Cajun Fries

I have this new found love of making homemade fries…I LOVE MAKING FRIES.

I am a firm believer that not everything tastes best homemade. But fries definitely do taste better when you make them yourself.

They’re so crispy, so fresh, and they are very easy to make. So let’s make some cajun fries.

A close up of the cajun fries after some dried parsley was sprinkled over them.

Video Tutorial

The ingredients

You only need a few basic ingredients to make fries.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Potatoes – you can’t make fries without potatoes.
  • Salt
  • Some ice – I don’t know if this is considered an ingredient, but I’m including it anyway.
  • Corn flour – also known as corn starch. We’re going to coat the fries in this before frying them. This just helps with the crispiness.

Then there are a few other extra ingredients like vegetable oil to fry, or just any flavourless oil.

And then some cajun seasoning and parsley to sprinkle top.

The fries on a plate after cajun seasoning was added and some parsley.

Soaking the fries

The first thing we are going to do is peal and chop our potatoes into fry shapes.

Then we are going to throw this into some salty ice water.

You want to leave your fries soaking in this water, in your fridge, for at least an hour. 

I left mine overnight, but 1 hour is good enough.

The reason why we do this is because our goal today is to get super crispy fries.

The salt water does 2 things:

  • The water removes the excess starch from the potatoes, which will help them crisp up when you fry them. 
  • The salt draws out moisture from the potatoes, which will also give you crispier fries.

I don’t really know what the ice does. I see a lot of people add ice to the water, so I do too. I’ve learnt that I don’t need to question everything. 

The chopped potatoes in a bowl of ice water.

MAKE SURE TO DRY THE FRIES

This is very important.

After you have soaked the fries for at least an hour, you want to drain the water and then pat the fries dry with some paper towels.

Hot oil and water together leads to FIRE. This is not good, we do not like fires.

So make sure the fries are fully dry.

But after they are dry, coat them lightly in some corn flour, then we can start frying them.

The chopped potatoes in a bowl, after being coated in corn flour.

Double frying

We are going to double fry these for extra crispiness.

To do this, we’re going to fry them at a lower temperature at first.

You want your oil to be around 150c. During this first fry, the goal is to cook the potatoes, but we don’t want them to gain any colour. We just want them to cook.

This took around 8 minutes for me, but this timing will vary depending on the thickness of your fries.

But once they are cooked, take them out of the oil and leave on a wire rack, or some paper towels, so the excess oil can drain off.

Now for the second fry, you want to heat your oil to 200c this time.

Once the oil has reached this temp, add your fries into it.

This time the goal is to make them crispy.

This won’t take long, just a few minutes. Just fry them until they are crispy and a deep golden brown colour.

Then once again, leave them on a wire rack so any excess oil can drain off.

At this point, your fries are done. All we need to do is season them now.

The fries on a wire rack, before the cajun seasoning was added.

The seasoning

This is a recipe for cajun fries, so we are going to be using cajun seasoning to season the fries.

However, you can season them with whatever you want. You can also just use salt and they will taste great.

But if you want to make cajun fries, just sprinkle some cajun seasoning over them. Add as much as you want here, and then I also added some parsley for some colour.

I bought my cajun seasoning. You could make it yourself, there are a lot of recipes online, but I wanted to make things easier so I just bought it.

But after you have seasoned them, you can finally dig in.

Here are some other recipes I need you to also try:

Cajun Fries

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Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • Some ice

  • 3-4 tablespoons corn flour

  • Plus some vegetable oil, to fry

  • Extras:
  • Some cajun seasoning

  • Some parsley, to sprinkle on top (optional)

Directions

  • Start by peeling and chopping your potatoes into fry shapes. You can make your fries as thick or as thin as you want, mine were around 1/4 inch thick.
  • Fill a large bowl with some cold water, add your salt and some ice into this.
  • Add your chopped potatoes, then leave this in your fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • After an hour, drain the water, then pat your fries dry with some paper towels. Make sure they are completely dry.
  • Add these into a bowl, add the corn flour and mix until they're all coated. You just want enough corn flour so the fries have a light coating.
  • Frying them:
  • We are going to double fry these for extra crispiness.
  • In a pot, heat your oil to 150c. Add your fries into this and fry for around 8 minutes (this time will vary depending on the thickness of your fries). Make sure to fry them in batches, you don't want to overcrowd your pot. After around 8 minutes, the fried should be cooked, but have pretty much no colour.
  • Take them out of the oil and leave on a wire rack, or some paper towels, so the excess oil can drain off.
  • Now heat your oil to 200c.
  • Add your fries into this, again in batches, and fry them until they become golden and crispy. This will only take a few minutes.
  • Take them out and leave on a wire rack again. Then repeat until you have fried them all.
  • Now add as much cajun seasoning as you want, sprinkle some parsley on top, then enjoy!
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