Soft and sweet on the inside with a salty crisp on the outside, sink your teeth into one of these fries and your sure to grab for another. Learn How to Make Sweet Potato Fries with this simple, yet delicious recipe, perfect as a side to chicken, burgers, steak and more.
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About these Fries
I never gave sweet potatoes the time of day growing up. How could potatoes be sweet?! Yuck! But then one Thanksgiving, they became the best vegetable that ever existed. Thank you, Dad, for making sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows and helping me see the superior potato. And then I further learned, there's so many ways to enjoy them!
All sentiments aside, roasted sweet potato fries are delicious but sometimes hard to prepare. How do you cut them? Should I bake them? Grill them? Fry them? What should I season the fries with?
This simple recipe is here to help. Burger night is about to get a whole lot sweeter when you learn how to make sweet potato fries. And if you're looking for more, sweet potato recipes, also check out these Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes, these Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes, or this Sweet Potato Fettuccine, too!
- Sweet Potatoes: I try to pick the longer skinnier ones at the store. This makes for more uniform fries.
- Olive Oil: Coat your fries with this for a source of healthy fat and great flavor. Avocado oil is an option too for a more neutral flavor.
- Salt & Pepper: You don't need a ton of seasoning to flavor your sweet potato fries, but a little does really bring the fries to life.
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Substitutions and Variations
There are so many ways to make this recipe yours and make these fries the perfect side to your breakfast, lunch or dinner. The fries also make great snacks! Here are some ideas:
- Change the shape you cut the potato into. Slice them into coins for more of a chip or shred them with a grater for sweet potato hash browns.
- Add extra flavor by incorporating different seasonings: ranch, garlic & herb, paprika, or Old Bay are some tasty examples.
- For a sweet treat, drizzle the fries with maple syrup and sprinkle with some cinnamon or brown sugar!
How to Make This Recipe
1. Preheat your oven to 425°F and bring a medium pot of water to a boil. While the water boils, wash and peel your sweet potatoes. Be sure to remove any dark spots or strings. You can also keep the skin on if you prefer. Gently place sweet potatoes in the boiling water and let sit for 8 minutes. Then, remove and drain the water.
2. Carefully slice the sweet potatoes into ½” thick sticks/fries. Line your sheet pan with parchment paper and place fries on the baking sheet.
3. Spray or drizzle your olive oil onto the fries. Coat them well! Sprinkle salt and pepper over the fries.
4. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping half way through. For extra crisp fries, broil at 500 degrees F for 3-6 minutes or until sweet potatoes start to crisp. Serve with ranch or your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Do note, they won't be as crispy after storage, but you can reheat in a toaster oven or ander a broiler to maintain some of that crunch.
Do you have the Ninja Foodi Grill of Air Fryer? Instead of baking in the oven, just toss the potatoes in there for 15-20 minutes on the air crisp setting.
These fries are a great side to burgers, steak, chicken, salmon, or a pulled pork sandwich. I like to serve with my Chicken Sloppy Joes, Spinach Feta Turkey Burgers or Grilled Chicken Apple Sandwich. These are also a great addition to a hearty Buddha bowl with grains, beans, and roasted veggies.
Sweet Potato Fries taste amazing dipped in barbeque sauce or honey mustard. I also like ranch or bleu cheese for more cooling flavors. You can even drizzle them in my Easy Hummus Dressing which I've found to be a delicious combination.
Yes! That's what this recipe calls for and I highly suggest it to makes them easier to cut and later, easier to digest. It also shortens the time in the oven and dedicates this time to crisping up rather than also baking through.
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How to Make Sweet Potato Fries
- sheet pan
- parchment paper
- Cutting Board
- 6 Quart Sauce Pot
- 3 medium sized sweet potatoes
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 425°F and bring 3 cups of water to a boil.
- Wash and peel sweet potatoes. Make sure to remove any dark spots or strings. You can leave the skin on if you prefer.
- Gently place sweet potatoes in the boiling water. Boil for 8 minutes. Then, remove and drain water.
- Carefully slice the potatoes into ½” thick sticks/fries.
- Line sheet pan with parchment paper or tin foil and place fries on sheet pan.
- Spray or drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper on fries. Toss to coat.
- Bake for 25 minutes, flipping half way through. For extra crisp fries, broil at 500°F for 3-6 minutes or until sweet potato fries start to crisp.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
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