Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Making crispy baked sweet potato fries can be a challenge.

I’ve attempted many times only to have soggy, limp fries as result. So totally NOT cool.

I’m not saying this is a sure fix. BUT I have found that the smaller, thinner fry + a good time in the oven is almost a sure bet. Who doesn’t like a sure bet?

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries Collage

Unfortunately yet fortunately I’m the only one who likes sweet potato fries. I KNOW RIGHT? What’s not to love? They’re so much better for you than regular potato french fries and uhhh c’mon they’re much prettier too! Sad for them… more for me!

While I don’t think there is a fool-proof way to crispy sweet potatoes into fries… this way is close and it will definitely yield tasty fries. Give this method a whirl and lemme know how it goes.

two sweet potatoes

Start by scrubbing two to three medium-ish {like the size of your hand} sweet potatoes. Nothing ginormous…

peeled

Peel… I like to leave a little bit of the peel on for a rustic look.

sweet potato collage

Trim of the ends of the sweet potato and slice a bit off of the bottom so it will lay flat. Cut into discs and then slice those into fries. If you get super long pieces, cut those in half too.

soak

Soak the fries in a bowl filled with cold water for an hour or two. I know what you’re thinking… BUT! Believe it or not, soak will remove the starch from the fries which will then help the fries crisp. I’ve read that it’s the starch that keeps the water retained into the potato fries and that’s why sweet potatoes {any potato really} will be soggy when baked! Exciting stuff, right?

rinse

Rinse the fries under water…

dry

Towel dry…

olive oil

Throw them onto a large, rimmed sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. I guesstimate it to be around 2 to 3 tablespoons.

chili powder

For these spicy sweet potato fries I season them with a half tablespoon of chili powder…

cumin

A half tablespoon of cumin…

onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne

A half teaspoon of garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne. For less spicy fries, cut the cayenne down to a 1/4 teaspoon.

tossed

Toss them all around with your impeccably clean hands, divide them between two sheet pans and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Pull them out let them cool a bit if a few are stuck to the pan. Toss and continue the whole process at 5-10 minute increments until the fries are crispy. If you notice some fries are crisping quicker than others… remove them and continue to bake the rest until all are crispy. Then you can always add the fries that crisped soon to the sheet pan to reheat in the oven.

Sweet potato Fries

Of course I don’t mind my fries with a little char…

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Just make sure you season with a few pinches of kosher salt before serving! Delicious!

Now any ideas on how I can get my girls to eat and love these as much as I do… do tell!

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Spicy baked sweet potato fries!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 30+ minutes

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed and peeled
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for baking sheet
½ tablespoon chili powder
½ tablespoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher Salt

Directions:

Cut the sweet potato into 1/4 inch thick fries. Pop them into a bowl of water for about an hour

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and rub two rimmed baking sheets with olive oil.

In a large bowl combine the chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne. Set the bowl off to the side.

Towel-dry the sweet potato fries and place them into the bowl with the seasoning. Pour in the two tablespoons of olive oil and toss until coated.

Divide the seasoned sweet potato fries among two rimmed sheet pans and pop them into the oven for 15 minutes. Once the fries start to brown flip, rotate pans and continue to bake for 5-10 minutes more. Depending on how thin or thick you cut the sweet potatoes and the heat of your oven will depend on if they’ll need any further time in the oven. If the sweet potatoes stick, let them cool slightly before flipping. Keep a close eye on sweet potato fries as they always want to burn when you aren't looking.

Season the hot fries with a couple pinches of kosher salt before serving.

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24 Responses to “Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries”

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    Ann — July 30, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Yum! I just made sweet potato fries for dinner last week! Glad to know I’m not the only one who likes to leave a little skin on them. :-)

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    Tieghan Gerard — July 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I could honestly eat these for breakfast they look so good!! I love sweet potato fries and have found the very same thing. The smaller the better! These look crazy good!

    • simplyscratch replied: — July 30th, 2013 @ 10:00 am

      I could SOOOO eat them for breakfast too… with a fried egg on top! :)Thanks Tieghan!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — July 30, 2013 at 9:38 am

    These look delicious and SO CRISPY. Next time I will soak my fries in water.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 30, 2013 at 10:06 am

    fries are my JAM. like, i can eat them as a full on meal any day!! these look so crispy and good!!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Friend!!!! These are amazing! I could eat an entire pan of these bad boys. Also, I definitely need to quick slacking and soak them. I hear it’s life changing!

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — July 30, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I LOVE that you used the soaking method! It also helps to crisp them by water logging them so they do not absorb excess moisture while being fried/baked. :)

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    Christene Smith — July 31, 2013 at 1:24 am

    soaking them in water definitely helps, but what i found to help the most in making super crispy sweet potato fries is to toss them in a bit of whipped up egg whites (sounds gross, but trust me here!), just make sure to seriously grease your pan or they will stick!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 31, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Sweet potato fries are favorite around here! I’m going to have to try your trick of soaking them in water next time!

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — July 31, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I love that you baked your fries and they turned out that crispy!!! I hate frying so much, so I only bake my fries. Definitely need to try the soaking method….it totally makes sense! LOVE this recipe Laurie!

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    cassie — July 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I love nothing more than sweet potato fries. Love these seasonings!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 31, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Love these crispy, spicy fries, Laurie! Mine have only ever gone soggy but I’m determined to try your recipe now!

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    Jackie {The Beeroness} — July 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Can you believe that I’m the only one in my household that likes sweet potatoes? Which is good because I get to eat them all, and bad because…. then I eat them all.
    ANd I would ALL of those without feeling bad at all.

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    Emily — July 31, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I don’t usually comment on your blog (though it’s one of my favorites!) but these look great! Baked sweet potato fries are one of my favorite foods. Have you tried baking them with a little honey? The honey crisps them up so they caramelize on the outside really well, and it complements the spice/heat of the cayenne and cumin nicely — it’s my go-to way of preparing them. I’ll have to try the soaking method too!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Sweet potato fries are the best comfort food! Love these!!

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    Jackie l FoodWineFashion.com — July 31, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I am constantly trying to figure out some kind of super secret way to get crispy fries in the oven. I am going to try your way and let you know! So far I haven’t found any super secrets :(

    xo Jackie

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    Shelby — July 31, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Being a Southener, I’ve grown up eating baked sweet potatoes with butter, cinnamon and brown sugar. Besides the good spices you have selected, try adding a little brown sugar. It is delicious! Your girls may even agree. Sweet potato fries never tasted right until I started adding the little bit of sugar.

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    rebecca — August 1, 2013 at 11:07 am

    wow these look so good, on my to make list

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — August 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    My husband loves sweet potatoes. We normally make chips but I think we need to switch to fries!

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    Erin | Meaningful Eats — August 27, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Wow the seasoning on these sounds delicious! I am totally trying these! Thanks for a delicious recipe :)

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    Rita — May 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I just tried these using “spiralized” sweet potatoes. They did not get crispy and the spices were a bit heavy for me, masking the sweet potato taste. Any help as far as why they didn’t crisp up? Thanks!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 19th, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

      Hi Rita! It’s really hard to say… It could be a couple reasons. By chance did you soak them? It also could be as simple as needing more time in the oven. Hope this helps!

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