Cumin-crusted oven fries Perfect baked fries with a seedy crunch

Cumin-crusted oven fries

Baking amazing french fries in the oven is easier than you think

It’s hard to resist potatoes. Puréed, boiled, baked, fried, roasted… no matter how you cook them, these humble roots always taste good. But bake oven fries with cumin seeds and these spuds are not just good, they’re sublime. The cumin seeds, while roasting along with the potatoes, acquire a deep flavor and add a bit of crunch to each slice – making them addictive and dreamy!

For next-level goodness, make your own mayo!

Naturally, these oven fries are scrumptious on their own and make a versatile side dish. But for a little indulgence, or to enjoy them tapas-style, serve them with this lemony homemade mayonnaise.

Here’s to those humble spuds!

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Russet potatoes

Cumin-crusted oven fries

serves 4
active time: 15 min

  1. 2 1/4 lbs (1 kg) russet potatoes (4 medium)
  2. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  3. 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  4. 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  5. freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. 1 recipe homemade mayonnaise (optional)
  2. 1 large non-stick jelly roll pan

  1. Preheat oven to 450 ºF (230 ºC).
  2. Scrub the potatoes but do not peel them. Cut lengthwise in 1/2″ wedges. Place the potato slices on the jelly roll pan. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the cumin seeds, salt and pepper. Toss well then spread the slices in a single layer, cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes until tender. Remove aluminum foil, flip over each slice. Return tray to oven and continue baking uncovered for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until golden-brown. Remove from oven and serve piping hot, with the mayonnaise on the side if desired.

Cumin-crusted oven fries on baking tray

side dish, potatoes, cumin

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  • Reply mjskitchen September 30, 2016 at 3:15 am

    Being the cumin lover that I am, I’m craving these potatoes! I love all oven fries, but I really, really love these!

    • Reply Viviane Bauquet Farre October 3, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Mj!

  • Reply Evelyne CulturEatz September 24, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I love the taste of oven fries better often. Adding cumin is a burst of taste great idea.

    • Reply Viviane Bauquet Farre October 3, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you, Evelyne! Who can resist spuds, right?

  • Reply Angie@Angie's Recipes September 22, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    We love oven baked fries, but have never thought of using cumin…they look so crisp!

  • Reply Ellie Ritt June 1, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Viviane … your recipes are absolutely amazing. I want to make them all! Did the 2-color beets and the twice marinated potatoes for company recently … big hit, even with the “non beet eaters!”.
    Thank-you so much for being there!

    • Reply Viviane Bauquet Farre June 3, 2015 at 11:47 am

      My goodness Ellie, Thank you so much for your wonderful note… Just made my day! Don’t hesitate to drop me a note if you have any questions about the recipes. Happy cooking… and eating!

  • Reply Deb|EastofEdenCooking January 29, 2015 at 1:16 am

    I always roast potatoes with rosemary and cumin sounds so inviting! This is a must try recipe!

    • Reply Viviane Bauquet Farre January 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Deb, I think you will adore making your potatoes with cumin… I can’t wait for you to try!

  • Reply Frank Mosher October 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Just stumbled upon your site! Love it already! Was ready to make black bean soup from another blog, but your “style – i.e. serving it in glasses” has convinced me to use your recipe and presentation! I knowq it will be excellenmt. Tks.

    • Reply Viviane October 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Dear Frank, Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for taking the time to write. You made my day! If you’ve already made the soup, I hope you were happy with it. It’s one of my all time favorites… Happy cooking!

  • Reply Christine June 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Fries are my all-time favourite. I only stop eating them temporarily when I have sore throat!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Beautiful blog you have here!

    • Reply Viviane June 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you so much Christine!

  • Reply sonia April 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Hi There,
    The potatoes are looking Awesome and one of my fave way of having it 🙂 Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

  • Reply Ansh March 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you for your encouraging comment on my blog. Looking at these oven fries, I see no reason to go back to fried fries. And with cumin – this sounds like my kind of food.

    It is such a pleasure being here with your amazing collection of recipes and photographs.

  • Reply Rugrat Chow! March 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    These look fabulously mouthwatering!! I’m going try them this afternoon!!

  • Reply Reem | Simply Reem February 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Wow these fries look so good…
    I love cumin and I am so gonna make these soon…

  • Reply Kate from Scratch February 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! I am so definitely a fan of cumin, so this is right up my alley. 😀

  • Reply Nancy/SpicieFoodie February 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    So true about potatoes. I could eat them any which way and everyday 🙂 Your cumin potatoes sound so delicious, made my mouth water. Can’t wait to try them.

  • Reply Lori Lynn February 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    So simple yet so satisfying. With some of your homemade mayonnaise, I bet they tasted heavenly. Who could pass these up?

  • Reply Magic of Spice February 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    These are absolutely wonderful!

  • Reply Megan February 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

    This looks wonderful! I found you on tastespotting. Please feel free to come by sometime. I love making new friends xx

    • Reply Viviane February 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

      I sure will Megan! Thank you for stopping by.

  • Reply nidhi February 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

    wow, those photos are amazing.i have visited your site for the first time and had a hard time leaving it. fantastic work.

    • Reply Viviane February 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Thank you so much Nidhi!

  • Reply Donna Ford February 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Viviane, We all love potatoes here. Just in time for the weekend. Looking good! Thank you. 🙂

  • Reply Jeanette February 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Another winner for me! I use cumin often, and just adore anything with lemon..
    All so very yummy.
    Thank you once more

  • Reply El February 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    OMG- these look delicious. I may have to scrub some potatoes right now.

  • Reply Liz February 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Oh, these oven fries are picture perfect! So brown, spicy and wonderful….mmmmmm.

  • Reply Viviane January 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    A big thank you for all your comments – so glad you’re all cumin fans! I must say I couldn’t live without these fragrant little seeds.

  • Reply foodwanderings January 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I love these cumin crusted fried Viviane. Just gorgeous. I wish I had aserving for dinner tonight!! 🙂

  • Reply Evelyne@cheapethniceatz January 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I get bored of the plain old potato, this is a great way of putting an exotic twist on the spud.

  • Reply Steve @ the black peppercorn January 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    You are right about cumin seeds. They have such a wonderful flavour. I always keep some in my spice cupboard! These fries look great!

  • Reply Julie Fordyce January 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I made them last night, exactly as you said, and they came out perfectly! I also made the mayonnaise, which was a major yum.

    • Reply Viviane January 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Really thrilled to hear this Julie! I wish I could make a batch right now!!!

  • Reply Cynthia Bailey MD January 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    …..and potatoes were on the menu tonight. Now I know how I’m going to prepare them. Fantastic!

  • Reply Ann January 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Wow – they look delicious and your photos are absolutely stunning! I’ve made oven fries, but not with cumin…which happens to be my favorite spice – so you KNOW I’ll be trying this one!

  • Reply Julie Fordyce January 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm


  • Reply Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) January 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I just love recipes like this. Those cumin seeds are such a great addition to the oven fries. Really great recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

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