Is there anything better than some crispy sweet potato fries and a wicked dipping sauce? I don’t think so! My version of baked fries is simple, healthy, and delicious. I like them a little bit thicker so that there’s plenty of room for some dipping sauce.
Why this Recipe Works
This recipe is a no-brainer; it’s super easy to make! All you need on hand are some sweet potatoes, oil, and some seasoning in the form of salt and pepper. Think of this recipe as the foundation to build your own perfect sweet potato recipe - you can cut the pieces as you like and experiment with the seasoning.
There are two steps to getting the perfectly cooked, crispy sweet potatoes: Boil them until fork-tender, then bake them at a high temperature. This recipe will yield the perfect fries every time.
To get the best crispy bake on the fries, make sure to spread them evenly out on the pan and toss them occasionally so that they brown on all sides.
Ingredients & Seasonings
yams - technically, those orange "sweet potatoes" you call sweet potato fries are actually yams. This recipes uses them, but you can use any potatoes to make this recipe.
oil - use any flavorless oil like canola, sunflower seed, avocado seed, or similar.
seasoning - I usually make these with just salt and pepper. Here are some other seasoning ideas you might want to play with:
- Seasoned salt
- Herbes de Provence
- Garlic salt, onion salt, and paprika
How to Make this Recipe
Cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch thick discs lengthwise, then slice them into fries 1/2-inch thick.
Preheat the oven to 425F. In the meantime, parboil the potatoes until fork-tender. Then drain the water.
Cover the potatoes all over in oil and seasoning. You can do this in the pot, in a bowl, or directly on a baking sheet. It's easiest in a bowl, and least messy on the baking sheet.
Spread them out evenly on a baking sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes until they get brown and crispy, tossing them around after 20 minutes.
Baked Fries FAQs
Yes, you par-boil them first, then bake them at a high temperature after coating them in oil and seasonings.
Baked fries hold less oil and are generally healthier than regular fries. They are more similar to roasted vegetables than fried french fries.
More Potatoes and Fries!
I love adding a plant-based side dish to most of my dishes, and these fries are often something we add to our meals. Here are some more potato and fry favorites:
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Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 lbs. sweet potatoes peeled and cut into french-fry shaped slices
- flavorless oil like avocado, sunflower seed, or canola
- salt and pepper or other seasoning*
- Cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch thick discs lengthwise, then slice them into fries 1/2-inch thick.
- Preheat the oven to 425F.
- In the meantime, parboil the potatoes until fork-tender. Then drain the water.
- Cover them all over in oil and seasoning. Spread them out evenly on a baking sheet.
- Bake 35-40 minutes until they get brown and crispy, tossing them around after 20 minutes.
This post was originally published in June of 2017 but was republished with new photos, step by step instructions, FAQs, and tips in January of 2021.