Easy Homemade 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. 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.

Baked 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

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

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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.

Makes 4 Servings

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.Baked-Sweet-Potato-Fries-Recipe-Step-2

    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.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 201 / Protein 2 g / Carbohydrate 26 g / Dietary Fiber 4 g / Total Sugars 5 g / Total Fat 10 g / Saturated Fat 1 g / Cholesterol 0 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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35 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Rosalinda Yu February 14, 2019, 1:15 pm

    Thanks for all the recipes you’ve featured, they’re so helpful to me inspire me to cook. God bless you.

  • Missy November 30, 2018, 1:17 am

    Can I use coconut oil instead of olive oil?

    • Joanne December 3, 2018, 1:12 pm

      Yes, definitely.

  • Santi12008 May 9, 2018, 9:54 pm

    What could you do if you don’t have aluminum foil?

    • Joanne August 7, 2018, 1:26 pm

      Baking them right on the baking sheet is fine or baking parchment paper works, too.

  • Julian October 28, 2017, 7:14 pm

    A bit of work this one–sweet taters being thicker and harder to cut than regular ones, especially if all you have available are dull knives! The pans should be put on same rack so the fries bake at same time and temp- I had a few burned ones in pan on the the lower rack. Overall it was tasty and healthy alternative to the bagged frozen fries I left in the freezer for this meal.

  • Bud August 12, 2017, 7:15 pm

    I made these, and I’m a good cook. This recipe did not work for me. Fries were tasteless and although not mushy, they were hardly crisp. Don’t bother.

    • Joanne October 27, 2017, 4:56 pm

      Hi Bud, Sorry they did not work well for you. Regarding the taste, we stick to simple salt and pepper for the recipe, but you can always add your favorite spice blend. To get them extra crisp, try the method using cornstarch we mention in the notes section.

  • Hazel March 14, 2015, 3:26 am

    They turned out to be delicious! Everyone at home loved it!

  • dee February 16, 2015, 1:18 am

    Just finsh making this i added brown sugar cumin paprika cayenne and galic powder with a dash of cinnamon. It came out perfect and very crispy thank you

  • HMW January 11, 2015, 7:32 pm

    Temperature was far too hot. Burned black in 15 minutes. Won’t do that again!!

    • Adam March 2, 2015, 2:36 pm

      It is possible your oven runs a little hot (many ovens do). Next time, try reducing the temperature by 25 degrees. Hopefully that helps!

  • frances November 19, 2014, 1:22 am

    Hello, I’m a little confused, you say baking sheets but in the picture you have used foil, which one works better?

    • Joanne November 26, 2014, 3:04 pm

      Hi Frances, Sorry for the confusion. You can do either. The fries do get a little more browned and crispy without the foil. Then again, foil helps with clean-up. It’s totally up to you.

  • Joann October 10, 2014, 10:14 pm

    I made these for dinner today. We had baked talapia and boiled cabbage with onion.Oh,so easy and so o o enjoyable! I also added a couple shakes of cummin and garlic powder to the ingredients. This will be my go to for french fries though they are roasted sweet potatoes.YUM!Thank You!

  • Arielle September 8, 2014, 6:01 pm

    I just made these. They came out very black. I cut very thick fries so they weren’t too thin but they’re pretty much burnt 🙁 I tried taking them out after 25 minutes and I did turn in between but they weren’t done. They were already black after 15 mins. Maybe the oven temp is too high

    • Joanne September 19, 2014, 2:34 pm

      Oh, no! Sometimes ovens can run too hot (ours does). You might want to consider buying an oven thermometer to check that what your oven says the temperature is matches the actual temperature. We have one in our oven and it has been so helpful! If you don’t want to invest in that, try reducing the temperature by 25 – 50 degrees next time and see if that helps.

  • Donny September 8, 2014, 5:53 pm

    Yummy these are so good.

  • Tracy Plant June 7, 2014, 4:46 am

    I live out of town and hubby felt like hot chips, I didn’t have any white potatoes only sweet potatoes so gave your recipe a go. I’ve never tried sweet potatoe fries . Can I say they were bloody delicious.thanks

  • yona June 4, 2014, 2:47 pm

    do they have to be served immediately, or they can wait a while and reheated right before the meal?

  • Caitlyn April 21, 2014, 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.

    • Joanne April 23, 2014, 2:16 pm

      Sounds great! Glad it worked well for you.

  • Colleen April 20, 2014, 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?

    • Joanne May 16, 2014, 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 CalorieCount.com

      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.

    • Dorothy November 20, 2014, 4:31 pm

      This is very similar to the recipe from Weight Watchers. If you are counting points, check out their website. Very FEW points.

      • Jess January 6, 2016, 3:05 pm

        Are low points good or bad ? Ty

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

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

    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 10:41 am

      Yum … great idea!

  • Betty March 31, 2014, 9:51 am

    Could you use veg oil I dont have olive oil

    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 10:49 am

      Yep, that will work fine.

  • Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare January 27, 2014, 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!!

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

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

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons January 9, 2014, 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!

  • Sommer @ASpicyPerspective January 8, 2014, 11:23 am

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

  • Sarah Toasty January 8, 2014, 11:14 am

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


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