Spicy Cumin Fries

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds frozen crinkle-cut french fries
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried red chiles, such as cayenne or arbol
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 scallions, chopped
Directions
  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil, then divide the fries between them. Bake, tossing once or twice, until crisp and golden brown, 30 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

  • Place the chiles in a bowl, cover with a plate and shake to release the seeds. Fish out the chiles, leaving the seeds behind.

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds, peppercorns, chopped chiles and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the scallions and remove from the heat.

  • Toss the fries with the spiced oil and season with salt. Remove and discard any large chile pieces.

  • Photograph by Con Poulos


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