These oven fried Sweet Potato Fries make the ideal side dish for burgers, sandwiches, steaks, grilled entrees and beyond. They're roasted in the oven resulting in easy clean-up to boot.
Sweet Potato Fries versus Russet Potato French Fries
You'd be hard pressed to go to a sit down restaurant and not find sweet potatoes, in some form, on the menu. I've often wondered why fast food restaurants haven't added sweet potato fries to their choices, based on order volume alone. It's likely demand versus cost related nonetheless, sweet potato fries are usually quite popular and are more complex in flavor than standard french fries. That's not to say we don't love a spud in any form, right? Those carb laden root vegetables pass our food love test no matter how they're served.
Helpful Tips for Making Sweet Potato Fries in the Oven
- I love making these in the oven due to the caramelization that takes place that you won't enjoy when deep frying.
- Please note: Sweet potatoes roasted in the oven will crisp but, not be super crunchy the same as when fried in oil. The thinner you cut them, the more firm the flesh will become when roasting.
- Adjust the roasting time based on how thick, or thin, you cut the sweet potatoes.
- How do you know when they're done? Look at the color for caramelized edges, then pierce one of the thickest fries with a knife or fork to see if they're tender.
- To crisp them further, turn the oven temperature to broil at the end of baking. Don't walk away, sweet potatoes can burn, if not attended to.
- Soaking helps draw excess starch out of the sweet potatoes for tender interior and crisp exterior.
- Why cornstarch? It helps absorb some of the moisture and lends a more crisp texture to the fries.
- Serve these fries straight from the oven with your favorite dipping sauces. We love comeback sauce, chick-fil-a sauce and yum yum sauce but, any will do.
Dishes to Serve with Sweet Potato Fries
There's no wrong choice in my opinion. Except for pasta, they may not pair well with spaghetti. A few recipes here on my website you may enjoy alongside these fries:
- Cheeseburger Bites
- Mexican Beef Sliders with Tomatilla Sauce
- Crispy Chicken Sandwich
- Maple Barbecue Chicken
- Pulled Pork Barbecue
- Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger from Noble Pie
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Sweet Potato Fries
- 3 lb sweet potatoes cut into ¼ inch strips
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 teaspoon dark chili powder use more or less to taste
- 2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with foil and spray liberally with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Scrub potatoes, peeling is optional. Cut into approximately ¼ inch strips. Place into a large bowl and soak in cold water for at least 30 minutes up to 4 hours. Drain well and pat dry.
- Place into a large plastic storage bag, drizzle with olive oil. Seal bag and toss with oil until coated.
- In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, chili powder, sugar, salt, garlic powder. onion powder, cumin and cinnamon. Add to potatoes, seal bag and shake until evenly coated.
- Dump sweet potatoes onto pans spreading into a single layer. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden and tender. Turn once, halfway through.
- Serve immediately with comeback sauce or your favorite aioli for dipping.