Crispy roasted sweet potatoes

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These sweet potato fries will change your life.

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I’m serious! They are salty-sweet, crunchy, & spicy if you wish. Baked sweet potato fries have been one of my favorite snacks since I first shared the recipe eight years ago.

These crispy fries beat their fast-food fried Russet cousins in simplicity and ease. They require fewer cooking steps because they’re baked rather than fried.

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Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks to lớn make my sweet potato fries even more crispy. Crispy fries or bust!

You’ll learn all of them as you make the recipe, but I’m sharing my top tips in more detail below. Are you hungry for sweet potato fries yet?

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How khổng lồ Make the Best Sweet Potato Fries

I’ve tried baked sweet potato fries every which way, and these elements really do make a big difference in the crispy factor:

1) Slice your fries thinly.

You want your fries to lớn be about 1/4″ wide, or close lớn it. Thick fries never get crispy.

Here’s how lớn slice a sweet potato into fries: Rest your sweet potato on its side on a sturdy cutting board. Working lengthwise, slice off a 1/4″ thick slab from one of the sides. Turn the sweet potato onto the flat side so it’s more stable. It gets easier from there!

Continue cutting the sweet potato into slabs, & then cut the slabs into thin fries. As you’re cutting the slabs, you’ll eventually want lớn turn the sweet potato onto the now-larger flat side lớn maintain stability.

2) Toss your sliced fries in cornstarch before oil.

Cornstarch really helps to get the outsides crisp! It’s a little trick I learned from a commenter named Jeni (thanks Jeni). I’ve played around with various amounts of cornstarch và olive oil & found the perfect ratio.

I’ve experimented with arrowroot starch as well, và it produced fries that were somewhat less crisp, but it’s worth using if that’s what you have.

3) Divide your fries between two pans và arrange them in even layers.

Overcrowded fries steam each other và never get crispy! You can fit one pound of fries per pan.

Be sure that each fry lies flush against the pan, not piled on đứng đầu of other fries. The fries develop crisp edges when they’re resting on a hot surface.

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4) Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Any lower, & your fries will be soggy. Any higher, và the oil will start smoking. Plus, at higher temps your fries will turn from crisp khổng lồ burnt way too fast.

Halfway through cooking, you’ll flip the fries with a spatula và swap the pan positions (from lower khổng lồ upper rack và vice versa). This helps ensure that they bake evenly, turning perfectly golden on the outside and cooking through on the inside.

5) Season last, if desired.

Add salt before baking the fries, but wait to địa chỉ cửa hàng any spices until after baking. Otherwise, the spices will burn và lose their flavor. I love to lớn balance the sweetness of the fries with a little cayenne pepper và garlic powder, & lots of freshly ground đen pepper.

Another benefit of seasoning last? You can add spices lớn taste, so you won’t overdo it.

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The Great Soaking Debate

I wondered if sweet potato fries would benefit from a soak in water lượt thích my crispy potato wedges do. Those wedges are made with Russet potatoes, và soaking them for 10 minutes in hot water helps release some of the starch in the potatoes và lets them absorb moisture, which leads khổng lồ ultra-crisp outsides và moist interiors.

So, I tried soaking batches of fries in hot water, và batches in cold water, và baking them with and without cornstarch. You know what? It wasn’t worth the effort. Hot water actually seemed to lớn inhibit crispiness. When I compared a batch of cold water và cornstarch fries with un-soaked cornstarch fries, the un-soaked actually fared better.

I hate extra steps as much as you do, so I’m pleased to lớn report that you vì not need khổng lồ soak your sweet potato fries for great results!

Sweet Potatoes are Nutritious

Unlike regular deep-fried French fries, these baked sweet potato fries have a lot of redeeming nutrition properties. Standard orange sweet potatoes provide an excellent source of beta-carotene, which your toàn thân turns into vitamin A.

Sweet potatoes are also full of antioxidants và fiber, & have some beneficial blood sugar-regulating properties. Plus, they’re a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid & vitamin B6 (source). Winning!

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Serving Suggestions

Recommended Equipment

You’re going to lớn need some basic equipment to lớn make these fries. Chances are, you already have everything you’ll need! These liên kết are tiếp thị liên kết links.

Watch How to lớn Make Sweet Potato Fries


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Please let me know how these sweet potato fries turn out for you in the comments! I’m obsessed with them và hope you are, too.

Craving more crispy và salt snacks? You vì chưng not want lớn miss my ultra crispy baked potato wedges!