Deep Fried Cajun Wings

This recipe combines the crispy goodness of fried chicken wings with the bold flavors of Cajun seasoning, making it a perfect pick for parties, game days, or just a flavorful snack at home. With a simple prep and cook time totaling just 25 minutes, these Cajun wings are delicious, quick, and easy to make. A deep fryer makes this recipe easier, but a heavy pot will do.

Close-up of crispy Cajun-seasoned chicken wings on a plate, showcasing the spices clinging to the fried, golden-brown skin.

Deep Fried Cajun Wings

Crispy fried chicken wings tossed in plenty of cajun seasoning for a delicious appetizer.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serving Size 20 wings


Cajun Seasoning

  • tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons garlic powder
  • tablespoon ground black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon ground white pepper
  • ½ tablespoons onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

For Frying the Wings

  • 20 wings
  • peanut oil for frying
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning

For Cajun Butter Sauce

  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning


  • Make seasoning. Combine all seasonings for the cajun seasoning in small bowl. (Or substitute 1/4 cup of prepared cajun seasoning.)
    Close-up of crispy Cajun-seasoned chicken wings on a plate, showcasing the spices clinging to the fried, golden-brown skin.
  • Bread wings. Pat wings dry and shake in a bag with flour and 1 tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning, until well coated.
    A ziplock bag with seasoned flour mix on a wooden surface, partially open to show the coating mixture for chicken wings.
  • Fry. Heat oil in your deep fryer or large, heavy pot to 370 degrees. Place them in a single layer in the deep fryer basket and fry for 12 minutes, until golden brown and cooked though.  Place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Make sauce. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low.  Add the cajun seasoning and stir.
    A bowl of homemade Cajun sauce blend on a wooden surface.
  • Serve. Add the fried chicken wings and toss well, until covered in seasoning. Serve with ranch or blue cheese.
    Close-up of crispy Cajun-seasoned chicken wings on a plate, showcasing the spices clinging to the fried, golden-brown skin.


These wings reheat very well, so make a double batch if you’d like!
The nutrition facts are per wing. 

We love, love, LOVE any type of deep fried chicken in our house. Wings, sandwiches, tenders…anything. So any twist on that is always welcome around here. But of course, everyone in my family is impossibly picky. So the twist can’t be too… twisty. Lucky for me, Cajun seasoning is a departure from our usual buffalo sauce that still goes over well.

I typically serve these with white chili and a big salad to make a complete meal. I hope you love them!

Close-up of crispy Cajun-seasoned chicken wings on a plate, showcasing the spices clinging to the fried, golden-brown skin.

The key to success? Ensuring your oil is at the right temperature for frying. This simple yet crucial step guarantees each wing is perfectly crispy on the outside while staying juicy inside.

The Best Wings

  • If you don’t have a deep fryer: Choose a heavy pot, heat oil to 350°F-375°F using a thermometer, dry food thoroughly, fry in small batches without overcrowding, use a spider strainer for safe handling, drain on paper towels, and let oil cool before disposal.
  • Drying the Wings: Before breading, make sure your wings are as dry as possible. Excess moisture can cause the oil temperature to drop and lead to soggy wings. Pat them dry with paper towels or let them air-dry in the fridge for a bit.
  • Batch Frying: Resist the urge to overcrowd the pan. Cooking in smaller batches ensures that the oil temperature stays consistent, leading to a better texture and even cooking.
  • Adjusting Seasoning: Cajun seasoning can vary in heat. If you’re using a store-bought mix, taste it before adding it to your recipe. You might want to adjust the amount based on your heat preference or even mix in a little brown sugar to balance the spice with sweetness.

Key Ingredients and Tools

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  • Peanut oil. Ideal for frying due to its high smoke point, peanut oil can be found in the oils section of most grocery stores. If you’re allergic to peanuts or can’t find it, canola oil makes a good substitute because it also has a high smoke point and neutral flavor.
  • Cajun seasoning. A blend of spices that gives these wings their distinctive kick, located in the spice aisle. If you can’t find Cajun seasoning, you can make your own mix using common spices like paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  • Cayenne pepper. Adds a spicy heat to the Cajun seasoning and can be found with other ground spices. If you prefer less heat, you can reduce the amount or substitute it with a milder chili powder.

Each of these ingredients plays a crucial role in ensuring your Deep Fried Cajun Wings are flavorful and have the perfect texture.

ingredients on counter

  • Deep Fryer or Large, Heavy Pot. A deep fryer is ideal for maintaining the correct oil temperature for frying, but a large, heavy pot works well too. It’s important because consistent high heat is crucial for achieving the perfect crispy texture.
  • Kitchen Thermometer. This tool is essential to monitor the oil’s temperature, ensuring it stays around 370 degrees. Accurate temperature control is key to prevent the wings from absorbing too much oil or burning.
  • Paper Towels. Lining a plate with paper towels helps drain excess oil from the fried wings, keeping them crispy instead of soggy.
  • Tongs. Tongs are necessary for safely placing the wings in the hot oil and removing them once they’re cooked. They provide a secure grip and help keep your hands away from the hot oil.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with carrots, celery, and ranch.

Troubleshooting and Help

Can I bake these wings instead of frying them?

Absolutely! If you’re looking to cut down on oil, baking is a great alternative. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F, arrange the wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a wire rack, and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until crispy and fully cooked. You won’t get the same deep-fried texture, but they’ll still be tasty!

What if I don’t have peanut oil?

No worries! Peanut oil is popular for frying because of its high smoke point, but you can easily use other oils like vegetable, canola, or sunflower oil. They work just as well for frying and are commonly found in kitchens.

Can I make the Cajun seasoning less spicy?

Of course! The beauty of making your own Cajun seasoning is that you can adjust the spice level to your preference. Simply reduce or omit the cayenne pepper to dial down the heat. You can also add more paprika or garlic powder to keep the flavors balanced without too much kick.

Can these wings be made ahead of time?

Yes, they can! If you’re prepping for a party, you can fry the wings ahead of time and then reheat them in the oven at 375 degrees F for about 10 minutes to get them crispy again. Just be sure to toss them in the Cajun butter sauce right before serving to keep them moist and flavorful.

Overall, Don’t stress too much about following the recipe to the letter. It’s all about getting a delicious meal on the table that you and your loved ones will enjoy.

Storing Leftovers

To store leftover Deep Fried Cajun Wings, follow these steps:

  1. Cool Down: Let the wings cool to room temperature. Don’t leave them out for more than 2 hours to avoid bacteria growth.
  2. Refrigerate: Place the wings in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  3. Freeze (If Applicable): For longer storage, you can freeze the wings. First, spread them out on a baking sheet and freeze them for about an hour. This prevents them from sticking together. Then, transfer the frozen wings into a freezer bag or an airtight container. They can be kept frozen for up to 3 months.

To reheat:

  • Refrigerate: If frozen, move the wings to the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
  • Oven Method: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Place the wings on a baking sheet and reheat for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through and crispy. This method helps maintain their crispiness.

Avoid using a microwave for reheating, as it can make the wings soggy.

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There you have it, everything you need to know to make and enjoy Dee-Fried Cajun Wings at home. From the essential ingredients and tools to tips for storage and serving suggestions, we’ve covered all the bases to ensure you can whip up this delicious appetizer with ease. Whether you’re hosting a party, looking for a new game day snack, or just want to spice up your dinner routine, these wings are sure to be a hit. Remember, the key to perfect wings is in the preparation and cooking technique, so don’t skip the tips provided. Now, it’s time to get cooking and enjoy the crispy, flavorful goodness of homemade Cajun wings. Happy frying!

Close-up of crispy Cajun-seasoned chicken wings on a plate, showcasing the spices clinging to the fried, golden-brown skin.
Deep Fried Cajun Wings

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