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Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

by on January 8, 2014 · 13 comments

Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

Baked sweet potato fries that are caramelized and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. No fryer needed here. Consider making a double batch, this one’s addictive.

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Over the last few months, we’ve been careful to take note of the meals we make most often. We’ve shared some with you already (our Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe With Apples is one of them). These sweet potato fries are another. We make them all the time. Sometimes as a side for dinner, but most often as a snack. We both love dunking them into ketchup spiked with a little Sriracha or hot sauce.

They are very simple to make — time to cut the potatoes, olive oil, seasonings and a hot oven. Easy.

Our Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe — 35 Minutes or Less

To make our sweet potato fries, we toss thin sticks of sweet potato with olive oil, salt and pepper (you could also use coconut oil or lightly flavored oil). We keep them simple, but if you felt like it a pinch of cayenne, cumin or other seasoning would be a nice touch. Some even use cinnamon sugar.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

After tossing, we scatter the fries over two hot baking sheets — we use two so the fries aren’t too close to each other. If they were, they would steam instead of baking and crisping up.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

For more inspiration, you might enjoy taking a look at these Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries from Simply Recipes as well as Sally’s Baking Addiction’s version. For her sweet potato fries recipe, she uses cornstarch and keeps the fries in the oven (turned off) for about 30 minutes after baking to make them extra crispy.

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
 
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Keep in mind that baking time may vary depending on how large you cut your sweet potatoes and how accurate your oven is. (Ovens often run a little cold or hot – ours runs 20 degrees cold so we keep an oven thermometer inside to keep it in check). We like to keep the skins on for sweet potato fries, but if you prefer them without, go ahead and peel them.
Yield: 4 servings
You Will Need
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra salt for sprinkling over baked fries (we like using flaky sea salt)
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 450º F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil then slide into the oven so they become hot.
  2. Prepare Sweet Potatoes: Scrub then cut the sweet potatoes into 1/2-inch sticks.Baked-Sweet-Potato-Fries-Recipe-Step-1
  3. In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt and the pepper.
  4. Tumble sweet potatoes onto hot baking sheets and spread into one layer. Try not to crowd them too much or else they will not brown.Baked-Sweet-Potato-Fries-Recipe-Step-2
  5. Bake Sweet Potato Fries: Bake fries, turning once and rotating pans once, until edges are lightly browned and centers are tender; 15 to 25 minutes. The fries are done when the surface looks dry and the fries have puffed up a little. Don't fret if the edges become brown, they will taste more caramelized than burnt.
  6. Serve fries with a sprinkle of extra salt on top (if you have some, use a flaky sea salt for this, it adds a nice touch).
Notes and Tips
Cornstarch -- Some swear by adding a generous pinch of cornstarch to the fries before tossing and baking to make sweet potato fries extra crispy. This does work so give it a try if you feel like it. We usually skip it, but that's only because we're very happy with the fries as-is.

We use kosher salt. If you don’t have it on hand, keep this in mind: 1 teaspoon fine sea or table salt = about 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt.
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13 Comments

1 Sarah Toasty January 8, 2014 at 11:14 am

I’m terrified of frying but love a good sweet potato fry! Will have to attempt this!

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2 Sommer @ASpicyPerspective January 8, 2014 at 11:23 am

35 minutes or less?! I am in! Great side to lunch or dinner!

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3 Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons January 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

This recipe is so badly needed in my household. My husband and I are always trying to make baked SP fries, but we ALWAYS burn them. Well not always. When we don’t burn them, they’re mushy. haha. Thanks for this!

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4 Kira - HealthAble Old Soul January 19, 2014 at 11:08 am

I just made something similar to this!!! I can not wait to try yours!

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5 Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare January 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I love baking sweet potato fries! I love using cayenne and cinnamon together. I’m going to try the two-baking sheet trick next time. I must be steaming mine, because they don’t get very crispy. Thanks!!

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6 Betty March 31, 2014 at 9:51 am

Could you use veg oil I dont have olive oil

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7 Joanne April 3, 2014 at 10:49 am

Yep, that will work fine.

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8 Angela Alexander-Roper April 1, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Scrumpdeli ishus! Making these for the second time! I throw some fresh garlic in as well!

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9 Joanne April 3, 2014 at 10:41 am

Yum … great idea!

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10 Colleen April 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm

I use to make this with regular potatoes and they were great. I am trying to lose weight, so I am wondering about the calories. Does someone know?

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11 Joanne May 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

At the moment we do not provide nutrition facts for our recipes. It is something we are considering, though. For now, a great resource is this url: http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

It allows you to copy the ingredient list of our recipe and paste it into the form. Then it outputs nutritional facts. Hope that helps.

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12 Caitlyn April 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Used coconut oil instead of the olive oil and it turned out great, sweet and savory! I cook it for thirty minutes instead of twenty five, and they’re very crispy and delicious.

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13 Joanne April 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Sounds great! Glad it worked well for you.

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