Have you ever ordered sweet potato fries at a restaurant? Well…you can make them at home too! And they’re soooo easy to make you won’t believe it!
This yummy, healthy alternative to greasy French fries is a no brainer!
Ingredients for the Sweet Potato Fries…
This recipe is for two generous servings. You can double or triple it as needed!
Start off with about 2 pounds of fresh, firm sweet potatoes.
You’ll also use corn starch, olive oil, and sea salt to make the fries.
For dipping sauces, we love to use ranch dressing and…wait for it…maple syrup!
Yup!! You read that right. Sweet maple syrup is a delicious dipping sauce for these sweet potato fries!!! Sooooo yummy!
Making the Sweet Potato Fries…
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the oven racks on the top 1/3 and the bottom 1/3 of the oven shelves. This way the fries aren’t too close to the top or bottom of the oven. They’ll bake more evenly this way!
Begin by peeling and rinsing the sweet potatoes. A regular potato peeler works great on the sweet potato peelings!
Make sure to pat the sweet potatoes dry after you rinse them. You’ll want to avoid as much moisture as possible on the fries so the fries bake up crispy!
Cut the sweet potatoes into 1/4″ lengthwise strips. You’ll want to cut as uniform of strips as you can so the fries bake up evenly.
It’s a bit tricky to cut the sweet potatoes into strips. I cut the side off of one first. Then place the sweet potato on the flat side to cut the 1/4″ slices. From the slices cut the 1/4″ strips. A few might break in half, but don’t worry! They’ll taste just as yummy!
Put the strips into a very large bowl, and sprinkle with the corn starch. The corn starch helps remove the excess moisture from the fries. This helps you to have crispy sweet potato fries, rather than soggy ones!
Use your hands to manipulate the sweet potato fries to make sure all the strips are coated in corn starch.
Then drizzle olive oil over the sweet potato strips. Again, use your hands to make sure all the strips are evenly covered with oil.
Baking the Sweet Potato Fries
Place the fries in a single layer on two baking sheets that have been lined with parchment paper. Keep the fries from touching each other so they bake up crispy. Crowded fries just won’t crisp up.
Finally, sprinkle the fries with sea salt before placing them in the oven. If you want to use other seasonings wait to sprinkle them until the fries are done baking.
Bake the fries for about 20 minutes. Then use a spatula to turn each fry over. Continue to bake for another 20 minutes or so.
Keep an eye on the fries for the last 5 minutes of baking them. They do burn easily. I like that caramelized burned taste, but you might not!
You’ll know the fries are done with they start to get browned, are a little bubbly, and take on a matte finish.
Sprinkle cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and/or black pepper on the baked fries.
Use your favorite dipping sauce! It’s fun to experiment with different dips to find the combo of ones you like the best.
I love to dip the fries in either ranch dressing or maple syrup. I can never decide which I like best, so I serve them with both!!
These fries go great with any main dish. We like to have them whenever we make teriyaki turkey burger sliders!!!
Sweet Potato Fries
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- 2 pounds sweet potatoes about 2 medium-large or 3 medium
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Optional spices: freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper and/or garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 450° F.
- Peel and rinse sweet potatoes. Slice into 1/4" lengthwise strips.
- Put strips into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle cornstarch over potatoes and use hands to coat well. Drizzle olive oil over potatoes, and use hands to coat well also.
- Place a single layer of potato strips onto 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Don't overlap. Bake for 20 minutes and flip. Bake another 15-20 minutes until fries are a bit browned, bubbled, and have a matte finish.
- Add additional seasonings if desired. Dip in your favorite sauce.