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Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

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These crispy sweet potato fries are simple and easy to make. Oven baked and seasoned to perfection, these fries are a restaurant quality side dish you can make at home!

These fries are such a delicious and easy side dish to make.  Some of my other favorite sides is this Creamy Pasta Salad recipe, a batch of Roasted Vegetables and these Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

a metal bowl filled with crispy Sweet Potato Fries that were baked in the oven

Homemade Sweet Potato Fries

Who here loves crispy sweet potato fries? I always order them when I see them on the menu, and they are one of my favorites. I love that how sweet potatoes have so much more flavor than regular fries! I’ve tried to make them at home several times, but they’ve never turned out quite the way I want, until now.

These baked sweet potato fries are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and super flavorful. They were a big hit with my husband and kids, and pretty much every day they beg me to make more. We can’t get enough of them!

slices of raw Sweet Potato Fries on a cutting board and baking sheet that have been seasoned and ready to bake in the oven

How To Make Sweet Potato Fries

Although it does take a little time to make them, the process is super simple and they’re definitely worth the time.

  • You’ll start by cutting up your sweet potatoes and putting them in a bowl full of water to let them soak.  Be sure you have enough water in the bowl to cover them.
  • Add two teaspoons of salt to the water and let them soak for at least 30 minutes but longer if you have time.
  • About half way through the soaking time, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Place your baking sheet in the oven to heat up with the oven
  • When the sweet potatoes are done soaking, drain the water and place them on paper towels to dry
  • Put the cornstarch, one teaspoon salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and cumin to a gallon sized Ziploc bag and then add the potato sticks into the bag and then shake to coat
  • Next, add the vegetable oil to the bag and then shake again to coat
  • Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven with a hot pad and then line it with parchment paper
  • Spread the sweet potato sticks on the baking sheet as evenly as possible

How Long Do You Bake Sweet Potato Fries

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F (233 degrees C) and then bake you sweet potato fries for 20 minutes.  You will then flip the fries and bake them for another 10-15 minutes or until they are crispy.  Once you remove them from the oven, sprinkle on additional salt if desired.  These fries are best when they’re fresh and hot from the oven, so be sure to gobble them up quick! I don’t think that should pose any problem, considering how delicious they are. 🙂

a close up of a metal serving bowl of crispy Sweet Potato Fries on a red checkered napkin and a side of ketchup

Tips For Making Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

  • Cut your sweet potatoes as evenly as possible.  If they vary in size too much the larger slices will be over-cooked and the smaller pieces will be under-cooked.  Using a french fry cutter is a quick and easy way to make sure they’re pretty uniform.
  • Soak the sweet potatoes for a long period of time.  Sweet potatoes have excess starch on them so by soaking them it washes this away which will allow your fries to crisp better while baking in the oven.  The minimum you need to soak them is 30 minutes but I usually start soaking them in the morning so they’re ready for dinner.
  • Make sure to spread the fries evenly on your baking sheet.  There’s no shame in doubling this recipe but just make sure to use multiple baking sheets so there’s enough room.  If they’re too crowded on the sheet a good portion of them will fail to crisp.
  • Remember to flip the fries half way through baking.  This will allow all of the sweet potato fries to crisp evenly all the way around.

When To Serve Sweet Potato Fries

These fries are perfect for any casual lunch or dinner; although, my kids would love them even if I was making steak and lobster for dinner.  Some of my favorite meals to serve this with are:

Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

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BAKED SWEET POTATO FRIES

These crispy sweet potato fries are simple and easy to make. Oven baked to perfection, these fries are a restaurant quality side dish you can make at home!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, fries, sweet potato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Soaking Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 Oz
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes peeled and cut into equal size sticks
  • 3 teaspoons salt divided
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Place the sweet potato sticks in a bowl and add enough cold water to cover them.
  2. Sprinkle in two teaspoons of salt and allow the sticks to soak for at least 30 minutes (longer if possible).
  3. Preheat the oven to 450 with a baking sheet inside.
  4. When the sweet potatoes are done soaking, drain them and place on a paper towel to dry.
  5. Add the corn starch, one teaspoon salt, the paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and cumin to a gallon sized ziploc bag.
  6. Add the sweet potato sticks to the bag and shake to coat.
  7. Add the vegetable oil to the bag and shake again to coat.
  8. Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and place a piece of parchment paper on top.
  9. Pour the sweet potato sticks over the top and spread them apart as much as possible.
  10. Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake the fries for 20 minutes.
  11. Flip the fries and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until crisp.
  12. Remove from the oven and serve hot, sprinkling with additional salt if desired.

a batch of Baked Sweet Potato Fries in a metal cup with a side of ketchup on the counter next to it

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