Although the optimal oven temperature for these potatoes is 400°, they can be baked at different temperatures if you’re baking another dish at the same time in the same oven. Just allow extra baking time if the oven temperature is lower, or less baking time if the oven temperature is higher. I sometimes start baking the potatoes at 450° while I’m preparing an entrée, then I turn the oven down to the proper temperature called for in the entrée recipe, usually 350°. By using this method, the potatoes get crisp on the outside while cooking at the higher temperature, and once the heat is lowered, they continue cooking until the inside is tender.
If you’re into extra spicy foods, feel free to add up to a tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning. For milder potatoes, add the minimum teaspoon, or even a half teaspoon if children or wimps are eating. The spice mixture given below is easy to make, calls for very common spices, and keeps several months if stored in an airtight container; I use it in all my recipes that call for Cajun seasoning. Because it contains no salt, I can add salt according to my taste.
Quick Cajun Oven Fried Potatoes
3 medium potatoes, (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 to 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning without salt, the homemade one below, or your favorite store bought version
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°.
- Scrub the potatoes and cut each of them lengthwise into 8 wedges.
- Cut each wedge into 1/2" slices.
- Transfer the potato pieces to a bowl and add the remaining ingredients; toss to coat.
- Spread the potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake 20-25 minutes or until browned and crisp.
- Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 62
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 37% Protein 6% Carb. 58%
Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 202 mg
Total Carbohydrate 25 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 2 g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 25% Calcium 0% Iron 7%
Salt Free Cajun Seasoning
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons bay leaves, crushed
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
2 tablespoons black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Accent or MSG (optional but good)
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
- Transfer to a spice jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- Store in a cool place.