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Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries (VIDEO)

These Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries are deliciously vegan and absolutely perfect for a meatless side dish that you’ll make over and over! Try Air Fryer Spicy Sweet Potato Fries if you’re an air fryer fan!

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I was happy I managed to get some good photos this week to update this favorite recipe for Spicy Sweet Potato Fries. The first time I made this recipe, I took one bite and knew immediately I’d be making these sweet baked potato fries over and over. My favorite sweet potatoes fries are not only meatless, but this recipe is deliciously vegan. Who knows, this just might become your favorite way to cook sweet potatoes? And if you have an Air Fryer, you might want to try Air Fryer Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, which are just slightly more crisp than the baked ones!

Do I Need to Cut Up Whole Sweet Potatoes?

You can certainly make this recipe with those pre-cut sweet potato fries that show up in the stores this time of year, but I prefer to cut my own so I can make them a little thicker.  Having a little more thickness lets me cook them slightly longer for maximum crispness, although sweet potatoes don’t ever get as crisp as regular fries.

Sweet Potato Info:

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are often called “Yams” or “Sweet Yams” in the United States. but they’re really sweet potatoes. Please trust me on this. (There’s also a tan-skinned variety of sweet potato with white flesh; I used those in Roasted White Sweet Potatoes with Red Onions.) And if you’re a fan of savory recipes with sweet potatoes, you can check out Favorite Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes to see my personal faves.

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How to Make Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries:

(Scroll down for complete recipe including nutritional information.)

  1. Cut off both ends of the sweet potato and use a sharp vegetable peeler to peel off the skin. (Thanks to my brother Dave and sister-in-law Amy who gave me this Cutco vegetable peeler that I love!)
  2. Then cut the sweet potato in half lengthwise and again in half crosswise, so you have four pieces.
  3. Slice each piece longways into 2 or 3 slices.
  4. Then cut each slice into 4 or possibly five fries.
  5. I like to make thick fries, about 1/2 to 5/8 inch thick (15-18 cm.) I don’t mind if the pieces are a little irregular, it adds to the charm!
  6. Put the fries into a large bowl and toss with enough olive oil so all the fries are very lightly coated with oil (1-2 tablespoons of oil for 2 sweet potatoes, depending on how big the sweet potatoes are.)
  7. Then sprinkle with 2-3 teaspoons of spicy sweet potato fry seasoning (see recipe for how to make that.)
  8. Use the largest baking sheet you have and spray with olive oil or non-stick spray. Arrange sweet potatoes so the flat side is down and they’re not touching each other. (Use 2 pans if your pan isn’t big enough.)
  9. I used to bake these at 425F, but I’ve come to like them better cooked at 450F/230C, and that’s the temperature I used this time.
  10. Cook 15 minutes, then use your fingers or a fork to turn them over and put back in the oven.
  11. Cook 15 minutes more and turn them again.
  12. Put back into the oven. Cook another 5-10 minutes, depending on how well-done you like them.  (I cooked mine about 7 minutes more.)
  13. Spicy Dipping Sauce with Sriracha is my favorite for dipping sweet potato fries!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries found on KalynsKitchen.com

I promise, these Spicy Sweet Potato Fries will be a hit with anyone who likes sweet potatoes!

More Tasty Recipes for Sweet Potatoes:

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
4-Ingredient Stuffed White Sweet Potatoes ~ Oh Sweet Basil
Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Parmesan, and Thyme ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes Southwestern Style ~ Rachel Cooks
Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Cups with Sour Cream, Chipotle, and Lime ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

These Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries are a meatless side dish that you'll make over and over!

Ingredients

  • 2 orange-fleshed sweet potatoes
  • 2 T olive oil (see notes)

Spice Mix Ingredients:

  • 2 T ground coriander
  • 1 T ground fennel
  • 1 T dried oregano (use any Mediterranean oregano like Greek Oregano or Turkish oregano, but not Mexican oregano for this.)
  • 1 T Aleppo Pepper (or use a smaller amount of cayenne pepper)
  • 2 T kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F/230C.
  2. In mortar and pestle or spice grinder, grind together coriander, fennel, oregano, and Aleppo pepper. Mix in salt. (This makes enough for several batches of sweet potatoes, so you'll need a small jar to store the extra.)
  3. Cut off both ends of the sweet potatoes and peel with a sharp vegetable peeler.  Then cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise and again crosswise so you have four pieces.
  4. Slice each piece into 2 or 3 thick slices, then cut each slice into fries.  (I made them about 1/2 - 5/8 inches thick, or about 15-18 cm.)
  5. In plastic bowl, toss together cut sweet potatoes, olive oil, and spice mixture. You will need about 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2-3 teaspoons of the spice mixture for two sweet potatoes, depending on how big the sweet potatoes are and how spicy you like it.
  6. Spray flat roasting pan with non-stick spray. (Use the largest baking sheet you have.)
  7. Spread out sweet potatoes in single layer, with the flat side down and not touching each other.  (Use two baking sheets if yours is too small to do this.)
  8. Roast sweet potatoes 15 minutes, then use your fingers or a fork to turn each sweet potato.
  9. Roast 15 minutes more and turn again. Roast another 5-10 minutes, depending on how done you like them.
  10. Serve hot, with Spicy Dipping Sauce with Sriracha, if desired.

Notes

Use more or less oil to taste, but you want enough oil to make the spice mix stick to the sweet potatoes. Recipe adapted from Epicurious.com.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3502mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Sweet potatoes are probably too high in carbs for most low-carb eating plans, but they’re considered a “good” carb for the South Beach Diet (unlike potatoes, which are very high on the glycemic index.) This would be a great side dish for phase two or three of South Beach.

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    70 Comments on “Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries (VIDEO)”

  1. There is a vegetarian restaurant in Soho, London called Mildred’s that I normally to to with my sister when visiting there.

    This last weekend we went there and I tried the sweet potato fries (as they came very highly recommended) and they were divine.

    I am so pleased that you have provided a recipe as this is definitely something that I want to try at home.

  2. Nabeela, I did make it the first two times with the very same pre-cut sweet potatoes from Costco,and they were definitely good. However, I really preferred the sweet potatoes cut a bit thicker. Either way I think you’ll like it.

    Wendy, chili powder sounds good too!

    Mrs. W. I don’t think it’s possible to make sweet potato fries that are truly crisp (I read a bit about this online) but the higher temperature plus oil helps. They were just a tiny bit crisp on some edges, but still delicious.

  3. I love to make sweet potato fries, but mine always turn out floppy, whether deep-frying or roasting. What’s your secret?

  4. Adore sweet potato fries but always season them with chilli. Looking forward to trying out your version! 🙂

  5. that sounds soooo good. Our local Costco has now started carrying sweet potato sticks (pre-cut)…I might try this recipe with that. Thanks!

  6. How great to hear that so many people like the sound of this recipe! I just can’t say enough good things about the spice combination! Do hope you guys will like it as much as I did!

    Jaden, thanks for letting me know. How exciting, and I bet I have you to thank for this, right?

  7. These look fabulous! And just perfect for fall. I’ll be trying these soon.

  8. Kalyn, these look fabulous. I’m a sucker for real sweet potato fries, but obviously they’re not too SBD friendly. I’ll definitely be trying these out. Oh, and I can’t wait to see what the favorite herb of the year is this year!

  9. Those look good and the spices sounds pretty interesting for sweet potatoes.

  10. My mouth is watering…sweet potato fries are my favorite!! Your spice combo looks great!

  11. Yum!!! I’ve never cooked with sweet potatoes much, but I’ve been making them a lot for my daughter lately (11 months)–just roasting cubes with olive oil–and I keep sneaking bites from her. I’ll have to make this one as a treat for mommy and daddy! Thanks Kalyn!

  12. they do sound good. When I was staying with my mum she introduced me to a tasty savoy cabbage dish with coriander and cumin. I suggested another addition (bacon). It’s very good…!

  13. This sounds good…my mom use to make sweet potato fries for me but never used the spices…I should try that!

  14. We often oven roast sweet potatoes to use as a garnish for rice with jerk chicken or pork. (I LOVE those sweet potatoes!)

    But I never thought of adding spices other than salt and pepper!! What a very good idea.

    -Elizabeth

  15. Yum! I’ll have to try these. That’s a very interesting spice combination. It’s definitely important to cut sweet potato fries thick. I remember making my first batch a few years ago and burning them horribly. Oops!

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  17. Sweet potato fries are awesome and true, much better than regular potatoes. I’m glad you’ve found sweet potato frites!

  18. Kalyn – I too am head over heels for sweet potato fries…it is hard to believe they are so good for you!! Your herb mixture sounds great, I’ll have to try this next time I make some “fries”;)

  19. Coriander & fennel – what an interesting combination of spices!

  20. i’ll surely be trying this – just reading the seasoning is making my mouth water