Air-Fried Cajun Fries

This recipe for air-fried Cajun French fries adds a little zip to your ordinary fry by adding Cajun seasoning to the potatoes and a Creole dipping sauce to go along with them.

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What are Cajun Fries?

When we talk about Cajun food, we’re talking about the food from the state of Louisiana. It’s a blend of cuisines from France, Spain and West Africa and it’s full of flavor, often very spicy. Air-fried Cajun fries take one of our favorite, most irresistible treats – the French fry – and spices them up with Cajun seasoning making it impossible to have just one. 

Close up of cajun fries in a paper-lined french fry tray.

Air-Fried Cajun Fries

If you have an air fryer already, you know how fantastic French fries can be when they are air-fried instead of deep-fried. Not only are they crispy and brown on the outside AND still tender on the inside, they don’t leave a greasy film on your fingers AND you feel better about indulging in your favorite fried food fix. Cajun fries use the same technique for making the perfect air-fried french fry and adds Cajun seasoning for the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Spices on a marble board - the ingredients for Cajun spice mix.


How to Make Cajun Seasoning for Fries

You could definitely use store-bought Cajun seasoning for these air-fried Cajun fries to add the zippy spice, but you can also make your own spice blend at home. Chances are you have all the ingredients for Cajun seasoning already and making it at home can save adding another spice jar to your collection. The quantities for the spice blend are in the recipe below.

Close up of creole dipping sauce with cajun fries next to it.

Easy Dip for Cajun Fries

I know there’s always ketchup, but… sometimes it’s fun to have a different dip to dunk your fries into. This creole dip is so easy to make once you have your Cajun seasoning ready to go. Combine mayonnaise, spicy brown mustard, some lemon juice and the seasoning and you have a great alternative (or accompaniment) to ketchup with your fries. 

So, get your air fryer heating and go for it. Have that snack you’re craving!

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Cajun French Fries with Creole Sauce

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 25 m
  • Total Time: 40 m
  • Servings:


  • 2 Russet potatoes large, about 1¼ pounds, peeled and cut into ½-inch sticks
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning see recipe below
Cajun Seasoning:
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
Creole Dipping Sauce
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon coarse brown mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil in a large saucepan while you peel and cut the potatoes. Blanch the potatoes in the boiling salted water for 4 minutes while you pre-heat the air fryer to 400ºF. Strain the potatoes and rinse them with cold water. Dry them well with a clean kitchen towel.
  2. Toss the dried potato sticks gently with the oil and place them in the air fryer basket. Air-fry for 25 minutes, shaking the basket a few times while the fries cook to help them brown evenly.
  3. While the fries are cooking, combine the ingredients to make the Cajun seasoning. With 5 minutes left on the air fryer, sprinkle the potatoes with the Cajun seasoning and drizzle in a little more oil. Toss evenly to coat the fries and continue to air-fry for the final minutes.
To make the Creole Dipping Sauce:
  1. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Serve the Cajun Fries hot with Creole Dipping sauce on the side.
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Comments (6)Post a Reply

  1. 5 stars
    This was excellent! We had it tonight and even dipped our thin pan fried steaks in the dip. Really good! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Love my air fryer❣️I bought both your cookbooks and love that you make it easy to cook. I recently made your simple fettuccine recipe…delish!! Thank goodness I can make my French fries in the air fryer and enjoy them without feeling guilty! lol

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I searched for an air fryer Cajun fry recipe a few hours ago, and ended up making this recipe to a T as soon as I found it. Absolutely perfect in every way. My mother and I demolished the entire tray in one sitting. Thank you again. I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes!!!

  4. I would like to get an EVO type sprayer to gently spray oil on fries and things for the air fryer to make seasonings stick, but not sure what is the best. Meredith, can you make a suggestion?

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