Popeye’s Cajun French Fries Recipe

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Popeye’s French fries are one of the best fries you can ever have. They are perfectly seasoned, perfectly crispy, and quite addicting. Dip them in some ketchup and it’s a feast for your taste buds.

For everyone who loves these seasoned fries, we share a recipe that will help you make Popeye’s fries from scratch. They are the closest Popeye’s fries you can get to the original with the perfect seasoning and perfect crisp.

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How To Make Popeye’s French Fries

These homemade fries are packed with flavor and are perfectly crunchy on the inside. One of the keys to making the perfect Popeye’s French fries is using the right type of potatoes.

The best type to use is the non-starchy potatoes which are dense and low in moisture. Non-starchy potatoes are commonly used for crispy French fries.

There’s also a method to cut the potato in the right way that will yield that characteristic French fry crisp you want. Getting the right texture of your Popeye’s fries is as important as getting the right flavor.

Here’s how to cut your non-starchy potatoes to make the perfect Popeye’s French fries:

Lay them on their side and chop off a thin slice to create a base. Place them flat on their base and slice them lengthwise into ¼ inch-thick disks. Cut each disk lengthwise into ¼ inch-thick strips. You may want to use a sharp knife as these potatoes can be quite tough to cut through.

Even though you can make your fries as thick or thin as you like, Popeye’s French fries are about ¼ inch-thick.

You can also use a mandolin slicer to make potato strips that will be a little thinner. No matter how you cut your potatoes, remember to make them similar in thickness to ensure you get evenly cooked fries.

Another trick to make the perfect fries once you cut them properly is to half-boil them. Make sure you don’t overcook them as they will most likely fall apart. Once you half-boil your fries, drain the water, spread them on a kitchen towel, and once they are cool enough, pat them dry so that any excess moisture is removed.

Put your drained, half-boiled fries in a zip lock bag or any freezer bag and store them in the freezer for an hour.

Once you remove them from the freezer, it’s time to season them with your own Cajun seasoning.

The seasoning is made with spices and herbs you probably have in your pantry like garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne powder, black pepper, and onion powder.

All you need to do now is fry these perfectly seasoned fries and enjoy them while hot.

Here are all the ingredients and instructions to make your homemade Popeye’s French fries.

Popeye’s French Fries

4 from 31 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Calories

250

kcal

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

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 non-starchy potatoes

  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil for frying

Directions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Conclusion

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!

7 Comments

  1. Melton C McKinney

    Not crispy enough and the flavor is not very good.

  2. Awesome

  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

    Yumm

  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!

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