Spice-Crusted Roasted Potatoes

Inspired by Lebanese batata harra, these potatoes are coated in lots of spices before they're roasted.

Spice-Crusted Roasted Potatoes
Photo: Ryan Liebe
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • ½ teaspoon black or purple peppercorns

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 2 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¾ - 1 teaspoon Silk, Marash or Aleppo chile flakes

  • 1 ½ pounds yellow potatoes, scrubbed, patted dry and cut into 1 1/4-inch chunks

  • cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, parsley and/or dill


  1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Use a mortar and pestle to pound peppercorns to a semi-coarse texture. Transfer to a small bowl and mix in garlic powder, sugar and salt. Set next to the stove.

  3. Lightly crush coriander and cumin seeds with the mortar and pestle. Transfer to a large skillet, add oil and cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chile flakes and cook until the spices smell toasty, 5 to 10 seconds. Remove from heat and add potatoes. Gently stir to coat, then gradually stir in the pepper mixture. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, spreading the potatoes in an even layer.

  4. Roast the potatoes, stirring halfway through, until golden brown and tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Gently stir in herbs. Serve immediately.


Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

226 Calories
9g Fat
32g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 226
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 329IU 7%
Sodium 293mg 13%
Potassium 976mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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