Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Baked sweet potato fries! Wedges of sweet potatoes, tossed with oil, sprinkled with spices, and baked on high heat until browned and crispy at the edges. Addictive!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

These. Are. So. Addictive.

And once you know how to make them, you will never have an excuse to not cook sweet potatoes again.

Those kids that won’t eat their veggies? Hah!

They’ll eat so many of these fries their skin will turn yellow from beta carotene.

Munch. Yum. Munch. Yum. I’m still eating them in my mind. I brought these over for my father to try. I think he only got to eat one or two because he was also eating the rest of his dinner, the dinner I abandoned in favor of these.

They’re really easy to make too. Just cut them into wedges or rounds, toss with some olive oil, sprinkle with spices, and bake at a high temperature until lightly browned. So good!

Sweet Potato Fries

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 as a side dish or snack

The baking times are approximate; it depends on how thick you cut the wedges or rounds of sweet potatoes. Try to cut them evenly so they all cook at about the same rate. For best browning results bake only one sheet at a time.

For extra caramelization, sprinkle fries with a little sugar before putting in the oven.

Try swapping out half of the oil with melted butter for some extra flavor!


  • 2 pounds orange fleshed sweet potatoes (yams), about 3 large ones
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or other cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons spice or spice combination of your choice: chipotle powder, smoked paprika, Chinese five-spice, pumpkin pie spice, garam masala, Cajun seasoning, etc.


1 Preheat oven and roasting pan: Preheat oven to 450°F. (For more crispiness, preheat your oven to 500°F.) Place a roasting pan or heavy duty baking sheet (one that can take high heat) in the oven to pre-heat.

2 Peel and cut sweet potatoes into wedges: Peel the sweet potatoes and cut off the ends. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and then, if they are very long, in half crosswise. Cut each piece into 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick wedges. Alternately, you can slice the peeled sweet potato into disks either with a mandoline or a sharp knife.

3 Toss with oil, salt, spices: Put the sweet potatoes into a large bowl and add the oil. Mix well to combine. Sprinkle with salt and spices of your choice. Use your hands to mix well, so all pieces are coated with oil and spices.

4 Spread out onto pre-heated pan: Remove the pre-heated baking sheet from the oven. Carefully spread the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on the baking sheet. (Watch out, the pan is hot!)

5 Bake: Bake for a total of 15 to 25 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and use tongs to turn over all of the sweet potato pieces.

Return to the oven and bake for another 5-15 minutes, or until they are well browned.

Cooking time depends on the temperature of the oven (500F will need less cooking time than 450F) and the size and thinness of the sweet potato wedges.

The browner they are, the crispier they will be, but there is a fine line between browned and burnt beyond edibility. Even if they get really dark, they should still be good because of the natural sugars of the sweet potatoes caramelizing. So watch carefully.

Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Sweet Potato Fries

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Karen

    Hello I lost the one recipe for them so yours is pretty close to the one I lost so will do some tomorrow. I cheat with mine in that I don’t have to buy the sweet potatoes to cut them myself. Where I live in Ontario, Canada we have Longo’s a Grocery store and if you go down the vegetable aisle and where they have the precut fresh vegetables in the cold section sometimes they sell the sweet potatoes precut into fries shape in a plastic container labelling them sweet potato fries.

  2. Julie

    My husband and I LOVE these fries! In fact, they are the only ones I make! Recently, I received a spiralizer attachment for my Kitchen-Aid mixer, and it has been a game changer in the kitchen. I wonder how these would turn out if I spiralized the sweet potatoes? I’m thinking mainly in terms of baking time – would you have any recommendations on how long they might bake (without burning) in spiralized form?


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  3. Jerilynn Peters

    A nice dipping sauce is sour cream or plain yogurt with cumin

  4. Stefanie

    Last night, I made these sweet potato fries with old bay seasoning, burgers and caramelized onions. This morning, I cooked up the leftover sweet potatoes with the caramelized onions (I don’t see why regular onions wouldn’t work well too), threw in some spinach and put an over easy egg on top. Man was it delicious! I could eat these sweet potato fries at least twice a week.


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  5. j k young

    I boil the white potato a short time and this speeds up the oven cooking time and just helps with the flavor

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