While traditionalists might have once regarded sweet potato fries as culinary heresy, there’s no denying their rise in popularity on menus around the world. This is good news! From a health perspective, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins A and C, along with an array of other important vitamins and minerals. They also offer a starch alternative for those with joint pain or autoimmune diseases—their white potato counterparts are members of the nightshade family and can cause inflammation. Sweet potatoes are not nightshades.
As for their taste, sweet potato fries have a place at any epicurean’s table. The perfect combination of sweet and salty, these rockin’ roots will satisfy all your cravings. But you don’t have to go to a restaurant to get them—make sweet potatoes yourself at home! But how do you avoid burning them or yielding a soggy mess? This recipe will clue you in on a tried-and-true technique for achieving a crisp exterior and fluffy interior with undeniable flavor.
Let’s master this foolproof favorite.
Foolproof Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Total: 00:35 Prep: 00:10 Cook: 00:25
2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 large or 3 medium)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut the potatoes into matchsticks ¼ to ½ inch wide and 3 inches long.
2. In a small bowl, mix the garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper, and set aside. Toss the potatoes with the oil. Sprinkle with the spice mixture, tossing well to combine.
3. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Leave space between each potato to ensure crisping on all sides.
4. Bake until tender on the inside and crisp and brown on the bottom, about 15 minutes. Flip, and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm.
- Fiery Sweet Potato Fries. To add a spicy kick to your fries, substitute cayenne pepper for the paprika.
- Basic Sweet Potato Fries. To spotlight the natural taste of the sweet potato, omit the paprika and garlic powder. These fries are just as good without the spices!
- Sweet Potato Fries with Poached Eggs. Top a pile of baked Sweet Potato Fries with a poached egg. Serve with greens for a weekend-ready breakfast or brunch.
If you have more fries than your baking sheet can handle, use two sheets and rotate them after flipping. If you have only one baking sheet, cook them in batches. Crowding the sweet potatoes on the pan results in uneven cooking.
In addition to vitamins and minerals, sweet potatoes contain fiber, which keeps us satiated and regular. It also slows digestion, which can stabilize blood sugar levels.
Struggling to make even fry cuts? A small ruler is a handy kitchen tool when you need a visual marker. Cut one fry using the ruler, and then cut the rest to match your prototype. The more evenly you cut your fries, the more evenly they will cook.