Za’atar Fries

  • 10MINS
  • 40MINS
  • 126KCAL

Oven baked, crispy fries that are packed with Middle Eastern flavours. Perfect as a slimming friendly snack or part of a main meal!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories126
  • Carbs26g
  • Protein2.9g
  • Fat0.5g
  • Saturates0.1g
  • Sugars1.3g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Upgrade your chips with the aromatic flavour of Za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice mix, with these delicious Za’atar Fries! This spice mix contains fresh thyme and oregano as well as a little known spice called ‘sumac’.

We think this is an underused spice, as it adds lots of flavour to pretty much anything, especially meat! It’s made from berries and has lemony and lime notes; in fact, some places in the Middle East use it as a table condiment for sprinkling!

We’ve added sumac to our spice mix to add depth and freshness: the best thing is, you can make up plenty of this spice mix in advance and keep it in the fridge! Try it on chicken, lamb or vegetables whenever you need seasoning in a pinch.

You can enjoy these Za’atar Fries as a side to so many dishes, including roasted meats, egg dishes or even as a tasty snack!

What diets is this Za’atar Fries suitable for?

This Za’atar Fries recipe is gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Za’atar Fries recipe?

  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Za’atar Fries recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Za’atar Fries recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 0 Points per portion of this Za’atar Fries recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Za’atar Fries?

We’ve used sumac, which you can find in the herbs and spices aisle of most supermarkets.

How many calories are in these Za’atar Fries?

There are 126 calories per portion of this Za’atar Fries recipe, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

You could easily cut the portion size in half and serve it with an accompaniment to cut the amount of calories down!

This Za’atar Fries is perfect if you’re following a calorie-controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Step 2

Place the fries on an oven tray, spray with low calorie cooking spray and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Cook in the oven for 35-40 minutes, turning halfway, until golden brown.

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Step 3

While the fries are cooking, add the oregano, thyme, salt, pepper and sumac to a mixing bowl and mix well.

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Step 4

When the fries are cooked, toss them in 1 tbsp of the spice mix and check the seasoning. Add more salt and pepper if needed, and serve.

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What could I serve with these Za’atar Fries?

Serve alongside another Middle Eastern inspired dish, or as a snack!

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How do you know when Za’atar Fries are cooked?

You should cook these Za’atar Fries until the fries are crispy and golden brown. This should take 35-40 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Za’atar Fries in the fridge?

These fries should be enjoyed freshly cooked.

Can I freeze Za’atar Fries?

Fully cooked chips can lose their texture when frozen and nobody likes soggy fries! We don’t recommend freezing them so you should enjoy these fries freshly cooked, while they’re hot and crispy.

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Za’atar Fries

Oven baked, crispy fries that are packed with Middle Eastern flavours. Perfect as a slimming friendly snack or part of a main meal!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    40 MINS
  • KCals 126
  • Carbs 26G
  • WW Points:
  • 4 Green
  • 4 Blue
  • 0 Purple

Ingredients

For the fries

  • 2 large potatoes peeled and cut into 1cm fries
  • low calorie cooking spray

For the spice mix

  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano chopped
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt

We use a fan assisted oven for all of our recipes. Check out our oven temperature conversion guide.

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Place the fries on an oven tray, spray with low calorie cooking spray and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Cook in the oven for 35-40 minutes, turning halfway, until golden brown.
  3. While the fries are cooking, add the oregano, thyme, salt, pepper and sumac to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  4. When the fries are cooked, toss them in 1 tbsp of the spice mix and check the seasoning. Add more salt and pepper if needed, and serve.

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Recipe notes

Tip: This recipe works just as well using sweet potatoes but you will need to reduce the cooking time a little.
Tip: The Za'atar spice mix can be made in bulk and will keep at least a year if kept in the fridge in an air-tight container.

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