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If you're craving something zesty and bold, these Cajun potatoes are your answer! They're crispy on the outside, with warm and savory Cajun flavors, and perfectly tender on the inside. This side dish could very well make an appearance at breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Also, here to answer the call of the hungry are these Cajun sweet potato fries! Yum!
These Cajun potatoes are made using a homemade Cajun spice mix, which means you'll get all the punchy flavor and have the ability to control the salt and spice level. If you don't like it too spicy you can always tone down the cayenne or go the other way and pump it up!
All you have to do to serve up these crispy little bites is mix all the ingredients in a bowl, pop them in the oven, and just like that you've got the perfect side on the table!
What spices are in Cajun seasoning?
Cajun seasoning is made up of varying quantities of the following spices:
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Salt & pepper
Is Cajun seasoning spicy?
Cajun seasoning can be described as zesty, smoky, bold, spicy, as well as earthy.
In terms of heat, Cajun seasoning can be mild to spicy. It's the paprika and cayenne spices that are used in Cajun seasoning and contribute to the heat level. If you are using store-bought Cajun seasoning, try adding a little bit at a time until you get the desired flavor. On the other hand, when you make your own spice mix you get to control how hot it is.
To make Cajun potatoes you'll need less than a handful of ingredients:
- Yellow potatoes: Use 2 lb of yellow potatoes (or yukon gold) for this recipe. Dice them into uniform bite-sized pieces so that they cook evenly and crisp up nicely in the oven.
- Olive oil: This will coat your potatoes and help the seasoning stick to the taters.
- Cajun seasoning: You can follow this cajun seasoning recipe to get your spice blend just right (it's also listed in the recipe card below), or you can use a store-bought spice mix.
- Parsley: Chop up some fresh parsley to toss on top of your potatoes once out of the oven. This will give a bright, fresh element to your side dish.
Try serving them with a side of Cajun mayo – it's delicious!
How to make Cajun potatoes
Believe us when we say, it doesn't get easier than this! Making Cajun potatoes involves 3 steps and just 10 minutes of prep time! Here's the gist of what you'll do:
- Prep the potatoes: Once you've cut your potatoes, toss them into a large bowl. Add the olive oil and Cajun seasoning and mix.
- Transfer: Move your taters over to a parchment-lined baking sheet
- Oven time: Pop them in the oven for 35-40 minutes. That's it!
Top tips for perfectly crispy roast potatoes
Pulling potatoes out of the oven that are just not hitting the mark when it comes to crispiness is a bummer. Here's a couple of tips to get perfectly crisp Cajun potatoes:
- Shape: When you're prepping your potatoes, make sure to cut them into similar sized pieces so that they all bake at a similar rate.
- Don't overdo it with the olive oil: If you add too much oil they won't crisp up, but instead get soft.
- Space: When you add your potatoes to a baking sheet make sure to space them out in a single layer. They shouldn't be touching one another either. If they're too close together the potatoes will steam instead of roast.
What to serve with Cajun potatoes
What type of potato is best for roasting?
This Cajun potato recipe calls for yellow potatoes. They have lower levels of starch and moisture than other types of potatoes like white or red potatoes. That said, you can make this recipe using any kind of potato you may have in the pantry.
I don't have Cajun seasoning, what can I use instead?
You can follow this simple Cajun seasoning recipe to make your own spice blend. Or if you have limited spices in your cupboard, you can combine paprika, thyme, and cayenne pepper to achieve something similar.
Is Cajun considered spicy?
It does have some spice to it, yes. The paprika and cayenne give it some heat. Making your own Cajun seasoning will allow you to control the heat level. If you don't want it spicy, use sweet paprika and omit the cayenne – that will make Cajun seasoning that is flavorful but not spicy at all.
- 2 lb yellow potatoes (diced)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ½ tablespoons Cajun seasoning (recipe in notes)
- Minced parsley (to serve)
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the potatoes, olive oil, and Cajun seasoning to a large bowl and mix well.2 lb yellow potatoes, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 ½ tablespoons Cajun seasoning
- Transfer the potatoes to the baking sheet and spread them out so that they're in a single layer and none are touching each other.
- Roast the potatoes for 35-40 minutes (no need to mix them) until they are crispy on the outside and soft inside. Serve the potatoes with a little minced parsley over the top, if you'd like.Minced parsley
- 1 ½ tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon EACH: onion powder and garlic powder
- ½ tablespoon EACH: thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, and cayenne
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