Oven Baked Cajun Fries
With just 4 ingredients and less than 45 minutes, you too can have these super addictive and easy-to-make oven baked Cajun Fries! This side dish pairs perfectly with turkey burgers, sandwiches, and more!
Table of contents
- Why We Love This Recipe for Oven Baked Cajun Fries
- Key Ingredients for This Recipe
- Step By Step Instructions to Make This Recipe
- FAQs and Expert Tips
- Additional Healthy Potato Recipes To Try
Why We Love This Recipe for Oven Baked Cajun Fries
Some recipes just speak for themselves, and these Cajun fries is one of them. I mean seriously, who needs to be talked into Cajun fries? I’d recommend starting to preheat your oven right now because when you’re done reading this recipe you’re going to wish you were that much closer to enjoying these crispy fries!
You probably already have all of the ingredients for these healthy fries on hand – especially if our baked oven fries are in your repertoire! This cajun recipe uses the same simple ingredients, but with a zesty flavor addition. Enjoy baked cajun fries as a spicy side for a turkey avocado sandwich, burger or chicken fingers or simply as an after-school snack! For game day you can serve them with other healthier baked “fried” food like Zucchini Fries and Baked Breaded Mushrooms!
My main advice is to simply follow the recipe. Trust the process, and it will yield golden delicious, crispy, spicy oven baked french fries with less than a teaspoon of oil per serving.
Key Ingredients for This Recipe
Choosing the right potatoes is essential here because of their skin thickness and moisture content. Russet potatoes have rough and thicker skin and a starchy interior, which means they’re perfect for dry heat methods like baking and roasting. These are known as baking potatoes and Idaho potatoes as well.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
EVOO, as it’s often called, is a phenomenal oil for cooking. Not to mention, it has loads of health benefits. You can also use a neutral cooking oil such as avocado oil or canola oil.
Look for Cajun seasoning blend in the spice section of the grocery store. If you’d like to make your own, cajun seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices like paprika, garlic, pepper, cayenne, thyme, onion powder, and salt.
Coarse Kosher Salt
Please note that kosher salt has less sodium per teaspoon than table salt. If you don’t have Kosher salt, substitute about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon table salt for the kosher.
Step By Step Instructions to Make This Recipe
Step 1: Prep the Potatoes
Cut the potatoes into batons/French fries. They should be about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick and you should do your best to make sure the fries are all roughly the same size (this will help them all cook evenly in the oven). Place the cut potatoes into a large bowl.
Step 2: Soak Potatoes in Boiling Water
Pour boiling water over the potatoes and let sit for 3 minutes. Then drain thoroughly and spread the cut potatoes over a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Blot with more towels. Dry the bowl and return the potatoes to it, then add the oil, Cajun seasonings, and salt and toss everything together until the potatoes are completely coated. Coat the baking sheet with cooking spray, then spread the potatoes out in an even layer on the baking sheet.
Step 3: Bake the Cajun fries
Bake the oven fries on the bottom rack until they’re golden on the bottom. Then turn the Cajun fries over with a spatula and continue baking until golden and fully cooked through. Serve the Cajun fries immediately!
FAQs and Expert Tips
You can reheat fries in the oven or air fryer. Preheat to 400 degrees and spread evenly the fries on a baking sheet so they are not overlapping.
There are a few keys to this! The first is the soaking process, to rid your potatoes of some of their starches and pre-heat them. Then, cut your potatoes thin and evenly, and then space them out on your baking sheet. You don’t want to crowd them or they won’t bake as evenly, and then won’t crisp.
It’s a little bit spicy, but the spice is balanced out by the onion and garlic flavors. It’s a good all-purpose seasoning and will pair well with a lot of different recipes. Try our Cajun Flank Steak for example. That’s why these fries are so great – they’re a universal favorite!
Additional Healthy Potato Recipes To Try
- Try this Za’atar Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Yogurt Tahini Sauce recipe for an alternative potato-based side dish!
- Try our Simple Steamed Potatoes with Herbs for a basic side to pair with pretty much any meal!
- Lighter in calories than regular mashed potatoes, Healthy Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes surely don’t skimp on flavor!
- Roasted Potatoes with Apples, Sausage, and Maple Mustard Glaze takes only 20 minutes AND it’s kid friendly.
- Vegan Potato Salad with Herbs is made without mayo, so it’s the ideal plant-based side dish for the summer.
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Just 4 ingredients and 45 minutes is all you need to make these addictive baked Cajun Fries. These pair perfectly with turkey burgers, sandwiches, & more!
- 2 pounds large Russet potatoes (about 1 1/2)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasonings (I love this organic blend)
- 3/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt (see ingredient note)
- Put a kettle on to boil. Arrange oven rack in bottom most position of the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with paper towels.
- Meanwhile, cut potatoes into batons/French fries, about 1/3 to 1/2-inch thick. Place in a large bowl.
- When water boils, pour over the potatoes and let sit 3 minutes. Drain thoroughly and spread over the towel-lined baking sheet. Blot with more towels. Dry the bowl and return the potatoes to it. Add oil, Cajun seasonings and salt and toss until the potatoes are completely coated. Discard paper towels and dry baking sheet if necessary. Coat the baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread the potatoes out in an even layer on the baking sheet.
- Bake on the bottom rack until golden on the bottom, 12 to 15 minutes. Turn over with a spatula and continue baking until golden and cooked through, 15 to 18 minutes longer, stirring one more time.
If you don’t have kosher salt, note that kosher salt has less sodium per teaspoon than table salt. Unless you want hella salty fries, substitute about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon table salt for the kosher.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 2.5 ounces each. about 1 cup
- Calories: 197
- Fat: 3 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 40 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 5 g
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