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Za’atar Sweet Potato Fries with Lemony Garlic Aioli

With Saint Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to come up with a fun and delicious recipe that celebrates this festive occasion for feasting and jumping around in jolly green colours. But I didn’t want something dyed bright green or a dish that was limited to just this one holiday. I decided to go with what the Irish know best: potatoes!

Sweet potato fries seem to really divide people: either you love ’em or you hate ’em. I think everyone would love this recipe no matter which team they root for because of the fantastic flavour. This particular recipe is healthier than the standard because the wedges are baked instead of fried, and they’re crammed full of intense flavour from the homemade za’atar spice mix and the punchy lemony-garlic aioli.

What you’ll love about this recipe is you can plunk the baking pan right onto the table with a few ramekins of your aioli and watch your friends enjoy. Save the crispiest fries for me! 🙂

Best enjoyed with friends and a few pints of green beer.

Za’atar Sweet Potato Fries with Lemony Garlic Aioli
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    sweet potato fries
  • 2 medium size sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Za'atar seasoning
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp savory
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp ground sumac
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • lemony garlic aioli
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 medium size garlic clove, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dried chili pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice the sweet potatoes in 1-cm thick strips, placing them in a bowl of cold water (this removes some of the excess starch so they get crispy). Remove from the water and drain completely. Add them to the prepared baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Mix together the za'atar seasoning and sprinkle over the sweet potatoes, tossing gently. Bake for 45 minutes, turning once, or until golden.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together the ingredients for the lemony garlic aioli. Taste and adjust seasonings if required.
  5. Best enjoyed immediately.

  • That is so funny I have had za’atar on my mind lately but no recipe to use it with in mind. Thanks! the potato fries look delicious!
  • Jo Vanderwolf
    These just sound (and look) ridiculously amazing. I was wondering what to do for lunch today but I think that problem has been solved. :)
  • Love this set of flavors : Lemon and garlic! It's a perfect combination! I'll try it out! Yum!
  • Ginni
    These look and sound perfect. I have a new bottle of za'atar that needs christening and these look scrumptious. Amazing recipe and beautiful pictures!
  • These look so delicious! I also love that they come with an aioli - that's the best way to eat fries of any kind!
  • Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs
    Those sesame seeds coating the fries look so crunchy and perfect! Lemon and garlic aioli has a special place in my heart (or my stomach) and this is such a great snacking recipe.
    • Thank you Alexandra! I love sesame seeds on anything, so it was only a matter of time before I put them on home fries :P
  • I LOVE the sound of the aoili! <3
  • urbnspice
    I can't wait to try this, Hilary. Both the sweet potato and aioli sound intriguing and terrific. I love it idea of plunking the tray in the middle of the table and dunking in the aioli accompanied by beer. Might be the next TGIF gathering at this house. Thanks for the inspiration. :)
    • Thanks for the comment! Your Friday gathering sounds like a blast- can I come? :D
      • urbnspice
        Absolutely! 😊