Turkish Fries, also known as “Kizarmis Patates,” is a homemade french fries recipe seasoned with different herbs that are considered popular street food in Turkey. They are a delicious and unique twist on traditional French fries, offering a flavorful and satisfying snack or side dish.
Everybody loves french fries including me, and it is popular in the Western diet where it is served with burgers or sandwiches. it has become a popular staple in many cuisines around the world and has long been enjoyed for its crispy texture and comforting taste.
One variation of Mediterranean fries that I really enjoyed is the Turkish fries. Among the locals, they called it “Kizarmis Patates” which is considered a popular street food in Turkey. This fries is different than classic french fries since it is infused with different herbs giving it a nice flavor. In addition, you can serve it with ketchup, ketchup-mayo, or white garlic sauce.
When I tried this in a Turkish restaurant in the Middle East, I was in love with it since it was delicious because of the herbs on it. In this post, I am inspired to make my version of the Turkish fries recipe.
Here are the ingredients to make Turkish Fries:
Potatoes: I use fresh potatoes which I cut into long, thin strips or wedges, similar to traditional french fries.
Vegetable Oil: I am using canola oil to fry the fries
White Flour: Although this is optional and not traditional, it helps absorb excess moisture from the potatoes, resulting in a crispier exterior.
Herbs: I am using cumin, thyme, and paprika since they add a distinct flavor to the fries. The cumin will add a nutty flavor, the paprika gives a mildly sweet & smoky flavor and the thyme will add a slightly mint flavor.
Step by Step Instruction
Here are the steps on how to cook the Turkish fries which is easy and delicious:
- Firstly, I cleaned the potatoes and then peeled off the skin
- Next, I sliced it into thick stripes and place it in the bowl.
- Pour cold water and then leave it for 30 minutes to help remove the excess starch
- After it soaked for 30 minutes, I removed the water and use a paper towel to dry the sliced potato stripes.
- Next, I coated all-purpose flour on the potatoes to add a crisp texture.
- In a separate pan, I pour the vegetable oil and when it’s hot, I placed the potatoes on the pan.
- Let it fry till it turns a golden brown or becomes crispy
- Once the fries are cooked, transfer them to the plate with a paper towel below to remove the excess oil
- After that, I transfer the fries into the bowl and seasoned it with cumin, paprika, thyme, and salt.
- Once they are mixed well, serve it on a plate with any sauce desired.
Tips and Hints
- Coating the potatoes with flour will help give you crispy fries
- After soaking the potatoes in cold water, make sure you use a clean kitchen towel or paper towel to pat them dry before frying.
- Make sure the oil is hot before adding the potatoes when frying.
- You can serve your Turkish fries with ketchup-mayo sauce or yogurt garlic sauce.
- You can use the double frying method which you fry it first at low temperature until they are cooked but not golden brown, and then re-fry it again at high temperature until it becomes golden brown and crispy. This technique can guarantee you have crispy fries.
Frequently Asked Questions
I recommend if you use starchy potatoes like Russet or Idaho potatoes. That’s because they have a higher starch content which helps to achieve a fluffy interior and a crispy exterior when fried.
If you prefer to use less oil, you can air-fry or bake the Kizarmis Patates. For baking, toss the cut potatoes in olive oil, spread them on a baking sheet, and bake in a preheated oven at around 425°F (220°C) until golden and crispy, flipping them halfway through.
On the other hand, air-fry the fries in 200 C for 20-25 minutes till golden brown.
Yes because I don’t use any animal product for my fries. Also, I am using a vegetable canola oil which is vegetarian friendly.
You can use other seasoning like garlic powder, onion powder or oregano. Just make sure you
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Turkish Fries (Kizarmis Patates)
Turkish fries are a popular street food in Turkey consisting of thick-cut potatoes that are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and typically seasoned with different spices and served with dipping sauces.
- 3 Medium Potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges or long stripe
- 1 Teaspoon Paprika
- 1 Teaspoon Thyme
- 1 Teaspoon Cumin
- Salt for Taste
- Vegetable Oil for Frying
- Flour for coating
Cleaned the potatoes with water before peeling the skin
Sliced the potatoes into thick stripe or wedges.
Pour cold water and then leave it for 30 minutes to help remove the excess starch
After 30 minutes, remove the water and dry it paper towel.
Pour vegetable oil in the frying pan. Coat the potatoes with flour before putting in the frying pan. Make sure the oil is hot first.
Fry the potatoes till it turns a golden brown or become crispy
Once the fries is cooked, transfer into the plate with paper towel below to remove the excess oil.
Transfer the fries into the bowl and seasoned it with cumin, paprika, thyme and salt. Mix it gently
Served with with yogurt garlic sauce or ketchup-mayo sauce. Enjoy!
- Make sure the oil is hot before placing the potatoes in the frying pan.
- Coating the potatoes with flour will help make the fries crispy.
Serving: 3gCalories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 34.4gProtein: 3.6gFat: 18.7gSaturated Fat: 3.6gSodium: 402mgPotassium: 899mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 2.1gCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg