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These oven baked sweet potato fries are a delicious side dish or a simple healthy snack you can make at home in 30 minutes. They're Paleo and gluten free.
I remember the first time I had sweet potato fries. My boyfriend (now husband) and I were eating at a local pub and I was in a "let's try a new food" mood.
That doesn't happen that often for me. But I'm sure glad I did! Sweet potato fries became an instant favorite.
Homemade oven Baked Sweet POtato Fries
In the years since my first sweet potato french fry encounter, I've learned how to bake them in the oven with great results. We've made them so many times I've finally figured out how to make them perfect.
These sweet potato fries are a little crunchy, a little salty, and a little sweet. And even better with a homemade fry sauce.
Plus, sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and minerals. They are a good source of many B vitamins, as well as vitamin C and vitamin A.
If you're a big sweet potato fan (like us), you should try making your own sweet potato chips.
Baked not fried
Baking the french fries is a healthier alternative to frying.
If you're looking for a way to get them extra crispy, I've read that you can use corn starch. For me and my family, the simpler the better. One less step is a win in my book.
These fries come out a little crispy on the ends, and that's perfect for us. If you want to read more about the corn starch method, check out this post from Cookie and Kate.
How to Make Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
First, decide if you're in the peeling camp or the not peeling camp.
If you're a peeler, wash your potatoes and peel them now. If not, then just wash and scrub your potatoes now.
Next, chop the sweet potatoes into thin strips (about ¼" thick).
Then toss them with oil and salt until lightly coated. I like tossing them in a bowl, but if you want to toss them in oil and salt right on the baking sheet, go ahead!
Arrange them in a single layer on two parchment lined baking sheets (not too crowded) and bake them at 425(F) for 25-30 minutes.
Tips for Success
For oven baked sweet potato fries with a little crunch, follow these tips:
- Make sure you slice them into thin strips.
- Don't overcrowd them on the baking sheet.
- Lightly coat the fries with oil and salt. They shouldn't be dripping with oil, just coated.
- Use parchment paper. I haven't had great success without. Usually they end up sticking and then turn into a smashed mess. Not quite what we're going for here.
Every French Fry Needs a Delicious Dip
Now, let's talk about the dip.
Here are a few of my favorites that use mayonnaise as a base.
- Spicy Mayo - Mix some mayo with a squirt of your favorite hot sauce or a dash of cayenne. The amount of spice you put in depends on how much you can handle.
- Cilantro and Roasted Garlic Mayo - Take some of your mayo, mix in a small handful of chopped cilantro and a couple cloves of roasted garlic. Smash with a fork or use an immersion blender.
- Cilantro Lime Mayo - Follow this recipe for a delicious and simple cilantro lime mayo.
Our kids don't always eat the dips we make (I'm not complaining...that just means more for us!). But they always love plain mayonnaise or this homemade ketchup to dip their baked sweet potato fries in.
- 1 lb sweet potatoes
- 1 Tbs avocado oil
- ½ tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 425 (F).
- If you like to peel your potatoes, do that first. Otherwise, give them a good scrub and start chopping.
- Chop the sweet potatoes into thin strips (about ¼″ thick).
- Put them in a bowl and pour the oil and salt over them.
- Toss to coat them in the oil/salt.
- Transfer them to a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer. Don’t crowd them. Use two sheets if needed.
- Bake them at 425(F) for 25-30 minutes.