Best Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Best (Baked) Sweet Potato Fries (via abeautifulmess.com)Elsie has been really into sweet potatoes lately. So, of course, as soon as she leaves town, I decide I’m in the mood to make sweet potato fries. 

You can go ahead and give me the “Worst Sister of the Year” award. 🙂

Best (Baked) Sweet Potato Fries (via abeautifulmess.com) Really though, I think it was Elsie who reminded me (once again) that I really love sweet potatoes. They have so much flavor, nutrition, and they are a way fun color.

So, I decided to work on my baked sweet potato fries skills, and I have a method I’m excited to share with you. It’s sort of a variation on my favorite fries with some slight changes. You’ll see. The good news—it’s super easy.

How to make crispy baked sweet potato friesBest Baked Sweet Potato Fries, serves 2-3 as a side dish.

2 medium/large sweet potatoes 
1 tablespoon cornstarch
big sprinkle of cayenne (about 1/8 teaspoon)
big sprinkle of cumin (about 1/8 teaspoon)
2 tablespoons peanut oil (or canola)
salt, pepper to season
cilantro for garnish

First, peel the potatoes. Then cut them into matchsticks. Try to keep them all relatively the same thickness (different lengths is fine). This will help them cook evenly. 

Soak the cut potatoes in water for 15-20 minutes.

How to make crispy baked sweet potato fries I think they kind of look like carrot sticks at this point. 🙂

Drain and pat dry. In a large ziplock bag, toss the potatoes with the cornstarch, cayenne and cumin. If you find that you are all out of large ziplock bags, spend 2 minutes feeling annoyed with yourself for not checking before you went to the store, and then another 3 minutes being distracted by Instagram.

Actually, don’t do that. That’s just what I did. You can also toss them in a large mixing bowl. Then toss with 1 tablespoon of oil. Cover two baking sheets with aluminum foil and coat with the remaining tablespoon of oil. You may be able to use just one baking sheet, depending on the size. But if you’re unsure, just use two so you’re not crowding the fries (this will help them bake more crispy).

Bake at 450°F for 10-12 minutes. Then flip all the fries over and rotate the pans. Bake another 10-12 minutes. Then turn the oven off, open the (oven) door just a little and allow the fries to sit in there for another 5-6 minutes. 

Best (Baked) Sweet Potato Fries (via abeautifulmess.com) Season with salt and pepper and garnish with a little chopped cilantro. You can see I went ahead and took mine to the next level and made chipotle mayo. You can make this by combining 2/3 cup mayo and one chipotle pepper in adobo sauce in a food processor or blender for a few seconds. Easy peasy. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman.

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Best Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword french friess, sweet potato fries
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 medium/large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or canola
  • salt pepper to season
  • cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  • First, peel the potatoes. Then cut them into matchsticks. Try to keep them all relatively the same thickness (different lengths is fine). This will help them cook evenly.
  • Soak the cut potatoes in water for 15-20 minutes.
  • Drain and pat dry. In a large ziplock bag, toss the potatoes with the cornstarch, cayenne and cumin. Then, toss with 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • Cover two baking sheets with aluminum foil and coat with the remaining tablespoon of oil. You may be able to use just one baking sheet, depending on the size. But if you’re unsure, just use two so you’re not crowding the fries (this will help them bake more crispy).
  • Bake at 450°F for 10-12 minutes. Then flip all the fries over and rotate the pans. Bake another 10-12 minutes. Then turn the oven off, open the (oven) door just a little and allow the fries to sit in there for another 5-6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with a little chopped cilantro.
  • Humm it was decilious ! of course I had to report it on my blog !

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    Thank you for the great recipe 🙂
    Patricia

  • So I just made these, and I was so excited because I’ve never soaked the sweet potato before I baked them… but it ruins it! Even with the cornstarch I have soggy, inedible sweet potato mash.

  • Meghan, I am also very curious to find it out 🙂 I never soak mines
    but I guess it will stay a mystery forever :)))

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  • Ah, just got back from a vacation to see that we posted about baked sweet potato fries the exact same day! Our recipes are similar..but if you want to skip the soaking phrase, you should try the 2-stage baking process in my recipe. 🙂
    http://thimbleofhoney.com/11059/how-to-perfectly-crispy-baked-sweet-potato

    As always, love your recipes Emma!!

    -Amanda
    www.thimbleofhoney.com

  • I will have to give this a go! Whenever i make them they are always soggy!

    Clare | www.clare-without-an-i.com

  • I’ve been buying a lot of frozen bags of sweet potato fries from Trader Joe’s recently, it’d be great to make some homemade!

  • I attemped this recipe today and it eventhough the taste was delicious I could get them to crisp up as much as I would have liked. Hopefully I’ll get it next time 🙂
    Thanks for the recipe Emma.

  • Mmmm…mmmmy favorite! I love to sprinkle (or douse!) mine with curry powder and dip in wasabi mayonnaise!

  • baked sweet potato fries are amazing and now i have a huge craving just before dinner! the chipotle mayo mix sounds like the perfect condiment to go with these fries!

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  • i just bought sweet potatoes yesterday so i will be making these tonight!

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    @waterlilyshop

  • Yumm!!! I love it I always do it at home and these are amazing <3

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

  • I absolutely love sweet potato fries, but I’ve never had as much success with them as I do with ordinary potato fries in the oven. Mine always seem to steam and turn into mush rather than bake…not all that appetizing!

    I’m going to try your method next time, yours look fab!

  • I absolutely love sweet potato. I’m going to have to give these a whirl.

    Www.hellosunday.co.uk

  • Consider this bookmarked!! I am such a fan of sweet potatoes, but I’ve never been able to make fries at home just the way I like them. I think the trick is the soaking them – that’s something that I’ve never done before. This recipe seems like a winner. Thanks Emma!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

  • yum! I have a sweet potato at home that has ‘sweet potato fries’ written all over it! Been wanting to try something like this for a while now. Will definitely give it a go!!

    Megs
    http://the-whiterabbit.com/

  • Those look really good. If you like those, you will love these from Food Network. I made them for family with my indoor grill (actually, panini maker) and they raved and raved about them.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/grilled-sweet-potatoes-with-lime-and-cilantro-recipe.html

  • I’ve decided I need to start eating these more instead of normal chips! They’re so much better for you!

    http://www.gemmacarey.com/

  • Sweet Potato fries are definitely one of my favorite things to order at restaurants, but I definitely need to try to make them at home more often. This recipe sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try out that chipotle mayo!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

  • Love sweet potato fries so much, these look amazing x
    eleanor’s adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

  • I’m developing a lovE of sweet potato. These sound yummy and relatively healthy?
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

  • I love sweet potato fries, so I’ll definitely try this recipe out.

    UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  • I made sweet potato fries the other day, though these baked ones sound healthier! I dip mine in maple mayo and OMG, that is so good. Basically you mix mayo and maple syrup…so easy and so good! Goes great with sweet potato fries…

  • Oh my, that looks so delicious!! Have you try it with satsuma yams? They are Japanese yams with purple skin and yellow flesh. It would work super well with this recipe, too!

    Juju
    http://www.jujusprinkles.com

  • I have never tried sweet potato fries but I truly think that someday I should, they must be great! Thanks for the tips! Have a nice day,
    Vera

    http://theflashwindow.weebly.com

  • I love sweet potato fries, but I’m more excited to try the chipotle mayo. Happy Wednesday 🙂

  • I love baked sweet potato fries! I love adding a little cayenne pepper to mine. The extra spice is quite tasty! 🙂

    http://www.thepeculiartrouth.com

  • Yum these look good! I love making sweet potato fries, but I’ve never added cornstarch or let them sit in the oven. I just so happen to have a large amount of sweet potatoes at home… I’ll definitely be making this recipe!

    Amber
    amberbutbetter.blogspot.com

  • Yum! Sweet potato fries are addicting. I order them almost every time they’re on the menu. It would be fun to make them at home!

    Always, Anita

  • Ohh maaan these look so good! I gotta make them sometime!

    www.eippek.blogspot.co.uk

  • Yumm I will have to try these!!! I am sweet potato OBSESSED and eat a baked sweet potato almost daily, haha. Also, if you are ever in Kansas City be sure to stop by The Mixx, they have the BEST sweet potato fries ever that come with a reeeeally tasty curry aioli dipping sauce!

    xoxo
    Allison

  • That looks so yummy! Will try it out later for sure 🙂

    www.navellina.blogspot.com

  • I’ve tried making homemade sweet potatoe fries before but have never had much luck. I’m going to have to try adding the corn starch to them! Thanks for the recipe!

  • I’ve never made fries at home, but these look so delicious! I can’t wait to try making them!

  • These look SO delicious! I love sweet potato fries, but these are a whole lot healthier as they’re baked instead of fried.

    Rita
    “>http://heyrita.co.uk”>

  • They look delicious, but I have to admit that I ALWAYS go the sweet route with sweet potatoes. I know a lot of people love them savory, but I’ve just never been able to bring myself to do it.
    I’ve also never cooked with cumin. All of a sudden, I’m realizing how non-adventurous I am with certain foods…. maybe I should break loose a little 😉

    Kristin // The Peculiar Treasure

  • They look so good! Last time I tried a similar recipe they were not crispy at all… Will give it another try with this recipe:)

  • They look so scrumptious. I made them more wedge like last time in this post with fish: http://www.hellodeborah.co.uk/healthy-fish-and-chips-takeaway-alternatives/

    I’m going to try them your way next time as I prefer fries.

  • That’s because sweet potatoes are good and good for you! These look amazing!

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    www.littlewildheart.com

  • Ahh, that looks so so good! Can’t wait to try this, so definitely saving this recipe. Thanks for sharing! Xxx

    THOUGHTS IN TIFFANY BLUE

  • I started making these last year as an alternative to the usual potato wedges and I love them. I sprinkle parsely on mine before I cook them and I just adore the combination of flavour with the sweetness of the Sweet Potato. Thanks for sharing.

  • omg so this is all I plan on eating for the rest of my life!

    www.littlemissfresh.net

  • everyone really really raves about sweet potato fries! I may have to find out what all the fuss is about! xx

  • I actually have sweet potatos that I need to use up so I’m going to do this tonight! Also, I like how you have a link to a printable page – very handy!

  • These look amazing! I’ve been wanting to know how to properly make sweet potato fries for ages, I will definitely be giving this recipe a try!

    beth | babbleswithbeth.blogspot.co.uk

  • I love sweet potato fries and discovered the cornstarch trick a few months ago! I like dipping my fries in a lemon-garlic aioli.

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