Make the crispiest Seasoned Crinkle Cut French Fries in the oven as a family-friendly side dish or snack. This is the easiest method for the best-tasting oven-baked fries that guarantee absolute crispiness and bold cajun flavor. All dairy-free and vegan ingredients.
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These Seasoned Crinkle Cut French Fries are by far one of my favorite ways to eat french fries. Growing up, I actually thoroughly enjoyed a nicely crisp McDonald's fry that was sprinkled with the right amount of salt. Honestly, I think it's safe to say that most of us found ourselves indulging in those fries---right? Haha.
Well, now that I enjoy making my own homemade fries, I definitely love the fact that I can season my fries the way that I like and these crinkle cut fries are well seasoned with a nice cajun seasoning blend. If you're a fries lover, then I recommend trying these Crispiest Seasoned French Fries and Crispiest Jumbo Garlic Herb Fries.
Traditionally, homemade fries are deep fried, but I prefer baking mine to avoid all of the excess oil. And you might think that your fries won't be as crispy as deep frying or air frying them, but you're wrong! Just a few short steps can help to create the same crispy, satisfying experience.
Basically, crinkle cut fries are wave-like fries that are a bit crispier and has a better texture than regular fries due to the grooves and cuts. Therefore, when it's fried (or baked) it produces a lot more crunch crispiness than most other types of fries.
For these crinkle cut fries, you don't need anything out of the ordinary when it comes to equipment except for an actual crinkle cutter, which is super easy to purchase.
The crinkle-cut shape gives a fry more surface area, increasing its outer crispiness, which helps to keep the crisp longer and truly makes for the best dipper in sauce.
Aside from getting your crinkle cut fries nice and crispy in the oven, you’ll want to be sure to season the potatoes very well. Here’s how I like to add cajun flavor to my homemade fries:
To make your own seasoning, combine:
These are my top tips to make sure your seasoned crinkle cut fries are as crisp as possible:
While these crinkle cut fries are similar to waffles fries, the process to making them completely waffle fries is super easy! When using a crinkle cutter, you begin by slicing downward from the top end of the potato---this should create a "crinkle-like" shape.
To make waffles fries, you simply turn your potato 90 degrees after the first cut downward and then cut again----repeating this process until all fries are cut. That simple.
While I made these crinkle cut fries originally in the oven, this recipe will also work in your air fryer.
I have found that cooking with an air fryer is fast and fairly easy. Air fryers tend to get hotter and have better air circulation than your oven, so the wedgies might need a slightly shorter cook time.
If air frying, check on the fries every 10 minutes to shake the potatoes so they do not stick. After 30 mins, check for doneness every few minutes. Both the oven and the air fryer make excellent crispy potato french fries!
Basically, you'll air fry frozen fries as you would fries that you were making from scratch. The only difference is that the cook time will be less, but everything else remains the same. If air frying, check on the fries every 5 minutes to shake the potatoes so they do not stick. You'll set the temperature to 400 degrees and after 5-10 mins, check for doneness every few minutes. Both the oven and the air fryer make excellent crispy potato french fries!
Dipping these Seasoned Crinkle Cut Fries is a must and while there are many options out there, I highly recommend serving these fries with any of the following:
Place any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. For longer storage, simply add leftovers to a freezer safe ziplock bag or container and keep frozen for up to 10 months.
If you're planning to meal prep your own crinkle cut fries as you would frozen fries, simply do the following toy our cut fries:
Basically, you can make your crinkle cut fries taste better with seasoning and herbs. This recipe is well-seasoned, however, if you don't want to use a cajun blend, simply add seasonings like: salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, parsley, thyme, etc.
For crinkle-cut fries, simply slice potatoes vertically with a crinkle cutter, also called a wavy chopper or serrated slicer. When potatoes are super thick, I like to pre-cut them with a sharp knife into easy to handle pieces and then use my crinkle cutter/chopper in each side.
The top contenders for potatoes are Idaho or Russet potatoes. However, you can also make french fries using large Yukon potatoes as well as sweet potatoes for a nice twist!
Basically, soaking potatoes in salt water helps to draw out water and removes excess starch, ensuring a crisper, firmer result when cooking + baking your fries.
Yes, BUT you always must soak your potatoes overnight in the refrigerator to adhere to safety measures. Simply tightly seal your bowl with the soaked potatoes and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight, if needed.
Yes! Once you've soaked them, simply drain and rinse before going to the next step which is letting them "air dry".
This issue is rather common if you use very starchy potatoes OR you don't allow for the potatoes to soak correctly. I always ensure ensuring that your water is VERY cold and stirring in the salt so that they are well dehydrated after the soak. In addition, it's never bad to prolong the soak time a bit (adding another 30 minutes) for bigger batches.
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