Make our Popeyes Cajun Fries Recipe at home. They may look like French fries, but the special seasoning makes them 100% Cajun.
Photo by Brooke Lin
Popeyes Cajun Fries
A Popeyes Copycat Recipe
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
In Alvin C. Copeland Sr., opens “Chicken on the Run” in New Orleans, LA serving traditional Southern-fried chicken. After several months of lackluster performance, he reopens the restaurant as “Popeyes”. This time he sells spicy, New Orleans-style chicken. In 1983 Popeyes introduced their immensely popular Buttermilk Biscuits.
Popeyes is named after Popeye Doyle of The French Connection, not the popular cartoon character.
The name is spelled “Popeyes”, without the apostrophe commonly used by other restaurant chains such as McDonald’s and Hardee’s. Copeland claimed facetiously that he was “too poor” to afford an apostrophe. 😉
As of 2018 the were 3,102 Popeyes in the US and around the world.
Popeyes Cajun Fries Recipe
- 3 large Russet Potatoes
- 4 tablespoons Canola or Vegetable Oil divided
Popeyes Cajun Spice Blend
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
- Dash Turmeric
- Dash Onion Powder
- Preheat oven to 475°F.
- Wash potatoes. Slice into strips.
- Place in a large bowl and cover with hot water. Let stand for 20 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine all Popeyes Cajun Spice Blend ingredients. Mix well. Set aside.
- Drain potatoes and dry them off thoroughly.
- Brush a baking pan with 3 tablespoons of oil.
- Sprinkle pan with 1/3 of the Popeyes Cajun Spice Blend.
- Place dried potatoes in a dry bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Toss to coat well.
- Sprinkle lightly with Popeyes Cajun Spice Blend, tossing around a bit to make sure all sides are coated.
- Place spiced potatoes on the pan in a single layer.
- Cover with foil.
- Place in preheated oven. Bake 5 minutes.
- Remove foil. Continue baking for another 15 - 20 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom. (How fast they cook will depend largely on how thick or thin you cut your strips. Watch closely so they do not burn.)
- Flip potatoes. Continue baking until crisp and golden, about 10 - 15 minutes. Again, watch closely so they do not burn.
- Remove from oven. Sprinkle with the rest of the Cajun seasoning. Drain on paper towels.
- Serve hot with a good dipping sauce. Or two.
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