In this post: This french fry seasoning is so much better than store-bought. And it’s easy to stir together in under 2 minutes!


Add all kinds of deliciousness to your side dishes with this french fry seasoning! You get a spicy kick from the cayenne pepper, great color from the paprika, and a variety of flavors from the garlic, onion, and Italian seasoning!

French fry seasoning on a wooden spoon.

What is French Fry Seasoning?

French fry seasoning is a delicious mixture of herbs and spices that go extremely well with potatoes of all kinds! This seasoning is commonly found at chain restaurants and burger joints. But with this super easy recipe, you can make french fry seasoning to sprinkle on your fries at home!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This french fry seasoning recipe:

  • is quick and easy to make
  • keeps well in an airtight container for months
  • doesn’t contain complicated instructions or hard-to-find ingredients
  • can easily be adjusted to suit your individual taste
Paprika, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in separate bowls.

Ingredients

  • Garlic salt: you could also use garlic powder and then add some salt to taste.
  • Paprika: mildly spicy and sweet with a nice bright color.
  • Italian seasoning: if you don’t have any, try making this one!
  • Onion powder: mild, caramelized onion flavor.
  • Black pepper: smokey, warm spice that can only be described as “peppery.”
  • Cayenne pepper: sweet, spicy, with a subtle smokiness.

How to Make Homemade French Fry Seasoning

  1. Measure all of the ingredients and add them to a small bowl.
  2. Mix until fully combined.
  3. Store in a sealed container in a dry pantry for up to 6 months.

When to Season French Fries

When you season them depends on what method you used to cook them. It’s better to season fries before you bake or air fry them so the seasoning sticks to the oil. But deep-fried fries are always seasoned after they’re cooked so the seasoning doesn’t float away!

French fry seasoning in a glass jar.

Tips

  • If you don’t like spicy food, swap out the cayenne for more paprika. 
  • If you like your food a bit spicier, double the cayenne or add some chili powder.
  • If you don’t have garlic salt, you can just use garlic powder and add some salt to taste.
  • This amount lasts about 8-10 servings of fries.
  • How much you use on your fries will depend on your preferences. Add as much or as little as you like!

How to Store

Store your spice blend in an airtight spice container (like a glass spice jar) in a cool, dark, and dry place for up to 6 months. These precautions will keep the seasoning from going stale and losing its flavor. 

French Fry Seasoning Substitutes

You can substitute french fry seasoning for pretty much any seasoning that tastes good on fries. Here are some ideas:

Other Uses For This Seasoning

This seasoning tastes amazing on all forms of fries – potato wedges, curly fries, shoestring, and even sweet potato fries. This french fry seasoning also goes great with dishes like:

Paprika, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a white bowl.

FAQs

Is this a french fry seasoning recipe or a guide to seasoning fries?

This post is a french fry seasoning recipe! But it also includes tips on when to season your fries (below).

Should you season french fries before frying?

If you’re deep frying your fries, season them AFTER you fry them. Seasoning them before will cause the seasoning to float away in the oil instead of sticking to the fries. If you’re air frying or baking your fries, season them BEFORE you cook them. Add oil before seasoning and the seasoning will stick to the fries.

French fry seasoning on a wooden spoon.

French Fry Seasoning Mix

Yield: 3 tablespoons
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Colorful, spicy, and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Instructions

  1. Measure all ingredients and add them to a small bowl.
  2. Mix until fully combined.
  3. Store in a sealed container in a dry pantry for up to 6 months.

Notes

  • If you don’t like a spicy seasoning, swap out the cayenne for more paprika. 
  • If you like it a bit spicier, double the cayenne. 
  • If you don’t have garlic salt, you can just do garlic powder and add some salt to taste. 
  • It’s important to store this seasoning in an area without high humidity as this will cause it to clump or harden. 
  • This amount lasts me about 8-10 servings of fries.
  • How much you use will depend on your preferences. Add as much or as little as you like.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 397mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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