Satisfy your craving for fries with healthy baked sweet potato fries that are actually crispy! Perfect for serving on their own or alongside a burger.

Crispy baked sweet potato fries on parchment paper next to a small bowl of ketchup.

Sweet Potato Fries Are My Love Language

I don’t know about you, but I’m a potato girl. When it comes to carbs I’ll take potatoes over bread any day and I’ll eat them just about any way you cook them. I grew up eating the not-so-healthy type of potatoes like fast food fries, chips and my mom’s fried potatoes.

Now I still eat potatoes, but I usually choose sweet potatoes over regular and skip the fried stuff (for the most part) — I’ll occasionally indulge in regular sweet potato fries because they’re just too good to pass up. <–YOLO. And if I’m at a restaurant that has fries on the menu I secretly hope that someone at the table orders them so I can steal a few. Please tell me I’m not the only one that does this. 🙂

That said, I rarely have a craving for the fried version because I make baked sweet potato fries (and sweet potato croutons) at home all the time and they’re just as tasty!

Crispy sweet potato fries lined up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

How to Make Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

The one thing about baked sweet potato fries is that they’re not usually as crispy as fries that are fried, BUT I’ve found a couple tricks to help baked fries crisp up!

  • Arrowroot powder or cornstarch: Adding a little arrowroot powder or cornstarch to the seasoning mix. Either of these starches will help soak up any liquid and make your fries crispier.
  • Space them out: Just like with roasted veggies, baked fries need room on the baking sheet or else they’ll steam and never crisp up. If you’re making a big batch, you might find that you need to use a large baking sheet or two baking sheets instead of one to give the fries enough space.
  • Salt after: Don’t add salt to your fries until after they’re done baking. Sprinkle on salt just before serving!
  • Soaking: After you cut your potatoes into fry-shape, lots of people recommend soaking them in salted salted cold water for about 15-20 minutes before baking to pull out extra moisture and remove extra starch. I honestly tried this trick and didn’t feel like it make that much of a difference with the sweet potato fries. Maybe it works better with baked white potatoes since they’re starchier?
  • Less oil: You’d think that more oil = more crispiness, but when you’re baking sweet potato fries this isn’t the case. A little bit of oil goes a long way and if you use too much you’re fries will be soggy. I’ve found that 1/2-1 Tablespoon for oil for 1 medium/large sweet potato is the perfect amount, but you can experiment with using less too!

Oval bowl lined with parchment paper and filled with crispy baked sweet potato fries. A small bowl of ketchup is in the next to the fries.

How to Serve Sweet Potato Fries

I’m a firm believer that sweet potato fries go with just about anything. I know it sounds weird, but I love pairing a meal sized salad with side of fries, but I also like serving sweet potato fries alongside burgers like these sweet potato black bean burgers (double dose of sweet potatoes) or this spinach feta turkey burger. Or eating them straight from the baking sheet dipped in ketchup…

Seriously, give me a baking sheet full of sweet potato fries and I’m a happy camper. A happy camper that’s loading up on vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidants like beta-carotene. 🙂

Oh and I should note that it’s crazy easy to eat a full potato’s worth of these fries by yourself so double the recipe if you’re serving a few people.

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Crispy baked sweet potato fries on parchment paper next to a small bowl of ketchup.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Satisfy your craving for fries with healthy baked sweet potato fries that are actually crispy! Perfect for serving alongside a burger or sandwich.


Ingredients

  • 2 medium – large sweet potato, cut into thin slices (about 1/4 inch)
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • sea salt, to taste (added after baking)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Place sweet potato slices into a large bowl and toss with oil, arrowroot powder, garlic powder and pepper.
  3. Spread the fries onto your prepared baking sheet, making sure the fries aren’t crowded. You may find that you need to use two baking sheets. The fries can’t be crowded or else they will start to steam and get soft rather than crispy.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, take them out of the oven and flip, then bake for another 15-20 minutes.
  5. Keep an eye on them the last 5 minutes as some of the smaller pieces might start to burn.
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 potato, cut into fries
  • Calories: 152
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 473mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: baked sweet potato fries

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    48 comments
    1. Crystal
      November 18, 2020 AT 11:08 am

      Will this work with butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 18, 2020 AT 4:26 pm

        Yes, you can totally make butternut squash fries instead. Click on the link to see my recipes for them. 🙂

    2. Gizella
      September 7, 2020 AT 11:40 am

      Sweet potatoes and yams are totally different. Yams are orange, sweet potatoes are white and hard to find. I will make this recipe with the sweet potato since I have some, look forward to it thanks for the recipe.

    3. Susie
      May 28, 2020 AT 1:17 pm

      We have made these several times and they are delicious! We also add some coriander and WOW! Last night, I tried with butternut squash wavy fries which we bought at Trader Joe’s but the arrowroot powder created a gooey, sticky film which was kind of gross. Would you recommend using less arrowroot or just omitting it completely for BN squash which is so much more moist and tender than sweet potato?

    4. Natalie
      February 9, 2018 AT 2:27 pm

      I just made these fries and they are so good!! I love how simple this recipe is, and that is uses common household ingredients!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 11, 2018 AT 2:53 pm

        Yay! This recipe is one of my favorites. So glad you enjoyed it, Natalie.

    5. Dani @ Dani California Cooks
      June 13, 2016 AT 1:48 pm

      Making these tonight!

    6. Heather
      June 11, 2016 AT 7:41 pm

      I absolutely love sweet potato fries! I’ll be sure to try out your recipe, hopefully to change the traditional flavor of mine.

    7. Emilie @ Emilie Eats
      June 11, 2016 AT 12:14 am

      I would LOVE a side of these with your hearts of palm BBQ sandwich!! Those have been on my to-try list this summer. Sweet potatoes cooked any way are my thing!

    8. Taylor Kiser
      June 10, 2016 AT 8:43 pm

      Sweet potato fries are a favorite for me! These look delicious!

    9. Hillary
      June 10, 2016 AT 6:32 pm

      Can never go wrong with sweet tater fries… mmm.

    10. Cynthia | What A Girl Eats
      June 10, 2016 AT 3:46 pm

      We can’t get enough sweet potatoes right now! I love them!

    11. Kori
      June 10, 2016 AT 3:30 pm

      I need to make sweet potato fries more often! These look and sound amazing. I love the mixture of spices too!

    12. Sophie
      June 10, 2016 AT 11:56 am

      I love sweet potato chips and have been experimenting with oil-free cooking recently… they work really well without oil, too! I like to add a little nutmeg and smoked paprika to mine.

      Sophie

    13. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
      June 10, 2016 AT 11:10 am

      Those look so frekaing yummy!

    14. Allie | Baking a Moment
      June 10, 2016 AT 10:46 am

      I make sweet potato fries just like this, all the time! They are such a huge favorite and I could really make a meal out of them!

    15. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
      June 10, 2016 AT 10:20 am

      You can’t go wrong with baked sweet potato fries! They are the perfect side dish to any meal.

    16. Jill @eatcleancrush.com
      June 10, 2016 AT 9:44 am

      Hands down one of my favorite foods.

    17. Meagan
      June 28, 2012 AT 8:04 pm

      What a cute apple bag! I’m definitely going to look it up!

    18. Jeannie
      March 19, 2011 AT 10:13 pm

      Oooh yum!! I just made those Crispy Sweet Potato Fries. Yum!!!

    19. SOMERSKYS
      March 11, 2011 AT 11:51 am

      HI BIRITANNY GONNA MAKE THOSE SWEETPOTATOE FRIES NEVER HAD THEM B4? BUT LETME ASK U SOMETHIN? SHOULD I GET SWEET POTATOES OR YAMS? I DONT KNOW THE PIC SORTA LOOK OTANGE LIKE YAMS? PLEASE LET ME KNOW GOING TO THE STORE 2DAY TO PURCHASE? THANKS LOAD TONS MILLIONS!!!!!!!!!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        March 11, 2011 AT 5:16 pm

        I think they are called sweet potatoes and yams interchangeably. But you’ll want to get the potatoes that are orange so if that’s yams where you are, then yes get those. 🙂

    20. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)
      May 29, 2010 AT 5:58 pm

      I have never made sweet potato fries for my guys before, but I think I need to. That burger looks so good…and with those fries…YUM! I love the idea of the reusable produce bags…I am going now to enter! Thanks for sharing and have a safe trip!

    21. Rachael
      May 28, 2010 AT 8:57 pm

      Wasabi peas = happy mouth.
      Thanks for showcasing the reusable bags. Reusable bags = happy planet (probably will take a little bit more than just that, but awesome step 🙂
      Enjoy NC – I miss it already!

    22. Kris | iheartwellness.com
      May 28, 2010 AT 3:06 pm

      Love you site doll!

      The kale chips from the last post look freaking amazing!

      I really love wasabi peas….and could eat them all day long!

      I think i shall make some sweet tatter fries tonight!
      XXOO

    23. Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover
      May 28, 2010 AT 1:33 pm

      YUUUM – fabulous eats as always, Brittany!
      Thanks for the lovely recipe – can´t wait to try it on my own!
      Have a great weekend 🙂
      Brazilian XOXO´s,
      Gabriela

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