2013 – Gluten Free Living
Cajun Fries are awesome! Ever since I saw this wonderful picture based on this recipe, I have been wanting to try various versions of oven fries. This one is so simple even small children can make it. Basically, you brush French fry-shaped potatoes with olive oil and then sprinkle them with Cajun seasoning and parsley before baking.
Very simple, very quick, very easy, very economical, very wonderful! We served these with Grilled Chicken and they were wonderful. You could probably just as easily cook the potatoes on the grill, too, but I had my oven going for a loaf of sweet bread at the same time so I baked them in the oven.
The wonderful thing about this recipe is you can adjust the Cajun seasoning to your family’s preference. Mine had just enough kick to make them exciting, but I recommend using more (see my pictures below), if you’re not afraid of a little heat on your potatoes. I served mine plain, but you could also serve these accompanied with a Buffalo Ranch Dressing or dip, too.
I baked these in a glass baking dish instead of on a cookie sheet since I am trying to stay away from anything aluminum, although spreading these out on a large baking sheet would probably be easier. I would love to find some cast iron cookie sheets if they make such a thing!
If you’re looking for an easy side dish to throw in the oven quickly while making other foods, you can’t get any easier than this recipe. It’s gluten free, vegan, low calorie, and healthier than frying, too.
When I first published this recipe in May 2013 it was right before I began taking pictures with my Canon camera. The pictures weren’t all that bad, but I’ve been trying to remake all my first year recipes so I can get better pictures.
I recently remade this recipe (July 2015) to accompany my favorite BBQ Meatloaf, but this time I added additional Cajun seasoning and liked the potatoes even better with the flavors amped up a little. Regardless, Cajun Fries are so quick and easy to prepare they can be whipped up in no time, and you can serve them with any meat entree.
Cajun Fries made in the oven are so quick and easy. Even your kids can make these, though they may need a little help lifting the pan in and out of the oven.
Here’s a close up of the cooked fries. Feel free to add a lot more Cajun seasoning if you enjoy a lot of kick to your potatoes.
Cajun Fries made in the oven are a lot healthier than deep frying, too.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Peel potatoes and cut down in wedge shapes for fries. Allow potatoes to soak for 10 minutes in ice water.
Pat potatoes dry. Spray a large baking dish or cookie sheet with olive oil cooking spray. Place potatoes into dish in a single layer as much as possible. You may have to use two dishes. Brush potatoes with olive oil. Sprinkle Cajun seasoning on top of potatoes to your family’s preference.
After 30 minutes turn potatoes over. Sprinkle with more Cajun seasoning and parsley. Return to oven and bake approximately 30 minutes longer, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
These potatoes serve right from the dish! If you’re using cookie sheets, transfer the potatoes to a serving dish.
Add more Cajun seasoning and parsley before serving, if you prefer.
Here’s the recipe.
(my own concoction)
- 4 Russet potatoes, peeled and sliced in long wedges for French fries
- 2 tbsp. olive oil, or more if desired
- ½ to 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning, or more as desired
- ½ to 1 tsp. parsley
- Peel potatoes, slice in long wedges and place in cold ice water for ten minutes to soak.
- Spray a 10×14” glass baking dish with cooking spray.
- Pat potatoes dry with towel and spread into pan.
- Carefully sprinkle with Cajun seasoning – as much as you desire – a half to one teaspoon. Or, if you’re a big Cajun seasoning fan add more if you can handle the heat!
- Sprinkle with parsley.
- Bake at 350° about 30 minutes (covered or uncovered—mine were uncovered), and turn potatoes over with spatula.
- Sprinkle with more Cajun seasoning and parsley.
- Bake another 30 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
- If desired glaze with another tablespoon or two of olive oil.
We loved the taste of these quick and easy Cajun Fries. Mine had great kick but not enough to overtake the taste of the potatoes.
Here’s a serving of Cajun Fries. Yum, yum! This is a healthy, gluten free, and vegan way to make guilt-free French fries!