I love hot sauce. Yum, yum, yum. And Cajun seasoning. And fries. I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this…
Hot Cajun Fries are amazeballs. Spicy, salty, and starchy; they have all three S words. I can eat a whole plate of them all by myself! If you think I’m joking, I’ll have you know that it’s four am and I have no intention of sharing these with anyone.
Most people skulk about the kitchen at four am sneaking chocolate or ice cream, but not me–I’m wincing every time the fryer hisses hoping Mr. Sublime doesn’t wake up to see me gorging on french fries without him. Admittedly, he doesn’t have much interest in them once they’re tossed in hot sauce. But I digress. He clearly doesn’t know what is good for him.
Okay, let’s make these babies the right way. I won’t lie, sometimes I am super impatient to gorge on the goodness that is french fries, and I just plunge my potato slices into the oil and eat them straight from the fryer basket. But that doesn’t allow the fries to reach their full delicious potential.
To get a truly perfect batch of fries, you have the blanch them then fry them. It takes some doing, but it’s totally worth it. It’s more necessary for this specific recipe because we want the outside of the fries to get nice and crispy so that the sauce doesn’t turn them into a soggy mess.
So let’s get started!
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 3-4 medium russet potatoes
- 1/2 cup red pepper sauce (I used Frank’s Original RedHot®)
- 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
1. Rinse the potatoes in cold water and cut them into 1/4″ thick matchsticks.
2. Place the potatoes in a bowl with enough cold water to fully cover them. Let them soak for at least thirty minutes.
3. When the potatoes are nearly done soaking, heat up your oil to 325 degrees in a heavy-bottomed pan or deep fryer.
4. Working in small batches, dry the potatoes thoroughly before placing them in the hot oil. Let them cook for 6 minutes and place them on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Blot away any excess oil on the fries.
5. Once you’ve cooked all the potatoes, increase the heat on the stove or deep fryer until the oil reaches 375 degrees.
6. Let the fries cool on the baking sheet for at least ten minutes before frying them for another 5-7 minutes in the hotter oil until they are crispy and golden. Drain on fresh paper towels once finished.
7. Add hot sauce and cooked fries to a medium-size prep bowl. Toss them until they are well coated, then transfer them to a plate.
8. Sprinkle Cajun seasoning over the fries until they are well covered.
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