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. Jump to the Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe or watch our quick, straight-forward recipe video showing you how we make it.
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 simple sweet potato fries are another. We make them all the time. Sometimes as a side for dinner, but most often as a snack. We love that they are baked, making them much healthier than the fried options at restaurants.
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How to Make Baked Sweet Potato Fries in 35 Minutes or Less
Let me show you how we make our homemade sweet potato fries recipe.
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.
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.
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Recipe updated, originally posted January 2014. Since posting this in 2014, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne
Easy, Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
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.
You Will Need
4 medium sweet potatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
More salt for sprinkling over baked fries (we like flaky sea salt)
Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil then slide into the oven so they become hot.
Scrub then cut the sweet potatoes into 1/2-inch sticks. Add to a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 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.
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. Serve fries with a sprinkle of extra salt on top.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- Cornstarch — Some swear by adding a generous pinch of cornstarch to the fries before tossing and baking to make the 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.
- Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.