These sweet potato fries are a crispy, salty, savoury masterpiece, we are obsessed with them! Healthier than traditional deep-fried fries, these are baked with only a few essential ingredients and a very little bit of olive oil. Keep reading to see how easy it actually is and you will become obsessed with them too!
Baked sweet potato fries are a super easy and healthy side dish to a variety of meals. They can be served on their own as an appetizer or alongside burgers, lettuce wraps, even with these root beer beef bites!
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Ingredients you’ll need
- Sweet Potatoes (I am using a variety of white and orange sweet potatoes)
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
- Black Pepper
- Sweet Potatoes - one of my favorite root vegetables! Sweet potatoes have taken the world by storm in the last 10 years and are iconic for making “sweet potato fries”. You know the ones I am talking about, sweet, savory sticks of perfection, always served with a showstopping aioli? Yea, were on the same page now.
- Salt - listen up, this is important! You will notice as you read through the recipe that the salt is not added until AFTER the sweet potato fries have been baked. The reason for this is because the salt will actually make the sweet potato soggy if you add it before! No one wants a soggy fry, so take my word for it and add it afterwards!
- Cornstarch - this is the key ingredient to achieving sweet potato fries with a crispy, crunchy exterior!
Let’s make them!
If you are having troubles with your parchment paper rolling back up on you after you have placed it on the baking sheet, all you have to do is crumple it up like a newspaper! Crumple it up into a ball and carefully unfold it. Whala, now place it on your baking sheet and it will stay put.
Next, peel and cut the sweet potatoes into “fry’s”. Cut the lengths to be about ½” thick by however long you want!
don't forget to soak em'!
Place the cut sweet potatoes into a large bowl and cover them with cold water. Let the fries soak for 30-45 minutes. This removes a great amount of starch from the potatoes and will produce a crispier final product.
Line a large surface with a paper towel or dish towels and after the sweet potatoes have finished soaking, drain the sweet potatoes and place them onto the towels. Using another towel pat and dry the sweet potatoes thoroughly. You really want to make sure to absorb most- if not all of the water off of the potatoes. Again, think crispy, water=soggy!
After the potatoes are dry, transfer them to a large dry bowl. Add the cornstarch, garlic powder, and black pepper. Using your hand or a pair of tongs, toss the sweet potatoes to coat them completely with the spices.
Place the spiced sweet potato fries onto the parchment lined baking sheet and spread them out to be in a single, even layer.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping once in between, until they are crispy and golden brown.
After the sweet potatoes are done baking and as soon as they come out of the oven, sprinkle them with the desired amount of salt, serve immediately.
Keeping the Leftovers
Storing leftover sweet potato fries can be tricky business. Make sure the fries are completely cool before transferring them into an air tight container. Store fries in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To reheat: heat the oven to 350°F and bake the fries in a single layer for 10-15 minutes until thoroughly reheated. Only reheat sweet potatoes once after the initial time that you make them. They are delicate and reheating more than once will most likely come out as a soggy mess.
We hope you enjoyed this recipe for baked sweet potato fries and that you are now enjoying a heaping plate full of them!
What to serve with sweet potato fries
- Lettuce Wraps
- Cheese & Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- Beef Dips (one of my personal favorites)
- Roasted Garlic & Thyme Aioli (for dipping!)
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- 2-3 medium Sweet Potatoes, approximately 2 - 2 ¼ lbs
- 2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Pepper
- Salt, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into lengths that are about ½” thick to resemble fries.
- Place the cut sweet potatoes into a large bowl and cover them with cold water. Let the fries soak for 30-45 minutes.
- After they have finished soaking, drain the sweet potatoes and place them onto a large surface that has been lined with paper towels or dish towels. Pat with a towel and dry the sweet potatoes thoroughly.
- Transfer the sweet potatoes into a large dry bowl. Add the cornstarch, garlic powder, and black pepper. Toss the sweet potatoes to coat completely with the spices.
- Place the spiced sweet potato fries onto the prepared baking sheet and spread them out to be in a single layer.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping once in between, until they are crispy and golden brown.
- After the sweet potatoes are done baking sprinkle with the desired amount of salt and serve immediately.
- You may skip the peeling step if you prefer.
- I used a variety of orange and white sweet potatoes in this recipe, you may use whichever variety that you desire.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g
Please Note- The nutritional information provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator and it will vary based on the ingredients that you use.