Satisfy your craving for fries with healthy baked sweet potato fries that are actually crispy! Perfect for serving alongside a burger or sandwich.
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 sweet potato fries on the menu I secretly hope that someone else 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!
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: Add a little arrowroot powder or cornstarch to the seasoning mix. This will help soak up any liquid and make your fries crisp.
Space them out: Baked fries need room on the baking sheet or else they’ll steam and never crisp up. You might even need to use two baking sheets.
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 water for about 15-20 minutes before baking to pull out extra moisture. 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 potato fries?
I’m a firm believer that sweet potato fries go with just about anything. Fries and salad has definitely happened more than once around here, but I do like serving them 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 with 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 making these for a few people.