Popeyes Cajun French Fries Recipe


Popeyes French fries are a culinary delight, striking a perfect balance between seasoning and crunch. Their addictive taste, coupled with a dip of your choice, makes for an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

Today, we bring to you a recipe to recreate this fast-food marvel in your kitchen. Follow these steps to achieve fries that closely mimic the original Popeyes masterpiece in terms of flavor and crispness.

popeyes french fries

How To Make Copycat Popeye’s French Fries

To make flavorful, crunchy Popeye’s French fries at home, follow these steps:

1. Choose the Right Potatoes: Use non-starchy, dense, low-moisture russet potatoes for best results.

2. Cut the Potatoes: Slice your potatoes lengthwise into ¼ inch-thick disks and then into ¼ inch-thick strips. Ensure all pieces are similar in size for even cooking.

3. Half-Boil the Potatoes: Boil your potato strips until they’re half-cooked. Be careful not to overcook.

4. Dry the Potatoes: Drain the water and pat the potato strips dry once they’ve cooled.

5. Freeze the Potatoes: Store the dried, half-boiled fries in a freezer bag and leave them in the freezer for an hour.

6. Season the Fries: Remove the fries from the freezer and season them with a Cajun spice mix made from garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne powder, black pepper, and onion powder.

7. Fry the Fries: Fry your seasoned fries until they’re golden and crispy. Enjoy them hot for the best taste.

Popeyes French Fries

4 from 56 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Using these step by step instructions you’ll be enjoying Popeyes cajun french fries in no time from the comfort of your kitchen.


  • 3 to 4 non-starchy russet potatoes

  • 1 teaspoon 1 crushed black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon 1 red chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder

  • 1 teaspoon 1 garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons 2 olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons 3 all-purpose flour

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil for frying


  • Cut your non-starchy potatoes into ¼ inch thick strips in the method explained above. Keep them in water to prevent them from discoloring.
  • Bring water to a boil with some salt. Add the fries and cook until they are half done. Make sure you don’t overcook them as they will fall apart.
  • Drain the water and place them on a kitchen towel. Let them cool and pat dry excess moisture.
  • In a zip lock bag, place the cool, drained, half-cooked fries and let them stay in the freezer for an hour, or longer. You can use any freezer bag.
  • In the meantime, make the Cajun seasoning by mixing black pepper, salt, red chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, all-purpose flour, cayenne powder, and olive.
  • Put the fries in the spice mixture and toss until well-coated. If necessary, add a few drops of water.
  • Heat oil on high heat and fry your seasoned fries until they turn golden brown.
  • Serve with ketchup or garlic sauce while still hot.


  • Avoid using fingerling, red potatoes, and other waxy varieties of potatoes for French fries. Stick to non-starchy potatoes which have a low moisture content and can maintain their shape when fried.
  • It’s best to slice your potatoes into evenly thick strips to ensure they cook evenly.

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Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to make the tastiest, crispiest Popeye’s fries:

  • Make sure you drain and dry your potatoes completely after soaking them in water. Excess moisture can ruin their crisp and texture. You can even place them on a paper towel to dry them as much as possible after slicing.
  • If you have any leftovers, put them in a sealed container and store them in the fridge. When you want to use them, just reheat them in the oven at 400°F for about ten minutes.
  • You can adjust the flavor of your Cajun seasoning by adding more or less of the spices and herbs. Make it as peppery, spicy, or sweet as you want. If you make some extra seasoning, keep it for future use. You can even add or remove certain ingredients to make a seasoning according to your taste.
  • Use sweet potatoes to cut down on the extra calories. In this way, your Popeye’s French fries will be less caloric but equally delicious.

Does Popeyes fry in beef fat?

Yes, Popeyes does fry in beef fat. They use a blend of beef tallow and partially hydrogenated beef tallow, which results in lower trans fat levels compared to some other fast food chains.


We all enjoy eating the famous Popeye’s French fries in one of the fast-food chain restaurants, but now you can make your own fries using a recipe that’s as close to the original as possible. Even combine it with their incredible chicken sandwich.

Some of the keys to making the perfect Popeye’s fries include using the right type of potatoes, cutting them in the right thickness, using the right spices to make your own Cajun seasoning, and cooking them in the right way.

Make these addicting fries that you can enjoy together with some ketchup or garlic paste. They are best when eaten hot. Bon appetite!

popeyes french fries recipe


  1. Melton C McKinney

    Not crispy enough and the flavor is not very good.

  2. Nicole Watson


  3. Really tasty never had Popeyes fries but these were good.

  4. I love this recipe, it’s better than Popeyes and that says a lot.

  5. Shauna Hempstead


  6. Rosanne Robinson

    They’re tasty, I like the heat from the cayenne powder!!!

  7. Karen Petrychko

    The half boiling potatoes is a great trick!

  8. wow much tastier when fresh from the oven.

  9. Debbie Welchert

    These look so good. I know my family would just love them.

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