Baked Cajun French Fries

Metal pitcher filled with homemade Sweet Cajun Fries

I’m kind of a sweet potato fanatic. Sweet potato oats, granola, muffins, tater tots, smoothies, salads, soups, chips, burgers, mediterranean style, CHOCOLATE COVER. How have I never made French fries at Minimalist Baker before? This own To replace.

Sweet potato wedges for perfectly baked French Fries

Since sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, they beckon to be included in all things spicy. Toss, a simple cajun spice mix, consists of things you probably have in your pantry right now.

Cayenne pepper
Garlic Powder

Who knew getting down ‘n’ dirty cajun style was this easy?

Bowl with ingredients for our Cajun Spice Mix Recipe

Easy by the way, so is this recipe! Only 9 ingredients (give or take spices) and it takes about 30 minutes. It’s kind of my soul food.

Baking tin filled with sweet potato wedges for homemade fries

The Origin of Cajun Seasoning

To spice up these fries, we opted for a cajun-inspired flavor!

Cajun food originates from southern Louisiana. It is named after the French (Acadia) colonists who settled in the area after being forcibly displaced from the Acadia region of Canada. (source)

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In addition to onions, celery, and bell peppers, cajun seasoning is one of the main ingredients used to add flavor to cajun dishes. Usually includes spices such as paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and spices such as thyme and/or oregano. You can learn more about Cajun (vs. Creole) spices and how to use them here.

Our cajun-inspired mix strays a bit from the traditional, skipping the onion powder and opting for smoked paprika for a more smoky flavor.

Coat sweet potato slices with Cajun Spice Mix
Perfectly Baked Cajun Fries

These fries are amazing!

natural sweet
Perfectly seasoned
Amazingly flavorful
& Perfect for snacking / appetizers / side dishes

My favorite way to enjoy fries is with a delicious veggie burger. But it’s absolutely perfect as a snack or appetizer. And if you don’t like super spicy food, reduce the cayenne pepper to reduce the heat without sacrificing flavor.

Freshly baked French Fries made with cajun seasoning

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Metal jug filled with our Baked Cajun Fries recipe

Preparation time 5 minute
Cooking time 30 minute
Total Time 35 minute
Portion 2
Course Appetizer, Side, Snack
Cook Cajun, French Inspired, Gluten Free, Southern Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Is it fixed? Best when fresh


  • 2 big sweet potato (scrubbed clean // organic if possible)
  • 2 tablespoon olive, avocado or liquid coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea ​​salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked peppers
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 tsp dry thyme*
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper*
  • 1 tablespoon sugar of choice (optional // (coconut + sugarcane is best)


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C).
  • Leave the skin on and cut the sweet potato into thin, even matches with a very sharp knife.
  • Transfer to two baking sheets and drizzle with olive oil. Then sprinkle with spices, sugar and mix.
  • Transfer the fries to 1 or 2 large baking sheets (or more if making a larger batch) and arrange in a single layer to ensure they are crispy.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and flip/stir to cook on the other side. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until brown and crispy. You’ll know they’re done when the edges are dark brown and crunchy.
  • Remove from oven and serve as is or drizzle with a little maple syrup (or honey if not vegan) to balance out the spiciness.
  • Serve plain or with your favorite sauce, such as Whiskey BBQ Ketchup.

Nutrition (1 of 2 portion)

Portion: 1 portion Calories: 197 Carbohydrate: 18.2 g proteins: 1.8 g Fat: 13.7 g Saturated fat: 1.9 g Polyunsaturated fats: 2.95 g Monounsaturated fat: 19.74 g Trans fat: g Cholesterol: mg Sodium: 629 mg Potassium: 307 mg Fiber: 3.1 g Sugar: 3.3 g Vitamin A: 11500 IU Vitamin C: 3.3 mg Calcium: 50 mg Iron: 1.6 mg