Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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These oven baked sweet potato fries are so addictive! Wedges of sweet potatoes, tossed with oil, sprinkled with spices, and baked at high heat until browned and crispy at the edges.

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 who won’t eat their veggies? Ha!

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.

How to Make Sweet Potato Fries

They’re really easy to make, too. Just peel a few sweet potatoes, 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!

How to Season Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries taste great with spices and seasonings such as chipotle powder, smoked paprika, Chinese five-spice, pumpkin pie spice, garam masala, or Cajun seasoning. But feel free to use what you like.

Sweet Potato Fries

How to Tell When They’re Done

Sweet potatoes can take high heat, and you might see them and worry they’re burned. 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. But watch carefully to ensure that they don’t go from browned to burned.

Tips for the Best Sweet Potato Fries Ever

  • Try to cut them evenly so they all cook at about the same rate.
  • Preheat the oven with the baking sheet inside.
  • 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.
  • Swap out half of the oil with melted butter for some extra flavor

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Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

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

For extra flavor, try swapping out half of the oil with melted butter.

Ingredients

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

Method

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 preheat.

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 preheated pan: Remove the preheated 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!)

Sweet potato fries roasting on a sheet pan

5 Bake: Bake for 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 to 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.

Easy Sweet potato ready for hte oven

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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. Danielle

    Super easy! Used my mandoline to make 6mm “wedges”, followed directions explicitly and had a great outcome! Only question, what about using parchment paper to line the pan? Does it affect the ability to crisp?

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  2. Kathleen

    I will just bake my sweet potatoes from now on. This was just a mess.

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  3. Dana Dwire

    I look forward to making these tonight! However, I’m a bit confused as to which oil is best. The ingredient list indicates canola or other high smoke-point oil, yet the directions reflect olive oil.

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  4. 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.

  5. 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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