Easy Eats: Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries are my go-to “it’s been a long day” meal. I know, they’re supposed to be a side for something, but these are so incredible, I let them take center stage. It took me years to discover sweet potato fries, as my only encounters with them were restricted to Thanksgiving, when they were mashed and topped with marshmallows. I still avoid that dish, but I’ve begun to discover more sweet potatoes (there’s a variety, from orange to white) and the subtle differences in their flavors.  You can pair them with ketchup or a aioli-garlic dressing, but I recommend just a bit of extra salt. Enjoy their taste uninterrupted.

Sweet Potato Fries
sweet potatoes (as many as you’d like)
olive oil
kosher salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and prepare a cookies sheet, covered with tin foil. Chop ends off of sweet potatoes, then chop into strips, like fries. Move to cookie sheet and pour olive oil on top. Mix fries around to coat thoroughly. Top with salt and bake for about 20-30 minutes, until the fries begin to brown slightly. If you want crispier fries, turn the oven on broil for the last 1-3 minutes. Top with more salt and enjoy!

10 Comments

  1. Viv

    you must have read my mind! i am OBSESSED with sweet potato fries! they're delicious, a little healthier than regular fries, and i love their texture and taste. i am SO trying this recipe sometime!

  2. Love these! And you know what? They are perfectly acceptable for me to eat in a few days time! Can't wait to make some…

    *kate

  3. confession: i hate sweet potato fries. but! even this has a perk! the perk is: when we go out to 106, which keeps renaming itself, because they have fabulous beer and a pressed tin ceiling and really good burgers, you can have MY sweet potato fries because i don't wannem.

  4. Jenny D

    You caught me sitting at my desk, eating sweet potato chips. But I do make the fries. Trouble is, every time I make them, some of them are intent on burning and then my smoke alarm goes off. Am I using too much oil? Not enough? Cutting the fries too small? Too thin? Help!

  5. yum. i love sweet potatoes anything!

  6. it's funny that sweet potatoes and regular potatoes aren't even in the same family. sweet potatoes are so much healthier for you. they're higher in fiber and antioxidants, low (or no) alkaloids (lower allergic qualities/won't cause inflammation like potatoes). regular potatoes still belong in a healthy diet (especially potato chip cookies!), but sweet potatoes are an excellent replacement. i love them in curry dishes.

  7. I adore sweet potato fries, but they have to be made just right. Crisp exterior, soft interior…never tried them at home through. I'll have to…soon.

  8. I would absolutely love to have a plate of those right now! I haven't seen any sweet potatoes here in Switzerland & I've read that they're even healthier than carrots so I'd love to add them to my diet!

  9. I would love a plate of those right now, too, even though it's 12:30 in the morning… I'm drooling here! :) There's a restaurant down the street from me that has the wonderful sweet potato fries…hmmm…I need to treat myself!

  10. i can totally eat sweet potato fries as a meal too… so delish! i usually add some cumin and chili powder to mine too… but i pretty much add those two spices to everything;)