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?

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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

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

tossed

Next, toss them all around with your impeccably clean hands, divide them between two sheet pans and bake at 425° 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.

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

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Just make sure you season the baked sweet potato fries 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!

Enjoy! And if you give these baked sweet potato fries a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Yield: 4-6 servings

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Spicy baked sweet potato fries!
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 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

Instructions

  1. Cut the sweet potato into 1/4 inch thick fries. Pop them into a bowl of water for about an hour
  2. Preheat your oven to 425° and rub two rimmed baking sheets with olive oil.
  3. In a large bowl combine the chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne. Set the bowl off to the side.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Season the hot fries with a couple pinches of kosher salt before serving.
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