They are the most addicting thing I can think of. They are crispy, they are savory, and my personal favorite is when they are just a bit spicy to balance out their natural sweetness.
I LOVE ordering sweet potato fries when I go out, unfortunately, many times they are also loaded with tons of fat, or worse, if you get the frozen ones in the bag…they are loaded with preservatives and colorants. BLAH!!
So I love making my own at home so that I can enjoy these guilt free with a turkey burger or even with just some simple salmon! I especially love having these sweet potato fries with some spicy cajun dip to make it feel like an extra savory dish!
Yup! Just soak them for about 45 minutes before baking to remove some of the starches. Pat them dry really well (even let them sit out for a few minutes), toss them with some olive oil and spices, and stick ’em in the oven.
When they come out…perfectly crispy sweet potato fries!
I actually like to prep a BIG batch of these. I cut ’em, soak ’em, dry ’em, spice ’em, and instead of cooking them, I put them on a cookie sheet and FREEZE ‘EM! They come out great when you cook them from frozen AND I like to always have these on hand for when I get a craving or if we need a quick side dish!
Just freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and once they’re frozen, put them in a big ziplock bag and into the freezer they go. Now you’ll never be tempted to grab a frozen bag of sweet potato fries again! 😉
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Peel and slice your sweet potatoes into fry shapes (either thick or thin), making sure to cut them about the same size and shape for even cooking.
- Place fries in a large bowl and fill with water. Soak for 45 minutes.
- Drain and pat the fries dry.
- In a large bowl, toss the dried sweet potatoes with the olive oil and spices.
- Arrange fries in an even layer on a baking sheet, and bake for 20-30 minutes depending on how thick you cut your fries, flipping the fries a few times during cooking.
- Serve warm and enjoy with all-natural ketchup or skinny cajun dip!
What’s your favorite dipping sauce for sweet potato fries?