I think I’m on a quick and easy recipe streak. On the heels of my addictive creamy whipped feta dip, I now give you the must-try, one-pan-baked sweet potato fries. Ridiculously simple, outrageously delicious, and wonderfully healthy, the fries are perfect for snacking, salads, or as a side dish.
Because sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting, they are happy recipients of spices. Roasting them intensifies the flavor, caramelizes the outside, and keeps the inside tender. The taste is sweet, spicy, savory, and crispy all at once.
Why do I love baked sweet potato fries?
When I can, I like to cook or bake with seasonal produce. Using sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes makes for a great way to eat a seasonal veggie. They are fresher and more flavorful, like biting into the bright winter sunshine.
Since the temperatures are plunging, I can also use the oven to my heart’s content and make these fries every day. Plus, they are inexpensive, easily available, and one of the healthiest vegetables out there.
Are baked sweet potato fries healthy?
With a good dose of fiber essential to facilitate digestion, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, C, and D. But what I love about them is their complex carbohydrates. The natural sugar is released slowly in the body, so it doesn’t spike the blood sugar level.
Combined with iron and magnesium, they provide balanced energy, fighting fatigue. And because we’re baking, not frying (so less oil), they’re definitely lighter on the stomach.
- Sweet Potatoes - 1 kg
- Olive oil - 3-4 tbsp
- Paprika/Degi Mirch powder - 1.5 tsp
- Dried thyme - 1.5 tsp
- Oregano - 1 tsp
- Sea salt to taste
The oven does essentially all the work. Your effort is limited to scrubbing the sweet potatoes because we’re keeping the peel on.
- While your oven preheats, thoroughly clean the sweet potatoes.
- If after even a tremendous amount of scrubbing, you still have dark spots or unclean areas, peel the skin just from those locations.
- Cut each potato into horizontal slices and toss with olive oil.
- Season with sea salt, Kashmiri degi mirch (the red chili powder is largely to add color, not heat) or paprika, dried oregano, and thyme.
- Uniformly spread the tossed slices on a baking tray.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turning them over every few minutes with a spatula to help bake consistently.
- Make thin slices. Although, thick ones are great too. Instead of a crispy fry, you’ll get a chunky wedge.
- Arrange them evenly on the tray. Pile them over each other, and your fries will be average. Delicious but average.
- When the fries are browned, turn on the broiler (last 4 to 5 minutes). It’ll blister the slices, making them extra crispy.
The fries are a great snack all on their own. So go ahead and serve them as-is. You can even serve them as a side to a veggie burger or sandwich.
However, I’m a firm believer that a little dip with fries never hurts anybody. That’s why mine were paired with a whipped feta dip. You can dunk them in:
Seasonings that make baked sweet potato fries better
Literally any seasoning you love works like a charm with these healthy, baked fries:
- Give it an Indian touch with garam masala
- Keep it simple with salt, pepper, and olive oil
- Amp up the heat with peri-peri seasoning or za’atar
- For a pop of green, garnish with fresh parsley, thyme, or rosemary
Why are my baked sweet potato fries so soggy?
It is probably because you overcrowded the baking tray. Always make sure there is space in-between two slices when arranging them on your tray.
How to slice sweet potato fries?
I prefer thin slices because they are crispy and crunchy. But you can cut them into wedges, make them matchstick thin, or cube them.
Can you bake sweet potato fries in an air fryer?
I don’t own an air-fryer. I swear it is the one appliance that’s missing from my kitchen. But I have seen other people making sweet potato fries in it. If you try this recipe in one, say hello on my Instagram. I’d love to know how it went.
More reasons to try baked sweet potato fries
Excellent finger food. So, kid-friendly.
Baked, not fried. So, healthy.
Few cooking steps. So, fast.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- 1 kg Sweet Potatoes Well scrubbed
- 3-4 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1.5 tsp Paprika or Degi Mirch powder
- 1.5 tsp Dried Thyme
- 1 tsp Oregano
- Salt to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200C.
- Thickly slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise. Toss with olive oil and all the seasonings.
- Spread out evenly on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 , turning the wedges every 10 minutes until cooked through and lightly browned.
- I like to put them under the broiler for the last 4-5 minutes to make them extra crispy and blistered.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with any sauce of your choice. Enjoy!!