Today’s Wingstop cajun fried corn copycat recipe is (in my opinion) better than the original!
The corn is super crispy, loaded with authentic Cajun flavors, and is still able to retain its delicious sweet juices!
What Is Wingstop Cajun Fried Corn?
Wingstop Cajun Fried Corn is a must-try side dish I’ve recreated at home! It’s perfect if you don’t have a Wingstop nearby or want a cheaper alternative without sacrificing taste.
The key is nailing the Cajun seasoning mix, and I’ve figured it out for you!
Once you’ve got the spice blend ready, follow my simple steps to make your own crispy, sweet fried corn that’s just as good, if not better!
What Do You Need To Make Cajun Fried Corn From Wingstop
So, the recipe consists of two parts: the Cajun seasoning mix and the fried corn. To start, let’s take a look at the seasoning mix.
For The Cajun Spice Mix
For this recipe, you need all the basic ingredients commonly used for spice mixes and rubs.
- Basics: Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper
- Flavor Boosters: Paprika, oregano (for that savory kick)
- My Twist: A bit of thyme for an extra herb touch. I LOVE the slight herbaceous undertones it adds.
- Heat: Cayenne pepper – adjust to your spice preference!
For The Fried Corn
Now, let’s dive into preparing the star of the show – the corn itself:
- Corn: Fresh ears only – no frozen or canned corn here.
- Prep: Remove husks and fibers from the corn. (Trust me, no one likes those stuck in their teeth!)
- Frying: Use any frying oil you like – vegetable, canola, or sunflower oil works great.
How To Make Wingstop Corn In An Air-Fryer?
Yes, you can make Wingstop Corn in an Air-Fryer!
After you prepared your corn, place them in a single layer in the air frying basket.
You can leave them to fry at 380ºF (190ºC) for roughly 3-5 minutes.
This way, you can get super crispy seasoned corn with the same amount of deliciousness! Incredible, right?
Tips And Tricks For This Wingstop Cajun Fried Corn Recipe
- The best corn to buy is regular sweetcorn that still has its husks attached. The husk helps protect the corn from debris (dust and sand) and helps keep it fresher for longer.
- You need your frying oil or air-fryer to be hot enough to get the corn crispy. Otherwise, you will likely end up with very soggy corn.
Variation of Wingstop Cajun Fried Corn
There are many ways to make this Wingstop Cajun Fried Corn. If you want a smokier flavor, try adding smoked paprika or chipotle powder. For an Asian twist, add some ground ginger and five-spice powder.
The possibilities are endless! Just make sure to adjust the amount of each spice accordingly.
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- Piri Piri Chicken Drumsticks
- Air Fried Eggplant Slices
Yes, this is important for frying and also so that you can coat all of the surfaces in spices. Cut each ear of corn into 3-4 pieces depending on size.
No, you don’t have to fry the corn. You can also roast it in an oven or air-fryer. Roasting will give you a more sweet and nutty flavor that goes great with the spices.
No, you should not use frozen or canned corn for this recipe. The entire dish is based on using fresh sweetcorn. Plus, the flavor isn’t quite the same. The best way to enjoy this Wingstop Cajun Fried Corn is with fresh ears of corn!
The amount of spice mix you use is totally up to your personal preference. The original Wingstop recipe uses a small amount that adds just the right kick and flavor, but you can easily increase or decrease the spiciness by adjusting the quantity of spices you add in.
Wingstop Cajun Fried Corn – A Delicious Sweet, Spicy Snack
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2-1 tsp sea salt flakes
- 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 6 ears fresh sweet corn
- Frying oil
- Start by preheating your frying oil or air-fryer. For both, you can heat the oil until it has reached 380ºF (190ºC).
- Make the Cajun spice mix. Combine all of the spices and herbs and mix them well so the flavors are evenly distributed. Set it aside.
- Next, prepare the corn. Remove the husks and take off any stringy pieces.
- Cut each ear of corn into 4 pieces. If you have very large pieces, you can cut them into more or smaller sections.
- Once the oil is heated, add two to three pieces of corn at a time. Leave them to fry for about 2-4 minutes or until they are crispy and golden brown in color.
- Remove the corn from the oil and leave them to drain on a couple of pieces of paper towel. Repeat the process with all of the corn pieces.
- When the corn is drained of excess oil, place it in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle it with butter and add the Cajun seasoning mix. Give the pieces a good toss so that they are covered well.
- Serve your fried corn immediately while they are still hot.