Popeye’s Copycat Cajun Fries (Copycat) Recipe

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You’re craving fries, but don’t want all the extra calories brought along by deep frying. Have no fear, these fries are baked! With just a touch of oil to crisp them up and a homemade spice mix to make them zesty, these fries will fulfill your cravings and not destroy your diet.

Popeye’s Copycat Cajun Fries (Copycat) Recipe

How To Make Popeye's Cajun Fries (Copycat)

This Popeye\’s Cajun fries recipe will liven up your snack time. Flavored with a Cajun spice blend and fried in a beer batter for maximum crunch and flavor.

Prep: 5 mins
Freeze Time:: 2 hrs
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 2 hrs 25 mins


  • 12 oz potatoes, preferably russets, cleaned, peeled, and sliced into ¼-inch pieces
  • ½ cup beer, of your choice
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 8 cups vegetable oil

To Serve:

  • ¼ cup sweet chili sauce, or dipping sauce of your choice


  1. Wrap a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Preheat your frying oil in a deep skillet to 300 degrees F.
  3. Blanch your potatoes in the oil for roughly 3 to 5 minutes until the insides are fully cooked but potatoes remain tender.
  4. Drain your fries on a basket lined with paper towels, then transfer to your lined baking sheet. Freeze your fries for roughly 2 hours. This will allow the batter to hold on to the fries and will make the fries crispy.
  5. Prepare your batter. Combine beer, flour, paprika, salt, black and cayenne peppers, onion, and garlic powder. Whisk until it resembles pancake batter. You may need to add more beer as needed.
  6. Reheat your frying oil, increasing the temperature to 360 degrees F.
  7. Dip roughly 3 ounces of fries into the batter. Allow excess batter to drip briefly, then deep fry for roughly 5 to 7 minutes until fries turn crispy and golden brown. Repeat until you’ve fried all your potatoes.
  8. Drain your fries on a basket lined with paper towels, then serve immediately with any dip.


  • Sugar: 9g
  • :
  • Calcium: 19mg
  • Calories: 3933kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Fat: 437g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 50g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Potassium: 426mg
  • Protein: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 355g
  • Sodium: 749mg
  • Vitamin A: 753IU
  • Vitamin C: 17mg
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