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Za’atar Potatoes

These za’atar potatoes are the perfect fragrant, flavorful potato side dish. Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mixture consisting of ground dried thyme, toasted sesame seeds, sumac, and salt – and it pairs perfectly on these crispy roast potatoes!

a large oval serving plate of za'atar potatoes on top of a creamy tahini dip

In the photos for this recipe, I’ve served these za’atar potatoes on a creamy tahini dip to make a beautiful side plate. These potatoes would also be delicious served alongside other Middle Eastern dishes, such as baba ganoush, halloumi, this tofu shawarma, and harissa meatballs.

Ingredient Notes

The exact quantities of the ingredients you need for this recipe are included in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here, I’ve added a few notes on the ingredients you need, plus a few potential substitutions you could make if you can’t eat/find a certain ingredient.

  • Potatoes: Any waxy yellow potato, such as Yukon Golds, will be great for this recipe. I don’t peel the potatoes for this recipe as I think the crispy skins help to add to the flavor and texture of the dish! Cube into small roast potato shapes.
  • Za’atar: You can buy a pre-mixed za’atar spice blend in most major stores. Za’atar typically consists of sesame seeds, dried sumac, dried oregano, cumin, and salt. It has a warm, nutty flavor.
  • Lemon: A squeeze of lemon juice gives the potatoes an element of freshness!
  • Garlic cloves: I used two fresh, minced garlic cloves to dress the potatoes. You could use garlic powder instead if you prefer.
  • Fresh parsley
  • Red wine vinegar
a close up shot of crispy roasted za'atar potatoes topped with zingy parsley

How To Make These Za’atar Potatoes

Again, the exact step-by-step instructions and ingredient quantities will be in the recipe card at the bottom of this page. 

Below is an overview of making this recipe, plus some process shots to help you visualize how this recipe should turn out.

Step 1) Par-boil your potatoes

Cube your potatoes into small roast potato chunks, then add them to a pan and cover with cold water. Set the pan over medium heat and leave the potatoes to par-boil for approximately 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are just knife tender.

Drain the potatoes and leave them to steam dry for 5 minutes, before placing the lid on your pan and shaking the potatoes to gently rough up the edges.

Step 2) Season & Cook

Season the potatoes with lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cumin. Drizzle over your oil and toss the potatoes to ensure they are fully coated.

Either put the potatoes in your baking tray to roast them in the oven, or put them in your air fryer to air fry. 

Step 3) Add the Za’atar

Halfway through cooking, add the za’atar to the potatoes. Give them a shake to coat them in the za’atar, then return them to the oven/air fryer for the remaining cooking time (exact times provided below).

Step 4) Make The Dressing

While the potatoes are cooking, mix the fresh chopped parsley, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, remaining za’atar, and a drizzle of olive oil in a small bowl.

Once the potatoes are cooked, drizzle over the parsley dressing and serve!

a serving plate of crispy za'atar potatoes on top of a bead of creamy tahini sauce

Top Tips \ Chef’s Notes

  • Oven Cooking Your Za’atar Potatoes: If you’re cooking your potatoes in the oven, you’ll need to cook them at 428F for about 45 – 50 minutes in total. 25 minutes, then add the za’atar, then another 25 minutes or so.
  • Air Frying Your Za’atar Potatoes: Cooking your potatoes in the air fryer is quicker. Cook them for 20 minutes at 200C, then add the za’atar, then return to the air fryer for 10 – 15 minutes until they’re crispy and golden.

Storage

If you have leftover za’atar potatoes, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. Reheat in the air fryer or in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes or until they’re piping hot.

These potatoes could also be enjoyed cold, so feel free to eat them straight from the fridge or add them to a Middle Eastern-inspired salad!

close up shot of a crispy za'atar potato topped with zingy parsely and garlic and za'atar seasoning

How To Serve?

In this recipe, I served my za’atar potatoes with a creamy tahini dip which I got from my local store. You could make your own by blending tahini, water, lemon juice, and garlic.

These za’atar potatoes would also be perfect served with:

FAQs

Is Za’atar spicy?

No, za’atar has a warm, nutty flavor profile. It’s not spicy – but feel free to add some chili flakes to this recipe if you prefer!

Is this recipe vegan?

Yes, this recipe is suitable for a vegan diet!

Can I meal prep this recipe?

Yes, this recipe is perfect for meal prepping. Store your potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator and simply reheat them before serving.

a large oval serving plate of za'atar potatoes on top of a creamy tahini dip

Za'atar Potatoes

Yield: 4 portions
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

These easy za’atar potatoes are the perfect potato side dish - crispy on the outside and beautifully seasoned with a za’atar seasoning blend, and fluffy on the inside!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium waxy potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp za’atar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 20g fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. If you’re using an oven, preheat it to 220C | 428F.
  2. Wash and cube your potatoes, then place them in a pan and cover with water. Parboil for approximately 10 minutes, or until they’re just fork tender.
  3. Drain the potatoes and give the pan a slight shake to rough up the edges.
  4. Drizzle over the oil, cumin, salt, and pepper, and squeeze over half the lemon.
  5. Tip the potatoes into your pan (or air fryer tray).
  6. Cook for 30 minutes in the oven, or 20 minutes in the air fryer at 200C, then remove the potatoes, sprinkle over 1 tbsp of the za’atar, then place back in the oven for another 20 minutes (oven), or 10 - 15 minutes (air fryer).
  7. Meanwhile, combine your chopped parsley, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, the remaining za’atar, and a drizzle of olive oil in a bowl.
  8. Remove the potatoes from the oven (they should be golden and crispy), then drizzle over the parsley dressing.
  9. Perfect served over a bed of creamy tahini sauce, or whatever you prefer!

Notes

  • Oven Cooking Your Za’atar Potatoes: If you’re cooking your potatoes in the oven, you’ll need to cook them at 428F for about 45 - 50 minutes in total. 25 minutes, then add the za’atar, then another 25 mintues or so.
  • Air Frying Your Za’atar Potatoes: Cooking your potatoes in the air fryer is quicker. Cook them for 20 minutes at 200C, then add the za’atar, then return to the air fryer for 10 - 15 minutes until they’re crispy and golden.

In this recipe, I served my za’atar potatoes with a creamy tahini dip which I got from my local store. You could make your own by blending tahini, water, lemon juice, and garlic.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 683mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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