Lebanese Spicy Potatoes

Batata Harra is a Lebanese spicy potatoes side dish that’s full of flavor. Easy to make and perfect to serve as part of a mezze or with grilled meat dishes!


  • 8 medium gold potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes divided ( I used 1 teaspoon divided )
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro divided ( I used parsley )
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Place the potatoes on the baking sheet in one layer, drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on top and season with salt. Roast until the potatoes reach a golden brown color and crisp, about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small pan. Add the garlic, 1 teaspoon of the crushed red pepper and half the cilantro. Sauté until the garlic is golden in color, about 2 minutes; remove from heat and set aside.
  • Once the potatoes are roasted, transfer the garlic mixture on top of the potatoes and toss with the remaining cilantro and the red pepper flakes.
  • Serve hot or warm with a squeeze of lemon juice on top, if desired


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 5 days in the fridge. To reheat, just place in the oven at 350°F for 5-7 minutes or in a toaster oven. You can also reheat in the microwave, but the potatoes won’t retain a crispy texture that way.Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can switch out the herbs if you’d like, use butter instead of olive oil and make these with other types of potatoes. You can also reduce the spices based on your preference.