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Turkish fries seasoned with aleppo pepper and served in a colorful bowl

Turkish Fries (Turkish Potatoes)

A recipe for Turkish Fries. Tossed with Aleppo Pepper and Caramelized Onions, this recipe is a real French Fry Treat.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
soaking time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 332.74kcal


  • 2 medium Potatoes Yukon gold or Russet
  • 1 large sweet onion sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or olive oil, or a mixture of both
  • 1 Tablespoon Aleppo Pepper
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 green onions sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Peel two good-sized Yukon Gold Potatoes, and use a mandolin to cut perfect french fries. 
  • Soak the fries in salted water for 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, slice one large sweet onion and saute in oil or butter with 1 tablespoon Aleppo pepper. Cook over medium low heat until onion is caramelized, about 20 minutes.
  • In a heavy skillet (cast iron works well here), add about 1/2 cup canola oil. Heat oil to 325 degrees. Pat potatoes dry with a paper towel, salt and pepper and add them to the oil. Fry until all are beautifully browned.
  • Drain potatoes on paper towel, place in a serving bowl. 
  • Using tongs, toss with caramelized onion and Aleppo pepper mixture, chopped green onions, adjust with more salt and pepper if needed. Add 1 teaspoon cumin and toss.  Serves 2 - 4 people.


What is Aleppo pepper? A medium heat pepper used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Cuisine. The flavor is slight fruity with cumin undertones. Moist, oily, pungent, earthy with the addition of a little heat gives this a wonderful flavor on potatoes. So if you're looking for Aleppo pepper recipes, the description on the back label on the jar even suggests potatoes as a recipient.
Should French fries be soaked? Soak the fries in salted water for at least 30 minutes. Soaking peeled potatoes in water removes some of the excess starch from the outside of the potato. This will help keep the fries from sticking together during frying process and aid in crispier texture. Pat them dry with paper towels before tossing them in the hot oil.
About caramelizing onions: Add about 1/2 teaspoons of sugar to onions during the cook time to help sweeten and caramelize the onions quicker.


Calories: 332.74kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.48g | Protein: 3.32g | Fat: 28.56g | Saturated Fat: 2.14g | Sodium: 49.72mg | Potassium: 514.02mg | Fiber: 3.72g | Sugar: 4.45g | Vitamin A: 652.82IU | Vitamin C: 14.79mg | Calcium: 57.63mg | Iron: 3.74mg