Popeyes Cajun Fries (Copycat French Fries Recipe)

Embark on a culinary adventure right in your kitchen with this irresistibly tasty copycat recipe that brings the bold flavors of Popeyes Cajun Fries to your table. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these fries are tossed in a homemade Cajun seasoning blend that packs the perfect punch of flavor. Whether you’re a fast-food aficionado seeking to recreate a beloved classic or a home chef looking to spice up your side dish repertoire, this recipe promises to deliver all the savory goodness of your favorite Popeyes fries, with the added satisfaction of making them from scratch.


For the French Fries:

  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and rinsed for a clean start
  • 2 quarts vegetable oil, for frying (canola oil works as a great substitute)

For the Cajun Seasoning:

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, for that smoky flavor profile
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, for a hint of garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Oregano, adding to the complexity of flavors
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, for a bit of heat


  1. Prepare the Potatoes: Begin by cutting the peeled russet potatoes into thin strips, aiming for uniformity in size to ensure even cooking. Soak the cut potatoes in cold water for at least an hour, or overnight if possible. This step removes excess starch, resulting in fries that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
  2. Heat the Oil: In a large, deep pot, heat the vegetable or canola oil to 300°F (150°C). A candy or deep-fry thermometer is invaluable here for maintaining the correct temperature.
  3. Blanch the Fries: Drain the potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels. Carefully lower them into the hot oil and blanch for about 5 minutes or until they’re just starting to soften but not yet colored. Remove the fries from the oil and let them drain on a wire rack or paper towels. Increase the heat of the oil to 400°F (205°C).
  4. Mix the Cajun Seasoning: While the fries are cooling, mix together the smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried Oregano, kosher salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. This homemade Cajun seasoning will give your fries that signature Popeyes flavor.
  5. Finish Frying: Once the fries have cooled and the oil has reached the higher temperature, fry the potatoes again until they’re golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oil and drain on fresh paper towels.
  6. Season: While the fries are still hot, sprinkle them with the Cajun seasoning mix. Toss to ensure the fries are evenly coated with the seasoning.
  7. Serve: Serve the fries immediately while they’re hot and crispy for the best experience. They’re perfect as a snack on their own or as a side dish to complement your favorite meals.

This copycat recipe for Popeyes Cajun Fries captures the essence of the beloved fast-food favorite, with the added pleasure of homemade freshness and flavor. Whether you’re looking to impress guests at your next gathering or just treating yourself to a flavorful snack, these Cajun fries are sure to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy the process of cooking from scratch and the delicious results!