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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Hot, crispy fries are one of my guilty pleasures that I could enjoy daily. Baked sweet potato fries are a simple way to make fresh fries at home that are so much healthier than fast food!

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Why sweet potato Fries?

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Sweet potatoes are filled with nutrients that help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Packed with lots of fiber and vitamins, sweet potatoes offer a variety of health benefits and are widely considered to be worth working into your diet.

Compared to white potatoes, sweet potatoes are packed with more fiber and vitamins and generally considered as healthier alternative. At least in a typical American diet, white potatoes tend to be prepared more often in unhealthier ways, but both potatoes can be worked into a healthy die in moderation.

This awesome infographic from the Cleveland Clinic goes into great detail about the differences between the two spuds.

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how to: cut sweet potatoes

Sweet potato skin should be peeled first if you want to remove the skin. I personally love the skin on sweet potatoes and it gets really crispy baked in the oven (the skin is stuffed with nutrients too).

knife cuts
(1) Batonnet; (2) Julienne; (3) Large dice; (4) Medium dice;
(5) Small dice; (6) Brunoise; (7) Mince

Check out the different kinds of knife cuts and read more in this Knife Skills resource. For fries, I would recommend aiming for (1) Batonnet cuts.

Using about 2 medium sized sweet potatoes, cut each potato in half length-wise and lay flat. Continue cutting each piece until you have smaller, even sized pieces.

I aim for pieces about half an inch wide, 2 inches long, and a quarter inch thick. Thinner fries cook quicker and crisp up better.

Add to a gallon-sized plastic storage bag and set aside.

how to: cut onions and garlic

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Garlic and onion really enhance the flavor of the baked sweet potato fries. Cutting them into small pieces allows for even more flavor across the entire sheet pan.

Julienne up to ½ of an onion into long, thin pieces. Mince a few cloves of garlic. (for info on the different cuts of vegetables check out this knife skills resource post)

How to: make baked sweet potato fries

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Shake the potatoes in the storage bag with cornstarch until coated thoroughly. The cornstarch helps develop a crispy texture on the fries, so it’s important to get the potatoes covered!

Toss in the onion and garlic to the bag and shake to combine.

Add chili powder, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, and a dash of salt and pepper. Shake until tossed thoroughly.

Drizzle with olive oil and continue shaking!

Transfer to a lined baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown, flipping halfway through.

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Hot and crispy sweet potato fries fresh out of the oven!
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked, fries, potatoes, sweet potato

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes chopped into long, thin pieces
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 onion sliced thin
  • 2-3 cloves minced finely
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil.
  • In a plastic storage bag, toss the sweet potatoes in cornstarch until coated thoroughly.
  • Add onion, garlic, and all spices to the bag and shake until tossed thoroughly. Drizzle with olive oil and continue shaking.
  • Transfer to the sheet pan with space between each fry. Roast for 15 minutes, flip, and continue roasting for 15 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown.
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customize: sweet or savory?

For more savory fries, omit the cinnamon and add more seasoning like cumin or chili powder.

If sweet cravings hit, sprinkle with even more cinnamon and brown sugar to find a perfect sweet and savory balance.

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49 thoughts on “Baked Sweet Potato Fries”

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  2. I adore sweet potato fries, I can eat bowlfuls at a time! This is such a good recipe and a great tip about the cornflour to make them properly crispy, thank you for sharing 🙂 Lisa

  3. I love sweet potatoes but haven’t really tried baking them. Thanks for the recipe, it looks good and I’m it tastes great too. so definitely going to try this.

    PS> your blog is beautiful.

  4. I love sweet potatoes but haven’t really tried baking them. Thanks for the recipe, it looks good and I’m sure it tastes great too. so definitely going to try this.

    PS> your blog is beautiful.

  5. I love sweet potato fries, but I’m the only one in my family! Maybe they will like this recipe? Definitely going to give this a try! Thanks for the post!

    1. Fingers crossed they do!! I have a major sweet tooth and first enjoyed the sweet potato fries very sweet with cinnamon and brown sugar!

  6. Graham Crosby

    It’s of great tips here. We love a sweet potato in our house and we’ll definitely be giving these a go!

  7. Oooh it has been AGE since I had sweet potato fries. This is my favorite kind of fries. Makes me feel less guilty about eating them in general hehe. I like that making them is straight forward! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. I used to not like sweet potatoes but fell in love with sweet potato tots and waffle fries! Basically the fried form stole my heart♥️ and now I’ve grown to like them baked!

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  9. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVE sweet potato fries! I haven’t had them in forever. Now I have to check and see if I can grow sweet potatoes in my zone this fall because I HAVE to have these!

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