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Instant Pot Batata Harra (Lebanese Spicy Potatoes)

These spicy potatoes (batata harra) take just 10 minutes in the Instant Pot.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Mezze, Side Dish
Cuisine: Lebanese, Levantine, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: batata harra, instant pot, instant pot potatoes, lebanese potatoes, potatoes, spicy potatoes
Servings: 4 people
Author: The Elegant Economist


  • 6qt Instant Pot


Instant Pot Potato Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs small (new) potatoes (680g)
  • 1 cup broth (chicken, vegetable, etc.) (250ml)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (fresh)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Batata Harra Spices:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp cumin (ground)
  • ½ tsp coriander (ground)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp Aleppo pepper
  • ⅛-½ tsp cayenne pepper (depending on your spice-level preference)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp black pepper (ground)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt (flakes)

Garnishes (Optional):

  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup finely chopped coriander / cilantro
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh red chili, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp red onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp Aleppo pepper


  • Place your potatoes, broth, lemon, salt, pepper, and garlic powder into the Instant Pot. Set to Pressure Cook (High) for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, quick release the pressure. Remove pot and drain liquid from the potatoes.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Once it reads 'HOT', add olive oil and once that is heated, the potatoes. Cook the potatoes (moving them gently) until the skin crisps up (about 2 minutes) then add the spices. Coat the potatoes well and then serve.
  • If desired, garnish with herbs, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and chili.


This recipe uses a 6 quart Instant Pot Duo Plus. Larger capacity Instant Pots may require more liquid - see instruction manual.