Za’atar Fries (Mediterranean Fries) + Tahini Sauce

Its been a minute since I made a za’atar recipe, so I got one ready for ya – Za’atar Fries! These are finger licking delish and go so well with my homemade tahini sauce. Let’s make’em!

pile of baked fries on a small white plate

How to Make Homemade Baked French Fries

Wash and cut your potatoes into wedges or shoestrings – whatever is your favorite shape! I leave the skin of the potatoes on for added fiber, but you can shave it off it that’s not your thing.

I chop up 3 potatoes (one for each of us in my family) and coat with olive oil, it’s about 2 tablespoons for 3 potatoes. Sprinkle the za’atar spice mix on the potatoes and mix well to evenly coat them.

Line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean-up, bake until golden and crispy!

Collage of steps to make potatoes baked fries

Mediterranean Fries Seasoning

I laid out the steps above. Now, let’s get into the bold Mediterranean flavors aka the za’atar seasoning!

If you’ve never had za’atar before, it’s a spice mix of thyme, sesame seeds, sumac (earthy flavor) and salt. For the fries, I added paprika, garlic powder and additional salt to add a little kick but not to overpower the za’atar, since that’s the star ingredient!

I buy my za’atar from a family-owned business called Z&Z and find the quality to be very good and fresh.

Dress up Your Fries

A sauce is a must for fries, right? I have been dreaming of creating a tahini sauce, so I finally made one! It’s super creamy and goes so well with the Mediterranean flavors. I’m kinda obsessed with it now and have decided to make it my new favorite sandwich spread and veggie dip. Here’s how you make it!

Tahini Sauce Recipe

In a blender, add in 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup tahini, 1 clove garlic minced, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/4 tsp salt and blend well. Depending on your blender, you may have to use a spatula to get everything mixed well. In the end, what you get is a thick, creamy sauce….drool

close up of a handheld fry dunked in tahini sauce

I add in water to get the desired consistency. Start with 1 tablespoon water and add more as needed. For a sandwich spread, it’s good with just 1 tablespoon water or none. For a thinner sauce, you’ll want to add at least 2 tablespoons water.

Recipe Variation: Greek Fries

Here’s an idea if you want to put a Greek spin on the recipe! Try tzatziki instead of the tahini sauce. Top za’atar fries with kalamata olives and feta cheese. For the last five minutes of baking, let the cheese and olive melt into the fries. Then top with fresh parsley.


That’s it! You got a Mediterranean twist on American fries plus a dippin’ sauce for your next Mediterranean meal. Garnish with parsley if you wanna get fancy!

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close up of a hand holding a single zaatar fry

Za’atar Fries (Mediterranean Fries) + Tahini Sauce

These oven-baked Za’atar Fries are savory goodness! Pair them with a creamy tahini sauce for a delicious Mediterranean twist on American fries.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 3 people


Za'atar Fries

  • 3 russet potatoes sliced into shoe strings or wedges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 teaspoons za'atar (2 teaspoons for the spice mix and 2 teaspoons to sprinkle on top of potatoes before baking)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-4 tablespoons water


Za'atar Fries

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Wash and chop 3 potatoes into shoestrings or wedges and place in a large bowl.
  • In the bowl, add the olive oil and mix well.
  • In a small bowl, mix 2 teaspoons za'atar, garlic powder, paprika and salt.
  • Sprinkle spice mix over the potatoes and mix well.
  • Line baking pan with foil and spread the potatoes on the pan.
  • Sprinkle the additional 2 teaspoons za'atar over the potatoes before baking.
  • Bake for 50-55 mins or until golden brown on the edges and crispy.

Tahini Sauce

  • Add the Greek yogurt, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and salt to the blender and blend well!
  • May need to use a spatula to get everything mixed well.
  • Add water to get desired consistency. Start with 1 tablespoon water and add more as needed.


Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 1101mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 5mg

(Nutrition values are calculated by third-party software and an estimate that can vary based on product brands and cooking methods.)

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: oven baked
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