Sweet Potato Fries

For a healthier alternative to french fries, look no further. You can use 1/2 teaspoon of paprika if you want--I like mine with a little less.MORE+LESS-

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    Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (preferably the easy release kind).

  • 2

    Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut each potato in half, and then into quarters. Then, slice into fry shapes, about 1/2 inch wide.

  • 3

    Place the sweet potatoes into a resealable plastic bag. Add oil, salt, paprika and cinnamon. Seal the bag and shake well to thoroughly coat the fries. Spread the potatoes out onto the baking sheet in a single layer.

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    Cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes, until slightly browned. Serve warm.

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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This Baked Sweet Potato Fries recipe is legit -crispy, easy to make, perfectly seasoned, and guaranteed to disappear pretty much…immediately. :)

Craving some ultra-crispy baked sweet potato fries to go with those ultra-crispy chicken nuggets we talked about on Monday?

I’ve been experimenting with a variety of different methods for making homemade sweet potato fries all month, and I now feel like I can confidently stand by my title here — guys, this baked sweet potato fries recipe really is the best!

First off, they are legit crispy. As in, there’s not a soggy fry in sight here even though they’re baked instead of fried, thanks to a few easy tricks. Second, they have a light garlicky seasoning, which achieves that irresistible salty-sweet-salty-sweet balance that’ll keep you reaching back for more. Third, they’re naturally gluten-free and vegetarian and vegan, yay. But mainly?! They are totally do-able in your very own kitchen, which is great news for sweet potato fry lovers everywhere.


Sweet Potato Fries

Melt the butter and skim off the foam. Add garlic, seasoned salt, chili powder, and black pepper. Stir with a fork.

In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes in the butter/seasoning mixture. Arrange on two baking sheets and bake in the oven for 15 to 17 minutes, shaking the pans halfway through, until the fries are sizzling (watch so that the edges don't burn). Remove from the oven and allow to sit on the pan for 5 minutes. Sprinkle generously with salt!

Mix the mayonnaise with the ketchup (or Sriracha). Serve fries with the dipping sauce!

Note: Sweet potatoes will not be overly crisp, but they should be firm. and, of course, scrumptious!

I made sweet potato fries in the oven yesterday, and I snacked on them while watching an episode of &ldquoForensic Files&rdquo on HLN as my boys watched football in the living room. And while we&rsquore on the subject of forensics, how and why anyone ever believes they are going to get away with any crime just astounds me. Men and women with tweezers, microscopes and Luminol are way too adept and smart to let that happen!

Thank you for listening to my documentary television-related proclamations.

And thank you in advance for making sweet potato fries sometime this week! It will make me happy knowing that you&rsquore enjoying one of the best snacks in the world.


THE SECRET TO CRISPY SWEET POTATO FRIES

If you’ve ever wondered how to make sweet potato fries crisp up and not look like noodles 2 minutes after they come out of the fryer? Look no further. Crispy Sweet Potato Fries are COMPLETELY doable, and they’re easy in fact! Yes, they still need a second fry, but they don’t need a long soak! And I don’t even boil them ahead like I do with normal fries. Here’s the secret…. cornstarch!

If you don’t want to fry these sweet potatoes you can absolutely make crispy baked sweet potato fries too!

Oven baked Sweet Potato Fries are SO EASY and also use the same cornstarch trick the fried version use (just use much less cornstarch). You can also use parchment paper if you’re baking these fries because the sweet potatoes can stick if you use the cornstarch, or if you use less oil than you should. Also be sure you give them enough time to really crisp up, if you turn them too early they may still stick to the pan.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe:

  1. Heat the oven to 400.
  2. Cut the 1 pound sweet potatoes into matchsticks about 1/4″ thick and toss with vegetable oil or olive oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
  3. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, flip over and cook for 15 additional minutes.

If you want to add more seasonings to your fries you can certainly add more spices.

The first time you make the recipe you should try them the classic way, but the next time you can also try them with some different spices. Other spices that can be added (I’d add 1/2 teaspoon or less of any of these spices):

  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • paprika (use 1/4 teaspoon)
  • cayenne (use 1/4 teaspoon)

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

We love a good, crispy sweet potato fry. Though the oven-baked variety is great, these air fryer fries get even crispier and take way less time! Paired with our favorite 3-ingredient secret sauce, we can't think of a better snack.

Pro Tip: Unfortunately, not all air fryers are created equal. While this recipe has been tested time and time again in our air fryer, you may find different results in your own. If you haven't made sweet potato fries in your air fryer before, it's a good idea to start with less time per side. Start with 5 minutes and work your way up when making these for the first time.

Made them? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Editor's note: This intro was updated to add more information about the dish on December 22, 2020.


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Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

  • Author: Cookie and Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1 x
  • Category: Side dish, snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Learn how to make crispy, oven baked sweet potato fries! Tossed with olive oil and sea salt, sweet potato fries are an easy and healthy homemade snack or side dish. Recipe yields 4 side servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 medium-large or 3 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Optional spices: freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper and/or garlic powder

Instructions

Notes

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By Kathryne Taylor

Vegetable enthusiast. Dog lover. I'm probably making a big mess in my Kansas City kitchen right now.
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How to Make Sweet Potato Fries

Ready to make your very own sweet potato fries? Here&rsquos how to do it.

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F or 200 degrees C.
  2. Cut your sweet potato into evenly sized fries.
  3. Place sweet potato fries in a bowl and add in Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Toss to be sure fries are coated with other ingredients.
  4. In a baking tray, arrange fries in one layer, making sure they are spaced evenly and are not touching.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, turning once at 15 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve.

How to Make Sweet Potato Fries

You could call this a sweet potato fries recipe, but I don&rsquot really measure anything. Here are a few tips, though.

  1. Cut up three large sweet potatoes into thin fries. I&rsquoll leave it up to you to leave the skins or not. I peel mine. Don&rsquot cut them too thick or they won&rsquot get crispy edges. And when I say &ldquocrispy&rdquo, just know that they won&rsquot be like the fries at a fast food place. They&rsquoll have crispy or chewy tips, but they&rsquoll generally be softer than crispy, deep-fried french fries.
  2. Put them on TWO baking sheets, drizzle with oil (I use avocado oil or melted coconut oil), and a tablespoon or two of seasoning. If you put them all on the same baking sheet they&rsquoll steam instead of getting those roasty caramelized edges. Rotate the pans halfway through cooking.
  3. Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Roast . . . Until they have brown spots and the edges get a little crispy. Maybe that&rsquos why I don&rsquot bother posting a full recipe &mdash I always forget to get an accurate cooking time! I&rsquoll give you a window of 20-30 minutes. Just keep an eye on them and flip them once in a while.

So, basically the goal is to get them as crispy as you can.

The majority of them should have crispy tips, and you&rsquoll have some slivers that really get brown and truly crispy, but again, they won&rsquot be like regular French fries. They&rsquore fantastic, though.

I like to use sweet potato fry blend as a dry rub for grilled chicken or steak, too.

(A friend of mine says it&rsquos delicious on salmon, too!)

It has a tex-mex flavor, but it&rsquos different from taco seasoning. (Speaking of&hellip I have a bomb homemade taco seasoning recipe.)


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Burned most of my fries with the 500 degree oven. Will try 450 next time. But I did like the herb topping, and fortunately had fresh parsley & thyme growing in my back yard. Yummy on the few fries that I salvaged. Definitely worth trying with oven at a lower temp!

Keep in mind, not all ovens heat the same. You might need 500F to crisp the fries, but for a shorter time. You can't really walk away and leave them. You have to check them often, not occasionally. But they're delicious.

I can see why roasting at 500 F is necessary - to keep the fries crispy. I started out at 400, but had to increase to 500 in order to achieve crispiness

I stupidly followed the directions and burnt the bejeezus out of my fries. :(

Why hasn't someone corrected the oven temp on this recipe. Seriously? 1/2" fries to bake at 500 degrees for 30 minutes?

I love sweet potato fries and was looking for a creative side to go with the salmon burgers I was making. I did not use garlic but I added some red pepper flakes to give tham a little kick. I agree with the other reviewers about the temperature, 400 is sufficient. This was a healthy yet fun recipe that I will be making again. the kiddies loved it!

So delicious! Cooked it on 400 for 30 minutes. Was an awesome recipe.

Thanks to all who noted the shorter roasting time in the convection mode. At 400 degrees these cooked to delicious finish in 18 minutes and we enjoyed them immensely. Next time i'll try the spices from another recipe. chili, cumin, paprika for a change but the size (other recipe suggests matchstick. too much work) and baking time makes this the answer to delicious and healthy way to sweet potatoes in hot weather.

500 degrees for 22 minutes burnt 20 percent of fries to a crisp. We're not talking caramelized yumminess,we're talking fire alarm shrieking carbon tasting burnt. If I had cooked them for the suggested 30 minutes, theyɽ all be like this. I love sweet potato fries, even crispy ones, but I wouldn't make them like this again.

500 degrees? For 30 minutes. That's crazy! My husband tried doing this tonight I came home to a house filled with smoke and a bowl of blackened sweet potato "fries" for dinner. Next time I'll ask him to do it my [email protected] 400 (with convection) for about 15 minutes.

East to make and very versatile. Here is another sweet potato recipe that you will love http://imunchie.com/yummy/munchies/sensational-sweet-potato-fries

Tasted good and very easy to make, although I had a few issues with the texture. I think setting the oven at 500 degrees was the problem. the fries almost burned on one side, even though I turned them after 15 minutes. I would recommend setting the oven a little lower and turning the fries often so they don't stay on one side. They were soft on the inside but still tasted really good!

also. i baked for about 35 mins at 400 convection roast.

would have liked them crispier, but they were good and easy. Used my baking stone cookie sheet and convection at 400 as recommended by previous reviewers. Also used veggie oil as I have read about olive oil turning into trans fat over 350. Sprinkled with no salt herbal salt substitute and dipped in homemade chipotle mayo. Hubby gave it a 10. Next time will try the herbal mixture.

Great recipe! I have no problem with my oven at 500 degrees but every oven is different, so you might want to watch it closely if this is the first time you've fired it up that high. They seemed to crisp up after a few minutes out of the oven. I skipped the garlic and parsley because I made a garlic aioli for dipping:)

We made this recipe to the T. We love this dish. Having said that - the high heat of the oven set the broiler off and one side of the fries burned. While our company was polite and said that it was better that way -- we knew differently. Even so, a little charred on one side, they were still pretty good. So shame on us and our oven -- and we need to watch the oven more closely. Having said all of that that -- we will make this again and no doubt it will be great. Everyone should try this recipe.

I tossed the taters in olive oil with a mixture of finely ground lime rind, salt, pepper and rosemary. Heaven!

As others have said, 500 degrees is too high. I tried 425 for 15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Then broiled them thinking they would crispen up a bit. I suppose they did, but not enough. That said, these are delicious.

I guess everyone's oven is different. I took the suggestion of many of the cooks here and started with 425 degrees. it wasn't hot enough.I increased to 500 and had a much better result. I turned them after 10 minutes of roasting, then followed through with that process every 5 minutes thereafter. They were nicely brown, a little crispy and delicious! Big hit for a healthy dinner.

500 degrees is WAY TOO HIGH!! Iɽ say cook at 425 for 30 min. I just added thyme and they were tasty, but burnt around the edges.

I should have read the reviews first, I know better, but I was hurrying. I heated the oven to 500 as directed, threw the fries in and when I went to turn them about 20 minutes later (I had a baby to feed) they were CHARRED black. Not just overdone, but little ash piles. Sweet potato fries are fairly basic but never seem to crisp up so I thought I would try this high-temp recipe. I guess I shoulda known better. I have to go turn off the fire alarm now.

We loved ɾm. AND I completely forgot to add the herbs at the end. Just salt, pepper and garlic. Accompanied some andouille and beef burgers for a nice summer meal on the deck. Next time I'll wow ɾm with the herbs.

I did this before seeing a recipe, at 400 F. for just over 10 minutes but because I didn't turn them at all they burned completely on the one side. They were definitely cooked through (quite soft) so I have no idea how 500 F. for 30 min could possibly work! I did mix cinnamon, chili powder and ginger in with some oil, tossed to coat. Will still make them again but lower temperature and less time than this recipe states for sure!

Tossed the fries with olive oil & Lawry's Seasoned Salt. Baked in a convection oven at 400 for 30 minutes, turning every 10 mins. They disappeared. I would make these again. Cut the yams to a uniform "medium" wedge size. Very good.

I followed the advice of other reviewers and lowered the temp to 450 and put the spices on first. I also tossed them in a small of olive oil first. It was OK. The fries were not crispy at all. Next time I am just going to put a whole sweet potato in the oven, it will be easier.