any fry recipe that you have. Works on fresh or frozen fries or potato wedges. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle it on!

french fry seasoning recipe

Fry Seasoning

Homemade Fry Seasoning is easy to make and perfect for adding some spice to plain French fries.
4.53 from 187 votes
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Course: Homemade Spice Mixes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 tablespoons
Calories: 10kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt


  • Combine all ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
  • Store in a cool, dry, dark place in an airtight container.
  • Sprinkle on plain hot fries. Enjoy!



Uses for Fry Seasoning
  • Chicken Wings
  • Tater Tots
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Roasted or Baked Potatoes
  • Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches, Sliders
  • Works on roasted or steamed veggies too!


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 2173mg | Fiber: 1g
collage of seasoning blends

Want more seasoning recipes? I have a delicious Cajun Seasoning or Taco Seasoning recipe. Check them out along with this amazing list of homemade spice mix recipes and tips and trick on how to store them.

(Originally published 06/05/2020 – photos and recipe notes updated 04/04/24. Recipe remains the same.)

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4.53 from 187 votes (180 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating


Thursday 18th of January 2024

This seasoning was incredible!


Wednesday 17th of January 2024

We love this spice mix for fries and it's amazing on fish too!


Saturday 13th of January 2024

My youngest adores fry seasoning and I'm not a fan of storebought with the fillers, so made him a big bottle to take to college with him. He was thrilled and is enjoying it on so many things he said!


Tuesday 9th of January 2024

Delicious and so fun for our weekend fries!

Laura Ashley Johnson

Tuesday 9th of January 2024

This seasoning has the best flavor! I’m going to use it again for steak and frites for Valentine’s Day!