Perfect Baked Sweet Potato Fries

How to make crispy baked sweet potato fries that are caramelized and on the outside and tender on the inside. No fryer needed here. Consider making a double batch, these are addictive. Jump to the Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe or watch our quick, straight-forward recipe video showing you how we make it.

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How do you make sweet potato fries?

Sweet potato fries can be made two ways: you can fry them or you can bake them. Since we like to stick to the healthier side, we prefer to bake our sweet potato fries. Follow our oven baked sweet potato fries recipe and be rewarded with crispy, caramelized fries with tender middles.

How to make crispy baked sweet potato fries that are caramelized and on the outside and tender on the inside. No fryer needed here. Consider making a double batch, these are addictive.

My step by step method for homemade sweet potato fries

Step one, Scrub sweet potatoes clean and cut into fries. It is up to you as to how chunky you want the fries to be. I like sweet potato fries to be thin and crispy, so as you can see from our photos, we cut them pretty thin.

How do you cook sweet potato fries? I like sweet potato fries to be thin and crispy, so as you can see from our photos, we cut them pretty thin.
I cut sweet potatoes into thin fries so they bake up to be crisp.

Step two, Season the fries and toss with oil. For the best tasting sweet potato fries, season them with a generous amount of salt and pepper. So that they brown and get crisp in the oven, toss them with a bit of oil. I like using olive oil, but you can use what you have on hand. Coconut oil adds a nice flavor, we actually use coconut oil in this roasted sweet potato recipe.

You can keep the seasoning simple or add even more flavor with spices. A pinch of cayenne, cumin, coriander, chili powder or other seasoning would be a nice touch. You can even use cinnamon sugar.

How do you make sweet potato fries? I love tossing the sweet potato fries with seasoning and oil in a large bowl so they become well coated.
I love tossing the sweet potato fries with seasoning and oil in a large bowl so they become well coated.

Step three, add the fries to baking sheets. 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. I like preheating my baking sheet, too. This way, the moment the fries hit the sheet pan, they start cooking.

How do you make sweet potato fries? I like to bake the fries on two baking sheets so they don't crowd each other and have a better chance to brown and turn crispy.
I like to bake the fries on two baking sheets so that they don’t crowd each other and have a better chance to brown and turn crispy.

Step four, Bake the sweet potato fries until browned and crisp. The fries will take between 15 and 25 minutes to bake, depending on how large you cut them. Just keep an eye on them while they bake so they don’t over brown on you.

Do you eat sweet potato skins?

I leave the skins of sweet potatoes on. I love the extra texture (and nutrition) it provides. Leaving the sweet potato skin on also makes prep time go quicker.

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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

Perfect Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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How to make crispy baked sweet potato fries that are caramelized and on the outside and tender on the inside. 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

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

More salt for sprinkling over baked fries (we like flaky sea salt)

Homemade ketchup, optional

Directions

    Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. 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.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

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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
  • 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?

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    • 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.

      Reply
  • 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!

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  • 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

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    • 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.

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  • Donny September 8, 2014, 5:53 pm

    Yummy these are so good.

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  • 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

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  • 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?
    Thanks

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  • 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.

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    • Joanne April 23, 2014, 2:16 pm

      Sounds great! Glad it worked well for you.

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  • 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?

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • Jess January 6, 2016, 3:05 pm

        Are low points good or bad ? Ty

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  • 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!

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    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 10:41 am

      Yum … great idea!

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  • Betty March 31, 2014, 9:51 am

    Could you use veg oil I dont have olive oil

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    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 10:49 am

      Yep, that will work fine.

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  • 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!!

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

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

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  • 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!

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

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

    Reply
  • 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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